Air fryer parchment paper can be a great tool to use! However, it's important to know how best to use it and even when not to use it.
What is air fryer parchment paper?
Air fryer parchment paper is typically parchment paper with holes in it to allow airflow so that the air fryer works properly in circulating the hot air around food.
Air fryer parchment paper can come in different sizes, many of which fit air fryer baskets perfectly.
The most important thing to know
There is one very important rule for using air fryer parchment paper. And that is that it can fly around in your air fryer if not weighed down by food. This can cause a fire hazard.
Because of this, there are two main rules to follow.
- Never, ever put parchment paper in the air fryer while preheating. The parchment paper could fly up into the heating element and cause a fire.
- Always make sure parchment paper is weighted down properly. Even if you have something heavy in the middle of the air fryer, the parchment paper may fly up around the edges. It's always safest to know you have the food evenly distributed when using air fryer parchment paper.
When should you use parchment paper in the air fryer?
If you have something messy, or something that may leak through the holes in your air fryer, then use air fryer parchment paper.
For example, when I make these upside down tarts, I always use air fryer parchment paper. I also use them a lot if I'm sprinkling some cheese on something and don't want it to fall through to the bottom of my air fryer basket.
Air fryer parchment paper is always nice to use when you want to keep your air fryer clean.
And finally, I like to use parchment paper when I have something that is hard to get out of the air fryer and I want to be able to lift it out easier by using the parchment paper.
When should you not use parchment paper in the air fryer
Typically you should not use air fryer parchment paper when you're cooking something that would not be heavy enough to hold it down, which could cause a fire hazard.
You also may want to avoid using air fryer parchment paper when you really want to get something crispy to allow for that maximum airflow in your air fryer.
Where can you buy air fryer parchment paper?
You can get air fryer parchment paper on Amazon. I love shopping there, because they have a great selection of sizes.
This is a great option for square air fryers (and the one I personally have).
Can you make your own?
Yes! You can absolutely make your own air fryer parchment paper by taking regular parchment paper and punching holes in it.
However, it is a hassle to try to cut the parchment paper into the correct size for your air fryer. And you also want the holes cut in places that will allow proper airflow.
Because of these reasons, while you CAN make your own air fryer parchment paper, it is easier and safer to buy some that is specifically cut for your size of air fryer.