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Foil Packets and Foil FUN! 
 
Jun. 17, 2014 11:14 am 
Updated: Jul. 26, 2014 5:03 am
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Cooking in foil packets always reminds me of going camping. We took our two kids camping every summer. Of course the best part of camping was eating outdoors. Using foil packets was easy to make tasty food packets and then the clean up was a breeze.  Just throw away the packets after eating. However, don't forget to pack your trash and don't be a litterbug. Who wants to spend time washing dishes when you are out camping. One of my favorite foil packets consists of cubed potatoes, butter, salt and pepper in Reynolds Heavy Duty foil. Place on the grill for 25-30 minutes or until tender. Cube potatoes around an inch thick. Add a couple pats of butter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add to foil sprayed with cooking spray. Make into foil packets.  Turn the potatoes over so the potatoes cook evenly. You can add onions if you so desire. The aroma is so enticing that it will make your mouth water. I think the potatoes are just wonderful. Crunchy and cooked to perfection, all in a foil packet. Besides, who wants to heat up the house using the oven when you can grill outdoors.

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      I am an All Recipe Ambassador for All Recipes. This month All Recipes hooked up with Reynold's. I used the Heavy Duty Reynold's Wrap to make the foil packets. I really like that I can place the food on the foil and not dirty a pan. We were asked to make a couple of recipes using foil packets. The first recipe I made was Salmon Pitas. The Salmon came out so moist using the tin foil packet. The yogurt dressing added some added flavor to the salmon. You can find the recipe at All Recipes: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/grilled-salmon-greek-pitas/detail.aspx<

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The second recipe my family enjoyed was Grilled Masala Chicken. So, I had foil packets of zucchini and onions with chicken. I made separate foil packets for the potatoes. I used cooking spray (Pam) on the tin foil before adding the food. You can find the recipe at All Recipes: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/grilled-masala-chicken-with-vegetables/detail.aspx<

 

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My AHA Moment Using Aluminum Foil

     My Aha moment came after I watched this video about " Are You Using cling wrap and aluminum foil correctly?"  This tip can be so useful before you even start using the foil. Find out how to prevent your foil from flipping out of the box. Go to the 50 seconds on the video and watch. Seems so simple, doesn't it?  Especially when kids are cooking in the kitchen and accidents are sure to happen.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/good-to-share/10558039/Do-you-use-cling-film-and-aluminium-foil-correctly.html<  

Fun For the Kiddos 

     Aluminum foil is not just for cooking.  What are other ways to use aluminum foil?  Since school is out, what are you kiddos going to do all summer? My 6 year old granddaughter loves to do fun things during the summer. One way for some summer fun is to make Aluminum Boats. Sneak in learning by asking how many pennies does it take to make the aluminum boat sink? My granddaughter loves to play in water and making the aluminum boats made for a fun afternoon.

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  Of course, one boat is not enough. So, my granddaughter added another boat. It took 10 pennies to sink the smaller boat. My granddaughter concluded the bigger the boat the more weight the boat can take.

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Now, the experiment can start all over again!

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More Fun with Foil

You can also paint, draw and add other fun items to aluminum foil.

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Whether you try the recipes or the fun Kiddo Activities, I hope you enjoy your summer! 

     I am an AllrecipesAllstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on my personal blog.  The reviews, content and opinions expressed in Lela's Kitchen are all my own.

 
Comments
Bibi 
Jun. 17, 2014 11:24 am
Love the sneaky math/physics lesson! I may have to steal it when my DGD comes to Gramma Camp!
 
Nadine 
Jun. 17, 2014 11:34 am
Hi; try doing the same idea you did with but potatoes but sub carrots. One I did with the Girl Guides was taking ground beef and form into a patty. On top we had thinly sliced potatoes, onions and carrots. wrapped tightly with the foil. Twice is even better. Cook turning every once in a while on the BBQ set on medium to medium low for about 30 minutes (long time cannot for sure remember the time) good blog by the way loved it.
 
Lela 
Jun. 17, 2014 12:07 pm
Bibi, it was fun and a learning experience. Gramma Camp sounds like a load of fun!
 
Lela 
Jun. 17, 2014 12:08 pm
Nadine- that meal sounds good and all in one packet!
 
Jun. 17, 2014 12:41 pm
We did the same thing when we were younger. We camped quite often and the foil packets were very handy. I liked using them with fresh caught fish lathered with butter and some onions thrown on top. Making myself hungry, great blog Lela and your granddaughter is a pretty smart cookie:))
 
Bren 
Jun. 17, 2014 12:50 pm
Wonderful blog Lela. The salmon recipe sounds delish, I will have to try that this week.
 
Jun. 17, 2014 1:11 pm
very nice blog lela. it reminds me of cooking fresh fish on a campfire. I can smell 'em now!
 
Lela 
Jun. 17, 2014 3:13 pm
Hi manella, thank you for the very nice get well card. Fish sounds good with onion! Trout with butter and lemon, yum!
 
Lela 
Jun. 17, 2014 3:15 pm
Hello, Bren, I didn't know if I would like the salmon with yogurt. The yogurt added so much flavor to the pita.
 
Lela 
Jun. 17, 2014 3:17 pm
Good afternoon, gderr! My favorite packet is potatoes. If you don't watch out, I will eat your fish packet, too!
 
Jun. 19, 2014 4:19 pm
Hi Lela! Checking in on you! Hope every thing is cominng along smoothly! Your blog reminded me of a time in my childhood when Moma found the cooking in foil puches a way of life! We had hamburger patties, onions, bell peppers, Potatoes, and soy sauce dinners for a month! I loved them then, now I don't think I could stomach them now even though quite a few decades have past! Maybe in the near future... my daughter in laws would probably love this idea for my meat and potato boys! Thanks!
 
Lela 
Jun. 20, 2014 11:38 am
Hi Terry! Funny how something we ate as a child can ruin your appetite as an adult. My mom made so much mac and cheese that I don't eat it as an adult. I love your avatar with you and Molly!
 
Clover 
Jul. 23, 2014 10:11 am
Even before reading your potatoes make me hungry!
 
Lela 
Jul. 26, 2014 5:03 am
Hi Clover, we eat with our eyes first!
 
 
 
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I enjoy cooking for our family sit down dinners. Although my kids are grown, we are a close family that enjoys 4-5 sit down dinners a week together. My family's favorite dinner is chicken enchiladas smothered in green chili. I have a passion for cooking, baking for the holidays and food photography.
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I am family oriented and spend time with my family enjoying meals. My favorite things to cook are Mexican food and any food my family asks me to cook. My family looks forward to home cooked Mexican food at least once a week and Italian food.
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I am on a journey to reclaim family recipes that were lost when the cooks in my family passed away. Cooking traditions are a major part of my passion for cooking. On Christmas Eve, we always had green chili and tamales. Cookie baking, lemon bars, pizzelles , and potica have been a must at Christmas as long as I can remember. My family looks forward to homemade pizza, when we gather as a family to decorate the Christmas cookies. Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without noodles and gravy piled high on mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and broccoli and rice casserole. On the 4th of July, there is the 4th of July Potato Salad that I make using 10 pounds of potatoes. Mexican Food is part of our weekly menu--green chili served over mashed potatoes or as a slopper (green chili poured over hamburgers.) I am always making tortillas for someone. They call my tortillas little white pieces of gold. Saturdays are Family night for dinner. It is the one day my kids can request a meal.
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Seeking help on the Buzz and the AR Blog has resulted in a few triumphs. I am extremely ecstatic about overcoming the yeast monster. I can now bake baguettes, focaccia and the best rolls in the world, my Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls.
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My first attempts at baking bread/rolls resulted in rock hard flat rolls. However, I am improving. Baking at High Altitude is somewhat of a challenge.
 
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