Baking paper, parchment paper, bakery paper, waxed paper, cooking paper, butter paper – what are these all about?

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The air fryer is quite versatile when it comes to what you can put in it. This might have you wondering if you can put wax paper in an air fryer. The answer is no. You can use tin foil or parchment paper in an air fryer, but you cannot use wax paper.

» You might also like How to Clean Your Air Fryer.

When it comes to cooking in an air fryer, you’re probably looking for ways to keep the basket as clean as possible, to reduce the clean up after cooking something sticky or greasy. While we all love to have an easy clean up, you can’t use all types of cooking or kitchen paper in the air fryer.

Wax paper is one of those that you can’t use. This is because it’s coated in wax that will melt and seep into the food and the basket when heated. The paper can also catch on fire and cause an even bigger issue. Read on to find out more.

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There are different types of greaseproof papers in the market that may look the same but actually are totally different products. Some examples of those include:

Butter paper (sometimes called as sandwich paper) does not have a non-stick surface, so it should not be used for baking. Instead it is ideal e.g. for protecting the chopping board when preparing for instance fish, raw meat, onion, chili or beetroot, or for packaging and wrapping fatty and moist food for instance when going for a picnic.

Waxed paper (or wax paper) actually has wax on it, and it has a non-stick and water resistant surface. However, it is not heat-resistant and should not be used in the oven. NOTE: Baking paper can be used in most applications that call for wax paper. However, the reverse is not true, as using wax paper may cause smoke in the oven and affect taste.

Baking paper – also known as bakery paper or parchment paper, as it is often called especially in the US – is greaseproof paper that is used for baking and cooking. Baking paper is the multi-purpose kitchen helper that can be used for several different applications. It has a non-stick surface which prevents food from sticking. They are also highly heat-resistant and can be used in temperatures up to 220°C.

SAGA baking paper is a unique innovation and contains more properties than traditional baking paper. It is a perfect partner for all kinds of baking, cooking (even in boiling water) and food preparation applications. SAGA baking paper ensures that food does not stick on trays, cake forms or dishes, and because no oil is needed to coat them, it also means easier dishwashing. SAGA baking paper can be also used for decorating, grating and rolling out – it can even be used in the microwave. Both sides of SAGA paper are siliconized and non-stick, so you can use the paper both ways. To guarantee maximum food hygiene and environmental performance, SAGA baking papers are white. They are also biodegradable and compostable.

When it comes to celebrations, people love cake. Weddings, birthdays, graduation parties and other special events cry out for a giant frosted pastry. But when you bake a cake, you have to decide how to decorate it. Some people keep things simple. Spread some frosting around with a spatula, and call it good. Others are veritable home cake masters. They add fancy rosettes and decorations that you’d expect to buy from a bakery. But you don’t have to be a cake master to make an edible ink cake. All you need is the right equipment, and a cake you want to decorate.

So, what makes an edible ink printer different from a normal printer? Strictly speaking, there’s no such thing, except for very large printers for commercial bakeries. Edible ink printers are simply normal printers that have been repurposed for printing with edible ink. That said, there are a couple of things that make some printers better than others. To begin with, they need to be able to accommodate thicker sheets of paper. Even the flimsiest edible sheets are thicker than your average office paper. Secondly, they need to have wide ink nozzles. Edible ink is a bit tackier than normal ink, and needs to be able to flow freely.

Canon PIXMA TS9520 with Icinginks Cake Ink & Frosting Sheets

Canon is a well-known manufacturer that needs no introduction. Their PIXMA TS9520 printer is one of the more popular icing printers on the market. Like most edible ink printers, it’s also perfectly-suited for office printing. But due to their design, the entire PIXMA series has seen use in kitchens. The size of the unit is 18.5 inches wide, 14.5 inches deep, and 7.6 inches tall. That’s a bit larger than the printers in the IcingImages printer, and it’s correspondingly heavier. In total, it tips the scales at 21.3 pounds.

The design is otherwise nearly identical. On top, there’s a copier/scanner assembly, rather than a fax/scanner. Functionally, it’s the same, since you wouldn’t be sending faxes anyway. There’s a rear paper tray that holds 100 sheets, or about 20 sheets of edible paper. There’s also a matching front tray, with an identical capacity. Printing is relatively brisk, at about 10 pages per minute. Your exact speed will vary based on the image complexity, but it’s reasonably fast regardless.

That said, there’s a huge difference in the sizes of paper you can use. The IcingImages package includes only printers that support up to legal sized paper. The TS9520 is far more versatile. It can print on paper from 3.5 x 3.5 inches all the way up to oversized 11 x 17-inch paper. This gives you a ton of flexibility, whether you want to print very large or very small cakes. You can even print small circular wafers for cupcakes.

As for your printing source, you have plenty of options. The TS9520 supports both WiFi and Ethernet connectivity, and is ready to be a network printer out of the box. This makes it easy to use with your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. You even get access to a handful of different online printing services. You can use AirPrint or Mopria, both of which make it easy to set up your image printing the way you like. If that’s not enough, there’s even an SD card slot built into the front of the housing. You can take pictures directly from your digital camera and print them onto your cake.

The Icinginks Ink

The Icinginks ink cartridges are a five-piece set of refillable XL-sized cartridges. You get black, cyan, magenta, yellow, and a second black. Like the IcingImages cartridges, these are rated for up to 50 prints, but your mileage may vary. Regardless, they’re refillable, and the filling process is simple. Not only that, but these cartridges are certified as Kosher. They’re also warrantied for 12 months in the event that you have any issues.

The Icinginks Paper – Frosting Sheets

The Icinginks paper we looked at was a set of 24 blank frosting sheets in international standard A4 size. The paper is good quality, and runs through the PIXMA TS9520 printer without any trouble. We didn’t run into any jams, and images came out nice and clearly. The paper also cuts easily, and falls apart in your mouth. Like the Icinginks ink, their paper is also certified Kosher. Not only that, but it’s also egg, gluten, and nut-free. This makes it safe for people with many different types of food sensitivity.

IcingImages Platinum Plus Edible Printer System

The heart of the IcingImages Platinum Plus Edible Printer System is a Canon printer. This can be either the TR7520, TR8520, or the TR8620. All three models are virtually identical, more or less impossible for the average person to distinguish. For what it’s worth, we’re reviewing the TR7520. If you end up with one of the other models, you’ll receive some very minor upgrades. But don’t expect any game-breaking improvements in performance.

The Canon TR7520 printer measures 17.3 inches wide, 14.4 inches deep, and 7.5 inches tall. This height does not included the rear paper hopper, which is purely optional. You can always take it off if you’re working under a low counter. The whole printer weighs 17.3 pounds, which is hefty for the size. That said, it’s not too heavy for most people to carry around under their arm.

The housing is black in color, with a scanning and faxing assembly on the top. You probably won’t be using the fax function much in your kitchen. However, the scan function allows you to instantly create prints from your favorite photographs. Scan whatever you want for your cake, and you can print it off without needing to use your computer or smartphone. The main controls are located on a front LCD touchscreen. This allows you to perform all of the printer functions, and the menu is easy to understand. You won’t have to spend the first afternoon fiddling around and trying to figure out how it works.

When fully extended, the rear paper tray has a capacity of 100 ordinary sheets. However, a better estimate for edible paper is closer to the envelope rating of 20 sheets. The front paper tray also holds the same amount, so you’ve got a reasonable amount of capacity. You’ll certainly have plenty of paper to cover a large sheet cake. Besides which, you don’t want a tray with tons of capacity. You should be removing unused paper every time so it doesn’t go stale or start to decay.

There are three ways of connecting to the printer. The first is to use a USB cable, which is what you’ll want for printing from a desktop or laptop. That said, wiring isn’t always convenient. If you’re not in the same room, you’re going to want to go wireless. For that, you’ll have two options. The first is to connect to your WiFi network. Provided you’ve got good coverage, you’ll have no issues setting this up. Finally, you can print via Bluetooth. This is the simplest option if you’re trying to print from your mobile device.

Along with the printer itself, the kit includes a 30-day trial version of iDesigns. This is an online service with hundreds of graphics and premade templates. You won’t need it if you’re printing basic family photos or other simple images. But if you want to create something more complex, it’s a great starting point. For a commercial shop, it’s at least worth looking at, since you’ll need some kind of design software.

The printer is covered by a 12-month manufacturer’s warranty, which covers you for any defects. This is limited to 30 days for the print heads, so make sure to do a test run within the first month. Otherwise, you won’t find out in time if there are any print head issues. You’ll also get lifetime technical support to walk you through any difficulties.

IcingImages Ink

The IcingImages kit includes a set of five refillable ink cartridges. These are XXL-sized, which is sufficient for printing between 40 and 50 sheets. In practice, a lot depends on color density and what colors you’re using. As with any printing system, you’re liable to run out of one color before the others, sheerly by chance. That said, when you do run out, refilling the ink is easy. Replacement ink comes in bottles with long spouts, through which you squeeze it into the cartridges.

Cleanup is also easy, since you’re washing edible ink and not ordinary printer ink. Not only that, but the package includes a non-toxic cleaning kit. This makes it easy to manage any drips, and to keep your heads clean between uses.

Keep in mind that edible ink tends to flow and leak over time. It can end up flowing over the print heads, where it dries and clogs up the works. As a result, you should run the printer at least once a week to keep this from happening. If you use your printer only occasionally, take out your ink and use the cleaning kit after each use.

IcingImages Paper

No edible ink printer is complete without edible paper. The IcingImages kit includes 24 sheets of standard letter-sized 8 ½ x 10 ¾-inch edible paper. These are lightweight, semi-transparent sheets that blend seamlessly into your icing. In addition, there are 25 sheets of international standard A4 8 ¼ x 11 ¾-inch sheets. These are of similar quality, but the larger size can be better for some images and cakes.

In addition to these sizes, the printer will support all icing sheets up to full legal size. This includes sheets from all brands, so you’re not limited to just your IcingImages sheets. It will also print on wafers if you want a more solid piece of artwork. That said, you’ll need to combine multiple sheets if you want to create a very large image. For example, the printer won’t support the large, extra-wide A3 format paper from IcingInks.

Final Verdict

So, which of these options is best? The standalone kit, or the do-it-yourself collection? Let’s start with what we learned about the IcingImages Platinum Plus Edible Printer System. This is a reasonably complete kit, with a standard-sized printer and oversized print cartridges. You can’t print on oversized paper formats, but you can print on everything up to legal size. Not only that, but you get a robust warranty, and the cleaning kit is a great added touch. All in all, it’s a great value for beginners, or even for intermediate bakers who want a reliable kit.

The Canon PIXMA TS9520 is a high-quality printer that’s popular with bakers. Combined with Icinginks Cake Ink & Frosting Sheets, it allows you to create almost any sized image you want. It’s easy to use, and it comes with several online printing app options. It also works as a network printer, which is great for commercial use. This might be a bit more involved than ordering a pre-defined kit. But you get a great value, as well as some high-quality equipment.

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Is It Safe to Use Wax Paper in an Air Fryer?

Wax paper is a very useful kitchen paper that allows you to wrap food items to keep them fresh or to separate them to keep them from sticking together. It is paper that has been made moisture-proof through the application of wax.

The wax keeps moisture from escaping or seeping into food, when used as a wrap. It’s great to use as a mat for placing cookies or other greasy foods on because the grease will not penetrate through the paper and get on whatever is below. There are many uses for wax paper, but one of them is not cooking.

Wax paper is not heat proof. It will smoke and explode when subject to too high of heat. If used in the oven, you will notice that it curls and starts to smoke and burn within minutes. The same will happen if used in the air fryer.

While you can’t use wax paper in the air fryer, you can use other kitchen papers, like parchment paper or tin foil in the air fryer.

When trying to determine what you can and can’t use in the air fryer, you should think of it as an oven. Air fryers work the same way as a small convection oven, with heating elements and a fan to distribute heat. Just like you can’t use wax paper in the oven, you also can’t use it in the air fryer.

Wax Paper vs Parchment Paper

If you’re not sure about the differences between wax paper and parchment paper, you will want to read on to see why it’s safe to use one but not the other.

This kitchen paper is coated with wax (either soybean- or paraffin-based). The wax is not heat-proof and is not meant to be used at high temperatures. At high temperatures, the wax will melt and the paper itself can catch fire.

You would use it to wrap food to keep it fresh, for use in the refrigerator or just on the counter top. You can also use it to keep liquids or oils from seeping through to the countertop when you place greasy items on it. It can also be used to separating foods in the freezer to prevent them from becoming frozen together, like hamburger patties.

This kitchen paper is coated with silicone, which gives it a non-stick, heat-resistant surface. Silicon is heat resistant so it can be used in both the air fryer and the oven.

Since it is heat safe, it can be used for many more things than wax paper, like lining baking trays, wrapping food to be cooked en papillote, or as a base to put things on so they don’t seep through to the baking tray or counter below.

Why Not to Use Wax Paper in an Air Fryer

The biggest reason not to use wax paper in the air fryer is that it’s not heat-safe. The wax on the outside is combustible and will overheat and burn very quickly. This can lead to a kitchen fire, if not prevented. Always read the box or the manual for anything you plan to put in the air fryer to make sure it is heat-proof, oven-proof, or can withstand the temperature you will be cooking at.

The Wax Can Get Into Your Food

As the wax on the paper begins to melt, it can get into your food. If you’ve placed something on wax paper, it will just adhere to the bottom. If you’ve wrapped food in wax paper, it can drip into all parts of the food. While the wax used is food safe and won’t harm you, it will ruin your food.

It Could Cause a Fire

Because wax paper isn’t heat safe, it will eventually heat up too much and cause the paper to burn. If unmonitored, this could lead to a fire that could get out of hand quickly and destroy your kitchen or your home. It’s not worth the risk.

Instead, use tin foil or parchment paper in the bottom of the air fryer to keep things from sticky or to keep the bottom from getting too dirty.

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  • Go to in a web browser. Most free online fax services allow you to send a fax, but not receive one. FaxBetter allows you to receive faxes over the internet with a free account. However, you will need to upgrade to a paid premium account in order to send a fax.
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Why Use an Air Fryer

An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.

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  • Learn how to make fun things in the air fryer, like potato wedges, pork belly bites, and chicken wings.

How to fax from an iPhone

There are a number of iPhone apps which have the ability to send a fax, but beware: Even if the app is free, there is generally a fee required to send a fax with the app you choose. Some apps may offer a free limited trial, but after the introductory fax or time period, you’ll need to pay for a subscription.

If you know you’ll need to send more than one fax, you might want to wait until you can send them all in a fairly short time period to avoid long-term charges.

iFax is a good choice to fax from your iPhone because the app includes a seven-day free trial (after which the service is $24.99 per month). Here is how to send a fax with iFax:

1. Install iFax from the App Store.

2. If this is your first time using the app, you’ll be asked to sign up for the iFax service. Tap Continue and then confirm the Basic Monthly subscription.

Like most fax apps, iFax is free but requires a subscription to send faxes.

3. You don’t need your own fax number to send faxes, so skip the offer to get a number.

4. Connect to an existing account or enter your email address and tap Continue.

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Dave Johnson is a technology journalist who writes about consumer tech and how the industry is transforming the speculative world of science fiction into modern-day real life. Dave grew up in New Jersey before entering the Air Force to operate satellites, teach space operations, and do space launch planning. He then spent eight years as a content lead on the Windows team at Microsoft. As a photographer, Dave has photographed wolves in their natural environment; he’s also a scuba instructor and co-host of several podcasts. Dave is the author of more than two dozen books and has contributed to many sites and publications including CNET, Forbes, PC World, How To Geek, and Insider.

Final Thoughts on Using Wax Paper in an Air Fryer

Hopefully, this article has shown you that it’s not just unwise to use wax paper in the air fryer, but it’s also downright dangerous.

You can use a variety of stainless steel, aluminum, and other metal dishes in the air fryer, as well as parchment paper and tin foil. These things will help you cook food and keep your basket clean for easier clean up.

I prefer to cook with just the basket in most cases in the air fryer, but sometimes the food or the process calls for adding in another layer of either paper or metal. It’s generally fine to use any stainless steel dishes, which is probably the best choice for most foods.


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