Frying Without Fat – Reinventing Our Cooking With the Air Fryer
This particular appliance might as well have the spotlight in the kitchen for its ability to cook fast and healthy foods, without any worry about a different taste or feel of the meal.
Preparing the Air Fryer and the food for cooking
There is a minimum of preparation that is required when cooking with an Air Fryer. Firstly, some oil needs to be added to prevent sticking. Also, if the food already contains any form of fat, it is best to trim it and dry it to avoid splattering or smoke. Be sure to leave some space between the foods so that air can circulate and the meal can be evenly done.
Heat up your fryer for about 5 minutes prior to adding the food. Select an appropriate program and you’re good to go!
Cooking in the Air Fryer
Although the fryer relies on air to cook your food, it is important to shake it a couple of times so that the smaller food doesn’t get compressed. Flipping food half-way through the cooking process is the best way to go if you want your meal to get brown evenly.
Don’t limit your cooking just to frying. You can also bake, roast or grill in the Air Fryer too.
If you’re cooking foods that contain high amounts of fat, some water may need to be added in the drawer underneath the basket.
Given the speed with which air flows around in the fryer, you will need to secure some of the smaller food with toothpicks so it won’t get picked up and get stuck.
What foods are suited for an Air Fryer?
You can put almost anything in your Air Fryer. Just think about the meals you prepare using your other kitchen appliances, and start from there. Also, every Air Flyer comes with a pamphlet that can come in handy in these cases.
Preparing frozen food has never been easier, as the Air Fryer does not require food to be defrosted prior to cooking.
Any vegetables, like potatoes, corn, asparagus, or more, can be cooked in an Air Fryer, however food like carrots or beans are not best suited for this kind of appliance.
How do you maintain an Air Fryer?
Typically, Air Fryers last long and are relatively easy to maintain. However, plastic components such as knobs or bowls can break over time due to oil deposition.
The Air Fryer is easy to clean in your sink. The detachable pot, that usually contains a basket, can be soaked in water with detergent for a while, and then cleaned with a sponge or brush. A moist cloth does the trick when it comes to the exterior of the Air Fryer, however you might want to use a brush to clean the heating element and dry it off with some paper towels. You can also add some water to the detachable pot and leave the fryer working for about 20 minutes to grab all the dirt that might be caught in unreachable segments.
Keep in mind that Air Fryers have a non-stick coating, so it’s best never to use abrasive cleaning materials on it as you might damage the inner lining.
Some basic maintenance has to be done in order to assure yourself that your Air Fryer is in its best condition. Cords should be inspected regularly, the inside of the fryer should be cleaned, and it should have enough space around it to avoid unpleasant situations.