Wondering what is butcher paper? In this post we share everything you need to know, from what it is to all the types and styles
If you go to a meat shop, there are high chances you will find a thin sheet of paper mainly used to either store the meat or serve it. This paper is known as butcher paper.
However, most people tend to confuse it with parchment paper, freezer paper, or craft paper.
Hence, here is a breakthrough to everything you need to know about it. So, without further ado, let’s get started!
What is butcher paper?
It’s a unique paper product used to wrap or protect raw meat or fish to prevent flavor contamination or airborne contaminants.
It is also a common choice for packaging your everyday sandwiches, subs, and many more.
You can easily find it in a butcher shop, grocery store, or barbeque restaurant. Basically any place where meat is sold.
It’s a type of paper incredibly similar to wax paper. Actually both are covered in a bit of wax what makes both great for packaging but not good for cooking.
What are the types of butcher paper available?
This paper is mainly available in three different types. Let’s get into more details about each one of them:
White butcher paper
The white butcher paper is one of the most popular choices for outlets out there. It is uncoated and FDA-approved, so it is safe if in contact with food. Apart from wrapping the regular subs and sandwiches, the white paper is also used to protect tabletops during art and craft activities. And it is used to cover meat before cooking to release the smoke gradually.
Pink butcher paper
The pink butcher paper is mainly used to mask blood and juices from raw meat and fish. It is evident in meat shops while you purchase your favorite beef, freshly cut and sliced.
This thick and strong paper can easily hold the liquids with no chance of leakage. Also, it helps the meat to absorb the juices way better and simultaneously protect it from contaminants.
It is also preferable to wrap meats for smoking to help absorb the smoky flavors from the grill.
Peach-treated butcher paper.
Although the peach-treated butcher paper looks very similar to the pink paper, it has a major difference.
The peach-treated butcher paper is treated with a special sizing agent used to preserve the freshly cut meat pieces and store them for longer durations. It ensures enough oxygen transfer to keep the meat fresh and bright!
Can you freeze meat with butcher paper?
Yes. Freezer paper is frequently used for freezing and storing meat. Butcher paper is another alternative for freezing raw meat and fish and helps preserve their freshness longer.
You can chop your meat pieces evenly, wrap them with this paper, add them into a zip lock bag and freeze it.
What can you do with it?
One of its primary uses has been in butcher shops, where it has been used to protect food. But it is also helpful for wrapping sandwiches, or any food, for picnics.
In addition to facilitating transportation by avoiding spills, its carbon footprint is much lower than plastic wrap, plastic bags, and styrofoam trays.
And professional BBQ experts use ir paper for cooking meat low and slow.
Butcher paper is a must-have in the kitchens as well for preserving meat effectively.
It has an interior sizing and polythene coating, ensuring that all the ingredients wrapped in it are as fresh as ever!
You can also mark or write on the outer part and label your meat stock accordingly. This will be very useful, especially if you plan to keep the meat in the freezer for long periods.
Want to learn more about different types of kitchen papers?
- Check this post about air fryer parchment paper and how to use it