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Monday, April 27, 2009

KTT: Tin Foil

My Mother-in-Law, Lori AKA Grammy, sent me a great kitchen tip about tin foil. To preserve the life of celery wrap it in tin foil before putting it in the fridge. Thank you!!

So I wondered what others were doing with their tin foil (aluminum foil, if you prefer). These are mostly from Thriftyfun.com and families.com (literally a cut and paste job!!):

1. Need to sharpen your scissors? Take a 12 inch-14 inch strip of Heavy-duty Aluminum foil and fold to 8 layers. Now, just cut as many thin strips of foil as you can manage (25 is preferred). Your scissors are now sharp! If using standard weight aluminum foil, just fold to 16 layers and proceed.
2. You can seal any plastic bag by placing a piece of aluminum foil over the end to be sealed and running a hot iron over the foil. Make sure you have foil on both sides of the plastic to be sealed so it doesn't stick to the ironing surface. No expensive sealing gadget required.
3.Having a white smooth surface stove top is a lot of extra work each time it's used. To make less work for yourself, place a piece of aluminum foil over the burner and under the pan. Cleanup is a lot easier and the little extra time is all yours! Recycle that foil! Stash it near the stove so it's handy for next time!
4.When making a casserole, double the ingredients and make two. Cook one and store the other in the freezer. Cover the casserole in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil before freezing. Use a marker to write the date on the foil. You can re-use the foil to cover the casserole when cooking it. Casseroles can be frozen for 3 months.
5.When you are out of scouring pads (or are on vacation without any), use a crumpled piece of aluminum foil as a scrubber. It takes a little bit longer, but it does the trick!
6. For grilling in and campfire dinner (look up on Internet for dozens of tips and recipes).
7. Place mats.
8. Around outer edge of pies to keep from burning.
9. You can use a piece of tin foil to hold batteries in place if you've lost the cover to the battery compartment. Crumple up a small piece and wedge in between the batteries. It helps to hold them in place. You can also do the same thing if the spring that holds the battery in place is broken. Tear a small piece of foil, crumple it up and place it between the battery and the spring. Works as good as new!
10. Cover baking sheet with to make for easy clean-up.
11. Polish chrome finishes (I would think it would scratch the chrome, but maybe not?) If there is rust, dip the foil in cola. The Cola eats away at the rust as your cleaning.
12. If you need to quit halfway through a painting project just wrap your brush in foil and put in fridge. Unthaw for an hour and so and continue painting. (This does work, my mom did this whenever she painted the house.)
13. Keep your drinks cold by wrapping foil around the outside of your cup. Even write names on it to know whose cup is who's.
14. You can create a make shift funnel for anything - cooking, placing oil in your car, etc. by using a piece of tin foil. Double it up and wrap it in a cone like shape. Tear the end and there you have it!
15. Place a piece of tin foil in the bottom of a basket or serving container. Place a napkin on top and the rolls on top of that. The tin foil will help insulate the heat and keep the rolls fresh and warm!


The Schooley's said...

Who knew you could do so much with tin foil?? Love it!!

Mike and Jen said...

Great tips thanks denay!

Steph Herbert said...

Cola eats rust. Yikes! Doesn't make you want to drink it.

Shelly said...

I love to hear about your tips on Tuesday. I guess it is my Denay fix.

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