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This is one of the most asked questions from my readers – Can you put foil in an air fryer? If you are looking for a quick answer to this question, then the answer is “yes”. But there are some cautions too. Don’t skip the page after reading “yes”.Let’s see the pros and cons of it.
Many a times we cook things that are heavy with sticky sauces and to save the sauces from sticking to the pan, we tend to use aluminium foil just like oven. The same is with parchment papers. Papers catch up fire quicker than anything else.
But again is that safe to use the foil in air fryer?
I never have put any tin foil in my air fryer till now. Because I make lighter stuff in my air fryer. So only a little oil spray or greasing is okay.
Okay, so you can use the foil in an air fryer. But you need to understand how can you do that by keeping everything safe and don’t invite any hazardous situation.
For that you need to understand how these air fryers function.
How does an air fryer function?
An air fryer functions just like an oven, i.e. food is cooked with hot air. There is a high-speed fan on top of the air fryer that keeps on rotating the hot air cooking the food. And because of the compact size, it fastens the cooking process than the oven.
So if you will cover up the whole basket with aluminum foil, it will block the passage for the hot air to flow and this will result in uneven cooking. So place it small not covering the entire perforation of the basket. The space left after will help in circulation of hot air.
In the above picture, see how there is space between florets and also there is space for the air to travel till bottom of the basket. This rotation of hot air is essential.
Again if you will place the foil on the basket without any weight on it, it will blow up with hot air and catch up the fire and cause a more hazardous situation.
So even if you are putting tin foil (aluminum foil), place some weight, probably the food to be air fried on top of the foil. Don’t use them alone while preheating the basket. It will blow up with the air to the top and may catch fire.
Many air fryer brands have their own do’s and don’ts. So just follow their instructions religiously as they know better about their machine than anybody else.
You can put foil in an air fryer – but not entirely & not without any weight on it. Be careful to avoid any hazards.