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
Credit: KarpenkovDenis/Getty Images
Credit: KarpenkovDenis/Getty Images


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


Crumple the sheet, then smooth it out.


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


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