Chef Tom Kerridge claims you should always use tin foil with the 'shiny side down' and it sends Twitter users into meltdown – but do YOU think he's right?

Chef Tom Kerridge claims you should always use tin foil with the 'shiny side down' and it sends Twitter users into meltdown – but do YOU think he's right?

January 11, 2019 By mediabest

Chef Tom Kerridge sent BBC Two viewers into a meltdown when he explained you should be putting the shiny side on the inside.

His show, Fresh Start, helps eight families overhaul the way they eat through a 12-week plan following six simple steps.

However, the standout moment for viewers was when he insisted that wrapped food with the shiny side facing outside was incorrect.

He explained that the shiny side is more reflective, which makes it more efficient at keeping food warm.

One shocked viewer took to Twitter to say: “Tom Kerridge on BBC2 just said tin foil always put shiny side down. I always have it shiny side up! Have I been doing it wrong all these years?”


Another person commented: “I’ve been using tin foil upside down for forty years.”

However, some were unconvinced by the revelation, with one person writing: “It makes no difference which side faces out for foil.”

So how is foil really designed to be used?


Foil maker Reynold’s Kitchen says on its website: “With standard and heavy duty foil, it’s perfectly fine to place your food on either side so you can decide if you prefer to have the shiny or dull side facing out.

“The performance of the foil is the same, whichever side you use.”

However, if you are using non-stick foil, you might want to use the dull side and only this side has the non-stick coating applied.

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