Unbleached Parchment Paper – Quilon free
I try to minimize my exposure to unnecessary chemicals, especially now since we are trying to conceive. Over the years, I have researched all sorts of products and discovered there are hidden chemicals everywhere in things we use regularly, especially in the kitchen.
One of the kitchen essentials I use is parchment paper. We bake bacon in the oven, roast vegetables and bake a lot of cookies using it. Parchment paper makes cleaning up easy. I was shocked to find the standard white parchment paper made by Reynolds (the foil brand) had Quilon as the non-sticking agent.
What is Quilon?
Quilon is a chemical containing chrome, which is a heavy metal. When incinerated Quilon, becomes toxic and leaves trace elements, thus not environmentally friendly. The majority of parchment paper is quilon-coated because it is less expensive than silicone.
Use Silicone Coated Parchment Paper
Silicone is a non-organic natural product and is environmentally friendly.
I have been using If You Care FSC Certified Parchment Baking Paper, 70 sq ft, purchased from Amazon. It’s not overly expensive at $8. They used to have a deal where you can get 4 boxes for $25. I will update a link when I see the deal again.
I love this stuff! You can reuse it at least 3 times when baking cookie batches. That’s a bonus for our eco household and saves me money. Unlike the Reynolds stuff, this does not brown or turn crispy when used multiple times. The only downside for is I have to cut out my sheets because the box does not have the metal teeth to make tearing easy. I find this to be a minor thing, since I usually take time to prep everything beforehand and keep a pair of scissors in the kitchen anyway.
Food does not stick to this paper and it retains the non-stick after several uses. The silicone used on the parchment paper is similar to the silicone that is coated on metal cooking utensils and those silicone baking mats. The paper is unbleached, another bonus because you are avoiding dioxins, which are used to bleach paper products. The paper is 100% recycled.
I have been using this for about 4 years now and love it. Pictures and recipes using this product coming soon.
Are there any other parchment papers you’ve tried?