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12 Foil And Plastic Wrap Hacks That'll Make You Say "That's So Smart"

From perfectly poaching eggs to neatly rolling dough.

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Here are 12 genius ways to use plastic wrap and foil in your kitchen:


1. Poach eggs in little pouches made out of plastic wrap — all you have to do is drop the pouches in boiling water and snip them open to serve.

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Just line a tiny cup with plastic wrap and lightly coat it in oil. Crack an egg into it, gather up the sides, twist it into a pouch, and tie it up. Drop the pouches directly in boiling water to cook 'em and just snip them open with scissors to serve — perfectly poached eggs without any hassle! See how to do it here.

2. Neatly roll out dough between two sheets of plastic wrap so you don't have to wash your cutting board.

For firm doughs (such as pie dough or some cookie doughs) you can roll them out between two pieces of plastic wrap to make clean up a breeze. Some people swear by using parchment paper, but the rigidness can sometimes make it a bit more difficult compared to plastic wrap. See how to do it here.

3. Fix corked wine (AKA wine that has a gross wet cardboard flavor) by adding a bunch of plastic wrap to it and letting it absorb the off flavor.

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If you open a wine and find that it has a mild corked flavor, one hack is to add a wad of plastic wrap and let it sit in the wine for about 10 minutes. This all comes down to science, but supposedly the plastic wrap has a compound that absorbs all the unwanted flavor of corked wine. However, most plastic wrap companies have changed their formula, so this hack might not necessarily work as well as it used to. You can read more about the science behind it here.


4. Drape a piece of plastic wrap over your mixer to prevent the flour from flying everywhere.

This simple trick is a great way to prevent those dreaded flour explosions that everyone has experienced at least once. See how to do it here.

5. Before putting your food processor lid on, place a single layer of plastic wrap over the bowl — this will prevent the lid from getting dirty and save you time during clean up.

This will stop any food bits from sticking to the lid and make clean up a breeze — just make sure you don't do this while making sticky things (like energy balls) as it could rip the plastic wrap. See how to do it here.


7. Make perfectly crisp bacon by placing it on top of a DIY roasting pan made out of tin foil.

Just fold a piece of foil into a fan shape, place it on a sheet tray, and roast your bacon directly on top of it. This way all of the grease drips down into the folds and the bacon stays nice and crisp. See how to do it here.

8. Divide a large sheet tray into smaller sections by making dividers out of tin foil.

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Just grab sheets of foil and fold up the sides into dividers to keep any juices or sauces from bleeding onto the other side. It's perfect for meal prepping several things at once that might not taste good together.

9. Use foil to create a makeshift steamer.

If you don't have a steamer at home, just wad up a few balls of foil and place them in a pan. Add some water, bring it to a simmer, and cook whatever it is you want to steam on a plate directly on top of the foil balls. See how to do it here.

10. Divide a slow cooker in half so you can cook two things at once (like dip!).

Just place a wall of tin foil in the center of your slow cooker to divide it into two sections — perfect for dip duos or meal prepping two things at once. See how to do it here.

12. Make a custom cake pan with foil.

Instead of buying a shaped cake pan (such as a heart), simply make one out of foil. After sculpting, place the DIY foil pan inside another pan (such as a large cake pan or springform) and let it bake. See how to do it here.

Any plastic wrap or foil hacks we missed? Let us know in the comments!