Parchment paper has always been a popular tool that makes life easier in the kitchen. It’s used for various purposes, such as baking, cooking, and grilling. With the growing popularity of air fryers, there’s been a common question… Can parchment paper be used in an air fryer? The short answer is…Yes! Parchment paper can be used in an air fryer in several situations. However, it's important to proceed with some caution as there’s still a potential fire hazard risk if used improperly.
Parchment paper is a chemically treated paper made from cellulose which is often confused with wax paper. The chemical treatment the paper undergoes creates a nonstick surface that is water-resistant, highly durable, and heat resistant. It can be found in nearly any grocery store’s baking aisle and sold either in rolls or, as we prefer them, in pre-cut sheets. Because of its nonstick surface and ability to withstand high heat, parchment paper is popularly used to line baking trays, bread pans, and air fryers!
Here are a few tips on how to use parchment paper in an air fryer safely:
- Cut the parchment paper to fit the basket of your air fryer. Ensure the paper doesn’t hang over the sides. If the parchment paper is too large, it’ll come into contact with the heating system.
- Inspect the parchment paper while frying. If you see the parchment paper darken or char, then remove it from the air fryer.
- Use unbleached parchment paper is a non-toxic option as it is made from unbleached, chlorine-free pulp.
In conclusion, parchment paper CAN be used in an air fryer, but it's important to ensure it’s used properly to prevent any fire hazards. Following the tips above and using caution, you’ll be able to safely and effectively use parchment paper in your air fryer.