It generally comes in a five-metre strip wrapped round a cardboard roll.
But few men would argue that Jennifer Aniston has put her tin foil to good use to produce a dress that shows off her curves to the full.
Of course, her outfit is not made from the popular kitchen tool, but with a film called The Baster next up for the 40-year-old, fans will understand if she’s become a little obsessed by cookery.
The 40-year-old actress’s Prada dress certainly attracted a lot of talk as she stepped out on the red carpet in LA at the weekend.
Tin-foil chic: Jennifer Aniston sports an unusual frock in Century City, LA
On the hunt for a stable male: Jennifer drew a parallel between her movies and her love life while accepting an award
While she clearly looked gorgeous, the fashionistas couldn’t resist having a pop at her silver look. One said: ‘Jennifer normally gets it so right so it was a surprise to see her like this.
The actress picked up a gong at the 2009 Women in Film Crystal and Lucy Awards for helping expand the visibility of women in film
‘Her legs looked stunning but the dress looked like a piece of sheet metal.’
Aniston was picking up a gong at the 2009 Women in Film Crystal and Lucy Awards for helping expand the visibility of women in film.
She joked that her love life was mirroring her choice of film far too closely.
The actress said: ‘There seems to be a strange parallel between the movies I’m doing and my life off-screen.
‘It started with The Good Girl, then of course Rumor Has It, followed by Derailed. Then there was The Break Up.
‘If any of you have a project entitled Everlasting Love With A Stable Adult Male I’m at table six and my agents are at table twelve!’
Aniston, whose seemingly fairytale romance with Brad Pitt ended in divorce, has had a series of high-profile relationships – and splits.
Her most recent dalliance, with musician John Mayer, ended in April amid reports he was more interested in Twitter than her.
Since then, rumours have been circulating that Jennifer has been growing close to Pitt again.
Last month, it was claimed that the pair had been meeting up secretly in New York, with Brad wearing his motorbike helmet as a disguise.
The former couple are said to speak to each other almost every day as Brad leans on Jennifer for support amid speculation that his relationship with Angelina Jolie is in trouble.
The Baster, about a 40-year-old who uses a turkey baster to become pregnant, is due for release next year and raises questions over the direction of Aniston’s career.
She’s no turkey: Jennifer smiles for photographers as she arrives at the event