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If you love the taste of deep-fried foods but want to cook healthier, air fryers could be an excellent alternative. These practical kitchen tools don’t rely on any oil while still delivering a deliciously crispy texture for your food. There are many items that can be placed in an air fryer safely. Many people wonder whether glass can be put in to bake while using the power of an air fryer. The simple answer is that yes, it’s possible to safely put glass baking dishes in an air fryer. However, there are lots of aspects you need to keep in mind before you do so.
Here are some important precautions to keep in mind before putting glass in an air fryer.
1. Always Use Oven-Safe Glass Bakeware
The general rule is that glass bakeware that’s safe for the oven should be safe for an air fryer as well. Make sure you find the label on your dish and see whether the glass item is rated for oven temperatures. It should specify if the glass can resist temperatures of up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. That being said, there’s still a possibility that glass bakeware designed for the oven won’t be able to handle air fryers.
If you own an older glass dish without the manufacturer’s labels, you might have to test the item in the air fryer to see if it will break. Put it in your air fryer empty multiple times to verify the stability of the dish when it comes to high heat. Is your glass dish made by Pyrex? There’s a large chance that it can withstand air fryer use because most Pyrex models are safe for oven use and highly resistant to thermal shock.
2. Avoid Thermal Shock
Most borosilicate glass bakeware can resist rapid heating or cooling as they’re designed to account for thermal shock. However, the structure of the dish can still fail if too much stress is put on the glass. As opposed to a traditional oven, air fryers raise the temperature much faster and this can put too much stress on your glass dish in some situations.
Avoiding thermal shock is important if you want to prevent unpleasant situations with shattering or exploding glass bakeware. That means you should never go from very cold to very hot too quickly. Allow the glass dish to cool properly if it’s been in the fridge before putting it in the air fryer. Sudden temperature changes will increase susceptibility to structural failure.
3. Check for Structural Weakness
Although you might be confident that your glass dish is sturdy enough to withstand being put in an air fryer, it’s recommended to take a closer look at it before cooking. There might be certain structural weaknesses that reduce the ability of the glass construction to handle high temperatures that rise rapidly. Check for signs of wear and tear if your glass bakeware has been used for many years. If you spot any small cracks, discoloration, or uneven surfaces, it’s safe to say that it’s too risky to put the dish in the air fryer.
4. Never Block the Airflow
Even though your glass dish could theoretically be used safely in an air fryer, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s compatible with any kind of air fryer model. Consider the size of the dish carefully because if it fits too tightly inside it will block the airflow resulting in poor cooking results. The best kind of bakeware to use in an air fryer should ensure that air circulates properly to cook the food. That’s why glass isn’t the best material to use for this purpose.