Scrubbing pots and pans! That is where we would be!
I am a firm believer that if you can line a pan or cookie sheet with aluminum foil and bake your dinner either on it or in it, then you have saved yourself a lot of time in washing up.
Tonight was no exception. We had a real "Little House on the Prairie" root dinner with a piece of fish. And the veggies and also the fish were baked in aluminum lined pans in a hot oven. When we were finished eating, I folded up the aluminum foil and dropped it into the garbage. The small square metal pan for the salmon and the large metal cookie sheet for the sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, carrots, onions, turnips, and garlic were spotless, so they were returned to their usual storage places as clean as before the bake.
Whether you call it tin foil (not made of tin anymore), aluminium foil ( not the original British spelling), or aluminum foil (Americans claim this spelling), "The first use of foil in the United States was in 1913 for wrapping Life Savers, candy bars, and gum. Processes evolved over time to include the use of print, color, lacquer, laminate and the embossing of the aluminum." (Wikipedia quote with my spelling changes)
Sooooo Happy 100th Birthday to American aluminum foil.
I can't cook without it!