Splash guard: Baking paper inserts for hot air fryers: How useful is it to use?

In fact, not all dishes in the air fryer are completely fat-free: To prevent certain foods from caking or sticking, the removable insert of a hot air fryer can be oiled before each use.

Splash guard: Baking paper inserts for hot air fryers: How useful is it to use?

In fact, not all dishes in the air fryer are completely fat-free: To prevent certain foods from caking or sticking, the removable insert of a hot air fryer can be oiled before each use. And so it happens as it has to happen: Both the fat and foods that become liquid when heated (e.g. cheese) drip through the grid. This process can be avoided by using special molds for hot air fryers. In contrast to normal baking paper, these do not need to be cut, torn or folded first. Nevertheless, you should consider a few important points before use - we have summarized them as follows.

The biggest advantage of baking paper for hot air fryers is clearly the reduced cleaning effort: the round, square or rectangular molds are non-stick, oil-proof and waterproof, so that liquid fat and food are caught in them and do not drip onto the floor. The raised edge also protects the inner walls of the air fryer from grease splashes. The application is therefore very easy.

As nice as the idea of ​​a clean hot air fryer is after every use, the use of baking paper also has its pitfalls. The fact is that the air in the Airfryer cannot circulate as usual through the waterproof molds. This in turn leads to the performance of the kitchen appliance being reduced - and the preparation of your food taking longer than usual. It can also happen that some foods do not crisp up evenly on all sides. In addition, the baking paper is a disposable product that usually ends up in the trash after one use.

When preparing very fatty foods or dishes with cheese that can quickly overflow, it makes sense to use baking paper for hot air fryers from time to time. When it comes to performance, crispiness and sustainability, the cuts are not an ideal solution.

Unlike regular baking paper, heat-resistant silicone liners for air fryers are more sustainable because they can be easily cleaned and then reused. Here too there are round, rectangular and square molds (depending on the size and shape of the air fryer). When purchasing, however, make sure that the inserts are free of PVC and BPA – a so-called plasticizer. According to the manufacturer, a corrugated base also ensures that the air can circulate better under the food and the food becomes crispy as usual.

And another tip: The silicone inserts for hot air fryers (like the baking paper cuts) not only have different shapes, but also sizes. It is therefore recommended that you first measure the use of the air fryer before deciding on a model.

If you want to use the baking paper for your hot air fryer, you should definitely read this warning beforehand: Never place the mold in the air fryer without weighing it down with food. Not even when preheating. The paper is very light and the air flow generated inside can reach the heating element of the device and thus catch fire! Before using it, also find out whether the manufacturer of your hot air fryer recommends against using baking paper.

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