There’s always a certain amount of chaos in my kitchen.
The oven is screamin’ hot. There are egg yolks in the egg whites. Flour : Everywhere. I have an 8-inch round pan, a 9×13-inch pan, a burnt saute pan from Ikea, and a wooden spoon….and now I need a special spring-form pan just for a cheesecake!? Yea…
Also… there’s flour everywhere. A cat, too. The cat, however, is medium normal.
There is something that can ease my chaos. Ok… there are a lot of things that can ease the chaos: a dishwasher and a kitchen assistant, for starters. But I’m thinking of something that costs far far less… parchment paper!
Let me tell you… a roll of parchment paper is a lifesaver in the kitchen!
It’s worthy of roasting garlic. It’s everything when it comes to baking cookies and roasting vegetables. It’s a nonstick wonder, and makes clean-up a breeze. Parchment paper is also, often, reusable. If I make cookies, I simply remove the cooled parchment, fold it up, and save it for the next round of baking.
Other incredible parchment paper uses: for sifting flour onto, for gift wrapping, and food styling.
Parchment paper isn’t just for Martha Stewart-like home bakers, or pastry professionals. Parchment paper was designed for people like us… people who don’t want to dirty a spatula just to get fresh cookies off a baking pan.
A warning: parchment paper does not belong anywhere near a broiler. That’s how one sets their house ablaze.
Please consider this a useful tip, a high-five, and a loving shove into the kitchen… get cooking!
I love parchment paper! It is a great tool to use to bake different items and to get them out of pans easier. I also recommend to all the beginning bakers out there to use it for almost every item you bake, it just makes life easier! Great warning about the broiler though, that would not end well.
I just love using it to bake with it, The clean up is a snap every time.
Everybody is chatting about clean up….
Parchment changes the nature of the raw product’s (the dough’s) physical contact with the heated surface (your pan.) Things cook DIFFERENTLY with parchment; less aggressively. This is a very good thing. In particular, less over-browning will occur.
I wonder if I can use parchment paper to wrap, form and store the little chocolate coconut raisin candy I make in my frying pan?
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Helpful info. Fortunate me I discovered your web site by chance, and I’m stunned why this accident did not came about earlier! I bookmarked it.
Yes, parchment has become my best friend in the kitchen too! Thanks for the tips!
And I love your website.
for anyone in the Los Angeles/Culver City area I find that the best place to buy parchment paper is Surfas on Washington bl in Culver City. i buy a pack of 250 sheets (half sheet size for around $13 to $14.
I buy my parchment paper at Costco. Apparently I go through it pretty quickly.
I love parchment paper and aluminum foil for all their many uses in baking.
Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See
Flour: everywhere. So true! Not to mention, it is the biggest pain-in-my-butt to clean up…. I prefer flowers in the house :)
Great tip! I tend to use tinfoil for garlic and other things, but will try parchment instead!
You can buy flat, large sheets in a bundle at Gordon Food Service stores if you have one in your area. The package slide in the same place you store you cookie sheets and there are so many, they last forever.