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What’s the Difference Between Wax Paper and Parchment Paper?

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I learned the hard way that wax paper and parchment paper are not the same thing.

One summer afternoon, I was making 2 big pizzas for lunch. I couldn’t find any parchment paper, so I decided to experiment with wax paper.  I knew that you could use wax paper to keep a cake from sticking to a cake pan, so why would it be any different when making pizza?  BIG MISTAKE! I spent the next ten minutes trying to peel melted wax paper, piece by piece, off the bottom of the pizzas. What a mess! We all had a good laugh, and my friends still remind me of my little experiment gone wrong. See – I’m not perfect!

What's the difference between wax paper and parchment paper?

The Difference Between Wax Paper and Parchment Paper:

Wax paper is tissue paper soaked with paraffin.  It is nonstick and moisture resistant, which makes it a great wrapping paper for sandwiches and quick breads (like Banana Bread) or liner for cookie tins. But, it will melt like candle wax in a moderately heated oven.

Cool kitchen and home uses for wax paper.

Parchment paper is a high-density paper with a nonstick coating.  In some countries, it’s known as “Butter Paper.” Nothing sticks to it! It can be used like wax paper, but it can also withstand a high temperature oven – usually up to 450F.  You can use parchment paper to line cake pans and baking sheets to keep food from sticking.   You can even reuse parchment paper!

New uses for parchment paper.

 

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One comment

  1. We definitely have made this mistake. This is a huge help, and our future pizza’s thank you.