Is it safe to use aluminium foil for packing food?

Most of us pack our home-cooked meals in aluminium foil and carry it, whether we are packing lunch for the office or college, going on a picnic, or travelling. But have you ever wondered how the food stays warm and whether it’s really ok to keep food wrapped in aluminium foil for a longer period of time? Aluminium, which possesses reflective qualities and serves as a barrier to light and oxygen, is the primary component of aluminium foil. As a result, the foil returns heat energy to the food, preserving its natural flavour, moisture, and aroma. It is frequently used for prolonged storage as well as for the packing of perishable items like dairy products. You already know that aluminium foil is a kitchen must have, but its pliable, metallic structure makes it super-useful all over the house. There are a lot of versatile materials out there, but aluminium foil has to be one of my very favourites.

Although aluminium foil keeps food warm, placing it directly on the object or food does not help much. The reason for this is that if the foil comes into contact with the object, the thermal energy will move within the foil and may escape, but if the foil is placed slightly away from the food, it will properly reflect back the thermal energy and keep the food fresh. To avoid foil contact with food, add a few layers of butter paper to create air pockets before packing in a final layer of aluminium foil. 

Because aluminium is a poor insulator (a substance that does not allow heat to pass through it), place it in glass or ceramic tiffin boxes to make it more effective. It not only keeps food warmer for longer periods of time, but it also keeps things cold. It acts as a barrier to oxygen and air, allowing heat to be transferred to cold or frozen food. The bottom line is that it assists in maintaining the temperature of the food, whether it is warm or cold.

Aluminium foil is a common material in laminates and is widely used in food packaging. It has a higher barrier function against the migration of moisture, oxygen and other gases, volatile aromas, and light than any other plastic laminate material. As a result, when insufficient barrier properties are the limiting factor for food shelf-life stability, aluminium foil is used in laminates. Aluminium-coated plastic laminates, which can be used as an alternative to aluminium foil laminates, have less efficient barrier properties. Mechanical stability and sealing quality are particularly important in terms of package tightness. The chemical stability of aluminium foil in contact with food depends on the composition of the food items.

In general, it is recommended against packaging hot and acidic meals in aluminium foil because there is a potential that the aluminium will seep into the food and contaminate it. However, employing a foil of superior quality, like the one from Asahi Kasei, prevents that from happening. The Asahi Kasei Frying Pan Foil is an aluminium foil that is silicone coated on one side so simply ensure that its silicone coated side is the one which comes into contact with the food. This aluminium foil for cooking can be used to line a frying pan to ensure oil free cooking. As the foil is non stick, the food does not stick to the bottom and the need for oil is eliminated. 

Asahi Kasei India is the market leader in kitchen products. They entered India in 2014 as the top brand in Japan and have been expanding ever since. Asahi Kasei manufactures three important food-related items for the Indian market: Premium Wrap, Frying Pan Foil, and Cooking Sheet. These items represent the Japanese method of storing, preparing food, and baking that is currently practised in Indian kitchens. Over 50 years of use in Japan have demonstrated the usefulness and high quality of these items. These three kitchen tools are a blessing for health-conscious homemakers, working women, and anybody else concerned about their health. They save time that may be used for other things and are really convenient to use. So use aluminium foil to consume hot, fresh meals whenever you want without any worries.