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Reynolds Foil for the Grill

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This quick blog entry is on a new type of aluminum foil that I’ve been using since the spring. In the last few days I’ve been using it quite a bit and two things occurred to me. First this new product may not have shown up on some folks radar screens. Particularly if you tend to really stock up on foil like I do, or if you aren’t the person who does the food shopping. Secondly this foil might be worth a blog entry.

The foil is called Reynolds Wrap Foil for the Grill and frankly I thought it might be a gimmick when I bought it. I have changed my initial opinion. The foil is sold only in one size. The roll is 18” (46 cm) wide and 37.5 square feet (3.5 m2). I don’t know if it is the same thickness as regular heavy duty foil. I can definitely tell the difference between regular and heavy duty foil. The Foil for the Grill feels like it is the same thickness as the heavy duty foil, but this is certainly not a scientific result. The Foil for the Grill is said to be usable from the freezer to the grill at a temperature range of -40 deg F to 650 deg. F (-64 to 343 C). I couldn’t find any temperature specs for the heavy duty foil. The non-stick capabilities are a result of a food safe non-stick coating. Reynolds states the coating for the foil is Kosher and that the foil is safe for the environment, doing no harm to any birds or other wild-life. The foil is recyclable as well, according to Reynolds. The non-stick properties are from a coating that gets sprayed onto the dull side of the foil. There is a regularly occurring label on the dull non-stick side that says “NON-STICK side”. If the wrong side of the foil is face up the label is still visible, but now reads backwards. The interesting thing is both sides of the foil feel slipperier than regular foil. The non-stick side is far more slippery, but even the shiny side feels slightly slipperier too. According to Reynolds, the non-stick foil is no different from regular foil in terms of cooking times. Interestingly there is a similar product call Reynolds Wrap Non-Stick Aluminum Foil which appears to be a similar product that comes in a 12” (30.5 cm) width that would be more typical for indoor use. The reason I say it is similar, is because the FAQ for the Foil for the Grill actually takes you to the FAQ for the Non-Stick Aluminum Foil page.

So how does it work? In a word: Great. I never had problems with food sticking to the Foil for the Grill. Besides use on the grill, I also used it for covering sheet pans I was using to reheat leftovers like lasagna, and pizza, and heating up rolls on a pizza pan. I often do this to avoid having to wash the sheet pans or pizza pans. The items all cooked in their normal amount of time and came right up from the foil with no stickage (my word). I also used the Foil for the Grill to wrap some leftovers for the fridge which were prone to sticking whatever you wrapped it in. In this case there was some stickage but far less than a similar sized batch I wrapped in regular foil. The Foil for the Grill also worked well for a foil veggie pack I used to make veggies and herbs on the grill. The veggies came right back out with ease. So for the uses I normally put foil to the grilling foil works very well indeed.

You do pay a premium for the non-stick. In fact the price is double. The price at my supermarket (Hannaford) for a 37.5 sq. ft. (3.5 m2) 18” (46 cm) wide roll is $4.49 which works out to $11.99 per 100 sq. ft. (9,3 m2) There is also a product there called Reynolds Wrap Non-Stick Aluminum Foil which is sold in a 12” (30,5 cm) wide 35 sq. ft roll (3.25 m2) at $3.99 which works out to $11.40 per 100 sq. ft. (9.3 m2). The Reynolds Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil is sold in an 18” wide (46 cm), 37.5 sq. ft. roll (3.5 m2) which goes for $3.29 which works out to $8.77 per 100 sq. ft. (9.3 m2). Lastly you can get an 18” (46 cm), 75.sq. ft. (6.9 m2) roll of the Heavy Duty Foil for $5.49 or $7.32 per 100 sq. ft. (9.3 m2). There is also a 300 square foot(27.9 m2) roll of the heavy duty foil that I can’t use in the comparison here because most markets around here don’t carry it. So one of the things you are going to have to decide for yourself is whether the non-stick capabilities are worth twice the price.

For me I think the price is worth not having to fight food stickage. I make a point to use this more expensive foil only when it is going to be in direct contact with food. For example for the foil veggie packs I made for the grill I used the Foil for the Grill for the inner layer, but for the second outer layer I used regular Heavy Duty Reynolds Wrap. Or if I was wrapping leftover steak which didn’t have a sauce or rub on it, I’d use regular foil. I can justify using the pricier non-stick foil in two ways. First when you have a lot of foods all finishing up at the same time, you don’t usually have spare time to deal with food sticking. You want to unwrap the food as quickly as possible and move on. Secondly you certainly don’t want to have the taste or appearance of the food be ruined by it sticking to it’s foil wrapper. Right now the Foil for the Grill is new and is twice the price. Hopefully it will catch on and the price may come down a bit. I’ve furnished you with a price comparison based on the market I shop at so you can weigh the price differences. For me, I felt the convenience and peace of mind was worth the price. Your mileage may vary, but you should at least test drive a roll before deciding.

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