Cleaning an air fryer is not a difficult task which makes it easily overlooked. However, cleaning your air fryer will prong its lifespan and ensure that it continues to work efficiently to provide you the best meals.
Here's a step-by-step guide to cleaning your air fryer:
1. Safety First!
To avoid getting scalded or shocked, make sure that you turn off your air fryer. Unplug it, and wait for it to cool down before you start cleaning.
2. Separate the Removable Parts
After letting the fryer cool down, take out the removable parts, i.e., the inner basket and pan.
3. Clean the Separated Parts
Wipe down the separated parts and wash them with warm, soapy water. Don't use an abrasive sponge if your fryer has a non-stick coating.
4. Clean the Bottom Chamber
The bottom chamber will be filthy because it collects all the oil residue and crumbs. To clean, wipe it down with a paper towel and let it air dry.
There you have four easy steps to cleaning your air fryer quickly and efficiently. As you may have noticed, it is pretty easy to do and requires little to no expertise.
HERE'S EXACTLY HOW OFTEN YOU SHOULD CLEAN YOUR AIR FRYER
However, the longer you leave your air fryer uncleaned, the more difficult cleaning it becomes. Thus, the experts advise that air fryers be cleaned after every use or at the very most, after about three times of use.
According to Consumer Reports (CR), you may not notice any buildup after each use, but "over time that grease can build up in the drawer and on the heating element, and you may start to smell odors or even see smoke as your food cooks."
Final Verdict: If you want to keep your air fryer long-lasting and work efficiently, never forget to give it a quick wipe after every use.