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Real Cook of Genius

Bill's Letter

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I received a letter from a reader which made me stand up and say “BRILLIANT!”  It may not sound like much but the sheer simplicity and obviousness really floored me.

Our friend Bill Maeder of Sand Point, ID wrote in to tell us that as he was throwing away his used box of aluminum foil he discovered a tab lock on the side of the box.  He even sent us a picture of this hidden gem!

“Right there on the end of the box is a tab to lock the roll in place.  How long has this tab been there?”  Excellent question Bill.  How many times have we all reached for our foil, plastic wrap, or parchment paper and had it fall and over stretch itself, and you know you can never put it back in place as nicely as it came.

But now, thanks to Bill, this will never happen to me again.  I went through my cabinet and pushed every tab lock I could find.  All the while thinking this small little piece of cardboard will be adding so much comfort to my culinary life.

So thanks Bill, thanks for finding this and thanks for sending us this note.  I wish I could give you some small token of appreciation.  Let’s just call you this month’s Real Cook of Genius.


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    JuliRoberts | 02/19/2009

    I was very surprised my supermarket brand had it! Maybe some more investigating will turn up the truth about when it was started. I'll let you know what I find!

  • jgwpat | 02/19/2009

    I'm sure this is a new feature. The only tab we have is on a roll of Glad saran wrap we bought recently. It's not on any Reynolds or Alcan foil packages. I'm going to check the rolls on store shelves to see which ones have it. Joe

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