Before you go lining the air fryer basket, there are a few things you should know about parchment paper and air frying. When it comes to parchment paper, sometimes there’s just no avoiding it as some recipes specifically call for its use – and for that, we’re thankful, as it’s easy to avoid sticky messes (via Buzzfeed). Although placing parchment paper inside an air fryer is completely acceptable, you should be very careful when using it, according to the Food Network.
Why all the fuss? For starters, parchment paper can block the air inside the fryer from circulating. Not to mention, small parchment paper pieces can fly around during the cooking process and get stuck to the heating element. The best way to go? Using air fryer parchment paper that’s already perforated and ready to go (via Insider). Save yourself the risk and the mess, and stick to this more sustainable way of using an air fryer!.