From lining pans for easy cleanup to covering casserole dishes during baking, aluminum foil has many uses. But if you just discovered that you shouldn’t use parchment paper in a toaster oven you’re probably wondering…can you put foil in a toaster oven? Are there alternatives to using foil in a toaster oven?
Here’s what we know for sure: NEVER cover your crumb tray or the walls of your toaster oven with foil. It can lead to overheating and is a fire hazard.
To find out if you can use foil in your specific toaster oven you’ll want to consult your owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer.
Why’s that? Because each manufacturer has different instructions for the use of foil in their toaster oven.
But Manuals Are Boring
Fortunately, many manufacturers are updating their websites to include Care and Use Instructions along with how-to videos, recipes, and tips.
Oster has put together a fantastic How-To page that includes a quick and helpful video covering:
- Instructions for using foil in their countertop ovens
- Recommended bakeware
- How to clean your countertop oven
If you’re a new Oster toaster oven owner, make sure to check out their other How-To videos for step-by-step instructions on using the digital and manual controls on an Oster Turbo Convection Oven.
KitchenAid has a page dedicated to Tips for Baking in a Countertop Oven that includes:
- Bakeware suggestions
- Modifying Recipes
- Avoiding Over Browning
- Using Aluminum Foil
While Hamilton Beach has a Toaster Oven FAQ with answers to a long list of questions regarding their toaster ovens including “can you put aluminum foil in a toaster oven?”
What if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for in your manual or on the manufacturer’s website?
We reached out directly to Cuisinart regarding the use of foil in their toaster ovens and they kindly provided the following recommendations:
“Our recommendation for aluminum foil is that it should be cut neatly to fit inside of the toaster oven pan. There should not be any overhang or be used to cover a broiling rack.”
Can you put foil in a convection toaster oven?
On the Care & Use FAQ for the Breville Smart Oven Pro (BOV845BSS), they do not recommend using foil when cooking with convection as it can restrict air-flow. You can read more about Breville’s recommendations for their smart ovens here.
Alternatives To Using Foil In Your Toaster Oven
We’re currently working to reduce the use of foil in our household and have found a few good alternatives:
To cook an item that calls for covering, we use a toaster oven-sized baking dish with a lid (that’s not glass) or a small dutch oven. Check out this post for covered casserole baking dish suggestions. Also, you’ll want to make sure any covered dish you use is not airtight as that can lead to other issues.
For a quick-fix, we’ve even tried covering a baking dish with a pizza pan or flat toaster oven cookie sheet like we did with this potatoes au gratin recipe.
If we come across any new foil alternatives or helpful manufacturer FAQ’s regarding the use of foil in a toaster oven we’ll be sure to update this page.
For more information about using foil in your toaster oven please consult your owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer for assistance.