8 Surprising Ways to Use Aluminum Foil
By Bob Davis
Aluminum foil is something that everyone has in the kitchen since it has multiple uses within the realm of food storage. Aluminum foil is the knight in shining armor of home makers as it can serve as a handy pie shield or a makeshift broiler pan, depending on the need. It’s interesting how inventive we can get in the kitchen when the need arises. Here are some surprising uses for aluminum foil that you may have never before considered.
Grill Cleaner: We all love throwing a backyard BBQ on a sunny weekend with friends and family. The grill sometimes catches the firmament of the grill brushes and this can contaminate food. In order to avoid such health hazards, we can use the aluminum foil to scrape and clean the grill to eliminate any bits of grill brush that might be lurking around the corners of the grill.
Create a makeshift broiler pan: If you want to cook bacon to perfection, aluminum foil can come in handy as a makeshift broiler pan. It entails a simple process of trimming a sheet of heavy duty foil in order to make it as long as baking sheets. The foil is laid at the bottom of the pan and the rest is history. Of course, different things can be roasted or broiled on this makeshift broiler but bacon is best.
Protect Pie Crust: Cooking is a creative art and sometimes different elements are required for different recipes. Not everyone has all the necessary kitchen accessories handy such as a pie shield. The aluminum foil comes in to save the day again this time, acting as a pie shift. Inexperienced people can get into trouble with this method but it is safe to strip the foil into three sections which creates a protective shield for a pie.
Customize the size of your pan: In cases when you don’t have the right size pan or even the right shaped one, you can use foil for adjustments. You can shred the foil and build a wall in the pan in order to create the right size or shape.
The Roasting rack: In the absence of a roasting rack, twist the foil into a rack and place the choice meat on it to roast.
Slow Cooking Sling: Some foods need slow cooking in the oven and it is important to have a sling to take it out. The aluminum foil can be twisted into a sling to achieve this feat. There is the need for two strips crossed over each other.
Cooking in foil packages: Open-fire cooking brings a smoky flavor to food that is incredibly delicious. This brings to mind a campfire-like atmosphere. Meats that are mixed and cooked in this manner help the food to retain its juices. Plus, cleanup when you’re done is super easy.
Scrunch up foil to make a double boiler: When food needs water bathing, foil will definitely come to your rescue. This process entails five pieces of foil shredded and crumbled into ball. These balls are placed in the corners and center of the pan before adding water. You can now set the baking dish on top and there you have it.