For something as simple as paper, it can get confusing. Some rolls of paper are called Kraft paper, because one of the processes to go from pulp to paper is the Kraft process. It can also be called "craft paper" because rolled paper can have multi-uses, everything from wrapping paper, to arts and crafts, to disposable table coverings.
Butcher paper is described as white, pink or red.... although it's hard to tell the difference between red and pink, so I think some manufacturers call it red because it's more manly than calling it pink. The red color is supposed to make raw meats look better (than they look on white paper), and the red paper is popular in some BBQ joints that wrap meats in the smoker or warmer, and who like to serve cooked meats wrapped in paper.... however some other BBQ joints use white paper.
Many of the butcher paper rolls are not treated, but some are treated with sizing, a starch product that helps resist absorption of oils and water which could lead to tearing. Butcher paper can also be described as "steak wrap" or "deli wrap, or "sandwich wrap" to steer the commercial consumer to a specific use, and these may or may not have a protective layer on them. If you look around or ask, you can find untreated paper. Some folks mention the fact that white butcher paper has been bleached, and I guess something like that does happen in the process, but I would expect the red paper goes through a cleaning process too. Most all butcher paper carries an FDA approved statement on the label.... how you keep it that way if you have 500' rolls on a table dispenser I'll never know.
I have seen the white butcher paper at Sam's for $17 for an 18" X 500' roll. The 24" is more handy because that is the width of most counter tops, (I use it more for that than anything else) and when you do wrap meats the extra 6" comes in handy because you have fewer seams to leak.. It's also very handy for soaking up grease when resting fried chicken & fish, or french fires or wrapping fatties while they rest, etc.
I use the red..... just because is seems more traditional, I like the looks, and food photographs bettter on the red than on the white.....
Freezer paper looks like butcher but always has a protective plastic coating on one side.
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