We've covered parchment paper, wax paper, and finally aluminium foil, the most familiar one of them all. We use it for everything, from wrapping leftovers for storage, keeping our oven clean with a few strategic layers, to creating delicious en papillote meals. If that wasn't enough, here are a few more ways to use the humble foil.

1. Save your pie crusts
Why waste money on a pie crust shield? A good pie begets a good crust. Check out the video below to make a simple foil guard that prevents the crust from browning too much.

2. Customise your own cookie cutters
There are very few cookie cutter shapes beyond the standard geometric ones before prices start to soar. To make your own reusable cookie cutters, fold some heavy-duty foil repeatedly to reinforce the structure. You can use objects to form your desired shape with it, or fold it over a drawn pattern. Check out the video below for a more detailed explanation. Aluminium pans and foil work equally well. Unfortunately, we don't recommend trying this with cake moulds as it isn't strong enough to hold up the batter. (Start at 2:20)

3. Warm up your freshly made baked goods
As aluminium foil reflects heat and light, it can make a decent insulator. Cover your hot dish with aluminium foil and add a towel on top to trap the heat better. This keeps it warm till dinner is served.


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