Can I substitute was paper for parchment paper?

Can I substitute wax paper for parchment paper?

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ChefOno
ChefOno October 16, 2012

Not if the paper will get hot enough to melt the wax.

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mrslarkin
mrslarkin October 16, 2012

When you are baking, wax paper is a bad substitute for parchment paper.

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Monita
Monita October 16, 2012

Would avoid using wax paper in baking

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healthierkitchen
healthierkitchen October 16, 2012

Wax paper can melt and even burn in the oven.

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SKK
SKK October 16, 2012

Parchment paper is coated with a substance to keep give it a non-stick heat resistant coating. It can sustain temperatures up to at least 400 F. and some at higher heat. (Check your package.)
Wax paper is coated with a soybean or paraffin wax which will melt in high temperatures, and as healthierkitchen said, burn. They are not interchangeable and have two different purposes.

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dcmaggie
dcmaggie October 16, 2012

No. Definitely use the right kind of paper when needed.

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jamcook
jamcook October 17, 2012

Obviously parchment is the best choice, but before it was widely available people , including my grandmothers used waxed paper. And sometimes ,(gasp!) even brown paper. The
Cakes were still delicious and to my knowledge
No one came to grief





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jsdunbar
jsdunbar October 18, 2012

I agree that wax paper was used before parchment paper with no family tales of disaster.

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jamcook
jamcook October 18, 2012

Since the question was first posted, i have checked several of my older cookbooks. Both Maida Heatter and Marion Cunningham call for lining pans with waxed paper and James Beard calls for "greased letter paper." I wouldn't argue with those guys , and i think you can use whatever you want!

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healthierkitchen
healthierkitchen October 18, 2012

With all due respect to Marion Cunningham and James Beard, I would not use wax paper as I have first hand knowledge that it can burn at the same temp that parchment will not. My sister-in-law did it. Maybe at low temps it might be OK, but certainly not a sub for all uses of parchment.

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