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About Air Fryers

Air Fryers

Air Fryers are becoming more popular these days because of their ease of use, healthy and delicious tasting cooking with easy cleaning. But, which is the right air fryer for your needs?

So, what is an Air Fryer?

An Air Fryer is basically a small convection oven that distributes hot air to cook food evenly.

Is cooking with an Air Fryer healthy?

An Air Fryer is actually not a fryer. It does not cook food in hot oil. Although some foods do not need oil to cook, your food will be crispy, crunchier and taste better with a little oil that is either sprayed on or sprinkled onto the food you want to cook. Air frying reduces the oil by about 75 – 80%. Most people would agree that the food cooked in an Air Fryer is indeed healthier.

Here are some tips for getting the best out of your Air Fryer

Do not over crowd the basket

Your food will be evenly cooked if the hot air can circulate through the food. You should shake the basket or flip the food over about half way through the cooking time. Some models even have Shake reminders to let you know when to do so. As a rule, it is better to half-fill the basket.

Do not use oil in aerosol cans as these may have chemical propellants in them

It is better to use normal spray bottles that you can refill with oil. 

Do not cook food dipped in wet batter

If you want to do so, ensure you have the right accessory for it. Otherwise, freeze your food covered batter before placing them in the tray with a liner or foil.

Do not place the Air Fryer too close to the wall

The Air Fryer circulates very hot air. There is a vent at the back of the appliance. Make sure that the vent is about 6 inches away from the wall. it is also advised to place the Air Fryer in a well ventilated part of the kitchen or next to a window.

Cleaning the Air Fryer basket and tray

Most of the trays and baskets are dishwasher friendly but you can also clean them using soap and hot water to help preserve the non-stick coating.

Selecting the Air Fryer that is just right for you

As with most purchases, price alone is not the main criteria. The Air Fryer produces a lot of heat. If the interior non-stick coating is inferior, it may start to peel in just a few months. As Air Fryers are getting more affordable, it should not be a problem getting one from a trusted manufacturer that is still within budget.

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