What can I use instead of parchment paper? 11 Solutions That Work

What can I use instead of parchment paper? Is this your question of the day? You are lucky because we have an answer.

What can I use instead of parchment paper? Is this your question of the day? You are lucky because we have an answer.

The primary purpose of a kitchen is cooking. And parchment paper is one of the main components you need for cooking. It is needed in baking, in the en Papillote method of cooking, and in presenting the prepared dishes.

The paper is famous because of the silicone coating that keeps it from sticking to your food. We can see that this paper is non-toxic and natural for our meals so we prefer using it against other available alternatives.

But you have run out of your supply of parchment paper and your next baking project – or meal presentation – is around the corner.

How can I bake the next batch of cookies without parchment paper?

Or what can I use instead of parchment paper?

Can I present my meal in plastic wrap without ruining its beauty?

These are some questions you start asking as soon as you notice that your parchment paper roll will not last this cooking session.

Luckily, you have many solutions. And these solutions are just as healthy and presentable as parchment paper itself. Use this post to identify possible substitutes that will help youbake and present your cookies appetizingly.

11 Parchment Paper Alternatives

1. Cooking Spray

Cooking Spray-What can I use instead of parchment paper

The biggest advantage of using cooking spray instead of parchment paper is cost savings. The spray is not only cheaper but will also last more cooking sessions than a roll of parchment paper. It’s especially true if you use paper for cooking meals from scratch using raw ingredients.

The second reason that prompts seasoned cooks to replace parchment paper with cooking spray is to minimize waste. You don’t have a piece of paper to put in the trash bin after cooking.

But you shouldn’t overuse cooking spray. Don’t use it on non-stick pans. Its residue will build on the pans over time and the only way to get rid of this residue is to abrasively scrub the pan. And you know the impact of harsh scrubbing on your non-stick pans, don’t you?

2. Oil the Pan

 Oil the Pan-What can I use instead of parchment paper

If you are roasting vegetables, you can replace parchment paper with oil to keep your food from sticking to the pan or baking sheet. Use a brush to coat the pan with oil. Also, you would want to use a brush to spread oil on the vegetables.

The same goes for roasting meat.

3. Butter and Flour

Butter and Flour-What can I use instead of parchment paper

This is another method to ease your baking without parchment paper. I admit, it’s not the fastest method to get the job done, but it minimizes waste and is an eco-friendly option.

Use it for baking cakes and cookies.

Before you proceed with this route, know that there are some risks attached to this method. You have to be extra cautious when you line your baking pan with butter and flour. If you leave out only half an inch of space without the flour, you will have difficulty removing the cake from the pan in one whole. It may leave its precious crumbs behind.

If you are thorough enough, you will be rewarded with the precious crust that is formed on the side of a cake that is baked in a flour lined pan.

The right way to line your baking pan with flour is to start with the greasing agent. It can be oil that you have spread on the pan using a brush or your hand. Or it can be butter that you move around the pan allowing it to lend its grease to the utensil.

Make sure no part is left without fat content. If you have used your hands to spread the oil, you should get rid of excess oil using a towel or tissue. After that, spread flour on the surface. Again, get rid of excess flour by tapping the pan on the sink.

4. Silpat Baking Mat

Silpat Baking Mat-What can I use instead of parchment paper

Silpat is another name for cost-cutting when it comes to baking. In my opinion, don’t wait for the parchment paper roll to be used up before getting a Silpat baking mat. Yes, you will lose all meaning of using your previously beloved parchment paper after getting the mat but it can still help you with the presentation of your baked foods, no?

And who knows you may also want to keep your parchment paper around to roll the dough.

Before baking, use the sheet to mold the batter in your desired shape. Then, bake it on top of the same sheet. Once done, rinse and repeat. The mat will serve you for years to come.

The downside is that you cannot change its shape to fit the pan. So, you may have to get a mat for every baking pan you have. And these mats aren’t cheap, to begin with. So, expect a high upfront cost if you choose this alternative.

5. Silicone Molds

Silicone Molds-What can I use instead of parchment paper

Just like Silpat mats, silicone molds allow you to bake goodies without worrying about the snacks getting stuck within the pan. They are generally nonstick.

Just like Silpat, again, these molds are a long-term solution. So, you will only get them if you want to get rid of excess waste that results from using parchment paper.

Again, you will use more than one mold to suit the shape you want for your baked products. But unlike Silpat mats, you don’t put these molds in baking pans or sheets. So if you work only with oven trays, these molds will not need more accessories like pans or sheets.

A seasoned baking kitchen will use a mixture of Silpat mats of different sizes and silicone molds of different shapes to cater to the versatility of their baking needs.

6. Aluminum Foil

Aluminum Foil-What can I use instead of parchment paper

Aluminum foil is the most used alternative to parchment paper. It is preferred by cooks because of its high conductivity.

Because the foil can bear high levels of heat well, you can also use it to line baking pans. You will use it mostly to line the dishes for steaming and roasting.

Another situation where aluminum foil use is preferred is when cooking – or baking – will create lots of mess. In other words, it’s a great parchment paper alternative for grilling. You can see how this sheet will help you after grilling. It will catch the drippings from grilling and you wouldn’t have to deal with the grease afterward.

Baking is not the best use of these sheets. But the reason that should prevent you from using this foil for baking is not a health hazard. It will also not affect the pan or sheet you are using to bake. Instead, the reason is simple: the foil multiplies the heat that reaches baking goodies. And because only some parts of these doughy goods are in contact with the foil, the heat doesn’t reach evenly to every part of these items. The result is goodiesthat are half-burnt and unevenly baked.

If you are using this foil to steam or roast your food, make peace with leftover aluminum on your food. This foil has a tendency to stick to the food under intense heat.

7. Butcher Paper

Butcher Paper-What can I use instead of parchment paper

If you are a BBQ lover who uses parchment paper instead of aluminum foil, try using butcher paper instead.

The paper can do well under heat. All you have to do is to keep it away from direct flame. Just like any other paper, it can catch fire. A better solution is to keep it in the upper part of the oven so only indirect heat reaches it.

It will allow you to use the same sheet for both cooking and presenting. You can use the piece in the smoker as well as on the grill.

What are the advantages? First, this paper looks appealing and completes the vibes of BBQ. Secondly, it will keep the meat moist during and after cooking. In the end, you can use the same sheet for both purposes, minimizing the paper waste in return.

Did I mention this paper will also bring out the beauty of the occasion with its rough style?

8. Wax Paper

Wax Paper-What can I use instead of parchment paper

Above, I’ve mentioned all the alternatives that can work for baking and cooking. We’ve discussed greasing, the butter and flour method, and Silpat baking mat for baking. Grilling, roasting, and steaming work well with oiling, butcher paper, and aluminum foil.

Wax paper is another alternative to parchment paper. But you don’t use it for cooking or baking. Essentially, wax paper cannot handle the heat. If you heat it, it can melt and melted wax is toxic. You don’t want that wax in your food.

But if you are running out of parchment paper to present your food in, wax is your friend. Again, don’t present warm or hot food on wax paper for the reason mentioned above.

Present cold food or use it to store meals and ingredients at room temperature. You can also use these sheets to line your fridge to prevent mess and possible cleaning. Once the sheet is on the racks, it will catch all spills allowing you to simply discard the sheet afterward as the only step to your refrigerator cleaning regime.

Also, use it to roll the dough using a rolling pin or without it.

9. Plastic Wrap

Plastic Wrap

Another alternative to parchment paper is plastic wrap. Aluminum foil is another such alternative but it can stick to your food. If you want a solution that doesn’t stick to the food just like parchment paper, you can use plastic wrap or wax paper.

It’s not the healthiest solution out there. And don’t count on me to tell you how toxic plastic wraps can be for keeping hot foods.

But this wrap is a good option if you are storing – or transporting – cold food.

10. Paper Bag

Paper Bag

Again, you cannot cook or heat anything in a paper bag. These papers aren’t food grade and can be toxic under extreme temperatures. Plus, these papers have a higher tendency to catch fire and if you use them in your oven, you may end up with burnt cookies and cakes.

And you don’t want the ink on these bags to mess with your food. That ink is inedible.

Instead of helping you with cooking and baking, these bags can replace the storing and presentation purposes of parchment paper.

11. Banana Leaf

Banana Leaf

That’s not what you expected. But it’s an organic and unique method to present your meals, isn’t it?

Many cultures use banana leaves in place of dinner mats to serve food. They do this to enhance the health benefits you gain from the foods served on the leaf. The leaf is believed to have its natural antioxidants that combine with the foods to help boost your immunity.

So, if you are a lover of natural products, ditch the synthesized products like silicone and plastic and go with banana leaves. And you can also bake some meals wrapped in these leaves. But you have to first learn the ins and outs of this type of cooking. Unlike aluminum foils and parchment papers, these leaves are porous allowing liquids to seep through them on the baking tray.

Don’t Use Freezer Paper

Freezer Paper

Use freezer paper only in the freezer. They are made with one intention: to keep moisture packed in food items in the freezer. Consequently, this paper is not suitable for cooking that involves high temperatures.

It’s also not a good substitute for wax paper because although we can use wax paper to store foods at room temperature, this paper doesn’t allow this luxury.

Take Away

Parchment paper is a commonly used baking and cooking essential. It’s used as lining paper that keeps the food from sticking to the baking pan or sheet. It also prevents the mess in your oven by lining the tray to catch grease and oil from grilling.

Most kitchens also use the same paper to wrap foods for elongated shelf life.

Most chefs depend on it to excel in their cooking endeavors. But there are times when most strategic and mindful cooks get distracted. You may one day peer into your pantry to find that the remaining paper cannot help you with your project. What will you do then?

This article discussed a few possible solutions.

Happy cooking!

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