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Clean-Up Made Easy With Foil

Family Meals

Katie Goodman

Clean-Up Made Easy With Foil

Most of us probably take aluminum foil for granted. It is a kitchen staple in every home and so readily available at any grocery store. But that doesn’t mean that foil isn’t an amazingly helpful product.

In fact, I don’t know if there is a product in my kitchen more versatile than foil – it is moisture-proof, odor-proof, and grease-proof. Foil can be safely used under extreme conditions, whether they be cold or hot, making it a perfect mealtime solution from start to finish.

What’s better than a kitchen product that every cook has in their home that makes preparing family meals more convenient and less messy?

Here are some of my favorite ways to use foil to help with family meal time:

Keeps Pans Clean

Prevent Oven Spills

Foil is great for lining pans when preparing messy foods, such as casseroles.

Simply line the bottom and sides of the pan with a sheet of foil cut in the appropriate size. Then, assemble your meal inside the pan and cook as usual.

When dinner is over, you won’t have to spend hours soaking that pan to get it clean.

When I am baking recipes that might bubble over, like my Beef and Vegetable Pot Pie with Rosemary Biscuit Crust, I like to take a few extra seconds to protect the bottom of my oven from a big mess.

Place a sheet of Reynolds Wrap® Aluminum Foil on the rack below your dish to catch and drips. Cut it a few inches larger than the pan you are cooking in. Fold the edges of the foil up so that the spills won’t drip off the foil.

Never line the bottom of the oven with foil as this may cause damage to your oven.

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Help Prevent Burning

I like to cover areas of meat that cook more quickly than others, such as the wing tips on a whole chicken or turkey, with foil to help prevent them from overbrowning.

Help Prevent Drying Out

Foil is especially useful when you’ve preassembled a recipe that you will need to bake later. When reheating items like casseroles in the oven, covering them with foil will help prevent them from drying out.

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