Parchment paper is the only option when it comes to baking, but it’s expensive. Can you use waxed paper for everything else?
Parchment and waxed papers are both designed to help keep food from sticking. Because parchment is manufactured to resist relatively high heat, it's indispensable for preventing food from sticking during baking, but it's pricey—our favorite product costs $0.20 per sheet (plus shipping). So for tasks other than baking, we turn to waxed paper. It costs only about $0.05 per sheet and works just as well as parchment, if not better. When we asked readers to tell us how they use waxed paper, the response was overwhelming. Here are some of readers'—and our—favorite uses.