“ Brand: Tesco / Product Type: Foil / Sheet „
I buy foil and make it last as long as I can as I find it expensive. I buy Tescos own brand but have bought the branded ones too, this ;strong 'one seems to be on a par with the main brand ( Bacofoil). I think the price has gone up a lot since the last reviews because I have just bought some and checked it online to make sure I hadn't got it wrong, but the 300mm x 10m foil is now £1.68 like most other things has gone up this year a lot.
Anyway the actual foil is strong enough and I mainly use it to separate things in the oven from each other, like pastry,meat, etc. I do not very often wrap things up in foil as I cannot afford it, instead I use a tub or I put a plastic bag around it and put it in the fridge. This way I can last a roll of 10 m foil for several weeks using it every few days on the baking tray /grill.
The tearing of it is effective from the box, and I don't feel it is going to rip or that am going to cut myself. I did buy foil last year that was an absolute joke, and was so thin that it just ripped to pieces every time I touched it ! Then I saw something about the foil that is used in American homes is about 6 times as thick as ours and is like sheet metal at the same price! That put me off buying anymore until I found a happy medium.
This Tesco kitchen foil is marketed as a strong kitchen foil and I have to agree it definitely is. You can tell that it's a bit thicker than regular cheaper rolls of silver foil but I think its definitely more economical because with this thicker stuff you do not end up wasting it trying to tear bits off or having to recover food again with another piece because your first piece tore.
It says on the box that this foil from Tesco:
Keeps food fresh and hygienic
Keeps in flavour, moisture and juices
Keeps food hot
Use to freeze meat, poultry and fish
Use to cover delicate foods such as flans, cakes and pastries
The box also says that this foil has an improved dispensing section to it and I do think its a really good box and better than again cheaper brands we have tried. There is a line the whole way across the box of a serated edge made up of lots of little plastic teeth. These are quite thin and sharp and they do pull the foil off quickly and neatly and the role hardly ever comes out of the box either so you always end up with nice fresh foil that hasn't had to have been wound around the roll again.
I use this foil for so many things around the house. One of the things I think it does best with is when you put it under the grill. I often do fish or a bit of gammon under the grill on the grill pan with some silver foil over it. The silver foil never rips or tears meaning the grease that comes off stays on the silver foil and then when it is cold I can just put it in the bin and the grill pan underneath is still perfect and clean and I do not actually have to wash that up which is one of the jobs I hate.
The foil is fridge/freezer safe and oven safe which is good to know. It measures 10m by 300mm wide and is a good thick foil, perfect for the kitchen and one I recommend.
Kitchen foil is one of those things that you just need to have in your kitchen as it just gives you a hand for certain jobs such as wrapping or covering your leftovers, keeping things fresh, covering trays and wrapping things up to go in the fridge/freezer to store. Because it should serve those purposes I don't see the point in buying a flimsy, cheap roll of foil that's just going to rip into shreds, so that's when I turn to Tesco's Strong kitchen foil!
~ Price and availability ~
Tesco's strong kitchen foil is available in all Tesco supermarkets. You can buy it in three different sizes; 300mm x 10m for £1.49, 450mm x 10m for £2.60 or 300mm x 30m for £4.00. Compared to branded products this isn't a bad price to pay for such good quality, bacofoil is priced at £2.19 for 300mm x mm, so buying Tesco's saves you around 70p. Tesco do offer kitchen foil in their everyday value range for a mere 90p, however I'm not so sure it would be as strong as this one but It's worth a try if you're trying to save money, I guess it just depends what your planning on using it for.
~ Packaging ~
Tesco's strong kitchen foil comes in a long rectangular, dark blue cardboard box. On the top and sides of the box is the name of the product, size and an image of a jacket potato which has been cooked using the foil. On the bottom of the box is a list of uses and several warnings of what not to do with it. You will also find Tesco's contact details on the base of the box. On the side of the box is a rigidity flap to pull open to get your foil out, it's easy to open like this and this also makes it easy to dispense your foil from the box as it has a sharp edge to tear it from. The foil itself is on the usual cardboard tube.
I have used this kitchen foil for various things including covering leftovers to keep them fresh in the fridge, covering oven trays, covering food in the oven to stop the tops burning and for use in lining baking tins. It's very strong, thick and doesn't tear as easily as some which means you can be quite flexible with it without it ripping and having to start over. It keeps food nice and fresh and keeps the smells from food within the bowl it's covered in so you don't get any funny smells lingering in your fridge. It also keeps the moisture out. I find this is about one of the only kitchen foils that actually tears cleanly away from the jagged edge provided, just a little tug and away you go, no splitting down the middle of corners hanging off.
~ Other information ~
This kitchen foil claims to; keep food fresh and hygienic, keeps in flavour, moisture and juices, keeps food hot, good for use of freezing meat, poultry and fish, prevents freezer burn and good for use of covering delicate food such as flans, cakes and pastries. As far as I know this does exactly these things.
Warnings: Keep foil away from exposed electrical elements and naked flames, salt in food can occasionally attack foil and cause small holes to appear (I have never come across this), do not store consumables in metal containers covered with foil, do not allow foil to come into direct contact with acidic foods and always allow food to completely cool before storing or covering in foil.
~ Overall opinion ~
This kitchen foil is one of the best I have come across for a supermarkets own brand, it's considerably cheaper than branded kitchen foils but this does not affect the quality. It's extremely versatile and seems to work with more or less anything you would usually use kitchen foil for. I would highly recommend Tesco's strong kitchen foil. It tends to last me about 3 weeks using it probably once or twice a day.
I give this product 5/5 stars, I can't fault this and I definitely won't be buying any more expensive brands of kitchen foil when this one does me just fine!
There is one item that I seem to buy on every trip to the supermarket which happens to be one of the most useful household products in my opinion. The product in question is kitchen foil. Yes, not particularly exciting in any respect but it happens to be used by millions of people on a near daily basis. I have tried various brands of kitchen foil from the more expensive to the cheapest available. As long as it can do the jobs I need it to for me that is absolutely fine.
The kitchen foil I have been using for a few months now is the Tesco Kitchen Foil (300mm x 10m) which costs a very reasonable £1.49. I had previously tried Tesco's economy range foil which was a complete waste of time and money so decided to step up a mark and try their own brand. Tesco Kitchen Foil does come in other lengths and whilst I use it quite regularly at £1.49 for a roll which will last me a few weeks (I use it sparingly) I find it perfectly good value.
As with any kitchen foil the Tesco Kitchen Foil can be found down the aisle in your local Tesco where the cling film, storage and sandwich bags are generally found nearly always near the cleaning aisles. The packaging is simple with the roll coming in a long, slim rectangular cardboard box with blue/grey colour theme with an image of food in sitting on the foil as well as the Tesco logo. On the back of the box there is information about the foil and it also has quite a handy roasting chart which has come to my help on more than one occasion! The box has the metal tear strip which you will need to be careful of.
The box opens at the one end and is easily opened as long as your careful as the flap is stuck down slightly so you can end up ripping the box if not careful. This flap sits over the metal tear strip so you do need to be careful as it is incredibly sharp. The foil comes on a cardboard roll and to start using the roll you just need to carefully remove the small bit of what looks like a piece of celotape off the roll - if your not careful you can rip the foil easily.
The foil itself is exactly what you'd expect with kitchen foil, silver in colour and shiny in finish it looks no different. Only main difference is the thickness as you can get a thicker version from Tesco. I find that the foil is easily torn by the metal strip provided that the foil is being held straight and tight at the one end so it can be torn not only in a straight line but without ripping the foil as you want it to come off in one piece. The cheaper foils I have used previous have torn far too easily causing the rest of the roll to easily damage. Where as with this foil it tears quickly and easily just as long as you do it properly rather than rush it and end up with half of the sheet missing.
I use the foil for a number of jobs whether putting in my baking tray, putting in the bottom of my oven to protect from any splashes of sauces etc and wrapping up sandwiches or other food items. I find that however I use it, it does the job well. It manages to keep food items in the fridge nice and fresh until they need to be used again, my daughter's sandwiches are kept protected in her nursery lunch bag and of course being heat resistant it manages just find in my oven even at the highest temperature! The foil for me has a decent thickness as it is incredibly easily to fold around items especially those that are not a standard shape.
For me, this non-exciting product serves the purpose well and is incredibly versatile. I've been using kitchen foil for years and I can't find fault with it. Not too thin where it is just too flimsy and not too thick where smaller pieces are useless at wrapping food items so for me it is just right. If wanting a reasonably priced kitchen foil which does what it should then the Tesco Kitchen Foil should definitely be tried and tested. Not faults or compaints from me so I can easily award it 5 stars.
~ Useful Information ~
Size: 30mm x 10m
Availability: In store or on their website
I don't use a lot of foil, mostly when I cook in the oven, I use sealed dishes instead as it's better for the environment. However, there are a few dishes that I make which do much better if I use foil therefore I do generally keep some in the house.
The brand that I buy tends to vary according to where I am shopping when I need it, but the most recent roll was this one from Tesco.
I wish someone would do foil on a roll without a box because truly it doesn't really need one. This however, like every other foil I've ever found in a supermarket does come in a box. Blue these days not like the one in the picture, with the details of the product on it for anyone who's interested - to me a box is just... well, a box!
The foil itself is rolled on a sturdy cardboard tube. There are two different widths and 300mm and 450mm, and you can get both in 10metre lengths and the narrower one in a 30 metre length too. Because I don't want to be wasteful with packaging I tend to buy the longest I can find so that it lasts a long time and I'm not buying more packaging too often, so with this I went for the 300mm wide 30 metre long roll which cost me £4.
When you open the box, the open edge is serrated which in theory allows you to 'cut' the foil by ripping it along the edge. In reality these rarely work, and often leave you with a jagged edged piece of foil that isn't the size you want it to be, so I normally use a pair of scissors so I get a piece that's tidy and the size I want.
I know foil can in theory be used to wrap food for keeping it fresh in the fridge or freezer, but I never do this. I really only ever use it in the oven for wrapping gammon steaks or fish. If you ARE going to use it to wrap food for storage, don't use it on acidic items such as grapefruit when it will touch them as the aluminium in the foil will react with the acid.
For gammon Steaks, my favourite way to cook them is to take a small (about the same size as the gammon steak if possible) deepish tray and then place a piece of foil about three times the length of the gammon steak in it. Onto this, I place the first gammon steak, then tinned pineapple rings, and dried apricots. Tilt up the edges of the foil, and then pour in the pineapple juice from the tin and place the second gammon steak on top. Then I wrap the foil around the lot to make a nice package that can't leak. You want a good seal that's quite close to the meat so all the juices stay in which is why foil works best for this rather than using a casserole dish. I cook it in the oven for about an hour, and then serve it with baked potatoes and something like peas or green beans. Yummy!
Overall this is just as good as most foils I've bought. It's not so thick you feel your being wasteful, but at the same time, it's not so thin that it tears when in use.
I think kitchen foil can be quite pricey but I still want reasonable quality because otherwise even a cheap foil isn't value for money if it doesn't do what it should. I often opt for Tesco Strong foil nowadays because I'm still dropping a brand to save pennies but it still does the job well.
Tesco Strong Kitchen Foil comes in a blue rectangular box, fairly thin because it's a fairly small amount compared to some, with an image to the right hand side of a jacket potato sitting nicely on top of some foil. Depending on your usage and what you want this for, you can get the appropriate size. The one I often get is 10m because it's the cheapest, and for you pennies you get 10m of foil. For the price, it's reasonable compared to other brands so if you need to save on money then it's a good alternative.
This is designed to do the following : Keeps food hot, seals in the flavour, juices and moisture whilst also keeping nom noms fresh and hygenic. I can additionally be used to freeze meat/poultry and fish (apparently to prevent 'freezer burn', though I'd never heard of such a thing before!) or to cover delicate foods like cakes. I tend to use this for covering various things when they've been opened (such as a packet of crumpets) or to line to tray in the oven (ie when cooking a pizza).
Along the edge of the box is a reasonably sharp cutter and I find that taking out the foil and removing however much you need is easy enough to do without tearing it in various places. Because it's quite strong, it's easier to use the cutter on it which is a positive in its favour because I've bought a cheaper foil before that wouldn't cut well and it ended up getting ripped all over the place when trying to get a square off.
A few things to note when using the foil: Keep this away from electrical elements and flames. Salt in food can, according to the info provided on the box, cause small holes to appear in the foil and so if you need to prevent this a bit of cooking oil before cooking should help. You also shouldn't re-use the foil or use it with acidic foods (ie citrus fruit), and you should allow food to cool before wrapping.
This is quite a thick foil so it's not too flimsy which makes it easier to cut and easier to wrap / cover something with without it tearing. I find that it's still pliable enough to, for instance, wrap over a baking tray, but when I say strong I just mean that you shouldn't find you tear holes in it or that it rips around the edges etc. It does the job well and it's durable, so for the price it's definitely one I'd recommend.
10m selling for £1.49 (Tesco)
Two items that I'm never without in my kitchen, one is cling film and the other is kitchen foil and as I tend to do the vast majority of my shopping in Tesco then it is the generic own brand that I go for as it is generally cheaper and better value than anything else on offer.
I like the fact that the Tesco range has a good amount of choice in terms of the length of the roll and also a couple of alternative width lengths as well, the extra wide version is particularly useful at Xmas when the turkey needs covering and to be able to use one complete piece is a real advantage. There are sizes from 10 and 20m in length and about 30cm in width and as I said there is a wider version but I'm not sure of the actual width but at least double the width of the normal one I reckon.
Tesco foil is well made and quite robust, it comes in a cardboard container and when you lift the flap there is a serated edge wich is rather sharp so you do have to be careful to ensure your fingers are kept out of the way, however the edge is certainly sharp enough to cut the foil and as it is tightly wound around a cardbaord tube you can get the length you need depending on what you need to cover or wrap.
The foil provides good insulation for wrapping joints once they are cooked and you want to keep the meat hot, I alos use it a lot on the bottom of my grill pan to reflect the heat back onto the meat and also to catch any fat that drips through making it easier to clean the grill pan after use.
I find that it does not stick to food if they have been wrapped inside to cook however it is advisable to add a little oil to ensure that this does not happen. Overall this is an affordable product that certainly does the job that I ask of it.
Kitchen foil, now this is an item I always have in my kitchen. It's not always Tesco foil I buy, but more often than not I'll find I've put some of this foil in my trolley whilst shopping. I always tend to buy the smallest size foil, but I use it so much I think I'd probably be better off buying a bigger size.
~Tesco Kitchen Foil~
Tesco kitchen foil comes in a long cardboard box, which once opened reveals quite a sharp serrated edge, the foil is wrapped tightly around a cardboard tube, which when pulled will unravel to the amount I require then it will easily cut off on the serrated edge of the box, then I can close the box up and store it for when I need it again. Now, this sounds all well and good but it doesn't always go to plan when I decide I need some foil off the roll. Many times I have pulled the foil only for the box to rip, so the serrated edge will not work correctly and the foil has jumped out of the box and spread itself around the kitchen, and believe me most the time I am not in the mood for this to happen, in fact I'm never in the mood for this to happen because you can guarantee it will happen when I'm rushing to do something, when I don't have the time to chase kitchen foil around the kitchen. On the other hand when the box and serrated edge do cooperate, the foil tears quite nicely leaving the remaining foil neatly in the box.
I use this foil for a lot of different things, the main thing I use it for is my grill pan, I find this makes the whole cleaning process so much easier, so I always use it for that. The foil isn't too thin and by no means thick, but it seems to do what I need it to do quite well. It's strong enough for what I want but it will tear easily if I want it to. I also use it when I'm roasting joints or a chicken, the foil works quite well for this also. Sandwiches is another thing I sometimes use the foil for, when I've run out of sandwich bags for Josh's lunchbox, the foil keeps his sandwiches fresh enough so the foil is good for that as well.
I am quite impressed with this Tesco Kitchen Foil if I'm honest, the only thing that really puts me off is the cheaply made box the foil is presented in, if that was just a little stronger then this product would be perfect in my opinion. As I mentioned already I buy the smallest size foil and after writing this review I think I know why I stick to the smallest size, it has to be because of the box collapsing so easily and I figure if I buy the box with the smallest amount then I won't have to wait so long to replace it when the foil runs out! (does that make sense?)
So on the roll of kitchen foil I buy I get 10 meters of foil which is 300 mm wide, seems quite narrow but it does what I need it to do so that's why I continue to buy it. The foil can be used in the oven, fridge and freezer.
The box which holds the foil has a very sharp cutting edge, so do be careful with this, especially if there are small children about.
Foil should be kept away from electrical elements and naked flames.
Not suitable for use in the microwave, for obvious reasons.
There is a list of do's and don'ts on the box, which I wont list here, most of it is just common sense anyway, the box also tells you how to open the box without it, (hopefully) not ripping and falling to pieces. Available from Tesco for around £1.50 for the 10 metre roll that I buy.
I'm giving Tesco kitchen Foil 4 stars if it wasn't for the box I would have given 5
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