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View Poll Results: aluminum foil? - shiny side up or down ???
Shiny side always up. 10 29.41%
Shiny side always down. 9 26.47%
I dont pay attention. 5 14.71%
I decide based on the dish/application. 10 29.41%
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Old 05-08-2007, 12:16 AM   #1
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Foil- shiny side up or down?

I am trying to settle this once and for all. Is there a proper technique for different application, or is there a hard and fast rule? I usually try to think about what I am doing. Am I trying to reflect the heat with the shiny side to hold it in with the food, but in some situations you might want some to escape( not like they really just become absorbed. I checked yahoo, wiki, ect, ect. I have read that the 2 different sides it is really just a by-product of the way it is manufactured. I have also read arguements in favor of both ways. Although I dont think making this mistake has ever ruined a meal it would be nice to know I am doing things the best/proper way. I fugure if there is an answer to find it can be found here.

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Old 05-08-2007, 12:32 AM   #2
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Never paid much attention to this. I use it however it comes off the roll and haven't seen any appreciable difference in which way it was used. In my camp, it's whatever floats your boat but I'll be willing to bet there will be plenty of opinions.
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Old 05-08-2007, 05:07 AM   #3
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Shiny side in so it doesn't deflect the heat from the item.
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Old 05-08-2007, 05:11 AM   #4
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I use the non stick foil and it tells which side up or down - but I don't remember which. On the other I use the shiny side out - don't know why unless it unrolls that way.
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shiney side Always towards the food.
not only does it reflect more heat towards the food and keep it warmer longer, it`s also smoother on a microscale and makes it easier to remove.
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Old 05-08-2007, 06:04 AM   #6
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I can't remember the name of the show on The Food Network but the guy that hosts it Alvin Brown (?), same guy that does Iron Chef did an experiment with it once. He concluded that it makes no difference which side is up/down. Now, if anyone can think of the name of that show you'll win the prize because it's driving me insane
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Old 05-08-2007, 07:04 AM   #7
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I makes no difference. Much more important is the tightness of the seal the foil makes with the container/pan.
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Old 05-08-2007, 07:37 AM   #8
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Great Question hookied_up!!

I don't have a clue, nor really an opinion to offer! Out of habit I suppose we always do the "shiny part out" However I have often times goofed (broken tradtional habit) and turned shiny part in with no ill effects to the food being covered. Does anyone know why it is manufactured this way? Is it by design, or just a natural occurance in the manufacturing process??
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it is made that way yes, it`s as a result of 2 sheets being rolled together at the same time to avoid ripping.
the Shiny side is the bit that the rollers touch the Dull side is where the 2 sheets are together.
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When the foil is rolled thin, it's rolled doubled over so it won't break when being rolled. As a result, the two surfaces that face each other are duller while the two outer surfaces become are shiny. I heard on the FoodTV show that explained the process, that the side that faces the food does not matter.
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