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Old 01-20-2012, 10:23 AM   #11
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Yes, Katie, that's a good idea. Didn't think of that.
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:24 AM   #12
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Gee, I have been cooking with amum. cookware for more than 50 years and I am still here.
Hello, my name is PF, pleased to meet you...
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:25 AM   #13
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That explains soooo much.....

Good one bakerchef.
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:32 AM   #14
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What gave me away? Was it that aluminum antenna coming out of the back of my head?
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Hadn't ever looked into how aluminum foil is made. Quite an array of problems that had to be solved, including the use of a positron emitter and sensor to continuously measure the thickness and adjust the rollers. And why there'a a shiny side and a matte side. (Can't roll thin enough to do the final thickness, so it goes through in two sheets.)

I also didn't know that, due to small holes created in manufacturing, aluminum foil has to be more than 1 mil (1/1000 inch) thick before it's impermeable to air and water vapor. Common Reynolds Wrap is barely more than 0.5 mil, and the heavy duty is just under 1 mil, and extra heavy duty is about 1.3 mil and the clear choice for freezing.

And a new use to me, polishing steel with wet aluminum foil.

(I already knew about using it to make a hat to keep the aliens out of your brain.)

(I don't wear one. I figure if the aliens are foolish enough to look inside mine, it's their own dang fault if they're psychologically scarred for life.)
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What gave me away? Was it that aluminum antenna coming out of the back of my head?
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Yes, Katie, that's a good idea. Didn't think of that.
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I use wax paper. It's a fair bit cheaper than parchment.
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Old 01-20-2012, 11:34 AM   #18
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I've tried parchment, but it isn't nearly as effective for hats....
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I wouldn't be concerned either, but you can do what I do when I cover my tomato-based dishes with foil. First place a layer (barrier, if you will) of parchment paper between the food and the foil. If you want to cut a vent slit into the foil, the parchment can also be easily slit, too.
I left instructions for cooking the cabbage roll meatloaf yesterday that included covering the meatloaf with foil...the DH left out that step. Next time, I'll include parchment paper. He is in the camp of "don't use foil" because it is aluminum is bad for you...no matter how many times I share information, he's convinced his grandma's Alzheimer's was because she cooked in alum. pans. And, he has an advanced degree in materials. But this myth is one that I have not been able to debunk. I guess his emotions get in the way...
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There was a lot of talk on the internet years ago about aluminum causing Alzheimers. That 'theory' has been debunked. Except on some internet sites that don't use science, the same sites that quote the 'study' that claimed that vaccinations cause autism.

You can find backup for any wack-job theory you want--so, research carefully, go to sites like the Mayo Clinic or university web sites for information that actually has science behind it.
This is a pretty good article on the Aluminum/Alzheimers theory:

Heavy Metal? |EMagazine.com
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