What Does An Air Fryer Do?

By on August 30, 2020 in Kitchen Appliances with 0 Comments

Air fryers are the latest kitchen equipment on the market that everyone wants in their kitchen.  But what does an air fryer do?  In this article, we will take a look at how air fryers work and do you really want one in your kitchen.

what does an air fryer do

What is an Air Fryer?

An Air fryer is designed as a small countertop convection oven which is designed to simulate deep drying.

They have a fan which circulates hot air at a high speed, producing a crisp layer via browning reactions, such as the Maillard reaction.,

They are designed to cook without oil inside the cooking chamber, using just hot air.  The oil can burn inside the air fryer.

Air fryers can cook food 20% quick then a traditional oven

How does an air fryer work?

Air fryers cook food by circulating hot air in the cooking chamber.  It does that without needing to submerge the food into the hot oil.

The hot air is circulated by a fan.  There is an air inlet on the top and exhaust at the back that will control the temperature, releasing any unneeded hot air.

Air fryer temperatures can go up to 230 (445f) all depending on what air fryer model you buy.

Air fryers will brown most foods like potato chips, chicken, fish, steak, cheeseburgers, fries, pastries.

What can you cook in an air fryer?

There is a wide range of foods you can cook in Air fryers.  They do a great job on frozen foods.

They cook so well that frozen foods that normally get cooked in deep oil fryers, can be cooked in an air fryer.  You won’t know the difference in taste.

Baked food also works really well in an air fryer.

The only issue is liquid food won’t cook in it.  You have to freeze it first, think things like batter.

Also, it’s only a small chamber so you can’t make bulk food.  You will only be able to cook in batches.

The best air fryers to use

There are so many amazing air fryers on the market.  We’re working on preparing a review on the best air fryers to use.

However here are three air fryers that work really well.

What to consider when buying

What to spend

Budget for anything you want to buy for your kitchen. Decent air fryers will cost you anywhere between $100 – $400 each unit.

Space of unit

They are designed as a compact unit. You can keep in in a cupboard, bring it out when you want to use it on a countertop. Then put it away again.

Cooking technique and skill

Easy peasy to use, they are plug and play type of unit that you can basically load up and walk away from.

Taste of food

You are not going to get a deep oil fried taste with the food.  It has its own unique taste, once you get used to it, then its no problem for taste.

Is it healthy to cook with

Well, to be healthy you need to cook healthy food.  The great thing is you won’t be deep-frying food in oil.

Bread crumbs are still bread crumbs though.

The wash-up

Adding an air fryer to your kitchen equipment will give you a whole avenue to cook with.  But like anything, don’t put it in your cupboard and forget about it, you need to use it.

The taste of air fried food is a little unique, once you get used to it you will love it.  Take the time to work out what does an air fryer do, and how to cook with it.  You will get years of enjoyment and use out of it.

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About the Author: Rachel is a lover of the Kitchen. Having designed her own several times, picking the top kitchen equipment. She's learned how to prepare some of the best and tastiest foods possible. .

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