Difference Between Wax Paper & Parchment Paper

by Jack Stone

Bakers everywhere are used to the advantages of wax paper and parchment paper; they make cooking simpler, cleanup easier and cooling more efficient. However, they are not identical products.

Components

Wax paper is a kitchen paper coated with a thin layer of wax. Parchment paper is a higher quality kitchen paper coated with a thin layer of silicone, creating a non-stick surface.

Cooking

Wax paper is most useful for cooling foods, such as candies or melted marshmallows. You can also line pans with it for baking cakes. Parchment paper is ideal for rolling out foods before cooking and for covering pans while baking foods, such as cookies.

Heat Resistance

Wax paper is made of a flammable material; it only works in the oven when the surface of the wax paper is not exposed to oven heat. Parchment paper is heat resistant to 420 degrees.

Adverse Effects

Parchment is only good after a few uses, but it leaves no taste residue on the foods it comes into contact with. Wax paper can leave a hint of a wax taste.

Cost

Wax paper is relatively inexpensive and available wherever baking items are sold. Parchment paper is harder to find and can be quite a bit more expensive.

About the Author

Jack Stone, a 25-year-old freelance writer, has been writing professionally since 2009 for sites such as eHow, Golflink and Trails. He holds a Bachelor of Theology from Ozark Christian College, a certificate to teach English to speakers of other languages from Biola University and a Masters of Arts degree from Wheaton College.