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There is no question that aluminum foil is one of the most essential products to have in your home. The list of benefits is endless and some people would go so far as to call it a miracle product. It’s difficult to argue with that opinion!

What are the Dos and Don’ts of Aluminum Foil?

Aluminum foil can do a lot of things. It’s also important to remember that it can’t do everything. Here are some dos and don’ts that can prove useful:

• Baking Pans: Cleaning up baking pans takes no time with aluminum foil. Cooking spray might be necessary in certain cases.

• Bottom of the Oven: Lining the bottom of the oven with aluminum foil is not a great idea. At best, it’s going to cook your food unevenly. At worst, it can cause damage to your oven.

• Poultry: Aluminum foil is a great idea as a means to provide poultry with a protective shield. Not only can aluminum foil prevent the skin of turkey or chicken from burning, but it can also keep all of the juices locked inside.

• Microwave Ovens: Aluminum foil can work in a variety of different spaces. One of them is not the microwave oven. Other materials absorb the electromagnetic waves that move throughout the oven. Aluminum foil is different. It deflects these waves, which means your food may not cook properly. Worse yet, it can cause damage to the oven over time.

• Smelly Foods: If you’re planning to store “smelly” foods in your fridge or freezer, you obviously want to take steps to mask the smell as much as possible. With aluminum foil, you have something that can do a phenomenal job of covering up those smells.

• High-acid Foods: On the other hand, you don’t want to use aluminum foil to cover up high-acid foods for storage. Tart fruits are a good example of what we’re talking about, but you should also be wary of using foil to store things that contain vinegar, tomato sauce, or tomatoes. A day or so isn’t too much of a problem however. Unfortunately, these foods will eventually erode the foil, creating a metallic taste in the food.