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What To Consider Before Putting Aluminum Foil In Your Air Fryer
By Angel Albring
When it comes to cleaning your air fryer, you can't just toss the whole thing in the dishwasher or a sink full of soapy water; you have to remove certain parts and clean them by hand. Using aluminum foil to contain the mess of cooking can be helpful, but there are some precautions you should take to ensure that it is used correctly and does not cause any issues.
Firstly, read the manufacturer's instructions for your air fryer model, as they may advise against using aluminum foil or have specific guidelines for its use. Secondly, if you choose to use foil, be sure to place it in the bottom of the fryer basket, leaving some space for air to circulate around the food and cook it, but do not cover the bottom of the fryer, as that's the source of the hot air.
Avoid wrapping the food in foil because that can prevent heat from reaching your food, keeping it from cooking thoroughly. Additionally, using foil in an air fryer can slow the cooking process, so you should keep an eye on your food and adjust the cooking time and temperature as needed to ensure it is cooked to your desired level.
Skip the foil when air frying spicy or acidic foods, as they can cause a chemical reaction when cooked with aluminum foil. Lastly, use a small amount of foil to let your food cook properly — but enough to make the cleanup process easier — and when you're done cooking, wait for the foil to cool completely before tossing it in the trash.