Are you just about to test out your new air fryer for the first time and it’s burning everything? Well let me tell you, I’ve been there! You probably read about people cooking up delicious dinners with their air fryers and weren’t expecting this problem so soon. But don’t worry, I’ll give you a few pointers on what could be going wrong and how to prevent it from happening again!
What could have gone wrong?
Ok so you just unpacked your new air fryer and plugged it in for the first time. You put some chicken thighs in there on 390 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes and pulled them out again only to find they were all burned up. It’s probably safe to say this has happened before and you don’t want it to happen ever again, so what did we do wrong? Well there are various things we could’ve done wrong. I’m going to go over a few of them to give you an idea of how to prevent these things from happening again.
The food wasn’t cut into the right size pieces:
One of the main reasons for this is because we didn’t cut our chicken thighs in half, so we could only fit half of it in there and had to put the other half in another air fryer, but that’s ok. Another reason would be if we didn’t cut them at all and just wanted to cook them as they were which can also be a problem since it will take a longer time for them to get cooked properly. So always try cutting your food up into smaller sizes where possible!
The temperature was too high:
This is definitely one of the biggest problems people run into when using their air fryers for the first time. The temperature was too high and now our chicken thigh is all burned up! Try to make sure that your food item is cooked properly before you pull it out because this will drastically reduce the chances of burning it. I always recommend setting a lower temperature if possible, so you can work your way up if needed.
There wasn’t enough oil on there:
This is another common reason for this happening. If we don’t have enough oil/fat on our food, then it’s going to be very hard for us to cook it without burning everything up! Another reason would be that we didn’t use enough oil or fat in our cooking which makes sense since not many people have a lot of it to use in the first place. So always try adding more oil/fat when you see that it’s necessary!
We put too much food in there:
This is another thing most people do which I’ve done myself countless times. If we don’t leave enough space between our food then this will cause the air around it to not move properly and create a lot of problems for us with burning our food up. Try leaving some space in between your food if possible, but don’t leave any big gaps in there since everything still needs to be able to cook properly without touching each other.
Don’t keep opening the lid:
This can be an issue because it lets all the hot air out of the fryer which gives extra time for your food item to get overheated and overcooked. Air fryers have a very high rate of heat circulation compared to normal ovens so it doesn’t take long for your food item to get cooked properly once the lid is closed again. This also creates more problems because we’re not going to be able to see if our food is burning up or not which will cause some issues.
Keeping these things in mind as well as some other tips, will help you prevent running into this kind of problem ever again with your air fryer! Just remember that it takes a little while for you to figure out how everything works, but it shouldn’t take too long before you’ve got a good idea of what’s going on. Once you have a good understanding of how the air fryer works, then it will be much easier for you to cook anything without having problems.