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What to bake on after using Lye for a pretzel wash ?

Jimbosox04's picture

What to bake on after using Lye for a pretzel wash ?

I use a lye based wash to bake pretzels, being that it is a caustic what should I use to bake them on, will parchment paper work and is it ok to put parchment over aluminum sheets?

Thanks in advance,


Rehhausser's picture

I've used Parchment with Lye, it works. sort of. any place the lye dip drips leaves a burned hole in the parchment. I've also used oil and corn meal, that works nicely, but the dip sort gets a bit thick at the bottom. The lye will also remove spots of coatings if you use coated or nonstick baking sheets. Old-fashioned, seasoned steel sheets should be best. I'd like to try it with wire screens like are sometimes used for Pizza....

alconnell's picture

I've used parchment with fine results. I also have used my silicone mat with no problems.  I must say I think the lye dip is the only way to get that real pretzel taste.  My daughter loves them and loves to make them (she doesn't do the lye dip)