How Does the Air Fryer Work?
An air fryer works like a mini convection oven. A heating element heats the cooking compartment while the fan circulates hot air, surrounding the food on all sides with even heat. If you think about it, the method of cooking in an air fryer is very similar to a deep fryer; an even heat source cooks the food from all sides but allows you to cook without immersing your food in oil.
Yes, Air Fryers can cook or Fry foods with up to 80% Less Fat.
Which Foods Can Be Cooked in an Air Fryer?
Almost any food you can think of can be cooked in an air fryer. Meats, vegetables, frozen foods, and just about anything else you can think of. You can even put bread in your air fryer to make toast or sandwiches. The bread comes out crusty and not soggy so it makes an excellent grilled cheese sandwich. Because you are cooking with hot air your food might dry out a little so keep that in mind when cooking. You can also wrap foods like chicken or fish in aluminum foil and this will keep them from drying out. Do not put things that melt, like cheese or chocolate, in your air fryer unless they are in a pan.
Other Air Fryer Benefits
Since the air fryer surrounds the food with heat, they cook evenly in half the time as other cooking methods. Because the cooking area is so compact, an air fryer is able to get up to temperature quickly and efficiently maintain that temperature without much heat loss. The cooking basket of an air fryer is made with a non-stick coating which makes clean up a relatively simple process. You can usually clean your air fryer with a damp paper towel. Don’t put the cooking basket in the dishwasher. The environment of the dishwasher will wear away the non-stick coating prematurely. Washing by using a damp paper towel also maintains the seasoning of your air fryer making it easier to cook.