Can you put aluminum foil in an air fryer? The simple answer is yes. However, there are certain things that you need to consider before you do so.
Firstly, let us consider the benefit of using aluminum foil in your air fryer. The big benefit is that it reduces the clean up after you have cooked. Grease drips onto the aluminum foil which is then removed after cooking. The clean up after that should be very simple…which is always good news!
However, there are things that you need to consider. The holes in your air fryer basket are there for a reason. An air fryer works on rapid circulation of air. If you block those holes in the basket, the effectiveness of the air fryer is reduced. You therefore need to ensure that you put holes in the aluminum foil for your air fryer to continue to cook effectively.
If you are considering lining your basket in aluminum, make sure that it does not go over the basket edge. There may be a chance that it touches the heating element. This is dangerous and can cause burning.
The result would also be the same if you lined your air fryer basket without placing any food on it to weigh it down. Potentially, it could be sucked into the heating element. Again, this can be dangerous and cause burning.
It is ok to use aluminum foil on the basket but it is never recommended to use it on the base. The base is where any dirt or grease is collected. By lining that area with aluminum, you are preventing the air from flowing efficiently. This will have an adverse impact on the cooking performance and the cooking results will be poor.
Can you use parchment paper in the air fryer?
Yes, you can use air fryer parchment paper or baking paper in your air fryer. This is actually quite common and some savvy suppliers have now started to produce perforated parchment paper, which removes the need for your DIY efforts! They are effectively parchment paper sheets with perforated holes in them. They are a time saver, especially if you use your air fryer a lot…but it is simple enough to do it yourself without paying for them.
Take-aways from this article
Make sure you put holes in the aluminum foil or parchment paper
- Don’t cover the base of the air fryer
- Never leave paper or foil that is above the height of the air fryer basket
- Don’t heat the air fryer without food in it if you have parchment paper or foil in there…especially during preheating
Hopefully this answers your question on ‘can you put aluminum foil in an air fryer?’…yes but with a few considerations. Can you put aluminum foil in the bottom of an air fryer is also answered above too.
Let me know what you think…is there anything you do that makes it easy to put aluminum foil in your air fryer? Do you have any tips or techniques?
Share your tips with us…leave a comment below.
See you soon…Jayne x
Since you are here…can I ask you a favor?
It would be really nice if you could share this image on social media…it’s just a couple of clicks for you but it means the world to me.
Thank you so much…
You might be interested in reading the following…
- Big Boss Oil-less air fryer
- Cosori air fryer review…it blew my mind!
- GoWise air fryer reviews…are they the real deal?
Watch video here