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How to Fold a Foil Pack

If you’re not cooking foil packs yet, you’re not summering to your full potential. We’re here to share folding tips and tricks, plus we’ll let you in on some winning flavor combinations. On the grill or in the oven, foil packets are this summer’s hottest item—no pun intended!

Best Way to Fold a Foil Pack

Before jumping into what to pack, wrap and grill, here’s a quick walkthrough on how to fold a foil packet:

aluminum foil

1.  Cut a large piece of aluminum foil—roughly an 18x12-inch sheet will do. We recommend using heavy-duty aluminum foil to avoid tearing on the grill. If you’re using standard aluminum foil, double the layers to be extra safe. Wondering which side of the aluminum foil is better than the other? While one side is shiny and the other dull, unless you have non-stick aluminum foil, either side will do. If using non-stick, it’s good to note that the non-stick coating is the dull side.

spraying foil with cooking spray

2.  Spray the aluminum foil sheet with cooking spray. Just like a skillet on the stovetop or a pan in the oven, oiling is crucial to avoid your food sticking to the foil.

spooning veggie mixture onto foil

3.  If you’re dealing with very wet ingredients or anything with a sauce, pull up each side of the foil to keep anything from escaping. Then portion your ingredients out on the foil, right in the middle.

foiling foil into pack

4.  Next, you’ll want to seal up your foil packet. The idea isn’t to wrap the food as tightly as possible—you actually want to leave a little room for heat and steam to move around. You do, however, want to seal it up to keep any moisture from escaping. Fold two opposite sides of the foil in towards the middle so the edges meet. Roll these edges down to create a seal.

folding foil into pack

On the two remaining sides, roll down each edge, sealing the packet. Some recipes recommend creating more air-flow by puncturing the foil with a fork. If you’re making your foil packs ahead of time and storing them in the refrigerator, we recommend waiting until just before you grill them to create these air-flow puncture marks. This will ensure you don’t lose any moisture or flavor!

grilling foil packs

5.  With your foil packs wrapped and ready, all that’s left to do is grill. Follow the directions for time and temperature according to your recipe. Some recipes will require rotation during cook time, and others will not. If you’re cooking meat, the most important thing to watch out for is that you’re bringing them to a safe temperature.

How to Open a Foil Pack

You’ve cooked your foil packs and removed them from the grill – now, how do you get back inside them to enjoy the tasty dish you’ve created? You can undo the folds you created, but if you’re feeling fancy, we recommend getting a knife out for this step.

cutting open foil pack

1.  Handling the hot foil pack carefully, flip it over and cut an “X” shape into the foil packet with a small knife.

open foil pack

2.  Carefully fold back the foil—a lot of steam will build up in the cooking process, so use caution.

3.  Garnish as desired. Everyone looks good with a little extra on top.

No Grill? No Problem.

If grilling isn’t your thing, you don’t have to miss out on the foil-packet-fun. Many of our foil pack recipes have been oven-tested and approved, such as our Cajun pork chop, red beans and rice foil packets and our chicken Cordon Bleu foil packs. The most important thing to remember when cooking foil packs is safety, especially concerning proteins. If you’re not sure you’ve cooked a meat long enough, remove the foil pack from your oven, unfold it slightly, check the temperature of the meat with a meat thermometer and verify that it has reached a safe consumption temperature.

Recipes to Get You Started

Ready to jump in? Here are some grill-approved recipes to get you started. Go ahead and buy the jumbo pack of foil this summer. You’re going to need it!

Don’t turn off your grill just yet! We have plenty more outdoor-friendly recipes, right this way.