“ Baking „
At one time my mum would buy the cheapest tin foil she could find in the shop, that was usually one of the unboxed rolls from the supermarket value ranges and would cost about 32p. A few months ago though they were giving roasting tin sized samples of this Bacofoil Non Stick foil away in Sainsburys and she's not brought anything else since because it's so good. It's brill and I never thought I'd be saying that about tin foil! lol As long as you put it the right way up nothing will stick to it and it's dead easy to push into all the corners of your baking tray to cover the whole thing. You have to make sure that the dull side is facing the food and then even madly sticky or greasy food will easily lift off the foil without it sticking and tearing the tin foil. It says on the box not to reuse it because of health and safety but I've rinsed it off sometimes and used the same sheet 2 or 3 times because as long as you get all the food off it's only the same as reusing your non stick baking tray! I've cooked loads of stuff using this foil and not only does it not stick to it, but I think the foil is also a lot stronger than cheap foil. I've torn it a few times when I've used a fork to turn the food over but as long as I remember to use the plastic turner then the foil won't rip. It's a bit pricey for tin foil, I think my mum pays about £1.69 from the shop by me and there's not a lot of foil on the roll once you start using it. You can cut the cost by reusing it though and it saves on a load of washing up because if you've cooked something mega sticky then it saves having to soak and scrub the baking tray because all you have to do is scrunch the foil up and stick it in the bin.
I bought this after reading a couple of reviews about it on here, in my local shop it's £1.59 which is more expensive than my usual tin foil but as soon as I opened the box I saw how thick it was so I didn't feel as though I were paying over the odds. It claims to be non-stick and it really is, I've used it on my baking tray and in my roasting tin and nothing has stuck to the foil however sticky the foodstuffs I've been cooking with are. The most impressive results were when I cooked a honey basted salmon steak and it lifted straight off the Bacofoil without leaving even so much as a trace of salmon skin on the foil. I've also used it to wrap fish and chicken while cooking and again nothing has stuck, the foil is so thick that I have even rinsed the foil and reused it to wrap another piece of fish. The foil has a much nicer texture than normal foil, it cuts very easily along the serrated cutting edge on the box and I have not had a piece rip yet which is a boon as I usually make a right mess when trying to cut foil neatly. I am extremely impressed with this foil and shall now buy it regularly. Just today I cooked some home made potato wedges using no oil at all and not a single wedge stuck to the foil, I'm sure you'll agree this is excellent as potato wedges are notorious for getting stuck when you don't grease the pan - which always defeats the object of making no fat wedges I think!
Having read a review of this new product and realising the fact that it can save on washing up I couldn't wait to try it. I have a number of non-stick dishes at home but I do find that after a certain amount of use they lose their non-stickability. Even at the beginning of their life I find that some items can easily stick. This particularly happens when you cook like me as I like to make 100% sure that everything is cooked through meaning that all food gets put a little above the recipe temperature and gets an extra 5 minutes. I was shopping at Tesco for some normal foil when I seen this newer version beside it and remembered the review and although slightly dearer than normal foil £1.15 still seemed pretty reasonable for a five metre roll of foil. The foil comes in the normal cardboard housing with the jagged edge for cutting the correct length. Once unrolled you notice that the foil is very shiny on one side while dull on the other. The dull side has non-stick written on it so you know which way round to place it whether you are cooking with it or using it as you would normal tinfoil. The foil was reasonably robust and easily moulded to the baking trays I use and I felt it would work better than some of the cheaper alternatives which tear really easily. I first experimented with covering a large baking sheet with the foil and adding wedges of potato drizzled in oil with a few sprigs of parsley thrown on top. They cooked beautifully and as I lifted the tray from the oven every ten minutes and swished them around to try and brown them evenly (lifes to short to turn them all over individually) they swished around the dish easily. When they were ready as there was practically no oil on the wedges or dish I just upended the baking tray and emptied the wedges into a large dish - not one thing stuck in any way. Normally even with a non-stick tray I can be found chipping the last of the wedges off with a fish slice. When hubby went to do the dishes I heard a laugh as he noticed the foil covered dish. As I peered into the kitchen he noticed me and said "Do I really just have to take off this silver paper and not wash the dish?" I stayed to watch and once removed, which was done easily without any turns or splits in the paper, the dish was indeed ready to go away without any scrubbing whatsoever. Next night was hotdog night so I covered the baking tray leaving the dull side facing upwards. The sausages were pricked and placed on top and each time I took them out of the oven to get them evenly browned they moved about easily. Obviously due to the amount of oil that came out of the sausages I couldn't just empty them out into a dish, but managed to remove them with a fork without tearing the silver foil, leaving the tray to be put away again without scrubbing. Sunday came around and I was making chicken cordon bleu. This is just gorgeous so I'll share: Wrap a couple of ¾" slices of a nice mature cheese in quite a thick slice of ham. Put slits in chicken breasts or flatten under clingfilm place the cheese and ham parcel inside and wrap the breast around it and sew back together with a couple of cocktail sticks. Place on the dull side of the foil. Add salt, pepper, a splash of worcestershire sauce and lemon juice, place chopped onions around and anything else you fancy and add a knob of butter on top of each one. Then close up the silver foil and place in the oven at full power along with the roast potatoes when they have 35 minutes left to cook. Open the foil for the last five minutes to brown. If all goes well and the cocktail sticks haven't pierced the foil these can again be easily removed and you get a tasty main course. As I cook this on a high heat I sometimes found the chicken would stick to normal foil which would then tear leaving a baking tray to be washed I've only used it once with this non-stick foil and managed not to tear it. I know with the christmas turkey that removing the tinfoil towards the end to brown it was difficult as parts of it had stuck to the skin so this would be perfect. The packaging adds that it is ideal for healthy cooking as you don't need to add oil and that it provides protection against freezer burn. - - Would I buy it again - - I will definitely purchase this again, as it saves so much time on washing up and although we have a dishwasher, we still wash pots, baking trays etc. by hand. Since my hubby washes up when I cook and has that manly habit of adding fairy liquid and hot water to a baking tray then leaving it to steep (which means I find it two hours later and have to refill with hot water and wash it myself) then I'm willing to pay what isn't an awful lot of extra money for this foil. The fact that you use a new piece each time you cook also means that it won't lose its non-stickability the way that the trays do. So it should perform perfectly everytime.
Tin Foil. What can you say about tin foil, not a lot, it's made from aluminium? Shiny, very thin, can wrap meat and other items while cooking, or to wrap cooked food to keep fresh. Except this is where BacoFoil, None-Stick Release is very different and as the title states, totally none stick. It's slightly expensive at around £1.06 to £1.20 (£1.00 at Wilkinsons) for 5 Meters but well worth it at around 7.5 pence per foot, which is about the amount used per item, and available from most supermarkets. So, what is so special that deserves the extra cost. There is nothing that I have found will stick to it, no oil, grease, lard or fat required, handy for fat free diets and is very good for cooking anything that would normally stick to any other kind of covering. For example fish with the skin on, salmon or trout. Perfect for lining baking tins for example cakes, pies as you can line plates, trays whatever with the foil. Nothing will stick and as the foil is quite strong and flexible it can take on the shape of the dish and makes a handy way of removing the cooked item from the dish. Handy for the little nibbles to be cooked in the oven as you do not have to use a knife to free them when they are cooked. Yes I know there are non-stick cooking utensils but how long do they stay non-stick? We have non-stick trays and over time they become non non-stick and you only find out when it's too late. The times you have to scrape the odd mince pie off the tray when they come out the oven. This will never happen with Baco-Non Stick you can even line the grill pan and wipe clean then reuse the foil because nothing sticks. The best way to use the foil is to use only when cooking something that will stick, as it is more expensive than normal foil, use normal tin foil as a cover, used correctly a 5M roll can last a long time. A trick I found out Just recently, if your non-stick frying pan starts to stick but the coating looks quite good try this as it works for me. Pour a small amount of oil (Approx 1 tablespoon) in the cold pan put a small mound of salt on the oil using a kitchen towel rub the mixture in a circular motion around the pan untill all the base of the pan is covered then rinse out the pan with warm water now you will find your pan should be non-stick, almost as good as new.