I have lots of “staples” in my kitchen. I consider a “staple” to be something I use on a daily or near-daily basis, something that I couldn’t get my baking done without. The list includes ingredients like butter and flour, as well as tools like baking sheets, mixing bowls and aluminum foil. When Glad® and SheKnows reached out to me to talk about Glad™ Standard Aluminum Foil, I was more than happy to do it because I’m both a fan and a regular user of the product.
Glad™ Standard Aluminum Foil has a prime place in my pantry, as I use it for everything from lining pans to wrapping up leftover cookies and breads before storing them in the freezer. My number one use for it is lining pans, as the aluminum foil can handle any oven temperature (even the broiler) and makes cleanup exceptionally easy. I do use parchment paper in my kitchen, as well, but there are many times when aluminum foil offers a distinct advantage.
One of these is lining baking pans, as aluminum foil can easily be molded into corners without extra cutting (I can’t count the number of times when I’ve had to re-trim a piece of parchment paper) and my baked goods can neatly be lifted out of the pan after baking, even when they are still hot. I particularly appreciate that Glad™ Standard Aluminum Foil is 30% stronger than other foils, as it makes the foil much more durable and easier to work with, with no risk of tearing accidentally.
I use aluminum foil both for shaped baking pans and for lining sheet pans, for both sweet and savory foods. If I had to pick just one type of recipe that I pair with aluminum foil on a regular basis, it would be bar cookies. Bar cookies are notoriously difficult to get out of the pan neatly (especially that first slice!) and being able to lift the whole batch straight out of the pan means that your slices will be perfect and you will have no waste. The chewy, tender Vanilla Bean Blondies that I baked here illustrate that point perfectly.
Besides its utility when it comes to baking, there are a couple of other things that I specifically appreciate about Glad™ Standard Aluminum Foil that relate to its packaging. If you are like me, you’ve probably had days when you struggle with the cutting edge on a box of parchment paper or aluminum foil. Unlike some brands, the Glad® packages are designed to open easily, thanks to their “thumb dot” design that allows you to slide the box open without slicing your finger, and the boxes are sturdy enough to ensure that you get a clean, straight cut every single time you pull out a sheet of foil. I also appreciate the fact that the boxes have a “stay closed” lid after use for neat and safe storage.
So, if Glad™ Standard Aluminum Foil isn’t a staple in your pantry yet, it probably should be. I know you’ll come up for even more uses for it than I have and you’ll become a big fan right away because it is so versatile and easy to work with.
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