The top chef shares his ‘life-changing’ tinfoil hack for one of the most frustrating kitchen problems

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A top chef who worked under Heston Blumenthal has revealed the ultimate tinfoil hack that will solve one of the most frustrating problems in the kitchen.

British-born chef Robbie Bell has shared a now-viral one Tiktok video shows what to do if your film starts to “spiral” and leave uneven layers.

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“This is one of the best kitchen tricks I’ve ever been shown,” said Robbie, owner and head charcutier at City Larder in Melbourne.

Instead of trying to slowly “peel off” all the “spirals,” Robbie crumples a piece of foil into a ball — scraping the damaged layers with it.

Incredibly, this simple grinding action works to “unlock” the layers, allowing the rest of the roll to be used as normal.

No, we can’t believe it either.

“If your tinfoil ever gets knotted like that, use some of it [of foil] rub it on the part where it overlaps or it won’t work properly and it will all go away,” Robbie said.

“Just unroll the aluminum foil like it’s brand new.

“You’re welcome.”

A top chef has revealed the ultimate tinfoil hack that will solve one of the most frustrating problems in the kitchen. Credit: Robbie Bell

life complete

Robbie thanked his cooking friend Shaun Hurrell, whom he considers a “brother”, for sharing his nifty foil hack.

His video has been viewed more than 1.6 million times, and many say the trick will change their lives.

“This is literally the bane of my existence,” one wrote.

Another said: “Unbelievable, this has been racking my brain for years.”

One wrote: “Thanks for sharing your wisdom on an issue I’ve been struggling with for years.”

While another said: “Today I saw that and now my life will never be the same. I had to see that.”

Another insisted the trick “has shaped my whole life,” while many said they wish they’d known the tip sooner.

Instead of wasting time peeling off all the torn edges one by one, he simply crumpled some foil into a ball and used it to scratch the damaged layers.
Instead of wasting time peeling off all the torn edges one by one, he simply crumpled some foil into a ball and used it to scratch the damaged layers. Credit: Robbie Bell

No more waste

Many admitted to either throwing away damaged rolls of film over the years or trying forever to repair the spiral layers.

“I’m so relieved now that I don’t have to throw it away anymore. Great hack,” wrote one.

Another said: “Wait what. I won’t sleep tonight thinking of all the rolls of film that took a hit and ended up in the landfill.”

While another added: “I needed this so bad I’ve been around for ages with a sharp knife trying to pick up the edges when this happens.”

And one added: “My life is complete now, it really is the little things in life.”

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