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Handy Uses for Parchment Paper

La Crosse, WI, United States / KICKS 106.3

 Line cookie sheets and baking pans: This one goes without saying, but it can really be a lifesaver. I make cookies at least a few times each week, and I often had trouble with very thin cookies sticking to my cookie sheets. But not anymore! Even the thinnest, most delicate cookies come right off of parchment paper.

Use in place of a bowl when sifting dry ingredients: When baking, sift ingredients like flour, baking powder and soda, salt, and spices over a piece of parchment, then lift and pour right into your bowl. Another dish eliminated and a potential mess easily contained.

Store your leftovers (and prevent sticking): Use parchment paper to divide leftovers like chicken breasts, pizza slices, and pancakes for non-stick food storage. The same method is also great for freezing foods like burgers, bacon, tortillas, and baked goods prior to placing them in a freezer bag.

Artfully wrap baked goods: Parchment paper makes the perfect wrapping paper for baked goods – and it looks chic and rustic. After wrapping, use tape to secure and finish with twine or ribbon.

Make dinner in a snap: One of the easiest and healthiest meals is parchment-wrapped fish or chicken. Place some veggies on the parchment paper first, top with your protein, drizzle with some olive oil, wrap tightly, and bake.

Make disposable and crafty place mats: Having kids over for dinner? Cut place mat-sized squares from parchment paper and put place settings on top. Who cares how messy the kids are? Just toss when dinner is done.

Cut down on microwave messes: Instead of paper towels, cover dishes in the microwave with parchment paper to cut down on splatter.

Make a snack cone: Don’t you love when you go to a restaurant that serves fries in a cone? Make your own at home with parchment paper by simply rolling the paper into a cone and securing with tape. This works great for all sorts of munchies like popcorn and nuts, too.

Use as a cookie cooling rack: If you’re baking multiple batches of cookies, chances are you don’t have enough cooling racks to accommodate all of your treats. Line your counter with parchment paper and transfer partially cooled cookies to free up your racks for those that are hot-from-the-oven.

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