Wax vs. Parchment Paper. What's The Difference? | Wednesday’s In the Know
Have you ever wondered what the difference between wax and parchment paper is? They appear to look the same, both are white, paper based and heck, why should I have to buy a whole roll of parchment paper when I already have wax? Hmm! Yes, they both are great for offering a nonstick surface, sifting onto or even covering your counter top as you measure dry ingredients, but there are very specific differences that can make a world of difference, especially when it comes to baking.
Before you take the liberty to make what you think is a simple swap, think again and read on
Wax Paper: Wax paper is just that, a paper with a thin coating of wax on each side. Wax paper, similar to parchment paper, offers a nonstick surface but is not heat-resistant. Worse case scenario, wax paper can melt or even catch on fire if placed in the oven. And, do you really want to cook your veggies with a side of wax?
Parchment Paper: Treated specifically to withstand high temperatures in the oven, Parchment paper is a kitchen “work-horse” offering a nonstick surface with easy peasy cleanup while protecting your pans! Parchment paper is usually purchased in a roll (grocery store), but you can also find them pre-cut into rectangles fitted for a standard baking sheet (most major grocery stores), or pre-cut into 8-inch or 9-inch rounds for your cake pans (kitchen store).
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