Uses for Aluminum Foil
by Anna Sattler
on Sep 11th 2007 11:00AM
(Taken from DIY network. For original article, click
When I was growing
up, my parents reused and recycled almost everything. All items
were used until they were falling apart. My dad would wrap his
sandwiches in wax paper until the paper was in tatters before
he would use another piece. Plastic wasn't used much either
in the house. Since we had every size Mason and Ball jar ever
made for canning purposes and making jelly and jam, they were
great for storing leftover food. If anything got stored on a
plate, then aluminum foil was used to cover the plate. Nothing
ever went to waste in our dirt poor household. The motto passed
down to my 7 siblings and I was "waste not, want not!!"
I still use aluminum
foil for almost everything. It is strong, durable, and efficient.
It comes in all kinds of sizes now, not like when I was a kid
and you had to tear off a tiny piece for a tiny item. Best of
all, when it wears out, I just throw it in the recycling bin
with the aluminum cans. I like it so much that I thought I would
compile a list and share with you all the things to do with
this handy item besides keeping food warm, so please join me
after the break.
When my scissors
get dull, I layer about 7 pieces of foil and cut through
them, and the scissors are sharp once again.
I often forget
to take my gold wedding ring and my silver cross ring off
my fingers when I am doing dishes or grubbing around the
house, so I put them in aluminum foil and put in some salt
solution and leave it overnight. The next morning they look
I go on a baking streak, and I find my brown sugar has gotten
hard. To soften the sugar, I wrap it in foil and bake it
in a 300 degree oven for 5 minutes. To keep it soft, I leave
it wrapped in the foil and enclose in a labeled ziploc bag.
Ball up some
foil and use it to clean the gunk off your grill. It cleans
just as well as a wire scrub brush.
gift wrapping paper in a pinch and can be decorated as you
I use foil
to clean the baked on gunk off my pots and pans. It works
just as well as a steel wool scrub pad.
hardware and doorknobs in foil so that they don't get dripped
on when you are painting.
through the baking process, take a length of foil and wrap
around the edge of your pie, securing with a metal paper
clip. This will prevent your crust from browning too much.
Roll a double
thickness of heavy duty foil into a cone shape, snip off
the end, and use as a pouring funnel.
Use it as
a temporary piping bag or pastry bag by rolling it into
a double thickness and leaving just a tiny hole at the pointed
end. Fold down the top of the cone so nothing oozes out
or twist the top closed.
Put a length
of foil on your oven rack to catch spills. Many pizzas have
instructions that tell you to bake the pizza on the rack,
but what a mess that can make. Putting the pizza on cooking
sprayed foil will save a big mess.
Since I love
grilled vegetables, especially mushrooms, I top them with
some butter and whatever herb or spice I am in the mood
for, wrap them in a foil packet and give them to my husband
to put on the grill with the steaks.
stuck on food in my baking pans and cookie sheets, I will
line them with foil. It cuts down on cleaning time and leaves
my pans looking just as good as they did when they went
into the oven. Rinse off the sheets if they are not to disastrous
and save them for another baking session, or rinse them
off and put them in your recycling bin.
static electricity in your clothing, throw a small crumpled
up ball of foil into your dryer.
items that can't take direct heat, such as rayon, silk,
and wool, you can get the wrinkles out by placing a piece
of foil on your ironing board. Put the garment over the
foil, and pass 3 inches above the garment several times
with the iron, holding down the steam button the entire
time. The wet heat from the foil with rid the garment of
These ideas are some of my favorites, and ones that were used
in my childhood home as well as in my home now. I think that
as long as they make aluminum foil, I will use it. Foil will
be a staple in my household forever I think!! After all, it
is recyclable too and is easily kept out of the landfills. What
do you use aluminum foil for?