You should not put an aluminum container directly in the oven


You should not put an aluminum container directly in the oven
If you put an aluminum container, containing food to be cooked or reheated, in your oven directly on the shelf, the shiny base will reflect a large part of the oven heat (like a mirror). This means that the food will take much longer to cook or heat through than usual.
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Last modified on: February 21th 2011

Keywords for this recipe:AluminiumContainerOvenShelf
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Stage 1 - 1 min.
You should not put an aluminum container directly in the oven : Photo of step #1
To prevent this the best solution is to put the aluminum container on a baking sheet before putting in the oven.

Stage 2
You should not put an aluminum container directly in the oven : Photo of step #2
If you do this, food will cook or reheat as normal.
Remarks
You might have noticed that this is why aluminum containers used for commercially prepared frozen dishes have dull bases.
Source
Home made.
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  • Aw thanks luv!!! will consider this method the next time I put it in the micro wave cos my home inadvertently got burnt to a crisp because I did not follow your method :((
    Posted by frankie november 16th 2020 at 19:47 (n° 9)
  • Stainless steel
    Posted by jh september 1st 2019 at 14:24 (n° 8)
  • What other kinds of pans can be used to reheat food or cook with other than Aluminium? Concerned about ingesting Aluminium and seeping into food. Use aluminum to make turkey, roasts etc. Also use aluminum pans to reheat food constantly.
    Posted by Anonymous august 29th 2019 at 01:08 (n° 7)
  • Absolutely.
    Posted by jh july 14th 2019 at 14:33 (n° 6)
  • Would you still be able to if you don't have a sheet pan
    Posted by Anonymous july 13th 2019 at 23:47 (n° 5)
  • Of course not, oven don't use light to cook/heat, who say that?
    But the heat they produce, mostly infra-red, act as light in front of a shiny base of aluminium.
    So this is true, sorry for you...
    Posted by jh january 21th 2016 at 11:16 (n° 4)
  • Uhhh, this is completely wrong... this is not how ovens work. "the shiny base will reflect a large part of the oven heat (like a mirror)" Ovens do not use LIGHT to heat food, rather convective heat transfer. A shiny surface will literally have no impact on how your food heats.
    Posted by Anonymous january 21th 2016 at 02:25 (n° 3)
  • I don't know, but I use them for the freezer.
    Posted by jh june 22th 2014 at 11:23 (n° 2)
  • How safe are the lids for aluminium containers one side has cardboard the other aluminium
    Posted by George june 21th 2014 at 19:32 (n° 1)
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