The Silver Lining: Freezer Paper vs Parchment Paper

August 21, 2022
Written by Kristy J. Norton

They can differ in terms of thickness, use, and more.

I use these paper products on a daily basis and have learned what they can and can’t do over the years.

In this post, you will discover the various elements of freezer paper vs. parchment paper and how to use each option. Let’s begin!

Freezer Paper vs Parchment Paper

What is Parchment Paper?

This type of paper is a cellulose based stock sheet that has been chemically treated. As a result, it has a non-stick surface. The paper has also been designed to withstand heat.

Raw fish placed on top of parchment paper

What is Freezer Paper?

As the name suggests, this type of material is used for freezing various food items. It has a plastic or polyethylene coating on one side of the paper. This is the side that is pressed against the foods that you are wrapping up.

The Main Differences Between Parchment Paper and Freezer Paper

Here are the top variations between these two different types of papers:

Coating and Thickness

The top difference here is that the freezer roll has a coating and parchment paper does not. The result is that is parchment paper is quite thin and freezer paper is much thicker. In fact, it has such a heavy duty texture, that it is stronger than even aluminum foil.

Ideal Temperatures

The other variation involves the range of temperatures that each variety of paper can withstand. The freezer sheet is clearly meant for a colder environment.

The other sheet, however, can be used for any heating or cooking method. You can steam with it and place it in the oven and microwave.


Naturally, these items have different purposes…

Freezer paper is specifically used to seal in moisture and prevent freezer burn when freezing food. Freezer paper can be used for storage as well – to wrap meat and maintain its juices and freshness.

As for parchment, not only can it be heated, but its nonstick properties mean that you can use parchment paper as lining for baking pans or sheets, allowing for easy cleanup.

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Can You Substitute Freezer Paper for Parchment Paper?

So, are these sheets interchangeable with one another? Not exactly.

Sliced meat on freezer paper

You should avoid using a freezer sheet around any kind of heat as the plastic coating will melt.


Is Parchment Paper Safe for Freezing?

Although this sheet can be used in the extreme cold, it isn’t going to do as good of a job in locking out air and preventing freezer burn.

What Can I Use Instead of Freezer Paper?

Wax paper would be the best alternative to freezer paper. It won’t get stuck to food and can protect food in the extreme cold.

There you have it – all the differences that you need to know about. You can now use either option as needed!

By Kristy J. Norton
I'm Kristy – a chef and connoisseur of all things BBQ! You can find me either in my kitchen (or someone else's) or at a big outdoor barbecue surrounded by friends and family. In both my professional and personal life I’ve picked up more than a few tips and tricks for turning out delicious food. I consider it a privilege to share it with others!
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