As seen in our previous article, parchment paper's high threshold for heat and cold creates unique uses for it. For other tasks, wax paper makes a versatile, and less expensive, substitute for parchment paper. While it shouldn't be exposed to strong temperatures to prevent the wax from melting, here are some more ways to make full use of that roll you have lying around!
1. Keep your bowls clean, reduce cleaning time
Perhaps the most understated use of wax paper is how much easier it can make post-cleaning. There are many different ways to use it: you can use it to sift dry ingredients instead of a bowl, place it on top of food in the microwave (not in extreme heat!) to prevent splatters, and top off a few layers of wax paper over a cutting board when cutting raw meat. That alone nets you a clean bowl, oven and board.
2. Reviving your waffle iron
A short-term solution to your ageing waffle iron is to place a piece of wax paper in between the plates while it heats up. This melts the wax coating covering the paper, temporarily coating the iron instead. Remove waffles easily and with no fuss. Repeat the process every few batches.
3. Making artfully wrapped baked goods
Wax paper makes the perfect wrapping paper for baked goods. Tie a ribbon around to add to its vintage appeal. The video provides helpful tips to make it look better with the usage of pleating.
4. A makeshift pastry bag.
Not everyone's a professional baker. Disposable icing bags are convenient for the special occasions where you're piping more than one colour. Watch the simple video above to craft one. Additionally, to get your birthday greetings right, you can pipe the words onto the wax paper, freeze it and slide onto the cake with a spatula.
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Parchment paper! Its features are a lifesaver when it comes to sticky baked goods and pans - but everyone knows that. So, here are some of the more underestimated ways to use your parchment (baking/cooking) paper to its very best.
1. Line and lift (Video)
You can make your own cake pan liners with parchment paper. Simply trace the shape of your pan with a pencil, flip it and add to the bottom of the pan. For the sides, fold paper in half and cut along the estimated line for double the length. Leave a little extra paper hanging on the sides as a makeshift handle to slip it out easier. This method applies to all baked goods, of course. If your cookie batch turns out burnt, doing the above will help prevent it.
1. An entire cooking style (Video)
Food wrapped and cooked in parchment paper, or "en papillote" in French, make healthy and savory meals with little time invested. A tiny pat of butter goes a long way in seasoning the meat and sauces, infusing and enhancing the taste of each other. This is parchment paper's calling; they take the heat that wax paper can't, and are void of strange odors chemical reactions with aluminium foil might produce when steamed. This cooking style is great for busy people, and come with reduced kitchen cleanup as they're served in the paper.
3. Layer your leftovers
Parchment paper withstand both heat and cold well. Divide sticky leftovers (crepes, baked goods) with it for non-stick food storage before placing them in a freezer bag so they're easy to separate later.
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Stay tuned for more ways to use your aluminium foil and wax paper! Now if you'll excuse us, we're off to give number 2 a shot ;)
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