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Uses for Wax Paper

There have been times where I really wanted or needed a wider piece of wax paper than the standard size and the markets just don't sell anything other than standard. I started thinking about when I was a kid and we made Autumn leaf place mats, where the leaves are placed between two pieces of wax paper and ironed together. Voila, you can easily make wider paper with the same concept. ;-)

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If you are a card maker, you can save money on envelopes. You will need an envelope template or just cut it out free-handed. Grab a roll of wax paper and make your own envelopes.

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Lubricate craft punches before using them by punching wax paper first.

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I have many uses for wax paper. I use it as a spoon rest because I can just throw it away when I'm done cooking. I use wax paper to divide a new batch of cookies so that they don't stick together in the container.

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March 3, 2008

When you use the microwave a lot, use wax paper to put on top of the food in your microwave, it helps with the splatter and mess. You can also use it when you want to roll out your dough and make sandwiches too.

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September 29, 2011

I use wax paper for sandwiches and any non liquid food for my grandchildren. I tear it into the right size, use and throw away. It also is good for putting under little paint or glue projects for little hands.

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November 8, 2007

To keep your sink faucets shiny, rub them with a piece of wax paper after cleaning them. This will keep them shiny for about a week.

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July 12, 2005

Use wax paper to line your kitchen shelves instead of buying expensive shelf liner paper. It's easy and cheap!

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October 31, 2006

Wipe your curtain rod with a piece of wax paper. Your hangers will slide more easily.

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Certain foods that I store in plastic containers end up tasting strange. I've found that using wax paper is an easy fix to keep the odd taste from getting into my foods. I simply wrap any item in the paper prior to placing it in the container or Ziploc bag.

A sandwich wrapped in wax paper and then stored in a plastic container.

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April 28, 2008

To remove surface fats from soup and other liquids, I float pieces of wax paper on top and lift out. The fats adhere to the paper. Repeat until all fat is removed. You can do this when hot but it is best done when warm or at room temperature.

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I have a question for our cake decorators. I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics, ETC and looked at what they charged for a roll of parchment paper. OUCH! Can I use waxed paper instead of paying the big price for parchment paper? Thank you for your answers!



Marjorie from Sanborn, NY

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By K (Guest Post)
September 25, 20070 found this helpful

I am not a cake decorator so I will leave that part up to someone else to answer.

But have I have seen parchment paper at the dollar stores. Joann's prob has a higher price than even a grocery store...unless you use one of their coupons. Ask if they have an extra ad for you to use until you can sign up to their mailing list for the coupons.

Or if you live in a city with a restaurant supply store you might check there but it would probably a huge roll.

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By Pam (Guest Post)
September 26, 20070 found this helpful

You can purchase parchment paper at Wal-Mart for around $2.00 a roll. It is not the same as wax paper. Wax paper will melt in your oven.

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September 26, 20070 found this helpful

NOT IN THE OVEN! It depends on what you want to do with the paper if it can be substituted. The beauty of parchment is that you can line cookie sheets or cake pans with it for baking. You can't put waxed paper in the oven.

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September 26, 20070 found this helpful

Actually, waxed paper can be cut to fit the inside bottoms of cake pans. When I was growing up we didn't grease and flour the pans, we used wax paper in the bottom of the pans. Place the pan on the wax paper, mark around the bottom and cut with scissors. Place in the bottom of the pan and fill with cake batter. Just peel the paper off when the cake is taken out of the oven and turned upside down.

Interesting about people thinking it would burn, in all the years we used it, never burned once!

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September 26, 20070 found this helpful

Also, if you are using it somehow to decorate a cake by rolling it as a funnel and adding a tip inside, it won't hold up. Wax paper will get soft and it just isn't as stiff as parchment paper. I too have seen parchment paper at the Dollar Tree. Even the grocery store is less than JoAnn's. Sorry, but sometimes you just can't substitute when we would like to.

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September 27, 20070 found this helpful

No, I'm afraid you can't. Wax paper will burn in the oven. Try a grocery store instead of Joann's for parchment paper. Most any big grocery store should have it, and it will likely be cheaper there too. Or you can order it online in bulk at: www.thebakerscatalogue.com, or www.KingArthurFlour.com.
Hope these help!
P.S. Whoops, pays to read carefully, doesn't it? You are wanting to know for *cake-decorating purposes*. Well, for that as well, only parchment paper will work. It is stiffer than wax paper, which eventually gets soft and squishy--not what you want when practicing cake decorating! Parchment will hold up for many, many times of use, on the other hand.

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June 25, 2009

When trying to keep the Western sun window cooler in the summer, how does one use the wax paper method? The shiny-side in?

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MP

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October 31, 2013

Can patty paper be used to sharpen punches, make paper dies release easier, and "lubricate" score boards? The box seems much more convenient than ripping off waxed paper, but I want to make sure it works before I buy them.

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August 31, 2017

Wax paper can make a fun and unique way to gift wrap something. Make your own wax paper gift wrap to customize the next gift you need to wrap up.

Gift wrapped in decorated wax paper.

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June 18, 2018

To help your iron glide more easily over clothing run it over a sheet of waxed paper first. This is a page about the benefit of using waxed paper on your clothes iron.

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