Tinfoil comes in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. Some of the sizes you will come across in stores are 18"x25", 9" x 10 ¾, 8” x 8 and 16” x 24”. There are tinfoils that are smaller than these and some which are much larger. The measurements used vary too. Some are measured in square feet and others in square yards.
Tinfoil and Aluminum Foil
Prior to World War II, tinfoil was used for wrapping food and other items. From the 19th century to the early part of the 20th century, the tinfoil was wisely used.
One of the problems with tinfoil though, is that it would leave a tin taste on the food. The other problem, whatever the tinfoil dimensions used, was that it was stiff.
In 1910, the first aluminum plant was established in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. Aluminum foil was less expensive than tinfoil. It was shown to be more durable. Aluminum was also more flexible and didn’t leave any taste on the food.
As time went by, tinfoil would be superseded by the aluminum foil. However, many people still call it tinfoil, whether the material is made from tin or aluminum.
Using Tinfoil to Clean Silver
One of the many uses of tinfoil and aluminum foil is cleaning up silver.
Tinfoil (the tinfoil dimensions is up to you)
Get the bowl and place a layer of the tinfoil at the bottom. You can use as many layers as you want.
Pour the water into the bowl. It doesn’t have to be boiling, but it must be hot.
Pour a couple of tablespoons of baking soda into the water. Add another teaspoon of salt. Wait for these ingredients to dissolve. It will not take long.
Put the silver items in the bowl. Let the items stay there for half an hour at least.
After 30 minutes, go back to the bowl. The water should be cool enough you can touch the items in it. Take out the silver. The tarnish will be gone. If there is still some tarnish, remove the water and tinfoil. Add new tinfoil and repeat the process.
Using Tinfoil for Grilling Fish
If you have a gas grill, set it to indirect grilling. If you use a charcoal grill, put out the coals when they get red hot. Now put in the tinfoil. Spray some nonstick cooking spray on the foil.
Put the fish you have prepared on it. Grill according to the recipe instructions. These instructions of course, are also applicable to aluminum foil.
There are of course other ways to use foil. Before you use it, make sure you get the tinfoil dimensions right. That way you don’t end up lacking material.