Welcome back to Air Fryer Bro and today we are looking at another one of those common questions I have heard over the years. That is the simple question of ‘can I use silver foil in my air fryer?’ ‘Can I line my air fryer’s basket with foil?’.
By silver foil I mean aluminum foil, something that most of us have laying around our kitchens. But will it break my air fryer? Does it work in an air fryer? Let’s find out together. Actually, let’s start with the short answer….
Can I use aluminum foil in my air fryer? Yes you can. The temperatures an air fryer operates at are similar to normal ovens. Just be careful that you do not block your air fryer’s air flow too much. Lining your air fryer’s basket with foil, for example, could result in a lower performance when trying to crisp foods.
Read on for more details and information on something some scientists think may be risky.
Most people start looking around their kitchens when they first get their new air fryer appliance, wondering what they can use in their exciting new kitchen gadget! This is exactly why I wrote some articles on using metal and glass bowls in air fryers, items most people have already and want to use. Now we are moving onto silver or tin foil.
What is aluminum foil?
Just to be 100% sure that we are all on the same page, I want to define exactly what we mean by aluminum foil. This type of foil is a kitchen product that is made up of pressed aluminum. It has been pressed and flattened to a thickness often less than 0.2 milometers. This foil is commonly used in cooking. It can be used to cover baking trays and make them easier to clean up, for example. Some people also cover food with foil when they don’t want it to brown during cooking.
There are different names for this product around the world, from tin foil to aluminum and silver foil. I am sure we have all used kitchen foil on numerous occasions in our lifetimes. It’s a pretty cool invention that makes our kitchen lives much easier 🙂
Can I put aluminum foil in my air fryer?
The simple answer is yes. Standard tin foil can withstand temperatures up to 660 degrees Celsius ( or 1,220 degrees Fahrenheit). This means that it won’t melt or be compromised in an way by even the highest temperatures found in an air fryer. This means the physical properties of this type of kitchen foil make it suitable for air fryers as well as regular ovens.
Anything we need to watch out for?
Although aluminum foil can withstand the heat found in an air fryer, there are some other factors that you should watch out for to use it safely and effectively with this particular kitchen device.
Batten down the hatches!
The way an air fryer works is to push hot air around a cooking compartment using a powerful fan. The key point is the ‘powerful fan’ part, as this high powered fan will happily blow other things around your air fryer as well as hot air!! If you put loose kitchen foil in your air fryer you will undoubtedly find that it will end up flying around in there like an airplane! ha ha ! So, whenever you use aluminum foil in an air fryer you must make sure it is secured down in some way and not just loose.
If you don’t do this, there is a possibility it could fly around and get stuck in your air fryer’s heating element. It probably won’t cause a fire or anything dangerous, but you don’t want to take the chance. It will certainly effect how well your air fryer cooks things though!
Don’t block the air flow!
Air flow is very important when it comes to air fryers, as you might imagine. When you are cooking something that you want to get crispy all over, you must make sure that enough hot air is able to flow around the food to achieve this. Therefore, if you use too much silver foil to cover up or line the air fryer basket (or whatever accessory you are using), there will be much less air flow and you will find that the end results you get aren’t as consistent as usual. This is why most air fryer accessories have holes in them!
Is kitchen foil safe?
There has been some murmurings about the safety of aluminum foil in cooking in general, with some saying that elements of the metal will be transferred to your food. Actually most food already has traces of aluminum in it, so using this type of foil will simply increase these levels. There is a study over at the National Center for Biotechnology Information, which found that baking meat in silver foil increased its aluminum levels by between 75% and 375% (depending on the type of meat). And it is suggested that this transfer can be more when high heats are involved, and air fryers do use some of the highest heats in cooking!!
So it does seem a real possibility that this is an actual thing and should be considered further. You can read the full study HERE. Some scientists are starting to make links between increased aluminum in your diet and Alzheimer’s disease. Just be aware that this is a tentative link right now!
Most people seem to have accepted the use of kitchen foil in cooking, as most people I know use it without even thinking. I would suggest doing your own research if you are worried about this, as I am not a scientist or medical expert in any way.
There you have it!
Yes, you can use aluminum foil in your air fryer. Just be aware of the factors I mentioned above beforehand so that you know exactly what you are getting into. As the Air Fryer Bro, I will happily use kitchen foil in my air fryer with no issues. Although it is quite rare that I cook recipes that need it, so I am not exactly worried about (the possibility of) higher levels of aluminum in my diet!!
What do you think? If you have any opinions on using metal foil in your air fryer, we would love to hear all about it in the comments section below.