National Parchment Day 2020: Important date, History, Facts and how to celebrate the Parchment Day

National Parchment Day 2020: National Parchment Day is observed on the last Wednesday in June to commemorate this amazing paper that gives innovation and convenience in the kitchen. Get the information about the history, parchment paper and its facts from this article.

Sheena | Updated Jun 24, 2020 07:12 AM

National Parchment Day 2020: Important date, History, Facts and how to celebrate the Parchment Day

National Parchment Day 2020

National Parchment Day is celebrated on 24th June 2020. It is celebrated on the last Wednesday of June every year. Parchment paper infuses flavour, locks the moisture, and preserves vital nutrients and it has been a part of traditional French cuisine for many years. Ever versatile, parchment paper easily shifts from skillet to oven and from grill to table. Due to its ability, it has become one of the most effective tools in the kitchen. 

Cooking food in wrapped parchment paper increases the natural flours without synthetic sprays and high-fat oils. Culinary parchment also simplifies the preparation and clean-up process and is an alternative to traditional cooking techniques that is much healthier and more environmentally friendly. For centuries, French cooked with a parchment, perfecting the taste and texture of each dish.

What is the history of National Parchment Day?

In 2016, PaperChef founded National Parchment Day. PaperChef encourages all culinary enthusiasts, from skilled chefs to home cooks to explore foods and preparation methods that reflect the “farm to fork movement”. The movement provides alternative options for North Americans to their famous, but non-compostable, and non-recyclable counterparts, refusing to compromise on quality and integrity by manufacturing products that won't reside in landfills for centuries.

What is Parchment paper?

Parchment paper is paper based on cellulose that has been treated or coated to make it non-stick. It is also known as baking paper or baking release paper. It is used as a disposable non-stick surface in the baking process. Parchment paper is different from wax paper.

Modern parchment paper is made by running sheets of paper pulp through a sulfuric acid or sometimes zinc chloride. The paper is partially dissolved or gelatinized by this process. This treatment forms high density, heat resistance, stability, and low surface energy thus creating a good non-stick property.

What are the applications of parchment paper?

Some of the common applications of parchment paper in the kitchen are listed below.

  • Line baking dishes, pans, and cookie sheets

  • Muffin cup liners

  • Line bar and cake pans

  • Replaces pastry bags

  • Bake pizza dough

  • Catch drips

  • Wrap individual candies

  • Line bread baskets

  • Create decorative elements for cakes

  • Covering work surface

How to observe National Parchment Day?

On National Parchment Day, discover the kitchen with effective parchment papers. Some of the ideas to enjoy this day are

  • Learn more about the parchment paper and its history

  • Try some new recipe using parchment paper and enjoy with family

  • Bake cakes and cookies using parchment and have a treat with lover ones 

  • Use #NationalParchmentDay on social media and share your celebration on parchment day

Parchment paper - Facts

  • A French tradition, parchment is called 'en papillote' involves covering food with parchment paper

  • Parchment paper is made from materials based on vegetables or plants, especially cellulose

  • Parchment was first invented in the Ptolemaic Dynasty, in Egypt, between 305-283BC, and is made in a similar fashion to baking paper

  • Parchment paper is heat-resistant and usually partially transparent white color

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National Parchment Day - FAQ

1. Why is the parchment paper used?

Parchment paper is grease and moisture-resistant paper which has been specially treated for use in the oven. lIt is used to line cake molds and baking sheets, wrap fish, and other dishes and it's also used to clean up.

2. Who invented the parchment paper?

The ancient Egyptians invented the parchment paper but eventually, it was reformulated for baking. 

3. Is parchment paper and baking paper the same?

The parchment paper and baking paper are the same ones. It is a grease-proof paper used in baking and cooking, as it provides a heat-resistant, non-stick surface for baking on.

4. How is the Parchment paper made?

Parchment paper is made from materials based on vegetables or plants, especially cellulose.