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I have a few non-food staples that I always keep in my pantry for cooking and storing food – parchment paper, plastic wrap, plastic baggies, and foil. But the one thing that I grab most often to use outside of the kitchen is foil.
I typically buy Glad™ Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil because it’s thicker than regular foil, which makes it sturdier. Plus, I really like the Glad brand foil, whether standard or heavy duty, because it’s 30% stronger than other leading foils, and I HATE when foils rips when I stir vegetables I’m roasting or for other projects around the house.
Foil makes clean-up in the kitchen easy (I line my roasting pans with it), but I also use it outside of the kitchen a lot. so Here are 3 ways I use Glad foil outside of the kitchen!
1. Cleaning the grill. I share a grill with others at my apartment and with so many people using the grill, it can get pretty nasty. And not everyone cleans the grill after using it, unfortunately. Plus, the grill brush at my apartment is in pretty rough shape. I ball up a piece of foil and use that to scrub the grill clean before I put my meat on. Works great!
2. Lining Maizey’s toy basket. I keep all of Maizey’s toys in a basket by the door, and clean it out every month or so, tossing toys that have no life (i.e. stuffing) left in them or that are just really gross. It can be hard to clean the dog hair that collects at the bottom of the basket, so I’ve started lining it with a piece of foil. When I clean out the basket each month, I pull out the foil and just replace it with a new one.
3. Placemats at a cook-out. A cookout should be casual but I’m a big fan of placemats, regardless of the formality of a meal. Using foil adds a fun touch while still keeping things casual. The pull-up cutting features ensures you get a clean cut, which helps keep the placemats looking crisp and not sloppy. Customize the placemats with each person’s name, and draw a border on it if you’re really ambitious/artsy. (I am not artsy.)
And don’t forget to put a cup of sharpies in the center of the table. Everyone likes drawing on their mat and impromptu games of tic-tac-toe or hangman are encouraged! Clean-up is a breeze! Have everyone crumble up their placemat and see who can make it in the garbage can from the furthest distance.
You can find Glad Aluminum Foil at Albertsons, Food Lion, Hannaford, Lowe’s Food Stores, Brookshire, Meijer, Harris Teeter, Demoulas Market Basket, or Futuro Foods.
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