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!
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!