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10 Ways Baking Parchments Can Transform Your Baking

Fresh Baked Cookies using baking parchment

There’s no denying that this year has been unlike any other, but the magic of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years lives on. While there’s so much to look forward to during this time of year, professional bakers, caterers and anyone in the food industry knows that it’s also incredibly busy!

Whether you’re gearing up to cater a family feast or you’re stocking your sweet storefront with yummy treats, baking parchments can make your life infinitely easier. 

Today, we’re diving into how these helpful accessories work and why they’re sure to become a mainstay in your kitchen rotation! We’ll also share a few delicious ways you can put yours to good use today!

What Are Baking Parchments?

We’ve all been there. 

You’ve carefully measured your ingredients and prepared your batter. Now, you’re ready to transform these raw ingredients into a decadent cake or a platter of mouth-watering cookies. 

Before you can create these treats and share them with your friends, you have to bake them in the oven first! This requires prepping your pan or baking sheet beforehand.

If you’ve ever stood over a sink, up to your elbows in bubbles, you know that scrubbing dirty bakeware is far from a glamorous task. It’s time-consuming, difficult and more than a little icky. That’s why you always reach for a box of parchment paper beforehand!

When the cooking time is up and everything is cooled, you can simply lift up your treats, toss the paper, and reveal a pan that’s still sparkling clean. A quick rinse with warm water, and it’s good to go. Our cake pan liners even come with tabs, so all you have to do is pull gently on the tabs, and everything comes out smoothly!

The only problem? It can be difficult to size the paper exactly to your pan.

Most of the time, you wind up with just a little too much or just slightly not enough, which can create the very mess you were trying to avoid.

That’s why we developed our innovative baking parchments, known as Perfect Parchment.

In short, these are pre-cut pieces of parchment paper designed to fit the most common pan sizes, including:

  • 9x13 (Small)
  • 10x15 (Medium)
  • 11x17 (Large)
  • 13x18 (Half Sheet)

 In addition, we also offer Perfect Parchments to fit your cake pans with ease, accommodating a variety of sizes including:

  • 6-inch Round
  • 8-inch Round
  • 9-inch Round
  • 10-inch Round
  • 6-inch Square
  • 8-inch Square
  • 9-inch Square

Chances are, you have more than one type of pan in your kitchen, so we’ve made it easy to enjoy quick access to the different Perfect Parchments you need. Our Perfect Parchment Essential Bundle includes a variety of baking parchments to accommodate almost every shape and size of bakeware. 

How Can Baking Parchments Help Me? 

We created Perfect Parchments because we know how valuable your time is in the kitchen. You might have gotten into the professional baking space because you love the craft, but any time you can find a product that makes your job easier, it’s a definite win-win.

Our baking parchments can help you save time and enjoy your time in the kitchen. Next, let’s take a look at 10 ways you can use these accessories during the holidays season (and beyond).

  1. Save Time in the Kitchen

Of course, Perfect Parchments save time. This is one of their greatest benefits!

While it doesn’t take a ton of time to cut and measure the right amount of conventional parchment paper, it isn’t necessarily a quick task. When you have batter on your hands and are crunched for time, you don’t exactly have time to set everything down and measure for precision. 

With Perfect Parchments, you can rest assured that the perfect size of parchment paper is always available and accessible for quick convenience. While this is an advantage any time of the year, it’s especially important during the holidays, for two main reasons. 

First, if you’re a professional baker, this is normally your busiest season. You might have dozens of orders lined up for your locally acclaimed chocolate chip cookies or shop patrons who always expect your seasonal sweets to be on the shelf.

This means you need to reduce your turnaround time as much as possible, so you can be ultra-efficient in the kitchen. This way, you can complete more orders in a short amount of time and spread plenty of holiday cheer!

Second, less time in the kitchen means more time with your family

When the workday is done and it’s time to bake for the most important loved ones in your life, you’ll want to get the job done quickly so you can enjoy snuggles by the fire and all the great, festive movies that come on the television! You don’t want to waste a single second on a cumbersome task that could be avoided.

Scrubbing stuck-on bits from greasy pans can be a miserable and unwelcome chore on its own, but it’s even more frustrating when you know the party is going on without you! From meats and vegetables to cookies and cakes, you can use Perfect Parchment to slash your clean-up time so you can get back to what really matters. 

  1. Minimize Waste

Be honest: How many times have you had to throw away a few random scraps of parchment paper because you simply didn’t need them?

You measured the size you needed, made your cut and realized that you had a little too much left over. Or, you underestimated the size of your pan, cut your paper too small, and winded up with a piece that you couldn’t use.

Either way, you likely tossed the excess right into the wastebasket. Not only does this generate waste, but it means having to run out to the store to buy more. The more parchment paper you tear off but throw away, the quicker you’ll have to go back out and replenish your stash.

If you’re looking to do your part to make your Thanksgiving and Christmas a little greener, this is a simple and easy way to do so!

  1. Less In-Store Shopping

Another way that Perfect Parchment saves you time during the holidays? You don’t have to brave the mad rush of shoppers that tend to flock to the stores right before their big family meals.

Instead, you can simply order our baking parchments online and we’ll take care of the rest. We offer an affordable flat shipping rate of $5.95 for all of our orders, and all orders above $35 ship for free!

Most items will ship from our warehouse in Rockledge, FL and we can ship to almost any address in the world! You’ll get your products in a matter of days, shipped right to your doorstep. This is one item you don’t have to add to your weekly shopping list, which makes any trip you do take that much easier.

  1. Easier to Make Holiday Favorites

What are the baked treats that everyone you know requests this time of year? Is it your decadent chocolate-dipped Oreos? What about your cake pops, five-flavor pound cake or butterscotch haystacks?

Whatever you’re known for, we’ll help you make it easier. 

If you need a little inspiration, we also offer a ton of delicious recipes on our blog! Our Fresh Ginger and Pear Cake is rich and perfectly spiced, making it one of our go-to seasonal favorites.

Think of all the fruits and vegetables that are in-season around the holidays and let your imagination conjure up new and unexpected sweets that will become repeat requests in the years to come. From juicy oranges and pomegranates to creamy persimmons and tart cranberries, there are so many different ones to choose from!

  1. Helps Keeps Cakes and Cookies Looking Great

Let’s face it. 

You could create the softest, richest cookie in the world but if half of it sticks to the bottom of your pan, it will be difficult to salvage the whole batch. The same goes for a cake that leaves a layer of stuck-on crumbs at the bottom as you cut each slice out of the pan.

While you might be able to give these goodies away to family and friends, they won’t exactly be showstoppers in your bakery. 

The same applies if you sell your items in local coffee shops or cafes around town. While there may be an element of truth to the saying “It doesn’t matter what it looks like, as long as it tastes good!”, professional bakers know that appearance is just as important as taste.

Pre-cut parchment paper helps make sure there isn’t any inch of your treat that’s left sitting on the bare pan. This way, you can help ensure that every batch comes out of the oven looking beautifully uniform.

This is true no matter what kind of pan you decide to use. 

As a baker, you already know that some pans spread heat perfectly over the entire surface, while others are less than even. The difference depends on the specific type of metal used, as well as how the pan was constructed. 

Despite your best attempts at choosing quality bakeware, you might find that some pans have distinct hot and cool areas that can threaten to cause baking issues. This can result in baked goods that are overly cooked and hard in some spots and often too soft in others. 

Our parchment paper can help even everything out. It creates a thin layer between your baking sheet and your baked goods, helping to regulate the temperature and neutralize or eliminate any hot spots. 

Plus, it gives your treats something to grip and hold onto, which helps keep them fluffy and reduces the risk of undesirable spreading! Thick and fluffy cookies tend to be soft and delicate in the middle, for a show-stopping treat that will have them coming back for more. 

In addition, our Perfect Parchment also contains all of the heat-resistant properties of conventional parchment paper. This helps keep the bottoms of your items from burning or turning black. Think of this as one less stressor to contend with as you prepare your holiday baking schedule!

  1. Neater Cutting 

Are you planning to make a few dozen of your infamous magic cookie bars for Christmas? What about these fudgy chocolate brownies?

Handheld treats are excellent favors and make for an easy and enjoyable gift that anyone can appreciate! Yet, when it comes time to lift them out of the pan and slice them, you might find that the task isn’t exactly as easy as you’d hoped.

Those clean-cut bars and squares that you see in magazines? Parchment paper is behind those! When you line your baking dish with Perfect Parchment, you can simply pick the whole treat out of the pan when it’s done. This way, no food sticks to the edges of your pan, which can cause them to look messy and crumbly when it’s time to cut.

If you want to give the freshest-looking treats possible, this is one step you can’t afford to skip. They’re also easier to wrap and store when they’re all the same size and there aren’t any hanging bits stuck to the sides. 

In addition to using it on all of your baked goods, remember that you can also use Perfect Parchment under your holiday casseroles, as well! This way, every slice you cut will be as uniform and neat as the last. If you’re planning to cater a large gathering, this can help make your dishes look more attractive, especially if you’re plating everything as a single serving. 

  1. Insulate Your Savory Dishes

Want to know the secret to perfectly cooked salmon that keeps its juices and delivers a ton of knockout flavor? You guessed it: parchment paper!

There are many recipes that call for wrapping your meat or poultry gently in parchment paper before baking. While you can use conventional brands for this step, remember that at this juncture, your hands are likely covered in a sauce of some kind, not to mention the raw meat.

Taking the time to put the food down, wash your hands, measure the parchment paper and make the cut can be time-consuming and messy. It’s infinitely easier to grab a few pieces of pre-cut paper beforehand, so you can make sure you have exactly what you need. 

When you bake your items in parchment paper, it creates a little pocket of steam that acts as a gentle and effective baking mechanism. Not only does this help you avoid the risk of overcooking your meat, but it results in a dish that’s fork-tender and juicy, every time. 

Want to impress guests on the day after Thanksgiving? Wrap your leftover turkey slices gently in parchment paper before warming them again in the oven!

  1. Crispier Crusts

From mini-quiches to cheese straws, many of our holiday favorites are deliciously crispy and crunchy! Your oven can help deliver the perfect texture, but it needs a little help.

Enter, Perfect Parchment. 

When you line your pans with a perfectly-sized square of our pre-cut parchment paper, air can move more freely around them. This gives the items on top room to breathe, which can help them crust up just right. The alternative it to wrap or line your items in tinfoil, which can seal out the air required to deliver that crunch you crave. 

Few things ruin a dinner table quite like a soggy crust, and this is one step that’s easy to remember. If you notice that the tops of your mini apple pies are starting to turn brown too quickly, you can add a piece of our parchment paper on top to help keep them crisp without turning them black.

  1. Avoid Rework

No matter what you’re baking over the next few months, you always want to get it right the first time. It’s no secret that shopping for ingredients isn’t cheap, especially when you’re buying for a business.

That’s why it can be so disheartening to find that after purchasing all of the items, then painstakingly measuring and mixing them, you’re left with a cake that sticks to the bottom or cookies that just didn’t rise the way you expected. You  just spent a ton of valuable time pouring over this dish and you deserve to have it turn out the way that you want it to. 

However, if these types of setbacks happen, you could be forced to start all over again, which could cost you time and money in the kitchen, not to mention your sanity.

Sometimes, no matter how much you faithfully spray your pain or butter your casserole dish, some foods are simply stubborn and refuse to glide out easily. Instead, they hang out and leave you with half-full slices that fail to impress.

When you use our pre-cut parchment paper, you can bake with confidence. You know that as long as you mixed the ingredients the right way and baked your treats for the appropriate amount of time, you can look forward to perfectly cooked goodies every time. 

  1. Custom Sizes Available 

We’ve poured a ton of time and thought into creating baking parchments that can fit almost every size pan that most bakers use in their kitchens.

Still, we know that there may be some types of bakeware that don’t conform to standard sizes, and that’s perfectly fine! We’re here to make all of your holiday baking dreams come true, and we don’t expect you to stick to our collection if your favorite recipe is made in a different size. 

That’s why we’re more than happy to create custom sizes for you!

All you have to do is send us an email with your dimension requirements and we can create just the right size you need. We’re proud to offer low minimum order counts and a quick turnaround time, so you don’t have to wait for your custom creation. 

Another reason why you might need a certain size? Crafting!

Parchment paper makes an excellent crafting resource, and can even be used as an alternative to wrapping paper! Its uses are virtually endless and it’s an easy way to spruce up almost any kind of holiday decor. If you need a special size that you don’t see in our online store, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. 

Transform Your Holiday With Our Pre-Cut Baking Parchments

The holidays are a time to breathe a little deeper, stress and little less and spend as much time as possible with the ones we love.

If you’re scrambling to complete bakery orders in the days leading up to your Thanksgiving or Christmas vacation, you can appreciate any item that makes your time in the kitchen more convenient and enjoyable.

Our parchment papers are designed to help you create beautiful, delicious treats at this time of year, as well as every other day, too! These handy, pre-measured and pre-cut sheets help make meats juicier, cookies fluffy, and your life easier. 

When you’re ready to take a different approach to the way you prepare your festive treats, we’re here to help. Feel free to take a look at all of the items we offer in our online store, including cupcake towers and aprons, in addition to Perfect Parchment. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us today!