5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Aluminum Foil

Clever and creative ways to use aluminum foil
5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Aluminum Foil

Don't buy extra kitchen gadgets if you can easily make them with foil.

Make a tart. No need to buy a special tart ring if you have aluminum foil; just fold a long sheet of foil into a thin strip before looping it into a circle. Secure the circle by pinching the foil. Then, line the aluminum foil ring with your pie crust and bake as usual.

(Credit: Flickr/Shaheen Peerbhai)

Make a complete dinner on the grill. Don't dirty pots and pans when you can toss all the ingredients you need for a meal into a foil packet and then onto the grill. Try fish, potatoes, and fresh vegetables.

(Credit: Flickr/Anna)

Make a funnel. From filling a cupcake tin to making pancakes, a funnel is one of those kitchen tools I always seem to need but never have on hand. In a pinch I make one using aluminum foil.

(Credit: Flickr/Rick Kimpel)

Prevent pie crust from burning. If you're baking a pie and it looks like the edges of the crust are browning to fast, cover them in long, thin strips of foil; this will allow the center of the pie to continue cooking without further browning the outer edge of the pie.

(Credit: Flickr/Julie Falk)

Make a tortilla shell bowl. Do you love taco salad in a tortilla shell bowl? If you do, and want to make one at home, crumple aluminum foil into a large mound with a flat top. Place the foil on a baking sheet and drape a tortilla over it. Then, bake the tortilla in the oven until it's crisp. When the tortilla has cooled, flip it over and fill it with taco salad.

(Flickr/I Believe I Can Fry)

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Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal's Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.