Aluminum Foil

@clrumfelt (5449)
United States
January 28, 2010 6:36pm CST
When you cook with aluminum foil, do you put the shiny or the dull side outward? Is it better to use one side than the other?
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@peavey (16977)
• United States
29 Jan 10
I think the shiny side reflects the heat, so I put it toward the food. I don't know if it really matters that much, though. If there is a difference, it has to be very small.
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@clrumfelt (5449)
• United States
29 Jan 10
I decided to look it up and found this site about it. I don't think it makes much difference either. http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/gen01/gen01407.htm
@peavey (16977)
• United States
29 Jan 10
Interesting link! I guess I won't worry about which side is inside. :)
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@peavey (16977)
• United States
30 Jul 10
Thanks for "best response" :)
@cream97 (29142)
• United States
1 Mar 10
Hi, clrumfelt. I never knew that there was a preference to using aluminum foil by the side that it should be on. It all looked the same to me. I know that I will just put the shiny part outward and the dull part inward.. I hope that I have not been doing this the wrong way.
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@clrumfelt (5449)
• United States
1 Mar 10
Probably it doesn't make much difference. I always wondered if someone had an explanation as to why one side is dull and one is shiny.
@JoyfulOne (6237)
• United States
29 Jan 10
That's a good question lol, and one that I've often wondered myself. Personally, I put the shiny part towards the food. I don't know if that really matters or not, but my thinking is that the shiny side would reflect more heat back towards the cooking food.
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@clrumfelt (5449)
• United States
29 Jan 10
That's a good theory.
@kttribal (252)
• United States
29 Jan 10
Haha! That is a really funny question, but a good one...lol. I don't think it has any barrings on how the finished product will turn out. I usually just tare it and set it I don't really care what side its on. Both ways seem to do about the same job...
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@clrumfelt (5449)
• United States
29 Jan 10
Just something I had always wondered about.
@irishmist (3818)
• United States
31 Jan 10
To be honest I really don't pay attention to which way I put the foil on, and I don't think it really matters.
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