Here’s the Right Way to Put Aluminum Foil in a Baking Pan

This no-fuss foil trick will leave all of your recipes looking as good as they taste. (Which is pretty good!)

Using aluminum foil to line a baking dish, pan or tray is a handy trick that ensures an easy cleanup. The catch? Well, sometimes foil can be hard to mold and shape, leaving recipes that take hours to assemble looking a little off. Foil also tears easily, which contradicts using it in the first place, leaving you with a mess to clean on top of the dishes already in the sink.

When you’re up to your elbows in homemade fudge, the last thing you want to worry about is perfectly stuffing aluminum foil into a baking dish.

Here’s a handy trick to make all of your aluminum foil endeavors quick, simple and no-fuss.

How to Line a Pan with Aluminum Foil

This viral TikTok by @saucedupfoods starts off by showing how a lot of us use foil, struggling to mold it to the bottom and sides of a baking pan. Then, the hack! You flip over the loaf pan so it’s upside down. Then, shape the foil tightly over the outside of the dish.

After removing the foil rectangle—which is now in a stiff shape—and turning the pan upright, the foil fits perfectly into the baking dish. No tears or scalloped sides in sight.

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Pretty simple, right? We think so, too.

Can I Line Any Baking Pan with Foil?

Yes! Now that you know how to effortlessly line your baking dish in seconds, it’s time to take on some new recipes. In the TikTok video, the creator uses what looks like a generic 9-by-5-inch loaf pan, but this hack should work on casserole dishes, muffin tins, cake pans and more. You can test this method with homemade fudge, sheet pan dinners and even custom-shaped cakes for any occasion. Now it’s your turn to use this foolproof trick!

Hannah Twietmeyer
Hannah is a writer and content creator based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a passion for all things food, health, community and lifestyle. She is a journalism graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a previous dining and drink contributor for Madison Magazine.