Baker’s Shortcut: 5 Reasons to Use Parchment Paper
If you don’t have parchment paper at home (and I’m guessing many of you don’t), you’ve likely seen it lining the trays at your favorite bakery. Moisture-resistant and grease-resistant, it really shouldn’t be relegated to professional kitchens any longer. Home cooks and bakers need the stuff, too, for many reasons. Let’s discuss why, shall we?
1. Clean-up is a breeze: You can cut your parchment to fit your baking sheet or buy pre-cut and pre-sized pieces to make life a breeze. Because grease won’t penetrate onto your pan, you simply remove the parchment after you’re finished baking and pan’s clean!
2. Baked goods won’t stick: This is really the main reason I use parchment in the kitchen. I don’t have to fuss with cooking sprays or use additional butter or oil. Cookies, bars, and scones slide off the tray without any hassle.
3. It preserve the life of your baking sheets: No burned bits on those trays means your nice baking sheets are going to last longer and longer.
Joy the Baker warned that parchment shouldn’t come near a broiler as it’s not meant for super high temperatures. I’d add that it’s also not interchangeable with wax paper in recipes. Keep them seperate and you’re good to go.
(Image: Faith Durand)