Saturday, November 22, 2008

Experimenting with foil

In preparation for Thanksgiving, I decided to roast my sweet potatoes this morning (9 lbs!). Remembering that the potatoes tend to drip while roasting and not wanting to put them on cookie sheets (I thought those might prevent even roasting), I decided to try using foil to line the bottom of the oven.

Success: beautifully roasted potatoes that slipped right out of their peels and mashed easily (I portioned them into plastic bags and froze them)

Lesson learned: if you're going to use foil to line your oven, be sure to put it UNDER the bottom heating element. ;)

Oops! Thankfully, the foil came right up and I was able to vacuum up all the little flecks left on heating element.

This experience reminds me of the turkey lessons I learned a few months ago. Yes, we're roasting our bird in a bag next week!


Diane said...

Frances! You are lucky you didn't burn down your apartment! Yikes!

Anonymous said...

Did you consider wrapping each potato in its own piece of foil. think you would get similar results and it would be easier to clean up.

Frances said...

Bob, you are right - I should have wrapped the potatoes individually. My frugal self resisted the idea because that would require the use more foil, but it's definitely the cleaner option with equally great results.