7 Steps On The Proper Way To Use An Air Fryer

Air fryers are great appliances that have many uses in the kitchen but most importantly, they help you consume lower amounts of oil. In this article, we share all you need to know to make the best use of your air fryer as well as how it can be cleaned.

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Air fryers are versatile appliances that can air fry, roast, bake, broil crisp, dehydrate, and reheat foods. They can help you get delicious meals on your dining table within a short period of time. They have the ability to make foods extra crispy with the use of little oil.

There are two main types: basket air fryers and air fryer ovens. Basket air fryers have a food basket that can be removed while air fryer ovens look identical to toaster ovens. They have racks inside where the food can be placed. This type of fryer is evidently bigger than the basket air fryers and usually takes up more space.

Things You Can Cook In An Air Fryer

There is almost nothing you can’t use an air fryer to prepare. It can cook proteins like meat, fish, and pork and make healthy side dishes and appetizers like zucchini fries or chicken wings. Even desserts and baked goods can be made with this versatile instrument. However, it is best used to cook foods you wish to come out extra crispy or crunchy like french fries.

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How an Air Fryer Works

The appliance has a heating element that radiates heat and a fan that keeps it in circulation around the food. The hot air circulation means you get to use less oil than you might if you were using an oven.

How to Use an Air Fryer 

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  1. Don't put too much in the basket: This will hinder circulation and even cooking. It is best to keep foods in a single layer to prevent this.
  2. You’re allowed to pull the basket out to monitor the progress of the food while it is cooking.
  3. Be sure to choose the right temperature: Many suggest lowering the temperature by 25 degrees from the temperature you would use if you’re cooking in an oven.
  4. Give the basket a good shake when making foods like brussels sprouts or french fries.
  5. Ensure you dry the food well before adding oil if you want a crispy outcome
  6. Shun the presets and create a custom cook time and temperature for your foods.
  7. Don’t forget to clean the fryer afterwards. Basket-style air fryers usually have an inner and outer basket that can be taken apart for washing. It is advisable to rinse out the basket immediately after use. The oven-style fryer also has removable parts that can be cleaned in the same way.
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