Test Kitchen Tips
9 Nifty Ways to Use Parchment Paper Sheets
Parchment paper should already be a kitchen staple, but when you buy it in pre-cut sheets, you can take your cooking and baking to a whole new level. Here's why.
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Make baking prep super-easy
To cooks in the know, parchment paper is a kitchen superhero. Measure your dry ingredients onto pre-cut parchment paper sheets, and then slide the ingredients into your mixing bowl. You’ll never have to wash out prep bowls again. And if those sheets are still clean, you can reuse them later!
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Simplify your en papillote prep
En papillote is just a fancy way of saying cooking in paper, like with these salmon veggie packets. Prepping these is a snap when you snag pre-cut parchment sheets at the grocery store—no measuring and no washing up to do!
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Ensure prettier cookies
Parchment paper sheets let you line your cookie sheets with precision, and baking cookies on parchment prevents your cookies from sticking or breaking apart. Try it with these vanilla meringue cookies, which will also cook more evenly thanks to the parchment paper.
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Use them as snack plates
Looking for easy cleanup but don’t have paper plates on hand? Just take a sheet of parchment and use it as a plate (or layer over your regular dishes). Now when you dip into a slice of one of these snack cake copycats, you won’t have to worry about the mess. Just grab a glass of milk and enjoy.
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Prepare multiple batches
If you’re making multiple batches of cookies but don’t have multiple pans, simply prep your next batches on parchment paper sheets. When the first batch comes out of the oven, slide it off the pan, and replace it with one of your prepped sheets.
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Save time cleaning after making a roast
Parchment paper sheets aren’t just for baking. You can roast with them too. Here, try it with these roast chicken recipes. Simply slide a sheet into the roasting pan before you begin. You can thank us later!
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Make an easy batch of roasted veggies
Got a craving for roasted veggies but hate the greasy mess you have to deal with after? Simply slide one of your parchment paper sheets onto a baking sheet, and season. There’s no need for added grease or spray, and your veggies won’t stick. This should work for any of these sheet pan dinner recipes too.
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Never throw away another baking sheet
Who among us hasn’t thrown out a once-favored baking sheet because the baked-on gook and grime seems beyond cleaning? Well, we can tell you how to clean even the most well-worn baking sheet, but we also have the ultimate cheat: always line the baking sheets with parchment paper.
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Decorate a cake or cookies
With parchment paper sheets, you can decorate a cake like a pro without having to deal with a messy reusable piping bag. The rectangular sheets can be easily formed into a cone for piping.