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May 18, 2008 10:24 AM

Did anyone else know this? I sure didn't...

Saw this on another forum and thought that it was worth sharing. Being that this is Chowhound, I suppose that most on here already knew this, but maybe I'm not the only dummy!

"I've been using aluminum foil for more years than I care to remember.
Great stuff, but sometimes it can be a pain. You know, like when you are
in the middle of doing something and you try to pull some foil out and
the roll comes out of the box. Then you have to put the roll back in the
box and start over. The darn roll always comes out at the wrong time.
Well, I would like to share this with you. Yesterday I went to throw out
an empty Reynolds foil box and for some reason I turned it and looked at
the end of the box. And written on the end it said, "Press here to lock
end". Right there on the end of the box is a tab to lock the roll in
place. How long has this little locking tab been there? I then looked
at a generic brand of aluminum foil and it had one, too. I then looked
at a box of Saran wrap and it had one too! I can't count the number of
times the Saran wrap roll has jumped out when I was trying to cover
something up."

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  1. Holy crap. How have I missed that my entire life.

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    1. re: roze

      Rose, I looked and found it too, showed it to my mother, who then had this blank stare on her face.... and said "All this time" ......... why did they never show this on a commercial?

    2. I have known this and used it, but it only worked sometime. The "lock" sometimes will lock the roll too tight and prevent the foils / wrap from rolling out. You can't lock it too tight but then the roll may end up coming out from the box.

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      1. re: kobetobiko

        Clarakafella -- you made us look!

        Kirkland doesn't have it on either the wrap or the foil.

        Interesting idea, thanks for the tip.

        1. re: dolores

          They have them on my plastic wrap and my aluminum foil (both Kroger brands). On the foil, no mention is made about the tabs- which leads me to believe that they have been on the boxes for so long that they figure that everyone already knows about 'em!

          You might want to examine the box ends closely- these things are hard to see if they aren't marked!

          1. re: dolores

            Really? I thought it was a universal thing! I never new for years but found out probably 5-6 years ago.

          2. re: kobetobiko

            You are definitely correct about that, kobe. After reading this thread, I decided to lock my roll in and couldn't get the foil to come out. I think I'm going to stick to my old ways -- I never had a problem with it before. If it ain't broke ...

          3. OMG!!! I just had to go look to and on my Kroger brand of plastic wrap, it does say it on the front of the box about the lock tabs. I also had to just waste a piece of wrap and it does work. Mine just has push in tabs out of the same cardboard that the box is, so there is no way that you can "lock" the tabs to tight. The lock is just cardboard.

            1. Well I'll be a monkey's uncle. I guess you CAN teach an old dog new tricks! I had absolutely no idea...thanks for the tip, Clarkafella.

              1. How about that (shaking head in amazement) ... My parchment and wax papers, however, don't have the handy dandy little locks.

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                1. re: Fuser

                  O.M.G. I also can't believe that I've never seen this before, so off to the pantry I went. I found what Fuser found- they are on the foil and plastic, but not the parchment or wax papers.

                  That, my friend, is an excellent tip. Thank you.