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    aluminum foil

    Is there any difference of which side you use aluminum foil? I usually use the shiny side. I heard theres no difference its the way it comes off the machine at the factory.
    Are there any benefits with cooking on the dull side?

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    i was told that the shiny side toward the food keeps the heat inside as it reflects it back to the food. no scientific evidence just have always done it that way since i was young.
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    I was told the same thing pdcakm and I always use it that way.
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    I don't know about it cooking wise- but I am a Hairstylist and when we foil weave a highlight, there is no difference at all.
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    I was told,don't know when or by who, but I put the shiny side OUT.

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    I was told shiny side out conducts more of the heat. I just use it. Mr. Reynolds is a permanent resident in my kitchen cabinet. I hate doing dishes. I have been know to rinse/clean the foil for the recycling bin. Just put into another piece of recyclable material such as a beer box that has been flattened and they can see the foil.

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    I have never given it a thought. I just use it. If I cover a dish with it, I put the shiny side out because it is prettier. How's that for scientific logic?

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    The American Test Kitchen says the shiny and dull sides conduct heat the same. I put the dull side to my food because I think it sticks less.

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    According to the Reynolds Wrap people it does not matter which side is in or out. My Pop's and step Mom got into this ''discussion'' and he says It's like the dang toilet paper roll '''It don't matter which way it comes off the roll it still does it's job '''

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    Same here - shiny out.

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    If i cook with foil I usually use the nonstick reynolds wrap which does have a right and wrong side. It's clearly marked though.

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    I was told to use the shiny side out and the dull side next to the food as the shiny side has some coating on it that you don't want on your food.

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    I watched How It's made. They say as stated above there is No difference. It is just the way it comes off the rollers when it is made. Both sides are the same.
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    so if the sides are the same, why do they look different?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    so if the sides are the same, why do they look different?
    Its the way it comes off the roll at the factory.

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    I use it in my sewing room for when using heat n bond lite works really good to use shiny side up fabric wrong side up cover with heat and bond and press saves ironing board and fabric comes right up

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    Here's something else to ponder re: foil. Aluminum has been implicated in Alzheimers'. Since hubby has had 4 family members develop it, we are very cautious about things that contribute to it and needless to say avoid if at all possible, so when I use foil, I first wrap the food in parchment paper or if covering a dish I lay a piece of parchment on the food then the foil. Just enough to prevent the foil from touching the food.

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