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1.Reynolds Quick & Easy Packet Cooking is a simple no-mess way to make delicious home-cooked meals. Foil packets also lock in nutrients and flavor. Just center ingredients on a sheet (12x18in) of Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil. Bring up foil sides. Double fold top and ends to seal packet, leaving room for heat circulation inside. Bake on a cookie sheet in pre-heated 450 degree oven or grill on medium-high in covered grill. After cooking, open end of foil packet first to allow steam to escape (Be careful because contents are hot). Then open top of foil packet.
2.Line pans with Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil before you cook to avoid scrubbing afterwards. Turn the pan upside down and press a sheet of foil around it. Remove foil, flip pan over and drop foil inside. Crimp the edges and you’re ready to cook!
3.Reynolds Wrap foil makes grilling easy! Stop food from sticking by lining grill grates with Reynolds Wrap Non-stick foil. Use a grilling fork to punch holes for drainage before placing the foil on the preheated grill. Foods like BBQ chicken or glazed pork chops that are basted with sticky sauces lift right off the grate.
4.Keep small foods like shrimp and veggies from falling through the grill grate by lining it with Non-Stick Foil. Lining the grate with non-stick foil prevents cleanup too. Be sure to punch a few holes for drainage and heat circulation.
5.To make a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Grill Pan, stack two sheets of Reynolds Wrap Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil. Flip a 13x9x2 in pan upside down. Press sheets of foil around pan. Remove foil from pan and crimp ends to form a rim. Place DIY grill pan on a tray to transport to and from the grill.
6.Chop, shred, or grate similar ingredients for multiple recipes at the same time, then wrap with foil and refrigerate. Foil keeps food odors from transferring to other foods.
7.Make appetizers in advance, wrap them tightly in heavy duty foil and freeze. When company arrives, just pop frozen appetizers into the oven. Baking for most appetizers takes about 20 min from the freezer.
8.To speed up turkey roasting time, completely wrap the turkey in heavy duty foil and cook in a 450 degree oven. Turn back the foil during the last 30 minutes to brown.
9.Crumb coatings stick to the food, not the pan, if it’s lined with Reynolds Wrap non-stick foil. Food like fish or chicken are easily turned over without falling apart or losing their crust.
10.To avoid the hassles of scrubbing, line both parts of broiler pans with non-stick foil. Cut slits at the rack openings to allow drippings to drain away while broiling.
11.Wrap leftover pizza in non-stick foil. When you’re ready to reheat, simply open the foil and heat in the oven on the same foil sheet. The crust gets crisp and melted cheese wont stick.
12.Place foil a few inches larger than your baking pan on a lower oven rack. Turn up all the edges to catch any spills. Be sure heat can circulate around the foil. (To prevent damage to the oven, do not use foil to line the bottom of oven)
13.To prevent pie crusts from overbrowning, make a foil pie ring shield. Fold a 12-in foil square into quarters. Cut out the center and round off the edges, leaving a 2-in wide ring. Unfold the ring and place it over the pie. Remove the foil ring for the final 20 minutes of baking time.
14.Keep bagels fresh and tasty by wrapping them with foil. Wrap sliced bagels individually in foil. Write the name of the flavor on the foil with a permanent marker and freeze. Unwrap, defrost and eat!
15.Wrap potatoes, squash, corn or apples completely in foil and place in the glowing embers of a campfire. Using tongs or a few thick sticks, roll to a new side every few minutes until soft but not mushy. Rolly out of the embers and let cool before removing the foil and enjoying a roasted treat.
16.Lunches wrapped in foil stay fresher. Sandwiches don’t dry out and raw vegetables stay crisp. And as an added bonus, used foil can be recycled.
17.Bake brownies, cookies or bars. Wrap them individually in foil and freeze. Pop a frozen treat into the lunch box in the morning and it will be defrosted by lunchtime!
18.Seal a stack of store-bought tortillas in a foil packet. Toss it on the grill (or bake in the oven) and in a few minutes they’ll be as warm and inviting as fresh, homemade tortillas.
19.For perfect, crisp-tender veggies add 1-2 ice cubes to a packet containing just veggies. The melting ice will provide just the right amount of moisture and steam to cook the vegetables perfectly.
20.Make a sandwich or wrap directly on a sheet of foil; then wrap it up in the same sheet. You’ll save time cleaning kitchen counters on a busy morning.
21.Don’t have a Panini press? No problem. Just wrap a brick with foil. Place foil wrapped sandwiches on a cookie sheet. Place a second cookie sheet upside down on top of the sandwiches and the foil-wrapped brick on top.
22.Stubborn messes are easily scoured out of pots and pans when you crumple foil into a fist-sized ball. Scrub with plenty of soap and water as you normally do and watch even baked on residues come clean. For best results, use this technique for steel, aluminum and even glass pots and pans but not on cookware with non-stick coatings or those made from soft materials like copper.
23.If pie crust becomes unmanageably soft while rolling it out, wrap the partially rolled dough in foil and place in the freezer for a few minutes to chill. Unwrap, then roll to desired thickness.
24.When you want fancy cookies in a hurry, place store-bought cookies on a cookie sheet lined with foil and drizzle with icing to create a pretty zigzag effect on the cookies. All the mess is on the foil, so there’s no cleanup.
25.Wrap a whole fish in foil just before baking, adding fresh herbs and other seasonings to taste. Place a cookie sheet beneath the foil-wrapped fish for support. The fish will stay moist and tender and cleanup is a snap!
26.Do you have picky eaters in the family? Individual foil packets can help alleviate the stress of appeasing each person. Just let each person customize their meal and choose which spices and veggies sound appealing. Foil up the packet and bake in the oven or grill in a covered grill.
a.Center ingredients on a sheet (12x18in) of Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil. Bring up foil sides. Double fold top and ends to seal packet, leaving room for heat circulation inside. Bake on a cookie sheet in pre-heated 450 degree oven or grill on medium-high in covered grill. After cooking, open end of foil packet first to allow steam to escape (Be careful because contents are hot). Then open top of foil packet.
27.Clean your grill grates by using crumpled Reynolds Wrap Foil instead of a brush and scouring pad.
28.Get the flavor of a brick-oven baked pizza right on your own grill. Line the grill with non-stick foil to prevent the pizza from sticking. The crust is extra crisp with a slightly smoky flavor.
29.When grilling round foods like onions, cabbage and apples (all delicious stuffed with sausage and barbecue sauce), twist crumpled foil into doughnut-shaped grill rings to hold the ingredient steady on the grill.
30.To replace a missing twist tie, just tear off a strip of foil and wind it into a rope. Wrap the foil rope around the bag or package and twist to hold in place.