Magazine article Sunset

A Clean Sheet

Magazine article Sunset

A Clean Sheet

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In a bakery one day, I was amazed to see a panful of cooled oatmeal cookies slide free as the baker gave the pan a brisk shake. I'd always found it necessary to carefully remove cookies with a spatula while they were still hot. This baker's secret was a thin, flexible liner on the pan. It looked like tan parchment, felt very slick, didn't tear like paper, and was waterproof. Even before I could ask what it was, the baker had wiped it clean with a damp cloth and was busily covering it with more cookie dough.

The nonstick pan liner, I learned, is in many stores in many forms under different names. These liners are readily available, but as they don't have a pizzazzy presence, you may have to ask where to find them at a cookware, hardware, or department store.

The least expensive is as thin as fabric (which it looks like), and is sold by the sheet or roll and can be cut with scissors. I bought a 13- by 17-inch piece for about $6 and a roll that was 17 by 20 inches for a dollar more (later, I saw it on sale for $5).

Dupont offers a six-pack of nonstick sheets for about $20 (two 10 by 15 in. …

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