The Super Smart Viral Parchment Paper Trick We Wish We’d Known About Sooner

Parchment paper

There are so many uses for parchment paper. Of course, we love it because it’s heat-safe, food-safe and disposable, which makes it perfect for air frying, grilling, steaming and baking. If you’re a frequent baker or just like to keep your baking sheet clean, then you know that parchment's nonstick surface in a lifesaver. And one of my favorite uses for it is to bake in it. Fish en papillote (“fish in parchment”), anyone?

Despite all of these pluses, there is one problem with boxed parchment paper: achieving a straight, clean-edged sheet. Recently, I was intrigued by an Instagram video from Natalie Johnson (@homebeginswithlove) and over at Food Chain TV where they explain how they solve this dreaded issue. When you discover how easy it is to fix this problem, you’re going to wonder why you didn’t think of it first.

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How Does The Viral Parchment Paper Trick Work?

For her demonstration, Natalie opens a new box of Costco parchment paper. First, she removes the sticky tab that keeps the roll intact. Then, she pulls and tears a small amount of paper out to show us the uneven edge that results from the paper tearing against the sharp, serrated blade that's built into the box.

To get this trick in motion, she opens the box, removes the roll and flips it over so the paper butts up to the blade edge. Next, she pulls out a small amount, then tucks the lid inside the box. With a firm grasp, she tears the piece against the edge for a straight, clean tear. It's as simple as that!

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Useful Tips When Using Parchment Paper

It’s important to exercise caution when using parchment paper, so keep these tips handy.

  • Do not use parchment paper when cooking over 400 degrees. Instead, opt for a non-stick pan, heavy-duty aluminum foil or a greased pan.

  • Never substitute parchment paper for wax paper. Wax paper should only be used for non-heat projects. Take it from me, never use wax paper in the oven.

  • If you bake a lot, it might be worth investing in pre-cut parchment paper sheets. It saves you from struggling with the box and the paper is flat with no curling edges.

  • Not sure which side of the parchment paper to use? You want the glossy side facing up on your pan.

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