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Why You Should Never Fry Food In Parchment Paper
By HEATHER LIM
Parchment paper is a lifesaver when baking; it minimizes clean-up and prevents food from making a mess on your baking pan or the floor of your oven. While parchment is suitable for baking cookies, bread, or even chicken and vegetables, think twice before using it to line your skillet before frying foods.
While parchment paper is incredibly durable and heat-resistant due to the acids and compounds in its chemical makeup, plus its nonstick silicone coating, it isn't actually flame-retardant. Culinary Lore says that parchment is only heat-resistant up to roughly 420 degrees Fahrenheit, and a higher temperature can burn its coating.
Parchment paper also burns faster than regular paper, making it a fire hazard, so having it near your stove — much less using it to line a skillet or pot — is a bad idea. The good news is that you can safely use parchment paper in a microwave and even in the air fryer, so long as you keep the temperature under 00 degrees F.