Is It Ok To Freeze Food In Aluminum Foil?
In this article, we are going to see if you can put aluminum foil in your freezer (and you most certainly can with some caveats), we will also examine using foil in your fridge, taking foil pans out of the fridge, and placing them directly in the oven, is it okay to wrap certain foods in foil and freeze them, and more…
The best way to freeze food in aluminum foil is to wrap it first in a layer of plastic wrap or waxed paper. Many people prefer using foil on the exterior of already wrapped food to prevent freezer burn.
You can put aluminum foil in the freezer, but there are reasons why you might not want to. Aluminum foil can be used to store food for later consumption. You can freeze food in aluminum foil or cook food using aluminum foil. You can also use aluminum foil to wrap sandwiches or other foods that are being stored for later consumption.
The hardest thing to do with your foil however is to make sure it is air-tight. Also, foil is rather rigid, and if you have sharpish food to wrap it is easy to tare and poke holes in. That is why it is probably best to wrap it in plastic first and apply the foil around that.
Bit it is perfectly acceptable to put foil in the freezer. There are no issues with foil itself as it can handle freezing temperatures just fine. It’s just a matter of deciding the practicalities with the type of food you are freezing.
Can You Put Tin Foil In The Fridge?
Yes, you can. Growing up as a kid my mother would make us sandwiches for school and/or work. She would make them the night before and put them in the fridge.
All of our sandwiches stayed way more fresher and more pleasnet to eat when wrapped in foil in comparison to plastic wrap.
It is a practice I continued to use in my adult life. By putting fresh sandwiches in the fridge wrapped in foil when it came to eating them the next day at morning tea and lunchtime the bread remained so soft and fresh, The ingredients were so much nice as well. By just using plastic wrap the bread would dry out and taste almost stale.
So can you put tin foil in the fridge? Most definitely and depending on what you are wrapping of course it is a great idea.
Can You Put Foil Pans In Fridge And Then Into Oven?
Now here is something about foil that makes it very handy in the kitchen. It is totally unaffected by temperature. It is unaffected by the freezing temperatures in your freezer. It is unaffected by the cold temperature in your fridge. And it is unaffected by the hot temperature of your oven. But can it go from cold to hot unaffected as well?
Yes, it can! Temperature has no affect on aluminum foil pans. You can take them out of the fridge and put them straight into your preheated oven.
Of course, it depends on what is in your foil pan and how thick the foil pan is. If your foil pan doesn’t look overly strong and it has “goopy” food inside it then you should place the foil container on an oven tray to add some support. The thin foil container could lose its shape a bit and it is better to be safe than sorry.
Can You Put Fish In The Freezer Wrapped In Tin Foil?
You can freeze fish and keep it in your freezer for upwards of 12 months. Most people use vacuum-sealed bags because the most important thing when freezing food is removing all of the air. But, can you get away with using foil?
Yes, you can use foil to freeze your fish. BUT… not by itself. To freeze fish long term wrap it in plastic wrap (or a ziploc bag if it’s large enough), than wrap in tin foil, and than put another layer of plastic wrap around it again.
It might sound like it is a bit of overkill however by wrapping the fish in plastic first you will remove all of the air. The foil will prevent freezer burn and maintain your fish in good conditioner. The extra layer of plastic wrap will prevent the foil from ripping or getting holes in it.
Can You Put A Baked Potato In Fridge With Foil?
Well here’s the thing. You can do it with no effect on your fridge or the foil. However, according to statefoodsafety.com, there are some major health concerns when doing so. And I am not going to argue with them. And the same applies to any type of potato including sweet potatoes.
If you put your potato in the refrigerator with aluminum foil still on it, you run the risk of allowing botulinum bacteria.
To help prevent botulism poisoning, you should cut away any areas of the potato that have been covered by the aluminum foil. Botulism bacteria can grow in these areas while still on the countertop, and then spread to other parts of the potato while it is in the refrigerator.
It’s true that botulism is very rare, but it’s also true that if you don’t want to make your family sick, you shouldn’t take the chance. So soon as your baked spud comes out of the oven – peel back the foil and do not put them in the fridge in the same foil it was cooked in.
Can You Wrap Meat In Aluminum Foil And Put It In Refrigerator?
Yes, you can wrap meat in aluminum foil and put it in the refrigerator. But there are many different ways of doing this. Some are good, some are bad. The most important thing is to make sure that the meat stays away from any moisture. This will prevent bacteria from growing on the meat, making it unsafe to eat. Moisture comes from two main sources: moisture which is already in the air, and water which you will add yourself when you wash or cut up the meat.
You can wrap meat in aluminum foil and put it in the refrigerator, as long as you don’t leave it there too long. If you leave the meat in the refrigerator too long, it will spoil.
To keep away moisture that is already in the air, you need to use something waterproof to wrap your meat in. Aluminum foil is a good choice for wrapping food because it is thin and easy to use, but there are a few problems with using aluminum foil to wrap meat:
- If your food isn’t wrapped tightly enough, condensation from the air may get inside the package and make your food wet.
- If your food is wrapped too tightly, removing oxygen from inside the package may cause anaerobic bacteria to grow on your food. These bacteria produce gases called “volatile organic compounds”, or VOCs, which can give your food an unpleasant odor and taste.
Bacteria will not grow on a piece of meat that is kept at a temperature below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, because they need warmth to grow. So if you keep a piece of meat wrapped in aluminum foil at a temperature of 40 degrees or less, no bacteria will be able to grow on it.
But after a few days at 40 degrees or less, bacteria that have been living on the outside of the meat will die, and their carcasses will poison the meat. The poison may not kill you outright, but it can cause diarrhea or vomiting, or other symptoms like food poisoning. So you shouldn’t keep meat around for very long at all after you’ve first put it in the fridge.
In summary, foil can be placed in the freezer. The gray area using foil to wrap food and place them in the fridge is with hot food. Cold food is fine but wrapping hot or warm food in foil and then in the fridge has those all for it and others absolutely against it.
It’s not that you can’t do it is the risk of bacteria issues that may arise.
All in all, foil is makes a fairly good option for freezing food especially if it is used as an outer layer to protect from freezer burn.
You may also be interested in… Can You Put Foil In The Oven? (What About Your Specific Oven?) and Do You Just Plug in a Mini Fridge? (Can It Share A Circuit?)
Allan Wilson who in the offline world has an extensive background working in research, analyzing statistics, improving work processes, team leading, and implementing training to improve results and now thanks to more than 3 years dedicated to this site is now also a highly regarded researcher of brands.
Allan has a long history of developing brands online way back before blogging existed creating websites using HTML code in Notepad. Allan established brands in the Info Product Marketing arena such as infoproductmarketing, ebookresellerkit, reprintrightsmarketing, along with many other successful websites (and a few failures along the way). Allan has also authored numerous ebooks, owned and operated membership sites, created eLearning courses, and more.