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".
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.
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