If you enjoy cooking, you’ll be up to speed with the latest gadgets for the kitchen. Some you buy and use a few times, but there are others that become a standard part of your equipment. When first introduced many decades ago the microwave oven, for example, was viewed by many as a gadget that had a limited appeal. Now there are few kitchens without one.
Another popular cooking utensil that is currently getting a lot of press is the air fryer. We’re going to be looking at what an air fryer is, how it works and what benefits it brings. We’ll also talk about the food you can cook in an air fryer, so let’s get started.
How Does an Air Fryer Work?
Let’s face it, everyone loves fried food, but it’s simply not good for you! We love the crispiness of French fries, for example, or fried chicken. An air fryer is a device that gives you the crispy fried results you want without the excess fat that comes with regular frying. How does it do this?
Let’s say you put your frozen burritos in air fryer to cook them. Usually, you’d deep fry them for the effect and texture you desire. An air fryer gives you similar results. It works by circulating hot air around the burritos, air that is laced with minute mounts of cooking oil. A tablespoon of oil is all that is needed – usually you’d need a few cups – and when the air starts to circulate it picks up the oil as tiny droplets.
So, your burritos – or whatever you choose to cook – are actually being friend in oil carried by the air. It’s a simple concept and the result is beautifully fried food that comes without the health risks of deep frying. So, now you know what’s going on, what can you cook in an air fryer? Let’s look at five foods that turn out beautifully when air fried.
What Else Can I Cook in an Air Fryer?
Our choice of the top five air fryer foods are all dishes you will want to eat. Let’s start with the obvious one:
1: French Fries – we reckon you’ll love French fries done in the air fryer, simply because you get all the crispiness you want plus a lack of fat. This is the healthiest way to cook one of fast-foods most popular items.
2: Fried Chicken – put your chicken breasts in the air fryer and add the tablespoon of oil and watch them cook to perfection!
3: Fried Veg – any vegetables you previously fried in oil will come out as crisp and healthy when air fried, and you’ll find they taste better thanks to the lack of oil.
4: Fish – fish fried in air fryer, whether battered or otherwise, will always be superior to those cooked in a deep frier. Try it, and you’ll see what we mean!
5: Bacon – another obvious choice, you’ll get wonderfully crispy results when you put bacon in your air fryer, and we know you’ll love it!Put simply, anything that you would normally deep or shallow fry can be cooked in your air fryer, and you will be enabling the family to enjoy healthy eating without losing the delightful texture that frying brings to the table. We recommend you shop around for your air fryer as there are many different options available, and we hope we’ve helped you understand what they are all about so you can make your choice more easily. Enjoy your new kitchen toy, you won’t regret it!