An Ode to Parchment Paper

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Oh, who am I kidding?  I’m a busy twin mama.  I have no time to compose odes!

But I do want to share something I’ve discovered over the past year or so that’s made my life as a busy twin mama infinitely easier…parchment paper!

Admittedly, I feel a little silly, having just discovered parchment paper.  I grew up with a mama who loved to cook and bake, AND I worked in a bakery during high school.  But…I had never bought any parchment paper until last holiday season.

It only took a time or two, and I am a complete convert.

Using parchment paper makes baking -- even with two eager "helpers" -- so much easier!
Using parchment paper makes baking — even with two eager “helpers” — so much easier!

For any cookies…biscuits…breads…rolls I bake, I line my baking sheet with parchment paper.  (It is found by the aluminum foil in the grocery store.)  I used to have an almost superstitious attachment to my favorite cookie sheet, one that is nearing 20 years old, one for which I have not been able to find a duplicate ANYWHERE.  Now, though, any of my baking sheets work perfectly ever single time.  AND my clean-up time has been reduced exponentially.  Now most of my pans just get a “courtesy wash”.  I haven’t had to soak a baking pan in over a year!

Over the weekend, I made meatballs for the first time in over a year.  (We all love meatballs, but this busy twin mama doesn’t much love the squish of ground beef between her fingers…shudder!)  I broke out my trusty parchment paper to line my baking pans.

Suffice it to say, I may be making meatballs more often.  I still had the squish of ground beef to deal with (shudder!), but with my parchment paper in place, I wasn’t left to soak my pans for hours, then to still have to scrub them clean.

Dear parchment paper,

Where have you been all my life?

I am deep in love.

OK…I couldn’t pull off an ode, but I think this qualifies for a really bad haiku.

What’s your easiest time-saving trick in the kitchen?

MandyE is mom to five-year old fraternal twin girls.  She blogs about their adventures, and her journey through motherhood, at Twin Trials and Triumphs.

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MandyE is the mother of 4 ½-year old fraternal twin girls, Baby A and Baby B. (And yes, their names actually start with the letters A and B!) She worked in the marketing field for nine years before her girls were born, but these days she’s relishing the opportunity to be a SAHM, which she plans to continue until the girls start kindergarten. MandyE has been blogging at Twin Trials and Triumphs since her girls were a year old. Between her blog and her local Mothers of Multiples group, she considers the multiples community a huge part of her support system.

2 thoughts on “An Ode to Parchment Paper”

  1. I line my glass baking pans with aluminum foil when I bake something like fish or meat in in the oven. Easy clean up! It might not be the most environmentally friendly use though as I’m really wasting the foil. But it sure saves on clean up time.

  2. I use foil for the most part to line dishes for cooking, but I go through over 100 sq feet of parchment paper baking cookies every winter! I roll out cookie dough between two sheets of parchment paper and cut the bottom sheet around cookie cutouts to preserve their shape when transferring to baking sheets. It also has the helpful side effect of keeping my rolling pins clean and easily alternated between sugar cookie and gingerbread. Oh! I also use parchment paper to lay on top of royal icing to keep it from crusting over while I fill piping bags.

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