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Aluminum Foil Boxes Have A Mind-Blowing Secret Feature

Did you know these even existed?
Aluminum foil tabs

The latest installment in "Things You've Been Doing Wrong Your Entire Life" comes to us via a question posted on Reddit the other day: "What was your 'Ohh, so that's what it was for' moment that took you too long to find out?" user ThatGuyPhillip questioned fellow Redditors in an AskReddit thread.

One answer in particular made us question everything we thought we knew about our kitchen utilities:

"That after a lifetime of fighting with aluminum foil and plastic wrap roles there are 2 tabs on the ends of the box that when pushed in hold the tube in place for easier removal," commented Reddit user Spacedude50. The enlightening comment received over 14 thousand up-votes in a day and dozens of replies.

"WHAT??? Runs to the kitchen and back… I'll be… son of a… You're a freaking genius!" replied user wordserious.

User something4222 commented, "I literally went to check my aluminum foil just now and how did I never know about these."

If you don't happen to have a box of aluminum foil on hand, allow us to explain exactly what these Redditors are freaking out about.

Aluminum foil box
This is an aluminum foil box.Olivia Tarantino/Eat This, Not That!


Aluminum foil tabs
Did you ever notice the tabs on each side of the box?Olivia Tarantino/Eat This, Not That!


Aluminum foil out of the box
Without pushing those tabs in, your aluminum foil roll is more likely to pop out of the box as you use it.Olivia Tarantino/Eat This, Not That!


Aluminum foil tab
All you have to do is find the tabs on the side of the box…


Aluminum foil box tabs pushed in
…And push both sides in!


Aluminum foil with tabs pushed in
Voila! Now, you don't have to worry about the roll popping out of the box as you try to pull out a sheet of foil to line your baking tray.


Pretty interesting, right? If you're as into hacks as we are, next up you might want to read up on these 15 Ways to Hack Your Metabolism.

Olivia Tarantino
Olivia Tarantino is a senior editor of Eat This, Not That!, specializing in nutrition, health, and food product coverage. Read more
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