The Reynolds Company manufactures both parchment and wax paper. While both are commonly used in food preparation, and can be used interchangeably in some circumstances, there are distinct differences between parchment and wax paper.

Parchment Paper Definition

Parchment paper is a “high density paper with a nonstick coating” used in baking and cooking.

Parchment Paper Uses

To alleviate the need for grease or spray on a baking sheet or pan, place the parchment paper on the baking sheet and cook as normal. Parchment paper can also be made into a little pocket or satchel for cooking meat or vegetables.

Wax Paper Definition

Reynolds wax paper is made from tissue paper that has been triple coated with paraffin wax.

Wax Paper Uses

Wax paper is commonly used when baking, for covering work surfaces and to reduce microwave splatters. Wax paper is also commonly used when working with home-made chocolates.


When using parchment or wax paper, food does not come into contact with the work surface, which makes clean-up simple.


Although the Reynolds Company has tested parchment paper in ovens up to 420 degrees Fahrenheit, ensure that the paper does not come in contact with any part of the oven as it may burn or catch fire.