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Published December 8th 2012
Why is something so shiny and pretty so bad for you?
Aluminium foil is shiny, pliable, durable, clean, imprintable, and cheap and comes right after the chef in the kitchen hierarchy of importance. Other than the conventional uses in the kitchen you can use it to:



Sharpen dull scissors by folding into thick pieces and cutting it six or seven times.

Wrap silver cutlery and jewellery to keep them from tarnishing.

Cover an ironing board so the foil will catch the heat and work from the other side to smooth out wrinkles. You may not have to iron the other side.

Cut electromagnetic interference as a Faraday cage or get better reception for your WiFi modem. To see this principle at work, wrap your cell phone in foil and call; there will be no reception.

Grab a handful into a fist-sized ball to scrape off stubborn burnt bits from pans and the BBQ grill.

Scrape rust off anything.

Make cheap Christmas tree ornaments.



Fashion a funnel or piping bag in an emergency when the real McCoy goes missing.

Scare birds off the garden by hanging strips here and there to catch the sun.

Did you know of the push-in bits at the ends of the box that's meant to keep the roll from falling out? You do now.

A sandwich wrapped in aluminium foil can be heated with an iron or on any warm surface.

Fashion a custom lid for a pan with no lid.

Balance an unsteady table by placing folded foil under the bum leg.

Fashion a foil hat to foil mind control attempts from extra-terrestrials or those that cannot be named.



What Not to Do
Though they can be recycled in these ways and others that you could think of, there are things to keep in mind when going crazy with foil.

Aluminium foil is recyclable along with soft drink cans, but aluminium is not eco-friendly material and can lie in the landfill for ages before disintegrating.

It is used extensively for cooking and baking, but when food comes in contact with the foil under heat, aluminium leaches into the food. This is especially true when you wrap your veggies on the BBQ or use it as temporary cookware or bakeware.

Even where foil is used to cover the bird in the oven without touching it, the water drips back on to the food with the leached aluminium. The scary part is that studies link aluminium to Alzheimer's and osteoporosis after prolonged intake.

Even when not heated, aluminium will interact with food acid present in tomato and citrus fruits to cause trouble.
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If you've got children and you're camping or on a long journey, you can have hours of fun folding and scrunching dolls's outfits out of a roll of Alu foil!
by Jane Street (score: 2|438) 1624 days ago
Great, funny, scary article, MF, and you're a sculptor to boot! J.
by Julie Mundy (score: 3|1725) 1624 days ago
If you cut large pieces of foil and put them behind radiators, they will reflect heat back into the room and help to reduce your heating bills.
by Sandra Lawson (score: 3|1278) 1621 days ago
I thought the link between aluminium and Alzheimer's has been disproved?
by ccdav (score: 1|14) 1619 days ago
So that's great telling us not use it when cooking but what alternatives do you suggest???
by lpwil (score: 0|5) 1621 days ago
ou state in your reply that it has been "proved conclusively" that it is fact.
The major medical people do not agree with you.
Read the fact sheet on Alzheimer
siteAluminium and Alzheimer's disease - Alzheimer's Society
alzheimers.org.uk › About dementia › Factsheets
An Alzheimer's Society factsheet on Aluminium and Alzheimer's disease.
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by gpwhi (score: 0|9) 1603 days ago
Very creative. Apart from using it with cooking, I use it for when I do foils in my hair.
by Ms. Samantha (score: 2|360) 1605 days ago
Your article on Aluminium is incorrect re health effects. Contact Alzeimers Australia or look on their website for confirmation.
The false info was circulated by people selling SS cookware.
Many Antacid preparations had Al as an ingredient for years.
Look how little attack there is after years of cooking in our old thin saucepans our parents used
by gpwhi (score: 0|9) 1606 days ago
Here's a link to my aluminium foil fashion design for dolls that I mentioned in my earlier comment:
http://mykidcraft.com/aluminium-foil-fashion-design/
by Jane Street (score: 2|438) 1559 days ago
Its about time someone did a wrap on the foil!

Alluminium is a white metallic alloy that is well good for its light weight, reflective properties, conductivity, etc but I agree its not the best thing near food.

It oxidises with heat and so is no doubt adding particulate to your food and it also radiates its own properties so all this needs to be considered when cooking your chooks, reheating your mac super burger rediscovered in the car, or baking that potato which is kind of a healthy snack.

Get a camp oven or a clay or ceramic baking dish with a lid, these are the tools of our ancestors and I dare suggest they ate pretty good and had little money or time for the throwaway convenience that turns out to be damaging to our health.

Nice reminder Melbourne to take the slow path of eating before reaching for the aluminium!
by Carney (score: 1|69) 1620 days ago
Its about time someone did a wrap on the foil!

Alluminium is a white metallic alloy that is well good for its light weight, reflective properties, conductivity, etc but I agree its not the best thing near food.

It oxidises with heat and so is no doubt adding particulate to your food and it also radiates its own properties so all this needs to be considered when cooking your chooks, reheating your mac super burger rediscovered in the car, or baking that potato which is kind of a healthy snack.

Get a camp oven or a clay or ceramic baking dish with a lid, these are the tools of our ancestors and I dare suggest they ate pretty good and had little money or time for the throwaway convenience that turns out to be damaging to our health.

Nice reminder Melbourne to take the slow path of eating before reaching for the aluminium!
by Carney (score: 1|69) 1620 days ago
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