An air fryer is a kitchen miracle that helps in your cooking. There are few on the market that can help you create amazing food healthier, quick cooking and user friendly. It has made traditional frying methods easier by utilizing rapid air technology to allow efficient cooking. Air fryers are designed to replace messy, dangerous oil frying with a much sager cooking option. The food is cooked through hot air that circulates the food at high speed. It cooks the food well but it gives it a crispy and crunchy texture on the outside.
There are variety of air fryers available in different sizes and with different cooking features, but they all share the same air crisp technology, so you can buy any of them depending on your needs.
This is the air fryer combo that I use. I received this amazing air fryer from my son at Christmas 2 years ago and use it many times. He got this on Amazon and here is the information on this product.
Benefits of Using an Air Fryer
- Healthy oil-free crispy food. It uses less oil and much healthier than any deep-fried food. Its 70% less than traditional fried food.
- Efficient in energy. It uses less energy than a microwave. The powerful consumption is minimal, and the food is cooked properly and healthier.
- Quick cooking time. The preheating time of air fryer is a lot less than other appliances like you oven. This is why the total cooking of an air fryer is much less as compared to other appliances.
- Less counter-top space. Based on the size of the air fryer you get, its relatively smaller. This can save you ample space in you kitchen.
- User friendly. Its easy to use and all you need is to select the cooking time and temperature values. Once that done, you are ready to eat your delicious food in less time than any appliance you have in the kitchen.
Tips and Tricks using an Air Fryer
- Choose an air fryer of suitable size. When buying an air fryer, always consider the size of your family and space in your kitchen. This will ensure you get the best possible air fryer for you.
- Test run your air fryer. The very first time you’re using the fryer you’ll need to do what’s called a test run. Not only does it get you used to using the air fryer before cooking actual food, but it also burns off the manufacturing chemical residue. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes then you are ready to use your air fryer.
- Avoid over stuffing. The BEST way to have perfectly done crispy food is to spread it out in a single layer instead of stacking food in the air fryer. if you want to stack your food like french fries or tater tots, make sure to only add enough up to the fill line, and then shake the basket every 4-5 minutes. A single layer will still give you the best results, yet stacking part-way and shaking periodically will still help you achieve very good results.
- Preheat before cooking. Putting your food in a cold air fryer is similar to baking food in the oven without preheating it first. Not only will it throw the recipe cooking time off, but it won’t evenly cook your food. Some air fryer models have a built in preheat button and others you’ll just need to manually set and let the unit warm-up while you’re prepping the recipe ingredients.
- Shake the food in the basket. This will enable the food to move around a bit, let it circulate more effectively. Just make sure you do this halfway through the cooking time but I suggest shaking it every 5 to 8 minutes for better results.
- Spray cooking oil over food. Using avocado oil or any other oil before cooking, it will turn out crispier and soft inside. This will prevent the food to dry, keep the moisture in and prevent sticking
- If you preparing high-fat foods, like bacon, you will not need to include oil in your air fryer.
- Use air fryer to reheat foods. Most foods will take about 5 mins to reheat on 400F. This is one of those times we often skip preheating the unit since we’re just trying to warm and re-crisp the food.
- Cooks frozen food. You heard me right, whether it be cooking chicken breasts from frozen, frozen shrimp with a garlic butter sauce, or even frozen broccoli, you’ll never be worried again when you realize you forgot to pull the meat out of the freezer!
- Do not use air fryer for light foods like kale. This is very dangerous and you could end up with a fire inside the air fryer.
- No aerosol cooking sprays. The aerosol sprays have a component to them that actually causes sticking and the sticky residue can build up in your air fryer over time. If you want to grease the air fryer basket, you’ll want to either pour a little oil on a paper towel and wipe it on the bottom of the basket, or you’ll want to use an oil spray bottle.
Preventing White Smoke
If you haven’t yet experienced a basket (and kitchen) filled with air fryer white smoke, consider yourself lucky! When cooking high-fat foods in the air fryer like bacon, the dripping grease can cause the unit to fill with white smoke.
To prevent this, here’s a few of our favorite air fryer tips and tricks:
- Always keep the air fryer basket and interior clean.
- Add a couple of Tablespoons of water to the bottom of the air fryer.
- Place a slice of bread under the basket and the grease from the high-fat food will mostly drip on the bread instead of the bottom of the air fryer itself. As a bonus, you now have a side of bacon toast to go with the bacon
Parchment Paper Liners
Sometimes when you cook delicate foods like air fryer cookies, you don’t want the dough to possibly get stuck down in the air fryer basket holes or stick to the bottom of the air fryer basket.
Buying air fryer parchment liners don’t restrict the airflow and helps to keep delicate foods from getting stuck on the bottom. They also make it easier to keep your air fryer clean.
These are inexpensive to buy and come in either a round size or square, depending on the type of air fryer model you have.
The air fryer is a great thing to have and I hope the information above utilize to make your air fryer work more effectively.