Many innovations have gone into making cooking easier, healthier and definitely more fun. The kitchen has become one of the most people friendly and favorable places in a building. From the Instant pot to the pressure cooker and now the present rave of the town, Air fryers, a lot of creative ideas have evolved into saving time and working smarter while preparing that mind blowing tasty meal for our loved ones.
Let’s talk about the Air fryers. You just got served the yummiest French fries at a dinner you were invited to and now you ask your friend how she got the fries to be so crispy with little oil. She tells you she used an air fryer, and now you’re wondering what an air fryer is?
An air fryer like a convection oven but smaller works by circulating hot dry air around the food, making it crisp without adding the extra fat. Apart from the fact that you can make your food to perfect golden brown crisp with little or minimal oil, you’re also not restricted to just frying. Yes, potato chips, fries and chicken are the most common air fryer recipes but you sure don’t want to miss out on a wide variety of delicious goodness that can be made with it. Some models let you grill a steak, roast and even bake your favorites. There’s almost no limit to it.
Now that you know have a fist sized knowledge about an air fryer, it is of higher importance to know how it works. You don’t want to ruin the taste of your food just because of a trivial mistake or error you made while using the appliance. Relax! While I give you awesome tips to having the best cooking moments with your new kitchen best friend.
- Preheat before use
Always make sure to leave it on for about 2-3 minutes before use. This is good for optimum cooking and allows the airflow to be set at the right level before cooking to achieve a perfectly fried and crispy food. The temperature should be adjusted to about 25-50 degrees. Cooking time and favorable temperature will vary depending on the recipe. Preheating makes the cooking surface nice, hot and ready for the food.
- Shake it up
At regular intervals, pull out the basket and the toss the food around a bit to ensure even cooking. Shake every 5-10 minutes for best results.
- Don’t overcrowd
Study has shown that food cooked with an air fryer is tastier and more crispy when placed in small batches. This also allows for even and all round cooking. If you’re having a large party or dinner, you can get the XXL size designed to cook in larger batches.
- Invest in an oil spray
If you’re worried about using too much oil then you should definitely get an oil spray. An oil spray helps you apply just the right amount of oil, giving you a perfectly healthy meal. This also ensures that the food doesn’t stick to the basket.
- Keep it clean
Take out the trays and pans, soak them for a while in warm soapy water and scrub gently with a cleaning brush before rinsing and drying with a towel. Be sure to do this regularly, depending on how often it is used.
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