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Parchment paper! I put that sh!t under everything!

I've used parchment under cookies and so forth for a long time, and have always been happy with the results. A couple of months ago, I used it instead of foil (for no particular reason) in a roasted potato recipe that I've made for years-- wow! No sticking! No swearing! No torn-off lovely crisp edges! Today, it was under some roasted wings, and once again I am delighted with the results. I feel both stupid and really, really pleased. So this is my Ode to Parchment.

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  1. I join your parchment paper-love! Not only for the great results roasting, baking and reheating bread but the paper saves me so much clean up time and saves my pans!

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    1. re: HillJ


      Plus, the whole lineup of food cooked in parchment, fish especially delicious prepared this way.

    2. Also a BIG fan of parchment paper! I use it on baking sheets for cookies.. or even just under something to catch possible dribble overs. Made pan of brownies this afternoon... lined pan with parchment, so I could just lift out of "non-stick" pan. Ya don't wannt CUT into pieces in NS pan, or pry pieces out.

      During holiday season, made MANY batches of cookies with 4 pieces of PP... could even have saved and used again.

      1. Right with you! I just recently started using it for roasted vegetables. Clean up is so much easier - no more scrubbing incinerated bits off of the baking sheets.

        1. I'm a recent convert, and bought my first roll ever in December. Used it to reheat latkes and bake butter cookies. Very pleased. And thanks for the reminder about fish in parchment, HillJ. That's definitely going into the rotation.

          1. If it wasn't for parchment paper, we would have stopped making pizzas from scratch a long time ago.

            1. I've had the love for quite some time now, but never thought to use it for a liner while roasting potatoes. Great idea!

              I used to buy the pre-cut sheets, but it's so much easier to buy the rolls at the market. I end up using it quite often in rounds anyway, so I save some money.

              1. I use it to roll out cookie dough for cut-out cookies. I place the dough between two sheets, roll out dough to desired thickness, pop in the freezer for a few minutes, peel off one sheet of parchment and then cut out cookies. No sticking to the counter and the dough keeps its shape. I love parchment paper.

                1. I love your post! I made the same discovery a few months ago when I ran out of foil and wanted to line my baking sheet for baked chicken strips, not from a bag or box ;-). Since then I have been lining everything with it and am so happy. If I could just find a roll that is as narrow as foil I will be in parchment heaven.

                  1. As do I monfransisco, as do I. I buy it in bulk at Costco; way cheaper than any other place near me.

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                    1. re: CanadaGirl

                      CanadaG, I've been buying this for $5.00/100 sheets. Does Costco offer a better value?

                      1. re: HillJ

                        I'm not sure, but I think so. It comes in a 15 inch by 164 ft pkg, and I believe it costs about $7. This is in Canada, not sure where you are.

                        Eta: I checked out your link, and they want to charge $27 (!!!!!) to ship to Canada. Yikes!

                        1. re: HillJ

                          That seems like a great deal! I like the one from Costco, but it's on a roll so you have to tear it off and it never fits perfectly. I've purchased the flat liners from King Arthur Flour but they're a lot more expensive.

                        2. re: CanadaGirl

                          I've always loved parchment paper - and it seemed like I was going through it so quick - was thrilled when COSTCO started carrying it - YAY!!!!!!!

                          1. re: yummykimmy

                            Ooooooo - never thought to see if Costco carries it! I will have to check next time I'm there :)

                        3. Thanks for the tip! My potatoes always stick to the foil. While we are talking parchment paper, does it matter which side you use?

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                            1. I like using it in the microwave to make cheese "crackers." Mound spoonfuls of grated good parmesan cheese, zap a minute, let cool a minute, peel off the parchment paper and, voila, carb free, gluten free, cheese crackers!

                              I actually saw a small box of this exact same item at Dominick's (Safeway) a few days ago. $5.99 for, I think, a box of 10. Psh. For $5.99, I can make 100!

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                              1. re: Violatp

                                As soon as I saw you post I knew I was in trouble! I just tried it and it is delish!

                                1. re: dmjordan

                                  Aren't they great??

                                  I also make bigger ones and turn them into taco shells.

                                  The parm works fine, but I've been keeping my eyes open for a hard monterey jack for taco shell use. (I saw it once a long time ago, so I know it exists.)

                                  1. re: Violatp

                                    Well, I tried it with parm and with Grada Padano and then with just crappy mozzarella. I both love you and curse you at the same time. I think I've eaten a pound of cheese in the last 24 hours. I like the idea of shaping them while warm.

                                    1. re: dmjordan

                                      HAHAHA - I apologize preemptively for any tighter than usual pants. :-)

                              2. Always make home-made pizza.always use parchment despite the tiles in my oven..no mess, no worry.but i trim it close to prevent burning

                                1. I had never used parchment (other than things like fish in parchment) until I moved to France several years ago. Everybody here uses it - even tart and cake pans. So I decided I'd try it.

                                  Holy smokes -- now I use it for everything -- cookies, cakes, under roasted anything -- etc., etc., etc.

                                  makes cleanup so much easier, and no chiseling burned-on anything!

                                  1. This is like a "DUH" moment for me. I always have parchment paper in the house, but use it so rarely. Why I never thought of using it for uses other than baking cookies is beyond me. It's so much less expensive than the "non-stick" foil I generally use. Thanks for opening my eyes!

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                                    1. re: CindyJ

                                      It sure is. I've never bought non-stick foil but was shocked at the price in the store compared to parchment paper. Never saw the need for the foil

                                    2. Another great use is using to cook in "en papillote." Lay a nice fish fillet, some lemon slices, a few herbs, some green beans, sliced carrots, asparagus or other vegetable, drizzle with some good olive oil and a splash of white wine all on a piece of parchment paper, fold in half and crimp the sides together. Cook for about 20 minutes or so in a 400 degree oven and you have a wonderful meal.

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                                      1. re: ttoommyy

                                        I guess you missed my comment & link referencing this method above. I adore the preparation of any fish this way and I realized yesterday when this thread began that I don't think of it often enough. I will now.

                                        1. re: HillJ

                                          Oops. Sure did. And I swore I clicked on that link. Sorry!

                                          "...and I realized yesterday when this thread began that I don't think of it often enough."

                                          Same here!

                                      2. good shit, as long as someone else is buying

                                          1. re: law_doc89

                                            A bit confusing. Top of the site says free delivery if you spend $50.00 or more but even one $8.99 roll of parchment paper comes up with FREE shipping.

                                            law_doc, have you ordered from this company yourself?

                                          2. Whooo...I thought this post was about some untold toxic effect from use of parchment paper.

                                            I also use it frequently

                                            1. I use it for EVERYTHING. I have a box of sheet-pan-sized individual sheets from Sysco (1,000 sheet box that I split with a friend). When I re-do my kitchen, I'm going to have a slot built at my workspace, just below the countertop, that will hold a full stack; then I can yank sheets out with abandon.

                                              1. I only recently started using it and now I love it, too! I can't even remember what caused me to use it in the first place that got me all hooked on it...but yeah, now I'm a parchment paper fanatic!! LOL!!!