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ISO: half sheet pan sized parchment paper, NOT rolled, but layed flat

Got the yen to make pretzels, as I had a great one as an app recently, and was hoping to avoid the sysiphian battle I usually have to undertake to layout my paper. Anyone see this rare creature locally?

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  1. I admit that I store my pre-cut half-sheet sized parchment rolled (and I don't usually have too much trouble getting it to settle into the pan - the trick is to place it with the "convex" side up, then the first thing you set on the parchment will hold it down flat.)

    Not anything like local, but if you ever get the chance to visit the King Arthur Flour store in Norwich, VT, they sell the half-sheet sized parchment flat. Unfortunately, I believe that if you mail-order it they do roll it to fit in a tube, but you might call them to check. Now that I think about it, I think I have gotten it shipped flat as part of an order big enough to need a box that it could fit into.

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    1. re: Allstonian

      I think precut the roll would probably be a bit easier to handle, but what I have now is all one giant sheet, and cutting it to size and keeping it in the pan without it rolling right the f*&k back up again is challenging at best.

      1. re: devilham

        I feel your pain - I cannot recommend strongly enough getting some of the precut sheets. Even when stored rolled, it is WORLDS easier to manage.

        Besides the half-sheet size, I've also bought 8-inch and 9-inch rounds, and some startlingly useful 6-inch squares that I use for separating pre-formed hamburger patties, portions of prosciutto or bacon, and suchlike, when wrapping for freezing.

      2. re: Allstonian

        I order the parchment from KA. They used to roll it in a tube but now it's folded gently in half. Works great. I usually stock up when they offer free shipping.

        1. re: Jpan99

          Thank you, yes - they do fold it, but I've never had a problem with the creasing.

          I visit the store every November as part of a VT road trip, but also keep an eye out for their free-shipping specials.

      3. I bought a box of 1,000 for about $18 at a restaurant supply place. Not rare at all in the wholesale market.

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        1. re: coll

          Agreed, and I used to have access to a Restaurant Depot card, but that is no longer the case, sadly. Was hoping a retail outlet would sell it. Does Easter Baker Supply carry it I wonder? That's about 3 blocks away from my work.

          1. re: devilham

            Update, EBS does not carry, oh well

          2. re: coll

            If you have a Sam's Club with a bakery department nearby, they will probably sell you a (1,000 sheet) box.

            1. re: punkin712

              Thanks but the 1,000 sheet box I bought 5 or 10 years ago will probably last me until the day I die...maybe I should include it in my will!

            1. re: zackly

              I buy from Webstaurantstore.com too, usually get a couple of friends to order with me.
              The more we order, the better the product to shipping ratio.
              Comes flat, shrink-wrapped on cardboard that easy to store.

              1. re: grumpyspatient

                I didn't check shipping costs but the per box price is very cheap especially compared to retail "foodie-centric" stores around here. . I bought a case of 500,I think, full size sheets several years ago from a local restaurant equipment store. They didn't have half sheet pan size so I have to cut them. I think I paid $30.00. That's a ten lifetimes supply for me.

                1. re: zackly

                  thats the rub, 2 sleeves cost $9.38. Grounds shipping to Massachusetts is $11.00.
                  $10.00/per hundred count isn't terrible,
                  but when you order 4 and split the $11.00 between 2 people (or 3 people), the overall cost is much better. And once you start to use these, you won't ever want to give them up.

            2. Not local, but readily available on eBay. I think I paid about $23/300 recently.

                1. re: Ruprecht

                  Oh, that's an intriguing idea! Ended up using the rolled stuff, on the upside, the roll has ended, so I shan't be using that product again! Pretzels came out great, observe, the breakfast of champions!

                2. Probably 15 yrs ago, I bought a box of 1000 full sheet pan sized sheets at Rosenbloom's Party Supply in Lowell for around $30-35. I've given a lot of it away and still have more than enough to last till my 200th birthday. The current item, which is the last one on the Bakery section page, appears to be the same thing. http://myrosenbloom.com/ I find it simple enough to fold the sheet and tear in half, or to throw my frugality out the window and use it doubled ;-).

                  1. If it helps, I generally tear off a bunch of sheets from the roll in the right size where prepping for a big bake day then just lay them out flat on the counter and stick my baking sheet on top of it all. A giant book or three on top of that. Let it go overnight and by morning, they aren't perfectly flat but a lot of the curl has relaxed out. Maybe if you stored a bunch permanently this way it would be even flatter?

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                    1. re: foxspirit

                      I used to do that before I bought the sheets. It does work, but some of those rolls of parchment run out pretty fast, and they are comparatively way more expensive than the box of sheets from the kitchen/party outlet. For the cost of what I'd spend on supermarket parchment over the course of a few years, I got enough for a few lifetimes. Whenever I mail a holiday or birthday gift to a friend who bakes, I include a bundle. If you have family or friends interested in splitting a box of 1000, it is well worth a one-time schlepp to buy it.

                      1. re: greygarious

                        I can get full rolls every so often at the dollar store around here. When they have em I just grab a couple and stock up so its really not that pricey. For me and my tiny kitchen, storing a giant box of flat sheets isn't worth the space. Its more that than the cost I'm concerned with.

                    2. Sur La Table has them, but the last time I bought them they were terrible and all my food stuck to them, especially soft pretzels which was a disaster. It's weird because the time before that that I bought them there they were totally fine. They must have changed.


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                      1. re: julieapfel

                        I had the same experience with ones from Sur la Table.

                      2. China Fair in Porter Square has 'em!

                        1. I found them at -- wait for it -- The Christmas Tree Shop!

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                            1. re: SuzieCK

                              I do find the most interesting things at the Christmas Tree Shop, so I'm not surprised. I got a bottle of anise extract for $1 not long ago, after spilling the old one I had been using every Easter since who knows when. What a score!

                            2. The secret to make the parchment paper soft and being bale to form it in the pan is to make it wet, but that only works on real parchment (other lower end baking paper even if its called parchment might simply rip apart,) you could also test paper to see if its real parchment or just a grease proof paper by making it wet and see how it reacts
                              By Chef Le Bon www.cheflebon.com

                              1. if you are making the dough, you can put a little dab in each corner to 'glue' the parchment down.

                                1. Thought of you just today! Bought a pack of 100 sheets at China Fair in Newton for $13.99...

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                                  1. re: galleygirl

                                    Nice, I have tomorrow off, will swing on by China Fair!