The Tinfoil Solution

Last week I ended my road trip with the Sunrise Ascent Up Mount Washington, an annual fundraiser for a non-profit, Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country. We had beautiful weather, perfect for all the athletes. Moreover, Tyler Walker and Laurie Stephen (two amazing paralympians) completed the climb unassisted. As you can see in the video below, it was a pretty awesome weekend!

Now, to the FOOD! When I arrived in NH with my mom and sister, we assumed that we had left gluten free cooking utensils up there. Apparently, we only left pots and pans. Therefore, as we started to make sloppy joes, we didn’t have a gluten free strainer or wooden spoon.

Both of these need to be GF! Think of all the little holes in the strainer that collect gluten, and the wooden spoon’s absorptive properties.

So, I headed off to our local general store, but with it’s small size, the only cooking utensil I could find were plastic spoons. With the closest grocery store being at least forty minutes away, I returned home.

Fortunately, my little sister watches Cutthroat Kitchen, and learned that tinfoil is the solution to EVERYTHING in the kitchen.  We thoroughly cleaned all our kitchen utensils, and proceeded to wrap them in tinfoil.

Solution #1: Tinfoil

The Tinfoil Solution

When we wrapped our utensils in tinfoil we made sure to use two layers. Additionally, we wrapped each piece of tinfoil, such that the open end was up high, so it wasn’t touching the food.

Solution #2: Paper towels

As for the strainer, we used paper towels.

The Paper Towel Solution

Keep repeating this process until all the grease is gone.

The Paper Towel Solution

By the end of the night we went through almost a roll of paper towels! Therefore, while this works in a cinch, I don’t recommend this method unless you’re out of options.

The End!

After draining the meat, we mixed in all the sauce/flavors. The Tinfoil Solution

And, in the end (despite our crazy methods), we ended up with a beautiful meal. The Tinfoil Solution

What cooking solutions have you come up with when you’re in a jam? And, what’s your favorite unique use for tinfoil?!

10 thoughts on “The Tinfoil Solution

  1. As always I enjoyed reading today’s post! Great that Bri is so supportive of your dilemmas and helpful in finding solutions!

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  2. What a neat trick! I’m FROM NH, you were right near me! 🙂 SO funny. I think you said you live in CO too is that right? That’s where my parents live….and my mom and sister are both gluten free- lots in common! Thanks for sharing this, pretty nifty!

    1. Thanks! Apparently, the chefs on Cutthroat Kitchen have to be super creative! They steal utensils, ingredients, etc. from them throughout the competition. Maybe I should check it out too!

      We have a ton in common! I bounce between CO, MA, and NH, so it depends on when you ask me. Do your mom and sister have any favorite restaurants in Colorado? I’ll be heading back that way in late November. 🙂

      1. HAHA I just asked her, she said PF Changs- she’s no help!! HA… well we tried!

    2. At the Colorado Springs PF Changs, they just added milk back into my favorite entree. 😦

      But, there are a few 100% GF places that I like over in the Springs. In Avon, where I’m living next, I trust a few places, but none of them are 100% GF. (Those are my favorite!) 🙂

  3. Ah, Kaila, this is a GENIUS idea! I use tinfoil when I have my food cooked on the grill at my boyfriend’s house, BUT I never thought to use it to “protect” utensils! THANK YOU for bringing up the wood spoon/colander point, quite a few people who try and cook for me are all like “it’s fine I cleaned it” but those two surfaces are hiding spots for gluten!
    I love to use aluminum foil to line pans when cooking, no clean up 🙂

    1. Thanks, Amber! It’s all my sister’s genius-ness!! I hadn’t thought of using tinfoil on a grill before; that’s a great idea too. I have a grill pan that I use, but it’s not the same as cooking outside. 🙂

      I went through a phase in late high school/early college where I cooked EVERYTHING in foil, so I didn’t have to pick it up. I think I even ate it out to the tinfoil sometimes too… oops!

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