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Question #5122 posted on 04/19/2004 12:02 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

When using foil to cover a pan or baked potatoes that are in the oven, which side of the foil should face out? The shiny or the non-shiny?

- I say it's non-shiny

A: Dear If You Say So,

The side that's least likely to contaminate the food with radioactive fall-out as the foil decays in the oven. That would be either side.

A: Dear non-shiny,

My mom always said shiny-side in. The theory is that the shiny side will reflect the heat better, so you'll want it facing wherever it is you want the heat going. That would be to the potato.

Makes sense to me, but I'm not a scientist so I can't say for sure.


A: Dear non-shiny,
I regularly face the shiny side out for aesthetic reasons. It still cooks just fine.