This weeks Mama Monday’s post is a very simple tip for a FRUGAL (aka cheap) way to line cake tins, loaf tins, muffin pans… you name it. All you need is parchment paper and a sharp knife!
Why use parchment paper? For one thing, it can be a non-toxic form of non-stick. Gases from non-stick coatings have been known to kill birds. Even silicone mats can out-gas. The safest parchment paper is unbleached and silicone-free (you can Google or Amazon it or find it at your local Whole Foods store) . It’s on my to-buy list…
I don’t know if you’ve ever attempted to draw on parchment paper, or stick anything to it, but it doesn’t work! So if, say, you are trying to cut out a 9″ circle to fit in your cake tin, there’s no way to stencil the tin with your drawing utensil of choice. However, there is an easy solution: score it!
- Place parchment paper, curved-side up, on a clean and dry counter.
- With non-dominant hand, press cake tin or other stencil firmly onto the paper so it doesn’t slide
- Using a (moderately) sharp knife with your dominant hand, score the paper around the tin/stencil.
- Gently separate the shape from the rest of the paper.
- Push center of circles firmly into the tin or pan and press creases into the sides.
So far, I haven’t noticed any marks on my kitchen counter (I don’t recommend doing this with a razor blade or craft knife; a pair of open scissors might work if you make sure not to cut yourself) and the parchment paper templates separate beautifully, like the old paper doll books I used to play with as a girl 🙂 If you are still concerned about your counters, try using a cutting board or craft mat underneath the paper.
Even with my non-stick loaf pan, I use parchment paper instead of aluminum foil primarily to avoid aluminum-poisoning. In fact, I use parchment paper to line all my non-stick bakeware (which I am hoping to replace one day with stainless steel and cast iron; until then, parchment paper is my buffer between toxic gases and my baked goods! )
Hearty Helping of Hope! Right choice: use unbleached and silicon-free parchment paper to line cake tins/muffin pans AND as a replacement for nonstick coatings, silicone mats, and foil. Bright future: easy baking and better health by reduced exposure to toxic Chlorine DBPs, PFOA, and aluminum…and also more money in the bank from using a cheap and unique way to bake your one-of-a-kind creations 🙂
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