While using parchment paper in the oven, you must have thought at least once about how hot parchment paper can get?
Parchment paper can get so hot that it can get burnt if you leave it for too long in the oven. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use it in the oven. You can use parchment paper up to the maximum temperature mentioned in the manufacturer’s instructions.
Parchment paper is high heat-resistant because of its silicone coating. This makes it safe to use in the oven, and many people use it for various purposes. But little did they know that parchment paper has a maximum heating point. It is mentioned on the packaging of every brand’s parchment paper.
Keep reading to know more about parchment paper.
Parchment paper is nothing but paper covered in silicone coating. This coating makes it different from a normal paper by giving it a heat-resistant, non-stick, moisture-resistant, and grease-resistant surface. These features make it a suitable choice for doing so many things in the kitchen. For example, not only cooking, but parchment paper also helps in doing mess-free cooking.
We often use parchment paper in the oven but sometimes forget to take it out. So what will happen if we don’t take it out? Will it get too hot? But what is too hot? Let’s understand it more clearly.
The maximum temperature of parchment paper in the oven can be determined by its packaging. The manufacturer’s instructions clearly mention the maximum temperature you should use parchment paper. Most of the brands offer a maximum temperature between 450 to 500 F. It’s sometimes surprising to know that a single sheet of paper can handle such extreme temperatures.
But you know everything has a limit. Just like a human body can withstand temperature only to a limit same goes with parchment paper. It is just paper, and it can burn if you stretch it beyond its heating temperature. So if you don’t want the parchment paper to get burnt, then always read the instructions and use it at the mentioned temperature only—no more than that.
Parchment paper has many features and has many uses both inside and outside of the kitchen. Let’s look at some of its uses inside the kitchen.
- You can use parchment paper to cover cookie sheets. It will keep your sheet tidier, and there will be no hard crusts left after baking.
- You can use it on the same cookie sheet again as long as it’s dry.
- Cook your dishes in it
- You can use parchment paper to decorate your cookies by using it as a piping bag.
- If you want to store your food items in the fridge, you can wrap them in parchment paper to stop them from getting moist.
Everything has a limit, and you should not cross that limit. When you cross a limit with a person, you know how angry they get. The same goes for parchment paper. Though it wouldn’t get angry when using parchment paper beyond its mentioned heating temperature, it is more likely to get burnt. Although every brand has a different maximum temperature- usually the temperature lies between 450 to 500 F.
Do not worry about the parchment paper crossing its maximum temperature as long as you cook foods that require less temperature. Apart from cooking and baking, parchment paper has many more uses, and one should be familiar with it to get as much as benefits from parchment paper.