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Waxed paper is sturdy, transparent paper coated with a wax film on both sides.
To make waxed paper, normal paper is run through a bath of paraffin wax. This makes it water resistant and somewhat air proof.
Waxed paper is different from greaseproof paper, but you can use the two interchangeably for most things (except for pressing leaves, which waxed paper is good for.)
The wax on it will smoke if used exposed in the oven (for instance, if you line a cookie sheet with it.)
It is available mostly in North America. If you see a recipe calling for it and you’re in the UK, just use parchment or greaseproof paper.
Used in baking, wrapping sandwiches for brown-bag lunches, etc.
Parchment paper; greaseproof paper.