Now air fryers grabbing the market in a rush. They are compact in design so they can be easily fitted on your kitchen countertop. The new rapid air technology uses a very little amount of oil to cook food. The hot air rapidly circulates inside the air fryer to cook food and cut fat up to 80%. That’s why air-fried food is good for health. It provides the same taste and texture as deep oil fried food without sacrificing taste.
But now air fryers not only air fry but also bake, roast, dehydrate, grill, and much more cooking work can be done in one machine. The cooking versatility of air fryers makes them an ultimate kitchen appliance. During cooking work, the inner temperature reaches up to 450°F to 500°F. So the new users are afraid to use any materials in air fryers. Their afraid is right because a little mistake can be a reason for a fatal accident. So today’s question is can I use a steel bowl in air fryer?
Can I use steel bowl in air fryer?
Yes, you can use a steel bowl in your air fryer but you should consider whether the steel bowl is marked oven safe or not. The oven-safe steel bowl can withstand heat up to 500°F to 700°F easily. But if your steel bowl has any coat of paint then you should avoid it. Because steel can resist high heat but paint not. The paint slightly melts down after every use and mixes up with your food which is very risky for your health.
But I do not recommend using stainless steel bowl in the air fryer. Because air fryers use rapid hot air technology to cook food. The powerful fan circulates the hot air in a circular mode to cook food while the microwave oven uses radiation heat. If you use a steel bowl then the hot air can’t perform the best result.
Advantages of using steel bowl in an air fryer?
Steel bowls are much stronger than glass and ceramic bowls. The durability makes it an ultimate choice in your kitchen. In most of the steel bowls, there is no coat of Teflon which is good for health. Because of the good conductivity of heat, it takes very little time to preheat. You can also easily clean them by hand or in a dishwasher.
Disadvantages of using steel bowl in the air fryer
A steel bowl catches heat very fast rather than any materials like glass and ceramics. Because steel is a good conductor of heat. It also takes a longer time to cool. So during cooking time, you need to put always on hand mitts to protect your finger from heat. With high heat conductivity there always is a chance of overheating, food burning, and overcooking.
What are the alternatives to using a steel bowl in an air fryer?
Ceramic – Ceramic utensils are great against heat. Most of the ceramic bowls are coming with heatproof marks from the manufacturer. The ceramic bowls also don’t have any coat of paint or Teflon. They can resist heat up to 500°F and more. So ceramic bowls are a great alternative to stainless steel bowls to use in air fryers.
Silicone – Silicone is one of the best materials to use in the air fryer or any oven. Silicone has high heat resistivity up to 500°F. They are flexible, easy to use for baking purposes, and easy to clean. You can use a silicone pot, silicone loaf pan, cupcake pan, etc.
Glass – The pyrex and borosilicate glasses utensils are best for use in the air fryer that I have mentioned in my previous article can I use a glass bowl in my air fryer. These glasses have high heat resistivity compared to regular glass bowls. If you use normal glass in the air fryer then it will be shattered into pieces and damage your air fryer.
If my stainless steel bowl has a coat of paint?
If your steel bowl has a coat of paint you should avoid it to use in your air fryer or any oven. Because the steel has good resistance against heat. Steel can resist heat up to 500°F but the coat of the paint does not resist. I do not recommend using a steel bowl that has a coat of paint.
Steel utensils are one of the most used materials in every kitchen. They are durable, portable, easy to use, high heat resistivity, and very easy to clean. That’s why everyone uses it in their kitchen. But when it comes to using an air fryer. Then yes, you can use a steel bowl in your air fryer but the steel bowl should be ovenproof and do not have any coat of paint or Teflon coat.