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Are Parchment Paper and Wax Paper Substitutes?

When you’re baking, you’ll often see a recipe that calls for lining the pan with parchment paper. While you may be tempted to substitute wax paper if you don’t have any parchment in house because they look and (sort of) feel similar, they’re not the same thing!

  • Parchment paper has been coated with silicone to make it heat-resistant and non-stick. This makes it perfect for lining cookie sheets, baking pans, and for direct exposure to heat in the oven.

  • Wax paper has been coated with wax to make it non-stick and slippery but the wax should NOT be exposed to direct heat in the oven (it could melt). Keep the wax paper for wrapping up sandwiches.

If you want a one-size-fits-all solution, skip the wax paper and grab a roll of parchment next time you’re at the store. It’s more versatile and guaranteed heat resistant so you can use it for all of your cooking and baking needs.