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Published March 12th 2013
So handy - does more than just wrap up food
Aluminium Foil can be found in pretty much every kitchen. It's strong and durable and has loads of uses such as covering and wrapping food, keeping food warm, lining cake tins, as a grilling tray or as a drip tray.
It can be extremely useful, not only for traditional purposes, but for many other things as well.
1. Sharpen Scissors. If you find that your scissors are dull and won't cut any more grab some aluminium foil. Fold it a few times so that you have about six or eight layers. Now simply cut through the foil a couple of times, quickly, and it will sharpen the blades.
2. Interference. If you have your TV and DVD player very close together or stacked on top of one another the electromagnetic fields from both devices can interfere with each other and make the picture a bit fuzzy. Put a sheet of aluminium foil on top of the DVD player or between the TV and DVD player, if they are stacked, and this will cut down on interference.
3. Remove Rust. Rust is a common problem and can easily be removed with some aluminium foil. Grab some foil and roll it into a ball, lightly wet the foil, and gently rub it over the rusty area. The rust will soon disappear.
4. Ironing. Place a sheet of aluminium foil under your ironing board cover. The foil will reflect the heat from your iron, it makes ironing easier and you are practically ironing both sides at the same time.
5. Soap. Place a piece of aluminium foil on the bottom of your piece of soap. It will stop the soap from sitting in a puddle and going all soft, and your soap will last longer.
6. In the Oven. When cooking or baking, cover the shelves of your oven with aluminium foil to keep them clean. If something bubbles over, simply remove the foil and throw it away.
7. Loose batteries. If the batteries in things like kids toys and torches are loose, fold up a small piece of aluminium foil until you have a pad that is thick enough to fit between the battery and the spring and it will now hold the battery firmly in place.
8. Gift Wrapping. Use aluminium foil to wrap gifts. It's bright, shiny and festive and you can always add a colourful bow or ribbon. It's great to wrap unusually shaped items and you don't need to use tape.
9. In the Kitchen. Aluminium foil can be shaped into a cone and used as a funnel or a handy piping bag when decorating cakes. Aluminium foil can also be used as a cake tin, it can be made into any shape you like - so it's great for kids birthday cakes. Just put your shape inside another baking tin as a solid base.
10. Cleaning. Scrunch up a piece of aluminium foil and scrub the burnt-on bits off your BBQ. Use a crumpled piece of aluminium foil to clean pots and pans.
These are just some of the unusual uses for aluminium foil. There are loads more but remember not to use it in the mircowave, as it is dangerous.
Mix up some lectric soda with warm water, fold a piece of tin foil a few times and place in an aluminum pot or pan, pour the solution over.
If you dip anything silver in this and touch the tin foil it will immediately clean it and bring back the sparkle. You can watch the clean silver move up the object it touches, quite amazing.
2 more hints:
Wrap your celery sticks in foil before placing them in the fridge. They will last for weeks! Seriously!!!
And contrary to popular opinion - you can use foil in the microwave. If you have a large item frozen and you only want some of it defrosted, wrap foil around the bit you DON'T want defrosted, pop it in the microwave and hey presto! Only the uncovered section will defrost!