You’ll Never Look at Aluminum Foil the Same Way Again

Everyone knows that aluminum foil is an effective, environmentally-friendly way to cook food over an open flame and keep leftovers tasting great. But few people get creative with their aluminum foil, despite the fact that there are dozens of things you can use it for.

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If you need to close an unsealable bag, take a strip of aluminum foil and fold it over the opening of the bag. Press it down firmly and use a hot iron on it to ensure the bag is closed. For those with large kitchens, place aluminum foil on the bottoms of your drawers and cupboards to keep them clean. It’s easy to slide them out, throw them away, and replace them when they get too dirty.

Do you have fruit-bearing trees with pests? Tie a few pieces of aluminum foil to the branches of the trees to ward off squirrels and birds. Keeping produce from going bad is also easy with aluminum foil. Roll celery stalks up into aluminum foil to maintain their freshness for as long as a month, and wrap the stems of your bananas in aluminum foil to stop them from ripening so quickly.

If you’re a carb-lover, aluminum foil can combat bread mishaps of all kinds. Cook your pizza in a pan on medium for a few minutes, covered with a sheet of dome-shaped foil, to restore its crunch. When heating up a pie, cover the crust’s edges with foil to prevent them from charring. Finally, to dry out soggy bread, encase it in a sheet of foil and put it in the oven for a few minutes to make it soft but not crispy.

If you’re an avid meat-eater, you’ve likely been left with hot grease after cooking. Place a piece of aluminum sheet on the bottom of a bowl and pour the grease into it – you can throw it out when it cools and solidifies. For a clean oven, cover the base inside with foil to hold onto bits of food that find their way down, and replace the foil when it’s dirty.

To shine up your silverware, place foil dull side down in your sink and boil six cups of water. Add six teaspoons of salt and baking soda, three cups of vinegar, and your foil-wrapped silverware before adding the boiling water. Once you’ve scrubbed and soaked your silverware, it should be shiny again.

Cover old furniture with aluminum foil for a sleek, modern look, or use it to cover knobs when painting doors. You can scrunch up a sheet of foil and throw it in the dryer to prevent static, or put a bit of foil between a battery and its coil to fit it to a mismatched device. You can even make your straightening iron work like a curling iron by wrapping your hair in curls and heating them with your straightening iron.

Did you already know some or all of these super useful aluminum foil tricks? If you didn’t, don’t be afraid to try them out!

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Camping Food Ideas Featuring Aluminum Foil

If you’re set on going camping this summer and you don’t know what food or accessories to bring, don’t worry, we’re here to help. Grab your aluminum foil, take a look at our favourite campsite recipes and try a few – you’re sure to love them!

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For all the egg-lovers out there, beat two eggs with any veggies or spices you want in them and pour the mixture into a large ziploc bag. Seal and date the bag, keeping it cool until you need it. When you’re at the campsite, boil a pot of water and put the egg bag right in, leaving it there until the eggs are cooked the way you like them.

Take some bananas along to make banana boats. Cut each banana along its natural curve and put some chocolate, peanut butter, or marshmallows inside. Cover it in aluminum foil and place it in the coals of the fire until its contents are melted. Top it with some fresh fruit or cookie crumbs when it’s done.

Do you prefer plantains over bananas? Cut the plantain as explained above and season it with savoury toppings like cheese, onions, and bacon bits – it’ll taste like a baked potato when it’s cooked. Cover it in aluminum foil and let it cook for around forty-five minutes. Top it with chopped tomato, sour cream, or chives when it’s done.

If you’re jonesing for fajitas, place green peppers, black beans, grated cheese, taco sauce, and some chopped chicken or ground beef in the middle of two overlapping pieces of aluminum foil. Wrap the mixture in the foil and cook for around thirty minutes.

For apple cinnamon oatmeal, remove half of the inside of an apple and fill it with oatmeal, cinnamon, brown sugar, and water. Cook the apple in two layers of aluminum foil until soft. Another easy breakfast option is cinnamon rolls, cooked by either wrapping the dough around a skewer or placing the dough inside an orange peel wrapped in aluminum foil.

Cereal eaters can fill a ziploc bag with some cereal and pour it into a plastic drinking cup when it’s time to eat it, adding as much milk as desired. Eat with a plastic spoon for easy post-breakfast clean-up. If you’re a pancake person, bring along a ziploc bag of premixed batter and cut off a corner to squeeze it into an aluminum pan over the fire.

Ice cream cone s’mores are a new take on the fireside favourite that uses an aluminum foil-wrapped cone to hold fruit, chocolate, marshmallows, peanut butter, and even mini cakes. Cook these treats on your fire’s coal until contents are warm. Top them with sprinkles, sweet chips, or your favourite ice cream sauce.

If you’re bringing spices or snacks with you, keep them in recycled containers like glass jars or mint dispensers. Don’t forget aluminum metal skewers to cook meat, vegetables, and marshmallows with. For wooden skewers, soak for half an hour before use to prevent burning. It’s also a good idea to bring along some aluminum wire with you in case you need to tie, fix, or adjust anything in an emergency situation.

With these fun and simple cooking ideas, you’ll look forward to each fireside meal on your next camping trip!

Source: http://www.aaluminum.com/anodized-aluminum-blog/310-camping-food-ideas-featuring-aluminum-foil.html