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15 Surprising Uses for Aluminum Foil



8. Soften Brown Sugar. It’s true, foil works better than a microwave for softening brown sugar. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil, spread the brown sugar on top, and bake for about 5 minutes.

9. Frost a Cake. Who needs fancy pastry bags when you have foil around? Roll foil (if your brand isn’t very strong, do a second layer of foil) into a cone. Leave a tiny opening at the bottom, and fold the top of it down to prevent spillage.

10. Keep Bread Warm. Don’t let those rolls go cold on the dinner table! Line a basket or bowl with foil, and place napkin-wrapped bread in it.

11. Perfect Your Pie Crust. An easy and foolproof method for preventing your pie crust from burning: take the pie out of the oven a little over halfway through the baking process and cover the edge with foil.

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12. Shine Up Your Metals. Line a large pan or bowl with foil, fill it up with cold water and add two teaspoons of salt. Place your rusty metals in the water and let is soak for about three minutes. Rinse the water off and let it dry.

13. Clean your Grill or Fireplace. Line the bottom with foil for easy cleanup after the fun. Forgot to do that? Foil is also good for cleaning off the gunk.

14. Extend the Life of your Steel Wool. That stuff’s expensive — don’t let it go to waste! Store your steel wool on top of a crumpled ball of foil. You can also wrap it in foil and store it in the freezer to lengthen its lifespan.

15. Sharpen Your Scissors. Nobody wants dull scissors! Sharpen them back into shape by cutting through several sheets of foil.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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9:00PM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

Aluminium is very bad for people and the environment.

12:49PM PDT on Mar 16, 2014


12:48PM PDT on Mar 16, 2014

SPAM grumpily reported

12:47PM PDT on Mar 16, 2014

Ah, but Stephan, the cost of aluminium to the environment is far lower with recycled aluminum. In fact it uses 1/10 the energy to recycle aluminum as it does to mine it from bauxite.

12:37PM PDT on Mar 16, 2014

please consider, that aluminium comes with very high costs for nature and it takes enormous amounts of energie to make it. It's probably not worth the little advantages shown in this post.
Better to think of alternatives

11:07AM PST on Jan 27, 2014

Thanks. Interesting Posting.

8:04AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

num. 5 never worked 4 me... :((

10:29AM PST on Feb 20, 2013

Great tips.Thanks for sharing

12:40PM PST on Feb 18, 2013


11:02AM PST on Feb 17, 2013

Interesting tips. Don't forget to recycle if the foil is still clean when you're done with it.

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