There are a lot of versatile materials out there, but aluminum foil has to be one of my very favorites. It can be used as a barrier, an insulator, a light reflector, and so much more! Occasionally I’ll come across a particularly good idea for using aluminum foil and tuck it away for later use. And guess what? That later use has finally arrived! :-)
Today I’ll be sharing 15 creative and useful ways to use aluminum foil around the house. These ideas are certain to save you time, effort, or money in one way or another (or maybe even all three, if you’re lucky!) ;-)
15 Useful Things You Can Do With Aluminum Foil
1. Soften Brown Sugar
If your brown sugar has turned into a rock-solid lump, just grab a piece of tin foil! Wrap the brown sugar clump in tin foil, put it in your oven, and bake it at 300°F for 5 minutes. The heat will soften up the brown sugar, and it will come out ready to use!
2. Pipe Frosting
There’s nothing like piped frosting to make your cake or cupcakes extra special, but you don’t need a special piping bag to do it! Use a sheet of tin foil to form your own disposable piping bag.
3. Shine Silverware
Use aluminum foil to restore the shine to your silverware! Place a sheet of tin foil at the bottom of a baking dish, then set your silverware on the foil. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of salt and 2 teaspoons of baking soda over the silverware, then pour several cups of hot water into the dish. Let the silverware soak for 5 minutes, then remove, rinse, and admire the shine! :-)
4. Clean Cast Iron
Use a balled-up piece of tin foil to scrub away crusty baked-on messes in your cast iron pans.
5. Sharpen Scissors
If your scissors are starting to feel a bit dull, you can sharpen them with tin foil. Take a piece of tin foil and fold it in half at least 3 times. Use the scissors to make several cuts on the foil, and your scissors will be noticeably sharper afterward!
6. Protect Pie Crust
You can use tin foil to protect the edges of your pie crust and prevent them from burning in the oven. One way to do it is to use it preventatively. Just wrap the edges of your pie with tin foil at the beginning of the baking process, then remove the foil halfway through.
Alternatively, you could put the tin foil on near the end of the baking process. This can be helpful if the edges of the crust seem to be browning faster than the rest of the crust.
7. Foil Funnel
Funnels are one of those kitchen tools that you’re pretty sure you can live without… until the moment that you wish you had one! If you ever find yourself in this situation, you can improvise by fashioning a funnel out of a piece of tin foil. Just form a cone shape with the foil, and fold the edges over to help keep the shape.
8. Foil Packet Dinners
Making foil packet recipes is one of the best ways to use foil in the kitchen. One of my favorite foil packet recipes is salmon filets cooked with honey and lemon, which turn out perfectly moist and flaky thanks to those foil pouches! (And don’t worry, cooking with tin foil is perfectly safe!)
Related: Honey Lemon Salmon Baked In Foil
9. Keep Food Warm
Tin foil is especially handy for keeping things warm, thanks to its reflective surface. If one part of your meal is ready before the rest of it, just wrap it up in tin foil to help keep it warm while you finish off the rest of the food.
10. Prevent Messes
Tin foil is a great tool for preventing baked-on messes. If you’re baking something the may splatter or drip, just line a baking sheet with tin foil and place on the rack below whatever you’re baking. If your dish bubbles over, it will land on the foil-lined sheet and make cleanup quick and easy!
11. Take It Camping
Tin foil makes a useful addition to your regular camping supplies. Many foods can be cooked or heated through simply by wrapping them in tin foil and tossing them in a campfire! You can also use tin foil as a reflective signaling material if you happen to get lost.
12. Light It Up
If you’re starting seeds indoors, they can usually use all the extra light they can get! One way to amplify the natural light is to line a shoebox with tin foil, and place your seedlings into the box. The foil will reflect the light (and heat!) onto the seedlings and help them get started.
13. Painting Helper
Taping off doorknobs when painting can be a total pain. Save yourself some time and effort by wrapping the knobs in tin foil! It’s easy to mold the foil onto a door knob, and you can even reuse it if you don’t end up getting any paint on it.
14. Freeze It
Heavy-duty tin foil makes a great material for freezer storage because it doesn’t allow air to pass through. It will keep the flavors in, and the smells from other foods out! Wrap and freeze breads, casseroles, and more.
15. Easy Cleanup
One of the best ways to use tin foil is to protect large, hard-to-wash pans from greasy messes. Line the bottom of your roasting pan before roasting a turkey or pot roast, then toss out the foil when you’re done. Your roasting pan can go right back into the cupboard, rather than taking up your entire sink for hours while it soaks!
What’s your favorite way to use aluminum foil at home?