How To Get The Most Out Of Your Air Fryer

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A useful guide to answer all your queries and provide valuable tips and information.

Air Fryer Questions & Answers

plastic containers

Can You Put A Plastic Container In The Air Fryer?

The answer is a definite no. Plastic containers melt as they would in an oven.

Can I Put Glass In The Air Fryer?

If the dish is oven-safe or tempered glass, it can be used. However, if the dish is made of ordinary glass, it won’t withstand high temperatures.

glass container
paper plate

Can You Put A Paper Plate In The Air Fryer?

Paper materials cannot absorb hot temperatures. A paper plate will catch fire if in contact with high temperatures.
Grease-proof paper or parchment paper can be used as a safe substitute.

Can You Use Enamel Dishes In The Air Fryer?

Yes. Enamel dishes are very useful, use a size that fits your basket. Using enamel cookware in the air fryer is safe.

enamel dishes

Can You Put Tupperware In An Air Fryer?

This is a definite no-no. Plastic cannot withstand high temperatures and will melt. Also, do not use takeaway containers.

Can I Use Silicone In An Air Fryer?

All silicone baskets, cupcake cases, and moulds that you use in the oven can be used safely and withstand high temperatures. They can be easily cut to size to fit your basket(s).

silicon cookware
oven bags

Can You Use Oven Bags In An Air Fryer?

There are many oven bags on the market, but it is not advisable to use them. These bags expand and then touch and melt on the internal element of the air fryer.

Can I Wrap Chicken In Foil In An Air Fryer?

Yes, you can wrap the chicken/meat in foil.
However, if the marinade or seasoning contains any acidic ingredients (e.g., tomatoes, chillies, citrus), do not wrap the chicken in foil.

aluminium foil
kitchen roll

Can You Put Kitchen Towel In An Air Fryer?

Big NO !!!! You should never put kitchen paper in your air fryer. It operates at high heat, so using kitchen paper is a fire risk and should be avoided.

Can You Put Cardboard In An Air Fryer?

What most people don’t know is that they work the same as a convection oven. The only difference is that they’re much smaller.
This means that the heating element in air fryers and ovens can burn cardboard. So be sure to keep any excess packaging far away!

cardboard box
sauce jar

Can You Cook Sauces In An Air Fryer?

Yes, you can heat sauces. I often cheat and use a jar of sauce, and the outcome is great. Cover the sauce with foil to prevent the sauce from drying out or add the sauce later in the cooking time.

air fryer boiled rice

Can You Reheat Rice In The Air Fryer?

Put the leftover rice in a suitable container. Tightly cover the container with foil, then place the rice in the basket. AIR FRY at 160 C / 320 F for 5 to 6 minutes until hot.

Does The Air Fryer Use A Lot Of Electricity?

For example, if you use a 1500W air fryer for an average of one hour per day, it will use roughly 1.5 kilowatts of electricity per hour.
Most air fryers use between 1.4 and 1.7 kWh (kilowatts of energy per hour).


How Do You Clean The Air Fryer?

Wash the basket(s) in warm soapy water and leave to dry. Do not use any form of scourer this will damage the coating. Wipe down the interior with a damp, soapy cloth, sponge or paper towel.

How To Clean An Air Fryer Element

Food residue stuck to the element can be removed using an old toothbrush. Wipe down with a damp cloth to collect any loose food particles.

Remember: Anything you use in the oven can be used in the air fryer.

Cooking display with herbs

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First-Time Air Fryer Tips

Toast Rack
  • A toast rack can be used for multiple foods eg: toast, sausages and burgers.
  • When making toasties place the crisper rack on top of your toastie to stop the top from flying off.
  • Add a small amount of water to the bottom of the drawer below the crisper tray when cooking fatty foods to prevent smoke.
  • Avoid cooking spinach, it will fly around the basket and not cook evenly.
  • Don’t overcrowd the basket. Food will not cook evenly.
  • Invest in a meat thermometer.
  • Cooking times are not always accurate.
  • Shake the basket while cooking for even cooking.
  • Reheat food for crispier, tastier leftovers.
  • Mix seasoning with olive oil to stop it from floating around the basket.
  • It’s fine to pull out the basket to have a peek.
  • Is your food browning too quickly? Place a piece of foil over the top or cover at the start of cooking and remove 10 minutes before the end of cooking time. Tuck it under the container or food item to avoid the foil blowing into the element.

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