If you’re considering purchasing an air fryer, chances are you want it because of the healthier alternative cooking options. You can still enjoy all the same foods that you love without using oil or having to worry about a big stove top mess afterwards. But don’t forget about those delicious French fries and onion rings, just put them in the air fryer next time!
Yes and no…
Our family eats fish several times a month, so I’ve got this thing down to an art. I’ve used a few different brands of air fryers (there are only 2 that I recommend despite the sheer number available for purchase) and have found that they all work well as long as you don’t pack them too full, cook with oil or overheat them. All three of those factors will affect how well it cooks your food, so be aware.
There is one thing that each air fryer requires:
patience. You can’t just throw something in there to cook and expect it to turn out perfectly right away because it will burn if you do. If you set a timer for 3 minutes and come back when it’s done cooking, don’t open the lid! That reduces the by at least 50 degrees which is very important. And if you’re cooking two different types of food, make sure to give each one a separate cooking time and setting so they don’t get crossed or burned.
Be aware that the recipes provided in the instruction manual can be misleading because most are designed for stove top cookware (however I found that using a deep fry/candy thermometer works well). Just use your best judgement when looking at any recipe and know that it will take some trial and error before getting it right.
Not all foods can handle being cooked in this manner. If there’s no way to successfully create a crispy exterior, you should stick to baking or roasting instead. For example: baked cookies come out perfect every time! But don’t be afraid to try new things as long as you understand that it may take a few times until you find the best method for what you’re trying to prepare.
A key factor in my family’s ability to cook anything with an air fryer is the amount of time it takes to clean up afterwards. Even though we’ve had several kitchen fires, they are still so easy to clean up compared with oil and grease and everything else involved with cooking on the stove top or oven! So much easier!
In conclusion, I feel like this appliance has really made our lives a lot simpler when it comes down to actually cooking our food at home. We’ve tried all sorts of recipes and have found some great ones which I hope you’ll give a chance. My personal favorite thing is that I can cook a whole meal with only one pan to clean! Cleaning the fryer itself isn’t bad either, but I recommend taking it outside or at least in a well ventilated area.
(I’ve had this product for two years now and it’s still going strong!)
Share your thoughts…
Tried it? Loved it? Hated it? Leave me a comment below! 🙂 I’d love to hear from you! If you found my article helpful, please share so others can benefit from what you learned as well.