There are quite a number of things to do with wax paper when in the kitchen but using it in the Oven is not one of them. I’m sure you are asking why? but before we go into details let us differentiate parchment paper and wax paper.
Yes, Parchment paper and wax paper look alike, so you will be wondering so what is that paper that is normally put in the oven when goods are being baked. It is normally a parchment paper.
Parchment Paper VS Wax Paper
A parchment paper is cellulose-based and it is non-stick which can be disposed of immediately after use while a wax paper is made to be moisture proof with the addition of wax on it.
Due to their coating, it gives each paper different uses. Take for example the Parchment paper which is coated with silicone is non-stick and heat resistant while the Wax paper coated with wax is water resistant.
Reasons why Wax paper cannot be put in the Oven
Wax paper is coated with a thin line of wax which make it water resistant.
- Wax paper is not heat resistant and shouldn’t be put in the oven because the heat of the oven could make the wax melt or ignite.
- The wax in the wax paper will melt when in the oven and mix with your food content giving it a wax taste.
Other options in place of wax paper could include silpat mat and parchment paper.
Uses of Wax paper in the Kitchen
There are a number of uses of Wax paper and they are;
- Line kitchen drawers
- Warp food for cold storage.
- Line pans that will not be put in the oven
- Pack baked goods
Properties of Parchment paper that make it good for an oven
- It is treated with silicon which makes it heat resistant
- It is none stick
- It gives even baking
- Elmininates baked goods to stick on the pan.
- Easy Clean up when baking
There is another unique mat that can be used in the oven in place of a parchment paper or wax paper, it is called a silpat mat. This mat is a baking essential made of silicon and has unique properties which are;
- It is non-stick and can be heated up to 450°C
- Takes on higher heat than parchment paper
- Most of all easy to clean
The only downside to this mat is that when baked goods are on it, sharp metals like knives can cut through it, so it is best to transfer baked goods to a different layer that can withstand sharp objects when cutting through.
How to care for your Silpat mat (Silicon Mat)
To give your silpat mat a long lifespan preventive and maintenance care has to be carried out and they include;
- Clean with warm water after use and dry before storing
- Store Flat
- Do not try to cut the mats because they have fiberglass in them which will break.
- they are non-toxic and none of its material will be transferred into your baked food
- can withstand temperatures from -40°C to 450°C
Now we have come to an end of this write-up and we have learned that we should not put a wax paper inside the oven instead it can be substituted with a parchment paper or a silpat for proper baking.