Tuesday, February 24, 2009

10 uses Tuesday: Aluminum Foil

Most of us know aluminum foil as a handy tool for wrapping our leftovers in, but there are at least 10 more uses for this every day item.  Food storage isn't even mentioned, and maybe that's a good thing.  The best green option for food storage is a reusable container.  Using aluminum foil for wrapping sandwiches or covering casseroles can be wasteful in more ways then one because once the foil has food remnants on it, it can no longer be recycled.

But if you do have to use it, as we occasionally do for the odd shaped pot cover, make sure you reuse it.  Choose something from the list of 10-I tried the tip about removing rust and was actually able to smooth out and remove some from our wood stove (although the sound is it makes is awful)-or try something new.  If it has food on it you can ball it up with the food inside and use it as a steel wool or scrub brush substitute on your dishes.  If it doesn't have food on it, tuck it away in a drawer or use it to enhance your viewing with your TVs rabbit ears (unless we are the only people that still have rabbit ears).  

What great reuses have you found for aluminum foil?  

8 comments:

annie kelleher said...

i like to use a foil lined cookie tray on hte bottom rack of my oven when im making pies or anything that might bubble over. i love aluminum foil but i dont use it often - the good stuff i like is expensive!

Eva said...

i'm going to sharpen all my scissors this way. thanks for the wonderful link!

Meghan said...

Great ideas! Thanks!

P.S. Thanks for your comments on the store and I am actually posting some new stuff next week so stay tuned for more sizes!!!

Willo said...

Annie-there are different qualities of aluminum foil? I never knew! Shows you how much I know!

Eva-I know! Isn't that the best suggestion? I never knew either and I am so excited to try it.

Meghan-thanks for the heads up!

CC said...

I don't use foil very much anymore b/c I have non-stick cookie sheet liners, etc. But you have some good ideas here!

And like Annie, I only buy the heavy duty stuff. So I'm very sparing with it!

Sara said...

Love all these ideas. Along the same line as the scissors, I use tin foil to sharpen my craft punches.

Mon said...

Thanks for sharing that resource. I always reuse my foil (though use it rarely anyway). Always good to have moe ideas.

Pam said...

Thanks for the tip on scissor sharpening. Our main use of foil is for creating sculputures. My kiddos love this activity.