Will Parchment Paper Burn In The Oven?

Will Parchment Paper Burn In The Oven?

While using parchment paper during baking, you must have found yourself surrounded by the question- will parchment paper burn in the oven?

There is a higher chance that parchment paper can burn if put inside the oven but only when you leave it for too long in the oven or line the baking tray with more than the needed size.

Every person who uses parchment paper is always worried about whether it is safe, where to use it, and questions like these. It is normal to get worried, after all, it’s a matter of our health. Parchment paper is made with a silicone coating that makes it suitable for a lot of purposes like baking or lining. Keep reading to know more about parchment paper and get all your doubts cleared.

What is the temperature that causes the burning of parchment paper?

Most parchment paper brands let you use it at a temperature between  420° to 450°. If you use parchment paper at a temperature more than mentioned on the packaging, then you can expect it to catch fire. For example, baking cookies or cakes requires the temperature mentioned above, but baking pizzas require at least 500° F.

If you don’t want the parchment paper to burn in the oven, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. This way, you can safely use parchment paper in the oven, and it will not get burnt.

this is a bun

Is it safe to use parchment paper in the oven?

Yes, it is absolutely safe to use parchment paper in the oven. Its non-sticky and heat-resistant surface make it a great tool in the kitchen. You can use it for various things like wrapping food, baking, or warming food.

Use it to cover your food before putting it in the oven to warm up so that there are no food scraps all over the walls and base of the oven. It will also save you the time of cleaning your oven after warming the food.

While baking cookies or cake, parchment paper makes it easy for you to remove them without getting stuck to the paper.

this si a cookies on the paper

What if you use wax paper instead of parchment paper?

We all use one thing in place of another, sometimes by mistake, sometimes on purpose. For example, if you used wax paper instead of parchment paper, whether by mistake or not, its effect depends on where you used it. If you are wrapping foods or covering the dough to put it in the freezer, you can use each of them instead of the other.

But what happens when you use wax paper instead of parchment paper in the oven? Parchment paper is heat-resistant because of its silicone coating, but it is made from paraffin wax coating when it comes to wax paper. This coating gives it a non-stick surface but is not heat resistant. So when you put it in the oven, the wax will melt even at normal temperature, and the paper can catch fire.

this is a cookies in the oven

Conclusion

To sum it up, we must say that parchment paper is totally safe to use in the oven. You don’t have to worry about it burning as long as you’re using it at the temperature mentioned in the manufacturer’s instruction. Most brands use the maximum temperature between 420o to 450o F.

There are other uses of parchment paper other than baking, like wrapping, lining pans, or covering the kitchen counters for mess-free cooking. By chance you run out of parchment paper, you can always use oiled baking paper in place of it. But never use wax paper in place of it. It will catch fire.

References

  1. https://analyticalsciencejournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/jms.3757
  2. https://youtu.be/qKdGGGPLiw0

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