Can you use aluminium foil in an air fryer?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you use aluminum foil in an air fryer?”, and how to safely use foil in an air fryer?

Can you use aluminum foil in an air fryer?

Yes, you can use aluminum foil in an air fryer. The foil must always be placed in the basket and weighed down by the food. Lining the basket of an empty air fryer with foil is a risky business. 

Because the foil might get blown into the heating element and start a fire due to overheating. Read on if you want to know more about the safety measures of using foil in an air fryer.

How to safely use foil in an air fryer?

Avoid placing acidic foods on aluminum 

Aluminum is a very reactive surface and should not be exposed to highly acidic foods. The acid in such foods reacts with aluminum and renders your food unfit for consumption. Therefore, always steer clear of placing acidic foods on foil in an air fryer.

Use foil sparingly

You are reducing the efficiency of the air fryer when you are covering the perforations of the air fryer basket with large pieces of foil.

Therefore, you must always try to work with as little foil as possible. Your best bet is to use perforated parchment paper because it is chemically inert and does not interfere with the cooking process. It lets the air circulate effectively and cook your food through.

Turn the foil into a sling

Turn the foil into a sling. Create a narrow aluminum foil strip by folding a long piece of foil in half two times. Use the foil slings as handles to lower your food or lift it out of the basket when the food is done cooking.

Use it to elevate the food

Elevating the food will help you achieve that extra brown crust. All you have to do is crumble a large piece of aluminum foil and place it into the basket. Place your food on top of the crumpled foil. This will elevate the food and move it closer to the heating element. 

Use foods heavy enough to weigh down the foil 

The foil blowing around in the air fryer basket is very dangerous. If it gets stuck in the heating element, it will start a fire. So, make sure you load the foil with enough food or heavy food that weighs it down.

How does an air fryer work?

An air fryer includes a removable basket, heating coils, powerful fans, and holes in the basket that circulate the hot air.

The heating coils generate heat that is circulated to the food via the fan and the perforations in the basket holding the food. The circulating hot air in the basket helps achieve a crispy finish without the addition of oil.

When you insert the basket back into the fryer, the perforated bottom gets blocked by a solid bottom platform which helps collect the drippings on your food while it is being fried.

An air fryer can heat food up to 200°C temperature. The timer can be used to adjust the cooking time and the temperature can be adjusted according to your food.

Avoid these 3 mistakes when using foil in an air fryer

Do not poke holes in the foil

The purpose of lining the basket with foil is to catch the food drips and ease the cleanup. Poking holes in the foil will allow the air to circulate freely but it will not be able to catch any drips. So it is futile to poke holes in the foil before putting it in the air fryer.

Don’t use foil with acidic foods

As discussed above, acid and foil react readily and produce toxic compounds that shouldn’t be in your food. Moreover, the foil might get stuck to the acidic food and reduce its visual appeal.

Do not put foil in the bottom of the air fryer

You are interfering with the air circulation and reducing the efficiency of the air fryer when you put foil in the bottom of the appliance. If you do not want your appliance to wear out sooner than it is supposed to, you shouldn’t be lining the bottom of the air fryer with the foil to catch drips.

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “Can you use aluminum foil in an air fryer?”, and how to safely use foil in an air fryer?

References

https://www.insider.com/can-you-put-foil-in-air-fryer
https://www.keepingthepeas.com/can-you-put-aluminum-foil-in-an-air-fryer/
https://foodsguy.com/aluminum-foil-air-fryer/

Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.