45 Aluminum Foil Uses You Didn’t Know About
It does more than just wrap up food! Check out these aluminum foil uses that can be super helpful.
Bake a perfect pie crust
Some of these aluminum foil uses will help you in the kitchen. Keep the edges of your homemade pies from burning by covering them with strips of aluminum foil. The foil prevents the edges from getting overdone while the rest of your pie gets perfectly browned. Check out these other extraordinary uses for household staples.
Soften up brown sugar
To restore your hardened brown sugar to its former powdery glory, chip off a piece, wrap it in aluminum foil, and bake it in the oven at 300°F (150° C) for five minutes. Try these creative ways you can use sugar.
Decorate a cake
No pastry bag handy? No problem. Form a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil into a tube and fill it with free-flowing frosting. Bonus: There’s no pastry bag to clean—simply toss out the foil when you’re done.
Keep rolls and breads warm
Want to lock in the oven-fresh warmth of your homemade rolls or breads for a dinner party or picnic? Before you load up your basket, wrap your freshly baked goods in a napkin and place a layer of aluminum foil underneath. The foil will reflect the heat and keep your bread warm for quite some time.
Catch ice-cream cone drips
Keep youngsters from making a mess of their clothes or your house by wrapping the bottom of an ice-cream cone (or a wedge of watermelon) with a piece of aluminum foil before handing it to them. This is the real reason aluminum foil has a dull and shiny side.
Polish your silver
Is your silverware looking a bit dull these days? Try an ion exchange, a molecular reaction in which aluminum acts as a catalyst. All you have to do is line a pan with a sheet of aluminum foil, fill it with cold water, and add two teaspoons of salt. Drop your tarnished silverware into the solution, let it sit for two to three minutes, then rinse off and dry.
Keep silverware untarnished
Store freshly cleaned silverware on top of a sheet of aluminum foil to deter tarnishing. For long-term storage of silverware, first tightly cover each piece in cellophane wrap—be sure to squeeze out as much air as possible—then wrap in foil and seal the ends.
Preserve steel-wool pads
It’s maddening. You use a steel-wool pad once, put it in a dish by the sink, and the next day you find a rusty mess fit only for the trash. To prevent rust and get your money’s worth from a pad, wrap it in foil and toss it into the freezer. You can also lengthen the life of your steel-wool soap pads by crumpling up a sheet of foil and placing it under the steel wool in its dish or container. (Don’t forget to periodically drain off the water that collects at the bottom.)
Scrub your pots
Don’t have a scrub pad? Crumple up a handful of aluminum foil and use it to scrub your pots. Check out these household vinegar uses you never knew about.