It's Not Just For Cookies... - Popa's Kitchen Blog at - 324578

Popa's Kitchen

It's Not Just For Cookies... 
Mar. 29, 2014 3:31 pm 
Updated: Apr. 6, 2014 7:01 am

Come on, take a look, I won't tell anyone. Yes, I'm telling you up front what this blog is about and I'll bet that you will find at least one thing that you will say wow, I didn't know that. Let me start by saying I want to tell you about a few "Aha!, moments" that I have discovered using parchment paper. Yes parchment paper, the kind made by Reynolds Kitchens®, the name found in kitchens across the country.  But before I get to my "Aha!, moments" let's talk parchment paper. The kind that can "Make Meal Magic Every Day."

Parchment paper is quite versatile in cooking and can withstand temperatures up to  420 degrees Fahrenheit.  Among the many uses for parchment paper include wrapping cookie dough in to chill or freeze until ready to bake, chicken and vegetables en Papillote (parchment packets) and bake fish. One of my favorite ways to use parchment paper is to line a bread or brownie pan leaving a few inches on either side so when it's done I can lift it from the pan without it falling apart or sticking to the pan. The list goes on and on for parchment paper uses. You can see more here and other ideas at Reynolds Kitchens® Make Meal Magic Every Day.

Another of my favorites is to use parchment paper to roll cookie dough between two sheets to minimize sticking as in this recipe of Karen's Rolled Sugar Cookies. I got this idea for a photo with these tumblers that my wife bought at Costco. Thinking round cookies to match the round dots on the tumbler filled with milk. Then I had to figure out how to match the tumbler colors with the icing. One day while shopping at  the local market I found neon coloring. I thought wow, this could work. All I needed was a couple of drops of neon purple and neon blue in the icing and got a pretty close match to the tumbler dots.


Another great use for parchment paper is for lining trays for making candies and treats as in the recipe of Ashley and Whitney's Popcorn and Pretzel Sweet Snack Mix.


I served the snack mix in fry baskets lined with parchment paper.


There are many more recipes in the Reynolds Kitchens® recipe collection and don't forget to check out the video Tips For Saving Time In the Kitchen or the complete collection of  Reynolds Kitchen® videos. You just might find an "Aha!, moment". I did.

Now for my "Aha!, moments." I think my first "Aha! moment" or "I didn't know that" was when reheating pizza in the microwave place the pizza on parchment paper to keep the crust crispy.

My second "Aha!, moment" or should I say it's been a long time coming is the Reynolds® Cookie Baking Sheets non-stick parchment paper that fits standard cookie sheets (12 inch X 16 inch). These sheets fit perfect in a half sheet baking pan and are so much easier than rolls that can curl up on you and no more cutting to size. You can find them at a Walmart store near you starting in April.


My last "Aha!, moment" is not "Meal Magic" but it does show you how versatile parchment paper can be. It happened a couple of years ago when I decided to take my "recipics" (pictures of recipes) more serious and used parchment paper to diffuse my homemade photography lights when natural light isn't available. The parchment paper can easily handle what little heat the cfl bulbs put out and it doesn't matter if the paper touches the cfl bulbs.



#MealMagic #AllrecipesAllstars

I am an Allrecipes Allstar Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I'm not compensated for my work with Products received from advertisers are only used for experienced-based reviews on Popa's Kitchen. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of bd.weld. This blog was written in support of Reynolds Kitchens.

big logo

To learn more about the Allrecipes Allstars program visit Allrecipes Allstars.

Mar. 29, 2014 3:44 pm
I LOVE parchment. My cookie sheets LOVE parchment! The SHEETS of parchment are the bomb! LOVE them. I didn't know about the pizza re-heating tip - I will try that. The photo tip is great! I love the diffused light. Did I say that I love parchment paper?
Mar. 29, 2014 3:45 pm
Parchment to cover your light? That's Genius!!!! Definitely trying that! And I never thought about lining a brownie pan, but it surely would make cutting them easier. Great blog!
Mar. 29, 2014 3:51 pm
Baking Nana - I agree on the parchment paper and yes the sheets are the bomb. No more rolls for me.
Mar. 29, 2014 3:56 pm
Years ago,during my journey toward a non-disposable lifestyle, a friend introduced me to parchment. I resisted, but after a favorite family cookie recipe repeatedly failed, I bought some. Aha moment, indeed. :) I do still buy store brand rolls though. The length of the roll fits my current pans perfectly or I would consider making a change. It also works good for fudge and holiday bark.
Mar. 29, 2014 3:59 pm
Staci - Thanks for stopping by. I always line my pans for things like brownies and ice cream bread with parchment paper. I just cut to fit with enough to grab hold of and lift out for easy cutting.
Mar. 29, 2014 4:03 pm
linda2d - I don't remember when I first tried parchment but I always have it on hand. My baking pans are a commercial type half sheet. The baking sheets fit perfect in them. I never found a roll the length or width of them. Always had to cut to size.
Mar. 29, 2014 5:53 pm
Love parchment paper and use it when ever I can. I made a discover by accident the other day that Reynolds is now selling parchment paper with the paper parchment on one side the reflective tin foil on the other side. Talk about an awesome accident, I'm totally in love with it and will be using this combo from now on.
Mar. 29, 2014 6:42 pm
I'm a big parchment user myself! Along with cheesecloth a completely under utilized kitchen product. I just wanted to add that when you are baking cookies on parchment, I use the same sheet of parchment for every batch, doesn't seem to mind.
Mar. 29, 2014 7:20 pm
Hi Brian, I use parchment paper all the time. It would be so much easier than cutting the paper to fit the pan! I haven't seen the cookie baking sheets here yet. However, I will check the store the next time I go. I like the idea of using the paper for photography!
Mar. 29, 2014 8:26 pm
Parchment is wonderful! Another unlikely use is for ironing. There are times when I need to press a delicate fabric and I cant touch the iron to the fabric directly - just place a piece of parchment on top and press away!
Mar. 29, 2014 8:29 pm
Elaine - I have heard through the net that they have come out with that. I'll have to check it out. Thank you for stopping by.
Mar. 29, 2014 8:32 pm
Raedwulf - Thank you for commenting. Yes, parchment paper will hold up for several batches of cookies. Ah, yes, cheesecloth. That stuff is hard to beat for so many uses.
Mar. 29, 2014 8:35 pm
Lela - I love those sheets. Reynolds sent us some to try out and they are awesome - no curling. I don't think they will be out until April though. I like using the parchment paper on the lights to keep the harsh shiny light off the food.
Mar. 29, 2014 8:37 pm
What's for dinner, mom? - I didn't know that about the ironing. I'll have to tell my wife about it but then again she might already know.
Mar. 29, 2014 10:33 pm
I think I've used parchment paper to bake cookies almost as long as I've been baking cookies. My mother and grandmothers used waxed paper to line cake pans and just heavily greased cookie sheets and then spent hours scrubbing them clean. I worked in a bakery when I was in high school and saw the baker use parchment and saw how much better it worked, but it wasn't readily available for home use. I grabbed it as soon as I saw it in the supermarket and never looked back! I think parchment paper was the only cooking trick I ever taught my mother in law.
Mar. 30, 2014 3:23 am
"The Parchment Paper Cookbook" by Brette Sember - I have given this book to a couple people to rave reviews. You may want to check it out. (I haven't used it but found it interesting to peruse).
Mar. 30, 2014 7:57 am
BigShotsMom - Thanks for looking in. I do remember the waxed papers days. Matter of fact I have a roll of it and don't even know why. The wife may have bought it. Parchment paper can do way more things than waxed paper.
Mar. 30, 2014 8:01 am
Maggi - Thank you. I checked out that book and it looks interesting. Sometimes I often wonder who came up with the idea to invent parchment paper and use it for cooking.
Mar. 30, 2014 10:07 am
It took me a few cakes to realize that the bottom doesn't always want to release. Now when I use my round cake pans that aren't spring forms, I line them with parchment. No more broken cakes! I love your tip on the pizza, and I will try the parchment over the light source, though I doubt that my photography will be improved. That's how bad my skills behind the lens are.
Mar. 30, 2014 10:49 am
I'm a huge fan of parchment paper too and your blog gave me some great ahas!
Mar. 30, 2014 1:14 pm
Great concept. I hate having to cut to size and have the darned things curl up. Thanks for the other aha tips.
Mar. 30, 2014 7:12 pm
The polka dot cookies are darling! What a great idea for Easter or May Day. Was it McCormick food colors? I want to get the kind you used. Wax paper is the best for layering cookies and candies in tins and Tupper.
Mar. 31, 2014 9:16 am
Doc Simonson - Parchment does work well under cakes. Hang in there on the photos. Practice on them and in no time you will be just like Ansel Adams.
Mar. 31, 2014 9:18 am
I’ve been been a fan of parchment paper for a long time, too. Another Reynolds product that I’ve grown to love is their non-stick aluminum foil...nothing will EVER stick. Great tip on warming pizza and also for the photo lights. Luv, luv, those glasses with “matching cookies.”
Mar. 31, 2014 9:18 am
duboo - Thank you for looking in. I'm still searching for more "Aha's!"
Mar. 31, 2014 9:20 am
Magnolia Blossom - There's nothing worse than the ol' curl up. Looking forward to seeing you again at one of the upcoming roundups. :)
Mar. 31, 2014 9:27 am
still emeralds! - Yes, it was McCormick Neon Food Coloring. Wax paper does work well for separating cookies and candy but in my opinion parchment does too and has many more uses. Thanks for looking in.
Mar. 31, 2014 9:30 am
lutzflcat - Thank you. I must say that I have never tried their non stick aluminum foil. I better get out and buy some for a test run.
Mar. 31, 2014 11:21 am
Hi bd, I love the creativity you used with the milk and cookies! Parchment paper is wonderful. I've been using it for years. In addition to it being non-stick, it makes clean-up a snap. BTW, I tested it in a 450 degree oven for 15 minutes to brown some meat I had pressure cooked, and had no problems. Great blog!
Mar. 31, 2014 11:50 am
Cookin'Cyn - Thank you. I look around for a food prop and try to match a food to them. I've never used parchment paper in a 450 oven but I'm planning on it when I roast some cauliflower. May have to drop 25 degrees due to the time in the oven. Wish me luck.
Mar. 31, 2014 1:45 pm
Ahhhh the light is genius!
Mar. 31, 2014 2:29 pm
Alesha - Thank you. Kind of a cheap way out but it works.
Mar. 31, 2014 2:37 pm
Honestly Brian, YOU should have my food writer gig! You are the Master! Love your Reynolds blog. I ditto all of our other friends' thoughts and going to pass on the parchment paper filter idea to Randy to use when photographing his minitures.
Mar. 31, 2014 2:42 pm
Cathy Myers - Thank you Cathy but I'll have to pass on the food writer gig. You do a much better job than I could.
Mar. 31, 2014 6:40 pm
Parchment or Silpats, just gotta haves in the kitchen! Loved the photos as always.
Mar. 31, 2014 7:03 pm
Cat Hill - Hi Cat. Thanks for looking in. I've never used Silpats but after talking to Baking Nana I just might get one.
Apr. 1, 2014 1:00 am
I am new to parchment. LOVE it! Though, it is still probably under-used in my kitchen. It is taking over the roll of waxed paper at my house - which is to finish off Rice Krispie Treats - and for placing freshly dipped chocolates . . . [Mom always wrapped my school-lunch sandwiches in waxed paper! I HATED that! I was so happy to start buying ziplock bags!]
Apr. 1, 2014 1:03 am
Oooooooh! And I am so HAPPY to see the cookie perched on the polka-dotted cup! Didn't Mrs bd get that at Baking Nana's gift exchange a year ago? If she did, I actually bought that in AZ when I was visiting baby- and grandbabyxray the Thanksgiving before (=
Apr. 1, 2014 1:15 am
[Hey, is that roasted cauliflower for your pizza? lol ;)]
Apr. 1, 2014 5:21 am
I use parchment as a first layer when I cover lasagne, ziti, ribs or any thing that has high acid content before I seal it with foil. It is a great way to prevent the acid from eating through the foil.
Apr. 1, 2014 5:50 am
Not a fan of Reynolds foil/parchment combination though. It doesn't seal tightly so the use is limited.
Apr. 1, 2014 6:48 am
I used your tip about diffusing light, but I only had yellow parchment paper. I had hubby CAREFULLY hold a paper towel between the lamp and the photo subject, and loved the results. I need white parchment for this though, because it will not make any comments, lol! Great blog, bd!
Apr. 1, 2014 8:53 am
gammaray (= - Oh, I remember the waxed paper wrapped sandwiches. Yes those are the cookie cutters! They work perfect. The cauliflower isn't for pizza we eat a lot of roasted cauliflower. I may just try it for pizza. Just don't tell Doug.
Apr. 1, 2014 8:56 am
mauigirl - Good idea on the cover between the food and foil. I'm not too sure about the parchment/foil idea either.
Apr. 1, 2014 8:57 am
Bibi - Thank you. Lol. I have no comment parchment. Viva Las Vegas!
Apr. 1, 2014 9:34 am
Thanks bd., a box of neon colors is on my grocery list. Will simplify my next tinted-frosting experiment. Wax paper is a nostalgia and utilitarian thing for me--and it is ever so much easier to use than the curly curly curly rolls of parchment paper.
Apr. 1, 2014 11:21 am
still emeralds! - Great! I agree on the curly curly. The new sheets work perfect. Can't wait to see the photos of your experiment.
Apr. 1, 2014 3:18 pm
I LOVE parchment paper, just by chance Bill got reynold's roll and I am a fan so much better then no name. Got to try the sheets as soon as I can.
Apr. 1, 2014 6:17 pm
Joey Joan - Yes the Reynolds is quality parchment. They said the sheets will be available at Walmart in April.
Apr. 2, 2014 12:36 am
[Don't tell Doug that I'm considering trying the cauliflower pizza crust, by the way - shhhhhhhh!Way less scary than yeast ;)] I can't tell you how happpy it made me to see the cookie cutter put to good use! I thought they were SO cute - but not something I would utilize . . . Thought of you this afternoon, when I saw the polka dotted glasses at Costco (=
Apr. 2, 2014 7:33 am
gammaray (= - Funny you say that, I was thinking about making the crust too. We will use those cutters every time we make cut out cookies. See you in Vegas if not sooner.
Apr. 2, 2014 5:32 pm
Thanks for sharing! I had a BLAST working with parchment paper for the last few weeks!
Apr. 2, 2014 5:36 pm
House of Aqua - Thank you for stopping by. It was fun working with it. I'm sold on the sheets.
Apr. 3, 2014 4:30 pm
I timed my shopping right as it turns out--4 pack of colors only $3.03. I've been wanting to pick up a new hobby and computer-photography sounds good. I've already made a few calls to see about getting some assistance for starting out. I have a camera because of the confusion of thinking one someone had left by where I was sitting in an airport terminal was mine (basically same case) and then never heard from anyone, although I called lost and found at the airport--as long as I can get it to work, it'll be fine for my beginner status. Thanks! (Do you remember the brand of the glasses? I love polka dots.)
Apr. 3, 2014 8:16 pm
I don't remember the brand but Costco still sells them. Good deal on the colors.
Apr. 3, 2014 8:31 pm
Thanks--I just wish Costco had occasional weekends for anyone to shop for free--still not up there enough to warrant a Costco membership.
Apr. 6, 2014 7:01 am
Brian, great blog about the many uses of Parchment Paper! I've always been a fan and now I've got some wonderful tips on even more uses for it. Like the one about reheating Pizza! Awesome-ness!
Click to Change your Profile Picture

Home Town
Long Beach, California, USA
Living In
Victorville, California, USA

Member Since
Jul. 2010

Cooking Level

Cooking Interests
Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy

Gardening, Camping, Biking, Fishing, Photography

Go Pro!

In Season

It’s Ghouls’ Night Out
It’s Ghouls’ Night Out

Get cute n’ creepy recipes to feed all your little monsters.

Allrecipes Cooking School
Allrecipes Cooking School

It’s everything you need to cook your best. Learn more about Allrecipes Cooking School.

Football Food for the Win
Football Food for the Win

All the game-day eats you need to crush the tailgate competition.

About Me
Graduated from the Culinary Institute of Burn and Learn. If DW and I were to take our daughter, son-in-law and our grand children out to dinner we would have to ask, "table for 10". Therefore, cooking at home has a high priority.
My favorite things to cook
Anything my grandchildren like to eat.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making the meal of choice for the grand kids birthdays.
My cooking triumphs
Pleasing hungry family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
Anything I cooked that my wife disapproved of.
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States