This article will detail the different types of baking tins that can be used in an air fryer, as well as how to clean them properly.
Ever heard about air frying? It’s a new cooking method where you place food inside a compartment in your oven and cook it at temperatures close to what would normally be considered “frying”. The food doesn’t actually get fried, but instead heated quickly so that less fat is needed. Air frying is also an environmentally-friendly process and can save you a ton of money on the long run since it requires fewer ingredients than other methods.
The air fryer uses a circulating air that makes sure your food is cooked evenly. The end result is crispy, tasty food that contains fewer calories. It’s an excellent way to cook if you are dieting or have other health conditions.
However, if you’re used to baking in the oven then you might be wondering what kind of baking tins you can use in your air fryer and how to clean them properly afterwards. If you want to find out more about this method of cooking and its benefits, read our article on the topic here: Air Frying Vs Frying: Which Is Healthier? .
Can You Use Baking Tins In Your Air Fryer? Yes! Mostly…
I’m sure you’ve seen lots of recipes online that say you can use baking tins in your air fryer. If you’re the kind of person who likes to follow those recipes then yes, your baking tins can be used in an air fryer. This is mostly true, but there are a few things to keep in mind.
First of all, most baking tins will not fit inside an air fryer sufficiently. In fact, it’s very unlikely as there is simply not enough space for them to fit properly. If this is something that bothers you then I suggest looking at other cookware options like glass or ceramic cookware because they are much more likely to work in an air fryer without problems.
Secondly, if you buy a baking tin that is designed for an oven then it’s not designed to be used in your air fryer. The problem is that all ovens are made differently and many of them don’t have a lid. This means they don’t fit properly inside an air fryer.
For example, I own an All-Clad Stainless Steel French Oven (that I love) and the air fryer doesn’t fit inside it as well as you’d think. Even though the top has holes where you can put your food in, it’s not enough space to put the whole thing inside it as well.
If you’re a fan of low-fat frying but you’re without a deep fat fryer, then don’t worry, air frying is your new best friend. Air fryers have come under increased scrutiny over the last few years for being too complicated and costly. But what most don’t know is that you can use a baking tin in an air-fryer! Some people also believe the baking time may be shorter when using this method.
To set the record straight, air frying is often confused for “frying”. While there are some similarities between the two cooking methods, they aren’t the same thing. Think of it this way: your air fryer heats up your food to around 400 degrees F and uses circulating air to cook your food. It’s much healthier than frying, but you shouldn’t be fooled into thinking it totally replaces deep fat fried foods.
The baking tin of choice can be a plain round aluminium one. A good quality one will withstand high temperatures and stand up to heavy use. The tin should have no dents, as these will burn easily and will also work their way through the baking time, so you may have little bits of burnt food sticking to the inside when you take it out.
If you’re using an aluminium (non-stick) tin then make sure that before use it has been thoroughly cleaned with a soft brush and dried.
Gently heat the baking tin in your oven at 200°F for half an hour or so. Don’t try to rush the process as you don’t want it to burn.
Place your food into the warm tin, season with salt and pepper if you like, and place in your air fryer. It will take approximately one hour for an average sized whole chicken. You can also cook various meats and vegetables in different trays at the same time, just make sure you don’t overcrowd them or add too much seasoning. When cooking a whole chicken for example, it’s good to have different flavours in each part of the chicken (for example, salt and pepper on white meat but not dark meat).
What pans can be used in air fryer?
Air fryer pans are becoming more and more popular as we become more health conscious. They cook food at very low temperatures and I think they are great for people on a budget, because they are so easy to clean. For example, the Bakers Oven Air Fryer Pan by All-Clad is made of stainless steel, which means it will never rust or corrode. These pans are rated to 1500F, so you don’t have to worry about your food burning.
But how do you wash them? By hand is the best way to go as they can easily get damaged with dishwashers. I had the same problem with my old pan, and I didn’t want to scrub away at it by hand. So I got a soft sponge, some dish soap and hot water and swished it around. It took me maybe 5 minutes, if that. Then I dried it and put it back in my drawer.
Non-Stick Air Fryer Pans?
But there is another type of air fryer pan you can use; non-stick. Non-stick means that food will have less chance of sticking to the pan, and so cleanup will be quicker for you! The downside is that these pans tend to have a shorter lifespan than stainless steel pans.
Can you put a foil pan in an air fryer?
As you may know, foil pans are often used to cook frozen goods in an oven. These come under a few different names, but the principle thing you want to look out for is the word “convection”. The hot air circulating around this foil pan will cook your food in less time than an oven can do.
Now it may seem a bit strange that you would want to put this into an air fryer. But I know that there are many people who have started using their air fryers as a replacement for their ovens, and some have said that they have seen very little difference between the two cooking methods.
Do you need special pans for air fryer oven?
To be honest, I don’t think you need special pans for an air fryer. Most pans can be used, although the top does have to be heatproof (not glass or ceramic).
How do you clean air fryers?
Air fryers are very easy to clean. You could just throw them in your dishwasher, but with the exception of the pan being non-stick, that wouldn’t work as well. You can use a soft sponge and some dish soap to clean it off. Or you could hand wash it as mentioned above. It’s best to let these cookers cool before putting them in your dishwasher or washing machine to avoid damage.
Can I use a Pyrex dish in my air fryer?
The short answer is yes, you can use Pyrex dishes in air fryers. The long answer is that I don’t recommend it. There’s no way to know what type of chemicals are used to make these products non-stick, and so I don’t want them to be close to my food.
If you would like more information on the chemical composition of non-stick material, click here for an article by Consumer Reports .
How do I keep the heat at a constant temperature when using an air fryer?
When you’re using an air fryer to cook food at a low temperature (500 degrees F or less), you will want a thermometer inside the lid of your air fryer. This tells you what the temperature is inside the air fryer. Most air fryers will have these already built in, so there’s no need to buy anything extra.
There are many thermometers on the market that can be used as an alternative. You can get ones with an app or add one onto your smart phone, or even a digital screen in your kitchen. Either way, you can tell that your food is cooked when it reaches a certain temperature.
Can you put a metal pan in an air fryer?
The short answer is no, you shouldn’t put a metal pan in your air fryer. The reason for this is that the air fryer works at a very high temperature. Metal conducts heat very well, so if you have a hot air fryer and a metal pan inside, it will conduct the heat straight to the food and cook it much quicker than intended.
It was always said that, with no obstructions, you should be able to serve food at 250 degrees F within one minute. The air fryer makes this easier than ever before and many people have started using it as their normal oven replacement. This cooking method can be used by anyone and there are a variety of models to accommodate different needs.
Your first air fryer may only cost you under $100 and is durable, easy to use and will last you a long time. The air fryer can make your life easier by not having to cook the same dishes again and again just because it takes too much time or the food has too much oil on it or tastes bad.