Can You Put Paper Towel In Air Fryer?

paper towels in air fryers

Now, anyone who is having an air fryer at home might be having a lot of confusion about doing what’s appropriate and what’s not. There are a lot of things that do not affect the air fryer, while some elements can damage it. There is a common problem using air fryers that I have faced too and I think you might be facing the same and that is using paper towels in air fryers, aren’t you? So let’s get through with it.

Materials to use and not use in an air fryer

Let’s first discuss how an air fryer works and which materials are best before just jumping into whether paper towels can be used or not.

So, an air fryer uses hot air and circulates around the food. The air movement at a certain temperature causes the food to heat up and it eventually starts cooking.

Most of us not only face problems while cooking, but also cleaning is a very difficult task. Using and avoiding some accessories can make this experience quite pleasant. Let’s see what are these accessories :

  • Materials that can be affected by extreme temperature should not be used.
  • Avoid accessories that obstruct the air-flow within the air fryer.
  • Baking pans and baking dishes can be used if they fit in the air fryer without obstructing the air-flow.

Can you put paper towel in air fryer?

The answer to this question depends on how we use paper towels. Let’s say, if you use a towel to soak the excess fat from the food then it’s entirely safe.

But if you are using a towel underneath your food it is quite risky, as it will obstruct the air-flow and possibly towels can catch fire.

Parchment papers: The alternative

Paper towels as we have seen above can obstruct air-flow and could lead to disaster. There is a perfect replacement of paper towels in the form of parchment papers. They can be used without obstructing the natural flow of air.

Parchment papers are also called baking sheets or baking papers. These are perforated papers that allow air to flow through it.