All questions

Can I substitute was paper for parchment paper?

Can I substitute wax paper for parchment paper?

asked by Betty Dunn almost 6 years ago

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

10 answers 1733 views
mrslarkin
added almost 6 years ago

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

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

Monita
Monita

Monita is a Recipe Tester for Food52

added almost 6 years ago

Would avoid using wax paper in baking

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

healthierkitchen
added almost 6 years ago

Wax paper can melt and even burn in the oven.

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

SKK
SKK
added almost 6 years ago

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.

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

dcmaggie
added almost 6 years ago

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

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

jamcook
added almost 6 years ago

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





nno

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

jsdunbar
added almost 6 years ago

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

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

jamcook
added almost 6 years ago

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!

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

healthierkitchen
added almost 6 years ago

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.

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)