Frequenly Asked Questions

For a product we use nearly every day, there certainly are a lot of questions about parchment paper! If you’ve ever wondered if you can use parchment paper in the oven, if you can compost your used parchment paper, or what the difference is between wax paper and parchment paper you’ll find your answer to that (and much more) right here.

Parchment Paper

Can you use parchment paper in the oven?

Absolutely! Because of its heat-resistant silicone coating, parchment paper is perfect for cooking in the oven. It’s perfect for lining cake tins and baking trays, or for cooking delicious packet-baked food like this mouthwatering salmon en papillote. Our recommended maximum usage temperature is 428°F (220°C).

Can you microwave parchment paper?

It is safe to use parchment paper in the microwave. In fact, using a piece of parchment paper is a great way to cover your food in the microwave to prevent mess.

Do you need to spray parchment paper?

Parchment paper does not need to be sprayed with cooking oil prior to use. The natural silicone coating has excellent nonstick properties - making it easy to use and easy to clean up. 

What’s the difference between parchment paper and wax paper?

We could (and have) gone on at length about the difference between parchment paper and wax paper! In short, parchment paper is paper that has been coated on both sides with a layer of heat-resistant silicone. This makes parchment paper nonstick, greaseproof and safe to use in ovens. Wax paper, on the other hand, is paper coated with wax - usually paraffin or beeswax. This makes wax paper nonstick and grease-resistant, but it will still melt and burn when exposed to heat. 

Can parchment paper burn?

When used under proper conditions, parchment paper will not  burn while cooking. For this reason it is important to never expose parchment paper (ours included) to an open flame or cooking element. Parchment paper is safe to use in ovens, and our recommended maximum usage temperature is 428°F (220°C). 

There is a risk when using parchment paper in an air fryer that the turbulence of the fan will lift the paper up and bring it into contact with the heating element. To prevent this from happening, it’s important to never pre-heat your air fryer with the parchment paper inside. Only add the parchment paper to the air fryer basket when you’re ready to add your food.

Is freezer paper the same as parchment paper?

Freezer paper and parchment paper are two different things. Freezer paper is a thick paper with one side coated in wax. Freezer paper has a very specific purpose, which is to wrap fresh meat to be frozen. The wax coating helps preserve the quality of the frozen meat, and the unwaxed side can be written on for easy identification. It’s also popular for wrapping seafood and cheese, because the wax coating lends a degree of water-resistance to the paper. Freezer paper is not suitable for cooking, because the wax surface will melt when exposed to heat, and the unwaxed paper may catch on fire. Parchment paper, meanwhile is coated on both sides with silicone. This makes it heat-resistant in ovens.

Can you reuse parchment paper?

You can reuse the same sheet of parchment paper more than once. This is especially useful when baking big batches of cookies! Baked cookies will slide easily off the nonstick paper, and you can reuse the same tray and paper for your next batch. When the parchment paper becomes dry, browned or brittle it’s time to change it. Thankfully Kana parchment paper is fully compostable and biodegradable, so you don’t need to feel bad about reaching for a fresh sheet.

Can you put parchment paper in an air fryer?

You can use parchment paper in your air fryer basket to help keep it clean. Kana’s perforated air fryer liners are made for this! It’s important to remember to only add the parchment paper to the air fryer basket when you’re ready to add the food. 

Is parchment paper biodegradable?

Parchment paper is fully biodegradable. Our parchment paper products meet the certification requirements of the European standard - EN 13432. You can feel good about putting Kana parchment paper in your home compost, and if you need to throw it away, you can be assured it will completely break down. 

Can you put parchment paper in compost?

You can put parchment paper in the compost! At least, you can with Kana parchment paper. Our parchment paper is certified biodegradable and compostable, so no need to worry about adding used parchment paper to your home compost.