Using an air fryer in cooking is still a new idea in most kitchens. Therefore, people are still not sure what and what not to use in the air fryers. This write-up is about the use of parchment paper in the air fryer.
So, can you put parchment paper in air fryer?
Yes, you can use parchment paper in the air fryer without harming the machine or the food. In fact, parchment paper is among the most commonly used accessories that you can use with your air fryer. However, like all other electronics in your house, the user needs a certain level of care.
What is parchment paper?
For people new to baking and the use of fryers, let me tell you a little about parchment paper. It is one of the oven safe papers that you can use in baking. The paper creates a non-stick surface for the food. It can also work in high temperatures. Thus, it is safe to use in an air fryer.
They prove particularly useful when making food such as saucy wings that stick to your air fryer. The use of parchment paper also avoids the unnecessary effort of cleaning the greasy basket of your air fryer.
As mentioned above, it is safe to use parchment paper in an air fryer. Many people may specifically prefer the use of perforated parchment paper over aluminum foil due to fear of aluminum going into their food. These papers are precisely cut to fit into the base of your fryer.
The use becomes even safer when you employ specific tips and tricks.
What are the tips for using the parchment paper in air fryer?
Ensure compatibility with air fryer temperature
You might be in a hurry to spread the parchment paper at the base of the air fryer. But you might forget about checking the compatibility of the parchment paper with the air fryer temperature.
Some parchment papers are perfectly compatible with as high as 450F of temperatures, while others may ignite. Therefore, before selecting a specific parchment paper, has a keen look at its specifications.
Cut the paper carefully measuring the size of the fryer basket
A piece of advice is to be very careful with the size of the parchment paper when cutting. Carefully measure and counter-check the measurements. Only cover the base of the basket instead of covering from all sides.
It is never advised to stuff a large piece of parchment insider the air fryer. It can limit the flow of air. The preferred option is to cut the paper slightly smaller than the air fryer’s basket size to improve airflow. Stuffing your air fryer with paper can cause a fire hazard.
Don’t use the parchment during pre-heating
Avoid using parchment paper during pre-heating the appliance. Make sure to properly weigh it down with a sufficient amount of food over it. If used during the pre-heat process or without weighing down with food, it may rise and reach the heating element.
It may result in an ignition that can damage the machine. We all know that air fryers don’t come cheap, so it is better to avoid the damage at all costs.
Is parchment paper the same as baking paper?
Many of you might be wondering if you can put baking paper in an air fryer. You might also wonder if there is any difference between the parchment or baking paper. As the name implies, baking paper is used in baking.
Good news: There is no difference between parchment or baking paper. Instead, both are used synonymously. Whether you call it parchment paper or baking paper, both are the same thing.
How to use parchment/baking paper in an air fryer?
Below are some of the best practices people care about when using parchment paper in an air fryer.
- Before laying the parchment paper on the bottom, spray the basket with olive oil. This way, the paper won’t stick to the bottom, and peeling it off at the end becomes easy.
- The only preferable place to use parchment paper is the base of the air fryer basket. Do not play any paper or foil at the bottom under the basket.
- Don’t cut too big that the paper gets out of the edges of the air fryer basket
- Check your manual before you start using your air fryer. It lists all the details of what and what not to do in the machine.
Using an air fryer in the kitchen is full of convenience. It uses a minimal amount of oil and gives you crispy and delicious food. Using parchment paper in the air fryer can save you from the big messy cleanup of the fryer basket later on.
All the grease and sauce from the food stays on the paper that you can easily remove. Hence, the machine does not get very dirty. The use of parchment paper is safe in the air fryer with some degree of care. The paper will help you keep the fryer clean and cook delicious wings and fries.
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