There is a great variety of food that we can cook using air fryers, fried food, roasted food, and a lot more. Some foods are dry but others are not, they become juicy during cooking or they are marinated with some semi-liquid material. These kinds of foods need to be covered with aluminium foil so the taste and content can be preserved. When frying the food, using aluminium foil is optional but when you need to roast something, it becomes a must anyhow to wrap the food in aluminium foil. When the air fryer is heated up, marination content will melt and drips down.
But the concern related to this is; are aluminium foils safe for use with the air fryer? The answer is conditional yes. Overall, aluminium foils are safe to use with air fryers but some precautions are a must.
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Do not use while preheating or when there is no food on it
Do not use aluminum foil when you are preheating your air fryer. Air fryers have a coil in it that raises the temperature and a fan that blows the hot air around. Aluminum foil in an air fryer without any food on it will have no weight that is required to fix it, as air fryers have fans there is a chance that aluminum file will blow around inside the air fryer. But it will not cause any type of blast or spark like in an oven as they use radiations for heat and cannot withstand metal.
Do not use aluminum foil with food that has high acidic content
When you are cooking food that has high acidic content, do not wrap them in aluminium foil. Acids in food can react with metal and when you open it you will find a black spot on the food. Again, those are not potentially harmful to your health but it will ruin the quality and taste of food. the common foods that are acidic are; fruits, tomatoes, or foods that you marinate with vinegar.
Wrap in a way that does not block air passage from any direction
Air fryers have perforated baskets to ensure the transfer of heat from every direction including the base. Make sure that you don’t block the air passage from any of the directions, especially from the base. Depending on the food type, you can also make holes in the aluminium foil to make sure the passage of air.
Aluminum foil and health concerns
Although aluminum foil is completely safe to use with an air fryer with a few safety measures. The other question raised about it is; its effects on health. Either using aluminum foil is safe for health or not. Most researchers suggest it is safe for health and has no major health threats. But some researchers suggest that the frequent use of aluminum foil for cooking food can cause adverse effects on health. They relate it to Alzheimer’s disease.
Although their claims have not been proven yet, and the research is not completed on it but still chances are there. To make it clear, this does not make it harmful as the whole, even the scientists who claim it to be potentially harmful relate it with excessive use of aluminum foil. To be on the safe side use aluminum foil where it is necessary, do not use it just as a habit.
- No major or proven health threats
- Safe to use with air fryer but
- Do not use acidic food
- Do not cover the base
- Do not put aluminium foil in an air fryer without food on it.