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 between parchment paper and wax paper.
Parchment paper and wax paper look alike, so you might sometimes mistake one for the other. When it comes to putting things in the oven, parchment paper can work, wax paper can’t.
Reasons Why Wax Paper Should Not Be Put In The Oven
Wax paper is coated with a thin line of wax which makes it water resistant. However, 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 waxy taste. Instead of wax paper, other options you may use are:
- silicone mat
- parchment paper
Parchment Paper VS Wax Paper
A parchment paper is cellulose-based and non-stick, it can also be disposed of immediately after use while wax paper is made to be moisture proof- the wax coating ensures this.
So, the coating of each paper gives them their uniqueness and functionality.
Uses of Wax Paper in the Kitchen
Even though they can’t go in the oven, wax paper has a lot of uses. Here are some:
- They can be used to line kitchen drawers.
- They are good for wrapping food for cold storage.
- They can be used to line pans that will not be put in the oven.
- They can be used to pack baked goods
Properties of Parchment paper That Makes It Suitable For The Oven
- It is treated with materials to make it heat resistant
- It is non-stick
- It gives even baking
- Easy to clean up after baking
Silicone Baking Mat- An Alternative For The Oven
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 silicone mat. This mat is a baking essential made of silicon and has these unique properties:
- It is non-stick and can be heated up to 450°C
- Takes on higher heat than parchment paper
- Very 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 surface that can withstand sharp objects when cutting through.
How to care for A Silicone Mat
To give your silicone mat a long lifespan, here are some tips for you:
- Clean with warm water after use and dry before storing it.
- Store on a flat surface, don’t bend it.
- Do not try to cut the mats because they have fiberglass in them.
Now, we have made it clear that it isn’t the best to place wax paper in the oven, in fact, avoid doing it. Instead, you can use substitutes like a parchment paper or silicone mat for proper baking.