Parchment paper is among the most valuable and practical kitchen items to have on hand. It’s resistant to grease and moisture thanks to a silicone coating, and it’s flexible enough to fold but durable enough not to tear. Parchment paper is also quite a heat resistant, withstanding oven temperatures of up to 450 degrees. (If it gets too hot, it will turn dark and brittle.) Because wax paper does not tolerate heat, they are not always interchangeable. You can purchase parchment paper in rolls, pre-cut sheets, or rounds to fit your pans with the least amount of waste.
As we all know, parchment paper makes clean-up in the kitchen a breeze, but it also serves a variety of other uses. Read the following points to find out more about the creative uses of parchment paper:
1. Non-stick Baking for Cookies, Cakes, and Brownies
Parchment sheets could come in handy if baking cakes, cookies, or brownies in a pan. For example, to bake cookies, you can line the pan with a square of parchment paper that has been cut (or use a pre-cut square) before adding the dough. The cookies can be easily lifted from the parchment paper once baked and slightly cooled.
Parchment paper also makes removing cakes from pans easier. The best trick to bake a cake is to lay one piece of a parchment sheet in the pan, covering the bottom and two sides. Next, lay a second piece of parchment paper in the opposite direction, covering the bottom and the remaining two sides. Bake after adding the cake or brownie batter. Lift the parchment paper on two opposite sides after the batter has baked and cooled; the entire brownie or cake can then be plated and cut on the parchment paper. There is no mess (and no cake remains in the pan)!
2. Parchment wrapped dinners
The next idea on my list of parchment paper is ideal for those who like to make their meal presentation a little more special. It’s a quick and tasty way to prepare dinner. For this technique, simply layer some vegetables on top of the paper before adding the fish or chicken. Drizzle with fresh herbs and olive oil, then wrap tightly and bake in the oven. There will be no pans to clean, and the meal will be delicious, healthy, and attractive.
3. Cheese Storage
Although one can get cheese wrapped in plastic when shopping, these moisture-tight seals are only intended for short-term use. Plastic wrap can trap moisture, encourage mold growth, and raise ammonia levels in cheese, which can alter the taste. Instead of plastic wrap, use parchment paper to allow the cheese to breathe before placing it in an oversized plastic bag.
You should also label your cheese if you’re storing more than one kind of cheese. The method we recommend combines labeling and wrapping and requires only parchment paper, plastic wrap, plain cardstock, and a writing utensil. Remember to write the date you bought the cheese on the tag, so you know how long you have had it.
After wrapping it, store your cheese in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. By doing this, you can guarantee that the cheese will stay at a constant, cold temperature.
4. Cooking en Papillote
Another use of parchment paper is cooking en papillote. It may sound fancy, but it is simple. All you need to do is place ingredients — such as salmon and asparagus — in a packet of parchment sheets and bake it in the oven.
Fold a sheet of parchment paper in half, place the food on one side, and then fold the other half over the parchment sheet. Roll the edges together to seal, allowing ample space for the magic. As the packet heats, steam will collect throughout its interior, resulting in a lush and flavorsome meal that stays moist without using oils.
5. Gift Wrap
It makes no difference whether you have white or brown parchment paper in your kitchen; either can be used to wrap a gift. It may take several layers to keep the recipient from seeing what is covered in it, especially if it is a white parchment sheet with a see-through quality.
Parchment paper is a cheap option that can be dressed up with ribbon or embellished with stamped, drawn, or painted designs when used as gift wrapping.
With its many uses, parchment paper can be used for everything from lining baking pans to en papillote cooking fish and other foods. Despite its versatility, it is most commonly used in situations requiring high heat because its silicone construction prevents it from melting in the oven or on the stovetop. You can use it as a liner for a pie crust when blind baking, as a soft lid for sauces that are being reduced over low heat, and to line cake pans and baking sheets.