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Test Kitchen Tip: Use Aluminum Foil Shiny Side Up or Down

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Most people think it matters whether aluminum foil is used shiny side up or down, but the surprising truth is that it doesn’t make a difference. The variation is a result of the manufacturing process—the shiny side comes in contact with highly polished steel rollers, and the matte side doesn’t. The appearance has no effect on how the foil performs.

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