I just don't like to throw away things, especially money. There are some applications where aluminum foil is a wonderful thing, but I realized recently that a lot of times, I am using it out of habit. Recently I've been trying to do without where I can, and here is what I have learned.
Often, a recipe will say to cover the food with foil for the first half of baking, then remove the foil to brown the dish. If the recipe in question does not come up above the top of the baking pan (lasagna, baked chicken, most casseroles), I have found that I can put a cookie sheet over the pan instead of foil. It works like a charm!
Do you wrap potatoes in foil before baking them? Instead, try putting them in a glass baking dish with a lid, a cast-iron skillet with a cover, or simply a deep dish that you can cover with a cookie sheet (see above). It works just fine, and the potatoes don't dry out at all. You could also make one of these and enjoy potatoes that are both fast and tasty.
If you're in the habit of putting foil or plastic wrap over the top of a bowl of leftovers, try setting a plate on top instead. This works really great with the Corelle dishes that we got when we got married. The small plate covers the soup bowls perfectly, and the luncheon plate will cover the vegetable serving bowl just right!
One place that aluminum foil is clearly worth using - to make celery last longer. I don't know how or why, but celery wrapped in aluminum foil will last for a scary long time. Just don't forget what's in that package!
I hope that helps you. If you have a kitchen or household tip to share, please leave a comment - and if your tip is on your blog, leave the link in your comment...thanks!
Pinching aluminum pennies,
-Laura at TenThingsFarm