It’s one of the handiest kitchen materials out there. But when your hands are covered in batter and you’re about to drop a dollop on the pan, why does parchment insist on curling up? Try these tactics to scare it straight.

By Heath Goldman
Updated January 22, 2016
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Credit: KarpenkovDenis/Getty Images
Credit: KarpenkovDenis/Getty Images

1

Lightly grease the baking sheet with vegetable oil or butter, then press down the corners of the paper until they stick.

2

Crumple the sheet, then smooth it out.

3

Place a plain magnet in each corner. (Make sure that the magnets have no paint or glue, which could burn.)

4

Cut sheets ahead of time and store them stacked in a baking sheet, with another baking sheet on top.