I’ll never forget watching an episode of Top Chef Season 10 when the chefs were not allowed to use pots, pans, or bowls to cook for a “quickfire” competition challenge. Instead, they had to get creative with aluminum foil. The results were mind-blowing and exciting to watch. I couldn’t wait to learn more ways to use this handy item, which has now become my go-to product for multiple reasons. With some help from Chef Christophe and others, aluminum foil just might be your new favorite kitchen item hack.
Here are 10 Brilliant Ways why Aluminum Foil is Called “The Duct Tape of the Kitchen”:
- Prevent crust from burning or getting brown by folding over aluminum foil on the edges of your crust. This allows the contents of your dish to cook longer without burning or browning your crust.
- Make awesome custom shaped cakes by molding your tin foil into whatever shape you choose, and place on a baking sheet to be baked: Lindsay Anne shows us how in this video.
- Prevent spills in your oven by placing the tin foil on the rack below whatever you’re cooking that could possibly bubble or spill over. This concept can also be used for stove-top drip pans and your grill.
- Those hard to scrub crusty messes (post casserole or hardened caramel deserts) are the perfect challenge your tin foil will gladly take on (and win). Just crumple up a sheet or two and use as a scrubber. You’d be surprised the amount of crud this can take off with ease and this isn’t limited to just kitchen items either! This video shows just one fantastic example of using aluminum foil to scrub your stove coils!
- One of my personal favorites is using tinfoil to sharpen your scissors. If you’re like me and tend to hold on to your scissors until they’re, well, no longer scissors anymore, this will be very useful for those times they become dull. Just layer 6-8 sheets of foil and sharpen your scissors simply by cutting the layers a few times. You’ll be happy to notice a difference in sharpness. Watch this video for a quick tutorial.
- Clean any tarnished silver using aluminum foil and baking soda! Watch and learn here.
- Sick of static-clinging clothes? Want to try using a product without the chemicals found in fabric softener sheets? Try balling together two sheets of aluminum foil and throwing them in the dryer with your wet clothes.
- Speed up your ironing. If you’re in a rush, or simply just don’t like the tedious ironing process, apply a sheet of aluminum foil onto your ironing board. The foil will reflect the heat from the iron, making it so your clothes are ironed on both sides, thus speeding up the process of ironing. Watch and learn here.
- Move your furniture easier by placing aluminum foil under the legs of your furniture piece (place dull side face down as it’s smoother than shiny side). Notice the ease of moving your items, especially on carpet. You can also wrap the foil around your furniture legs during any art or restoration projects to protect from any spills, stains, splatters, etc.
- Chef Christophe shared his favorite technique to use aluminum foil in the kitchen with a mouthwatering recipe that’s easy and low maintenance:
Delicious Baked Salmon with Vegetables En Papillote:
**Ingredients:**- 4 Salmon Filets
- 1 Zucchini
- ½ Onion
- 1 Lemon
- ½ Tomato
- 2 Garlic Cloves
- Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper to taste
**Procedure:**- Preheat oven to 350° - Peel, wash, and slice all of the vegetables - Pull out 4 large sheets of aluminum foil - Place all ingredients on one side of foil and season to taste - Fold foil over and secure by pinching the edges together, creating a closed “wrap” - Bake for 20 minutes at 350° - Watch the steam when you open the Papillote and enjoy!
Always remember, for those times life gets hectic, take a break from the kitchen, and order Christophe’s To Go. No cooking, no cleaning, and no worries. With dinner options like Classic Turkey Lasagna or Grilled Chicken with Steamed Broccoli and Mashed Sweet Potato, your taste-buds will be satisfied, and you can relax because we do the work for you!
Written by: Alison Sherman
Photo Credit: “Fish baked in bag” by Jules on Flickr under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/