“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Product Type: Foil „
I am not loyal to any particular brand of kitchen foil, but one of the foil packs I have tried is Sainsbury's Basics Wrapping Foil. This comes in a cardboard package which has a metal serrated edge which allows the foil to be torn in a straight line and therefore you don't waste any of the foil by careless ripping. The packaging is fairly basic, but as this is only going to sit in my kitchen drawer then I really don't think that this is an issue.
The foil is on a continuous roll, not pre-cut sheets like some other foil packages. The roll is actually 15m long and so this lasts me a good amount of time (I find that one box usually lasts me about a month). In addition to this, the foil is about 30cm wide and so this covers most baking trays with one sheet without having to double up. However, unfortunately, I have found that the sheeting is a little thin and so if I'm planning to wrap sandwiches in it, then I need to wrap it around a few times to ensure that it won't rip. However, if it's to cover meat or any dishes that goes in the oven then it's okay because it doesn't have to stand up to any friction or ripping.
A box containing a roll of foil which is 15m x 0.3m cost me 45p from Sainsbury's - and so 45p per month is, in my opinion, good value. This is foil sheeting at it's most basic, but it mostly does the job!
Tin foil, baking foil, wrapping foil, aluminium foil.... It is all the same thing really. It is a very useful item in the kitchen however and can be used to cook things in by wrapping it around items like a parcel; this sort of steams the item you want to cook, or you can use it to line your baking trays so the clean up process is easier. It is multi functional and it is always useful to have in the cupboards.
*Price and availability*
The wrapping foil costs 48 p from Sainsbury's stores.
The foil comes in a white plastic sheath fitted around the roll of foil. Inside the packaging a roll of foil that is 30 cm wide and 15 m long. I usually buy my foil in box that comes with a lacerated edge so you can pull off a sheet easily. I never get neat edges with this roll as there is it literally is a matter of pulling the foil off in whatever way it wants to come off. The foil is really thin and it does rip and tear very easily. An advantage when wanting to pull a piece off, but a disadvantage when I want to try and manipulate it into the shape of a tray.
The foil as with most foils has a shiny and dull side, whether you have this side on the inside or outside when cooking, it makes no difference. When aluminium foil is manufactured, it's so delicate that the presses that flatten it will tear it unless two sheets are pressed together. Thus, the shiny side is the side that presses against another sheet. Neither side conducts heat any better or worse than the other.
On the back of the packaging it states that if you want foil for roasting you should use Sainsbury's kitchen foil or Sainsbury's extra string foil. I did not realise this when I bought it and a little shocked as to why it couldn't be used. I have used it for roasting and not experienced any problems! Maybe it is just an excuse by Sainsbury's to make people buy the more expensive stuff! It is quite thin though and I did have to layer it up. Not a problem when it only cost forty odd pence.
The foil is perfect for kitchen emergencies and I use it to cook things that are likely to stick to my baking trays, preserving them and making the washing up a lot quicker!
The foil is very thin and this is the main drawback. I find it rips and tears and is really hard to handle. I have wasted quite a few sheets, simply by it just ripping as I am trying to wrap something up in it!
I think next time, I need foil I will try a different brand. I prefer foil in boxes as this roll just unravelled in my cupboards and caused havoc.
I was recently doing my first online shop at Sainsbury's as I had a code to get £10 off a spend of £50 so I decided to stock up on some of their basic products that I like and some of their special offers, I came to the end and still needed a couple of items so I decided to add some foil as we go through loads in our house. The foil costs 48p for a roll of 15m which is 30cm wide, I generally buy the Tesco value foil and this works out at exactly the same price per metre which for anyone who is interested in 3.2p per metre.
The foil comes in very basic packaging, it is in a white plastic bag fitted around the roll of foil, on the packaging is a ring round of orange with Sainsbury's basics written on it in white and then the title written down the roll is wrapping foil it wraps, it covers and then on the other end it states the size of the roll and not suitable for roasting. On the back of the packaging it states that if you want foil for roasting you should use Sainsbury's kitchen foil or Sainsbury's extra string foil, to be honest I have roasted a chicken using this foil and it work perfectly although obviously I am not telling anyone else they should as it is not backed by the product.
Inside the packaging you find the roll of foil, the packaging opens easily like a packet of crisps pinch the two sides together and pull apart. The roll of foil inside is held together by a piece of sticky white paper to prevent it unrolling, the end of the sticky paper is marked and it is easily to lift the edge to release the foil. The foil feels quite thin but it doesn't rip when you are using it unless you are trying to tear a piece off and then it tears well and tears straight.
I think this foil is as good as the Tesco value one which I usually use and I have used the to roast a chicken which I know I'm not meant to, wrap meat in the fridge, wrap our dinners each day and line the baking tray when cooking chicken breasts in the oven. The foil has never failed me and none of the things I have wrapped in it have gone off any quicker than they should off which to me says this foil may not be as strong as some more expensive ones but it most certainly does the job.
In our household we do a lot of cooking, baking and making packed lunches. It's for this reason that we always ensure we have an ample supply of sandwich bags, kitchen towel, foil, clingfilm and greaseproof paper. We are, like most people I'm sure, quite conscious of waste and of how much money we spend and it's for this reason that we purchase our wrapping foil from the 'basics' or 'value' ranges. This particular foil is just 45p for a roll measuring 3m wide x 15m long. This is obviously a very reasonable amount of foil and while the size is approximate I'm sure it wouldn't be short by much. The packaging of this product is very basic (excuse the pun!), it comes provided in a little plastic pouch that I just open at one end and the foil slides out, I can keep the opened bag to place that foil back in to if I choose to as this means the foil stays clean and hygienic. The actual foil itself has a small sticky tab over it which needs to be removed before use, I do always find that this means I end up tearing some of the foil so this is a little wasteful and just one of those things in life that's a little irritating!
The foil itself is quite thin, it's (obviously) metallic in appearance. We use this foil for a whole host of things, lining baking trays, wrapping sandwiches, covering items in the fridge and generally just keeping anything we want to stay fresh fresh once it's opened. This foil is quite thin and it does show, for example; I used this foil recently to line the tray of a cheesecake I made, I found when serving the cheesecake that some of the foil had torn away from the section I'd cut off and had stuck to the base of the cheesecake. Obviously this was easily rectified by just removing the foil but I felt quite conscious that guests may have ended up with some foil on the bottom and this just put me on edge slightly. The packaging for this foil states that this should not be used in the oven, no idea why, but this is something I only noticed the last time I opened a packet of this foil. I'm not saying I'm recommending you go against the manufacturers guidelines but I have been using this in my oven with no ill effects for quite some time now, nothing has caught fire or gone wrong that I can think of so I will continue to use this in the same manner I always have.
I must say that while this is not the thickest foil ever it generally does the job we need it to. The price is very reasonable so I don't have to worry about breaking the bank with this and if my partner wants to wrap his sandwiches double to ensure they stay airtight that's fine with me as he'd still do that with a more expensive product anyway.
If you are looking for a cheap way to keep items fresh in the fridge then why not give this a go. It's thin enough that you can, for the most part, just tear off the piece you need with your hands and it does the jobs it's needed for with no problems at all. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this at all and I'm sure we will continue to purchase this for our home for the foreseeable future.
When it comes to things like wrapping foil which isn't generally re-used, I wholeheartedly embrace the idea of simple basic no frills product like this. Too much of what we spend goes on unnecessary packaging that we really don't need.
This 15m roll costs just 45p and is hugely cheaper than the branded options. In our house, we generally use it to parcel up leftover foodstuffs for the fridge and this stuff is fine for that. OK, you don't get a fancy box with a serrated edge - so at least you're not going to cut yourself; if you can't tear off a piece of tin foil without help, it's a bit sad and for most applications, you don't need a straight edge.
Tomorrow we are going out for the day and this foil will be used to wrap our picnic items, before they go into the cooler box and it's fine for uses like that. All I would say is that if you are wrapping anything particularly heavy, you might want to double wrap because if it tears (and it does seem quite thin) it won't necessarily do the job of keeping things fresh.
We keep it at the front of the cutlery drawer and it's handy for all kinds of things. The latest use was in the repair of my front indicator light where I had a poor electrical connection. This will be only a temporary repair pending a more suitable repair.
At only 3p per metre, this fine for what we need it for and I would recommend it as one of the better product offerings from the Basics range. That's a wrap!
I came across this foil when, like manyothers, I was tryng to cut down on my weekly shopping bill - and even though it isn't the prettiest on the shelf, it still is a great budget buy.
The product --> Most Sainsburys Basics range do come in quite simple packaging - so that you don't waste your money on that. It comes in a white plasitc bag, with orange writing on the left of the box, decribing the product. The foil feels quite a lot thinner than other makes, and it is 15m long and 30cm wide. It does not have a cerated edge to make cutting even - however, I do not find this a problem at all. It can easily be shaped with sissors, and because it is so thin it can easily by ripped by hands in a straight(ish) line.
It is wrapping foil, so is great for covering foods - using on baking trays, under grill trays and to line tines. However, on the back of the description of the foil it does have on it that it is not suitable for roasting, so if this is the reason for buying, unfortuntarly a more expensive one will have to be brought! My main reason for purchasing it is to make cleaning trays alot easier, especailly when grilling foods, such as burgers and bacon. The fat stays on the foil, so that is is far less work to wash up - and beacuse it is such a cheap product I don't mind chucking away afer one use. It is also great for reusing - especailly if you wrap foods such as sandwiches or jacket potatoes. It can be straightend out and used again as protetion for a tray I find - as long as I am careful unwrapping it in the first place.
I really think this is fab, it is so cheap at 45p. The others are well over £1.20, and buying a range of things from the basics range means that your bill can be cut down by around £5-10 (depending on how much is swapped). I don't think the quality is bad at all, it can rip very easily - but then as long as I am careful with the application of it, I don't find it is a big problem.
Much cheaper than the rest, but up there with the best of the bunch.
Review of Sainsbury's Basics Wrapping foil.
Sainsbury's supermarkets have their own label goods, 'Basics' along with their standard own label. Basics are a range of simply packaged, low priced goods aimed at the budget conscious shopper and cover a wide selection of items.
The subject of this review is their Basics Wrapping foil.
Presented in a simple, cellophane wrapper, this aluminium foil does not come with a cutting blade as most kitchen foil brands do. The wrapper is simple, white in colour with the Sainsbury's Basics logo and company information in an orange font.
The foil is wound on a cardboard tube and is thinner than standard kitchen foils as it is intended to be used to wrap foods, such as lunch-box sandwiches or leftovers, rather than as a roasting foil.
It is virtually the same as any other foil in appearance, smooth in texture and with one side shinier than the other. The foil does not have any fancy logos impregnated in it or patterning to the surface, it is standard, smooth finished foil.
The roll contains 15 metres of foil and cost 45p. Compared to similar sized packs of kitchen foil, this is considerably cheaper.
The nearest comparable foil sold in Sainsbury's comes in at £1.74 for 10 metres.
As mentioned above this foil is NOT sold as a cooking foil. It is designed as a wrapping foil. That said, being a cheapskate, I just had to try it for cooking and can honestly say that there was virtually no difference, other than the Basic foil is thinner. The foil has been used in my kitchen to cover a roasting chicken, for a recipe that required pork chops and apple slices to be baked in a foil parcel, as a make shift lid for a casserole dish and of course for wrapping foodstuffs. I always remove cheeses from their supermarket wrappings and re-wrap loosely in foil and for that purpose, this product is absolutely ideal.
I have also used the wrapping foil to wrap a birthday present for a friend. Even if I do say so myself, the present (a book) looked really classy wrapped in the silver foil and finished off with a black ribbon. As the card I'd bought my friend was basically black and silver too, the package and card matched each other well.
I am not suggesting others follow my lead and use this wrapping foil for purposes that it is not intended for, I am merely describing my own experiences with the product!
As the foil does not come with a tradition serrated edged box to cut the required length of foil with, you do need to use scissors, although being quite thin, this foil can be torn fairly easily with the fingers.
Although as I have already mentioned, this foil is quite thin, it is nevertheless pretty robust in use.
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
For a mere 45p this foil represents good value for money. It doesn't pretend to be 'BacoFoil', it is what it says it is, an aluminium foil for wrapping foodstuffs. I have been very happy with this product and intend to continue buying it as I feel it is perfectly adequate for our kitchen needs.
I must admit that I do not cook large joints of meat or do a great many of roast meals, which seems to be one if the main uses people put foil to, however as we have somewhat varied dietary requirements in our household, one vegetarian, one diabetic and one who eats more or less anything as long is it is not fried, we always seem to have a variety of different foods in the fridge, most of which need wrapping. I do not like to use cling film type wraps, so this foil makes a very good alternative for me.
On the downside, the lack of a cardboard box does mean that once opened the foil has to just sit in my kitchen drawer. What usually happens in our house is that someone goes to the drawer, rakes around for something and the foil starts to unravel and gets a bit tatty around the edges! I appreciate that Sainsbury's are keeping the cost of their Basics goods down by cutting the packaging, but in this instance, I do feel the lack of packaging is a disadvantage, albeit a minor one.
It was pointed out to me by a sensible reader on another review site, that one could save the box from a different foil and store the Sainsbury's wrapping foil in that. Now, why didn't I think of that?!
As the saying goes: 'you get what you pay for', so with that in mind, I would recommend this foil to others with the proviso that it is thinner than other brands, but if that is a compromise you are prepared to make, then go for it! Sainsbury's Basics Wrapping foil is a winner in my view!
I am awarding this wrapping foil a 4* rating, given the slight inconvenience of no box to store the foil in.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 April 2011
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