You probably have never thought much about the use of aluminum foil other than using it to cover food while it is in the oven or for covering food to store it in the freezer or fridge.
You may have used it for your kids to create a hat for Halloween or their school art or science projects. However, you would be amazed that the silver wrapping in your kitchen has other purposes than what you are familiar with. In fact, there are 15 brilliant ways to use aluminum foil, which can solve many common problems!
15 – Bringing Back The Shine To Silverware
Are you tired of your silverware coming out of the dishwasher cloudy, no matter how clean you have it? It is not that your dishwasher isn’t effective and the detergent. Your silverware just needs an extra trick to be used for cleaning. What you need to do is take a sheet of tin foil, take two teaspoons of salt and two teaspoons of baking soda. Boil several cups of hot water, and put your silverware on the sheet with the salt and baking soda mix. Then pour the hot water onto the sheet, and voila! It will be shiny once again!
#14 – Makes Your Paint Job Easy
If you are painting and you are worried about paint getting onto areas that are not meant to be painted but don’t have the energy (and time) to keep taping it off, you can use tin foil instead. It will work on doorknobs, for example. You can fold the foil over the knob and it will keep it protected quite well so you don’t have to worry about the paint getting onto it and it will keep the job easier.
#13 – It Can Help Seeds Grow Indoors
Are you concerned that your seeds will not grow properly indoors due to the lack of natural light? The tin foil can fix that issue as you can take a shoebox, put the seeds into it, and then line it with the foil, which will reflect the natural light into it. That will encourage the growth of the seeds! The next thing you know that it will be possible to grow your plants indoors by utilizing this trick.
#12 – Create A Piping Bag
Are you making cupcakes or baking a cake, and you have no idea how to distribute the frosting properly because you don’t have a traditional piping bag? Well, chances are you have some tin foil lying around, so you can create the bag by using that! Improvise one by using the sheet of foil, and it will work just as well. The only thing is that it is disposable after it is done as the same sheet cannot be reused.
#11 – Allows Food To Be Heated While Camping
Are you hesitant to go on a camping trip because you are concerned that your food will not be edible because of not being able to be heated up properly? The tin foil can solve that problem! You can wrap your food into the foil, and place it over the fire. That will make the food just as warm as how it would be after you take it out of the oven!
#10 – Sharpen Those Scissors
Are your scissors too dull? A piece of tin foil can come to the rescue. What you need to do is to cut a piece, fold it in half about three times. Then you are going to get the scissors to cut the folded up foil. That will be enough to sharpen those scissors!
#9 – Cover Food With Tin Foil To Keep It Hot
If you are baking food in the oven for family or guests that won’t be coming over for several hours, but you are concerned about the food staying warm – then be sure to have tin foil covering the food. It will keep the heat inside because of its reflective surface. It will stay as hot as it can be while you have to cook other food, so you do not have to worry about it getting cold.
#8 – Clean Up Cast Iron Cookware
Is your cast-iron cookware all caked up from fried oil or pastries that you are baking? Then all you need to do is take a sheet of tin foil, scrunch it up into a ball, and use it to clean it off with dish soap and it will work! Your cast-iron cookware will be completely clean again for use!
#7 – Freeze Food Well
Frozen food can go bad fast due to the air passing through it even though it is in the freezer. The tin foil will prevent food from being spoiled from air getting in, as the taste will be maintained and it will still stay good and fresh when you reheat it.
#6 – Keep Pie Crust Protected From Burning
Are you baking pie crust? Then you will not want to see it burn up. Take several pieces of tin foil and place it on the edges of the pie. This will prevent it from burning as it will provide good protection so your pie will be baked perfectly and will be the way you had envisioned it!
#5 – Soften Up Brown Sugar
Brown sugar is notorious for getting lumpy. And there is an easy way to remove those lumps. Take a sheet of tin foil, put the lumpy brown sugar in it, and preheat the oven to 300 F, and then let it sit in the oven for 5 minutes. Once it is done, then you will see that the brown sugar is back to normal and can be used again.
#4 – Foil Can Prevent A Long Wash Up Job For Cookware
Who wants to clean pots for hours after making a roast or chicken dish? What you can do to prevent that big job is by placing a sheet of tin foil on the bottom of the cookware before you are roasting. Once you are done, it will keep the bottom of the pots or other cookware clean enough so you don’t have to spend hours cleaning it after use.
#3 – Creates A Funnel
You never know when you will need a funnel that you probably don’t have, such as watering flowers in a vase. Well, the foil will come to the rescue with that because you can create a cone-shaped funnel and pour the water through it and it will water the flowers perfectly!
#2 – It Helps Some Food Bake To Perfection
Some food will dry out fast when it is cooked, such as salmon or chicken. This is why you will want to use tin foil to keep it covered and fresh while it cooks right through! The foil will keep the food moist and delicious!
#1 – Keeps Messes From Happening
The last thing you want to see happen is that your oven is going to need a big cleaning because a big mess had happened due to something you had cook exploded. Placing tin foil over the food that you are cooking or baking will keep it contained and will prevent any awful messes from happening. The tin foil deserves the credit for the food staying intact.
Now you see how amazing tin foil really can be? You will want to stock up on it because as you can see it can make your life easier in 15 different ways!