Certainly there are dos and don’ts for any electrical appliance. The best way to find it out is to look at the operating manual of that appliance first just to be on safe side. Since the air fryers are getting more popular now a days with its ability to cook food with a fraction of calories, so different kinds of questions are also raised more frequently related to its usage.
The most common question that is being asked is “if we can use aluminum foil in an air fryer”? The short answer to this question is ‘yes’ you can use the aluminum foil in the air fryer but always consult the operating manual of the air fryer too as the recommendations can vary in different brands of air fryers. Consori, Power XL, Nuwave, Gourmia and Instant Pot are some examples of good air fryer brands. If you’re thinking to buy most reliable air fryer then the Ninja air fryer would be the best recommendation. The air fryers from ninjas are not only available in different sizes and features but they are also very reliable. Coming back to answering the question ‘if the aluminum foil can be used in an air fryer?’
In order to address this briefly we first need to understand the functioning mechanism of an air fryer to make sure when we use aluminum foil in it we do it efficiently without effecting performance of the air fryer and also avoid causing any damage.
An air fryer is a compact countertop oven that crisps your food and makes it brown much quicker than a regular oven. What it does different from a regular oven is it directly blows the heat to the food while in a traditional oven it is circulated all around in the oven instead being blown directly to the food.
The air fryer is designed in a way that it simplifies and maximize the distribution of the heated air. This helps us to understand the net shape design basket of an air fryer which keeps the food elevated and make sure that it’s cooked evenly by keeping the flow of the heat well circulated around the food. The cooking method in air fryer is much more intense and direct in comparison to a traditional oven.
Guideline: “How can you put Aluminum Foil in an Air Fryer”
If you use an aluminum foil in an oven you can also use it in an air fryer but make sure to adhere certain steps to make an optimal use. The best practice to use the foil is to make sure you place it in such a way in the air fryer that it doesn’t block the holes of the basket in air fryer. The holes in the basket are there for a reason and it allows the circulation of air through your food to make sure it’s cooked well and in case you block it with by not placing foil correctly or putting a foil in the base of an air fryer that will result in unevenly cooked food.
Make sure you always place aluminum foil with food or weight on it, never try it empty as it can get sucked by the heating unit and case damage to the machine or can cause a fire too. Also make sure to never use the foil in the base of the air fryer where dirt and grease is collected as by lining up that area you’re also effecting the circulation of air which would impact the cooking performance of your air fryer.
This obviously sounds convenient from the cleaning perspective but you have to make sure that you don’t disturb the circulation of hot air in the compartment by any means. As an alternative to aluminum foil parchment paper can be used in the bottom part of the air fryer. Parchment paper has hole which allows the air to circulate well without any blockage and can be also conveniently removed after usage.
Some Important Tips and Information about using Aluminum Foil in an Air Fryer
Also an Important tip here is to avoid cooking acidic food wrapped in an aluminum foil in the air fryer. It’s not recommended from health perspective and can also leave tiny specks of black particles in your air fryer which would make it difficult to clean. From a health perspective it is important to note that when you cook acidic food such as tomatoes, lemons or vinegar based item in an air fryer with aluminum foil, it can decompose the foil and add the metallic taste to your food which not only destroys the original flavor of your food but is also unhealthy.
Avoid cooking food in an aluminum foil with high acidic content and to have the best result make sure that you wrap your food properly in the aluminum foil so that the juices can be contained while it’s been cooked. Do not try to fill food more than the capacity of the air fryer, that way you can end up making a big mess along unevenly cooked food. Always leave enough space so that hot air can be circulated easily around so that food can be cooked properly.
One other downside of the aluminum foil is that it slows down the cooking process. Usually the intension behind wrapping the food in the aluminum foil is to trap the heat inside but due to the shiny surface of the aluminum foil heat can be reflected away which can make the cooking process slow which contradicts the initial objective of the air fryer, as it intends to cook your food faster than conventional oven. Food wrapped and cooked in aluminum foil can be soggy so if you intend to cook crispy food such as chicken wings or fries then wrapping and cooking it in the aluminum foil isn’t the right thing to do.