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Baking paper is often used in kitchens. Almost everyone uses it and there are many ways to use it. Whether for baking, cooking or grilling. You can use baking paper for everything and there are cut baking paper variants for everything.

In the following, you will learn about the special features of different baking paper variations. We show you what makes a baking paper, what the alternatives are and what you should look out for when buying. For our product comparison, we have compared several models to give you an overview of the product range and to present the most important aspects.




The most important facts

  • The coating on baking paper prevents products from sticking when cooking, baking and grilling.
  • Alternatives to baking paper include permanent baking mats, pizza stones or glass trays.
  • Although baking paper is paper, it should not be disposed of in the paper waste bin, but in the residual waste bin because of its coating.

The Best Baking Paper: Our Picks

Buying and evaluation criteria for baking paper

To help you find the baking paper that suits you best, we have worked out some buying criteria that you should look out for. These criteria are there to illustrate the various differences between baking paper types so that you can make the best choice for you. The following criteria will now be discussed in more detail

Type of application

When buying baking paper, you should pay attention to where you are going to use it. Baking paper comes in different shapes and sizes and may or may not be pre-cut. When buying baking paper, make sure you choose the one that suits your intended use.

Properties

Baking paper can have different properties. In the following table, we list the ones you should look out for when buying baking paper.

Heat resistance: The heat resistance of baking paper can vary. In most cases, normal baking paper will suffice for the occasional pizza or plate. However, if you know you'll be running your oven or grill hotter, make sure you use baking paper that can withstand the heat.

Non-stick coating: Many types of baking paper now have a non-stick coating. However, there are still some products that do not have a non-stick coating. So if you want a baking paper with a non-stick coating. Make sure that it is marked when you buy it.

Baking paper with a non-stick coating usually uses silicone. This can damage the sensors of self-cleaning ovens. Check your oven's operating instructions beforehand.

Slip resistance: Do you often have the problem that the baking paper slips when baking? Then check next time if you can find one with a non-slip underside. A rather special feature can save a lot of trouble. If you take these criteria into account, there should be nothing standing in the way of your new baking paper.

Quantity

Depending on the type of baking paper you have bought, the quantity of sheets will differ. If the baking paper you have bought is cut to size, the number of sheets available is usually stated. For rolls you have to pay attention to the length.

Reusability

Normal baking paper usually ends up in the rubbish after one use. However, in many cases it can be used a second time. In general, if the paper is not yet brittle and brown, it can still be used. Nevertheless, there are also baking paper variants that are designed to be used several times.

These are usually made of a different material such as silicone and can also be dishwasher safe. If you want to protect the environment or use a lot of baking paper, make sure you buy baking paper that you can use for a longer period of time.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about baking paper answered in detail

In the following section, you will get an overview of the most important questions about baking paper.

Is baking paper environmentally friendly?

Many types of baking paper are no longer recyclable due to their silicone coating. It is therefore disposed of with the residual waste. Burning it pollutes the environment.

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Picture of a fully baked pizza on baking paper. The non-stick coating of the paper also allows pizzas to be baked at high temperatures. Furthermore, the non-stick coating makes it easy to remove. (Image source: Nadya Spetnitskaya / unsplash)

However, there are also baking paper alternatives, which can either be reused and thus last longer or where you can do without paper completely.

Is baking paper harmful?

The coating and heat resistance of baking paper is achieved with the help of chemicals. As long as the baking paper is used within the maximum heat limits, there is no need to worry. However, harmful substances can form if the baking paper is used at too high a heat. So always make sure you buy baking paper that is suitable for your purposes.

Is baking paper vegan?

By definition, anything that is animal-free is vegan. This means that no animals are used for testing or animal products are used for production.

No animal products are needed to make baking paper. It is therefore vegan.

However, chemicals are used for the various properties (heat resistance, non-stick coating). If you want to do without these, you can find baking paper alternatives that do not use chemicals and achieve the same effect through more expensive processes.

How much does baking paper cost?

The following is a list of price categories. The price range is based on the classic baking paper, which belongs to the low-price category, and the baking paper alternatives in the form of baking mats, etc., which belong to the more expensive price category.

Price range Available products
Low-priced (under 1€ - 5 €) Classic baking paper, cut to size or not. Price increases with length of roll / quantity of sheets
High-priced (8 - 15 €) Permanent baking papers or baking mats etc.. All reusable baking paper alternatives can be found in this price range. Nevertheless, the price differs depending on the quantity of sheets

The table shows that you can either go with the classic variant or invest a little more to have something for a longer period of time.

What are the substitutes for baking paper?

There are many substitutes for baking paper. In addition to the already mentioned alternatives in the form of permanent baking paper, you can also fall back on tried and tested methods. For example, greaseproof paper can also be used as baking paper.

If you want a more environmentally conscious alternative, uncoated baking paper is suitable if you grease it with vegetable fat or similar before baking. Of course, you can also do without the paper altogether if you grease the tin while baking. If you then sprinkle flour, breadcrumbs or similar on the greased surface, bread, cakes and biscuits are easier to remove after baking.

An alternative would be baking trays made of glass. The advantage of these is that the contents adhere less to the glass and do not burn in. The trays are also easier to clean.

If you want a baking paper substitute for pizza, pizza lovers have the option of replacing the baking paper with a pizza or bread baking stone. These can also withstand higher temperatures and can be reused.

Conclusion

If you want to buy the perfect product, you have many options when it comes to baking paper. With classic baking paper, you can choose from a variety of different products and in the end they all have the same result and differ in price only in the amount of blanks and the length of the roll. Or you can choose from the various alternatives such as baking mats or reusable baking paper to do the environment a small favour and reduce household waste.

In the end, the choice of baking paper is initially a question of money. Do I want to spend more for once or do I save the money and go for the classic roll? If you have decided to invest a little more and buy the long-term solution, then you can use this article to look around the market for the baking paper that is perfect for you.

(Cover photo: Andrew Valdivia / unsplash)

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