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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-08-11 10:59 AM
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How come people don't use wax paper any more? My mother used

it a lot, mostly when baking.

I haven't used it in ages.


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silverweb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-08-11 04:09 PM
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1. Several reasons.
Waxed paper isn't transparent like plastic wrap; it doesn't cling for sealing like plastic wrap; and it's not airtight like plastic wrap.

I've been doing my best to get away from plastic, though, and have started using waxed paper again, mainly for wrapping partially used foods that will be used up on 24 hours or less.

When waxed paper is not the best option, I generally use a food storage container with an airtight lid, like these by Pyrex.

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trud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-08-11 04:19 PM
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2. I hate plastic
and use as little as possible.

I have a box of waxed paper in my pantry, but have no real use for it. My Mom used it to line cake pans, but it seems unnecessary.
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-08-11 10:07 PM
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3. Waxed paper isn't waxed anymore, IIRC. It's plastic coated.
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Curmudgeoness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-09-11 11:11 AM
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4. No way! Tell me this isn't true!!!!!!!!!!
I use waxed paper all the time in the microwave when heating things so that I don't have to worry about plastic melting onto the food.

Now what will I do!!!!!!!!!!

:puke:
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Lars39 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-09-11 11:27 AM
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5. I use old glass lids for reheating plates of food in the microwave.
I use wax paper for making pie crusts, though.
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Curmudgeoness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-09-11 11:41 AM
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6. Oh man, I can't think of any round glass lids that I have
that would fit over a dinner plate. Sounds like a great idea though. Maybe I will have to use a paper towel instead of plastic waxed paper.

I wouldn't worry about the waxed paper for pie crusts (pie crusts???? Does this mean pie????? Yummy!). It is the heating of plastic that is really a problem.
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Lars39 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-09-11 12:21 PM
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7. I found mine second-hand.
I think the larger one used to fit a big crock pot. I don't do fruit pies anymore, but I make a kick-ass chicken pot pie. :9
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-11 04:03 PM
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11. That's a terrific idea - thanks
I see them often at the thrift although we do have one for our crock-pot. I bet I have others around here from long ago that I've stashed.
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-09-11 12:24 PM
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8. Actually, I think I was wrong, though it uses a petroleum based wax:
From Wikipedia:

"....There are multiple environmental issues concerned with wax paper. It is biodegradable, although synthetic additives such as petroleum mean that it is unadvisable to do so. Wax paper also can not be recycled...."

I guess it's slightly better than plastic. Even if it's just paraffin wax, I wouldn't microwave it in contact with food.
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silverweb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-09-11 02:07 PM
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9. *sigh*
I guess it's time to invest in more Pyrex.

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northoftheborder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:27 PM
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13. wax paper
How do you know it is plastic, not waxed? I use it for various things in the kitchen, it looks like it always has, waxy.
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TygrBright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-12-11 12:05 AM
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10. I use it all the time!
I pack my sandwiches and cookies in it to take to work for lunch. I wrap cheese in it, then put the wrapped cheese in a loose paper bag and it lasts forever, hardly ever gets moldy. I use it as a liner for the tray I slide prepped food items onto from the cutting board. I wrap a tablespoon of grated ginger in it and twist it up and keep it in the refrigerator for a couple of days. I slide it under the cooling racks when I bake cookies I'm going to frost or shake powdered nuts onto or drizzle melted chocolate onto. I sift confectioner's sugar onto it and then pick it up (carefully) and let it slide into the pan on the stove.

I could go on like this for hours. Suffice to say I use it a lot. It's cheap and I don't feel too guilty about crumpling it up and throwing it away.

helpfully,
Bright
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lbrtbell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 06:51 PM
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12. I use it more for crafting than cooking, actually - n/t
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