Since air fryers are a relatively new appliance, you may not know all the tips are tricks when using it.
Don’t worry, you’ll get the hang out it, however, these tips will help you out with your new air fryer.
Air Frying Tips
Preheat Your Air Fryer
It’s very important that you preheat your air fryer before placing in the contents.
You don’t want either to happen, so it’s essential that you allow some time for your air fryer to reach the optimal temperature. Use a timer to make sure that you’ve warmed it up enough.
Know when to Add water
Add water? That isn’t something you hear when it comes to deep frying. If anything, you’re more likely to hear, “add oil!” But we’re serious.
If you’re going to be frying foods in your air fryer, you should add some water to the drawer that’s underneath the basket.
What will this do? Well, this will help to prevent grease from becoming hot and smoky. You’ll specifically need to do this with fatty meats such as burgers and sausages.
Know the breading techniques
Now, with an air fryers you don’t need to necessarily bread your food.
That’s the great part about this appliance because you can use it for multiple cooking methods whether it’s baking, grilling, frying, or roasting. But, if you’re planning on frying the food, you need to bread the contents properly.
That’ll just bring out the flavor even more and give you a proper crispy texture. You’ll want to coat your food in flour, followed by dipping it in scrambled eggs and then rolling it in breadcrumbs.
Give the breadcrumbs a little press with your fingers to make sure it sticks on. Then, you’re ready to place the food into the air fryer.
This breading technique will ensure that your contents come out crispy and tasty.
Introduce it to your family
If you’re trying to improve the health of you and your family members, it’s important to educate them on the difference between a deep fryer and air fryer.
Education is key and right now, you’re educating yourself on alternative deep frying methods.
A lifestyle change doesn’t happen overnight. But when everyone is on board, it makes it much easier to change.
Don’t overcrowd your food
This isn’t a deep fryer where you can throw a heaping pile of food into the fryer and have it fry perfectly.
An air fryer is smaller in size, meaning that you won’t be able to fill it the same way you would a deep fryer. With that being said, since the air fryer cooks via air, it’s important that you give the food enough space to have the air circulate around it evenly.
Don’t overcrowd the basket with food. Instead, think of the saying “Less is more”.
Evenly coat with oil
You want your food to be evenly coated with oil, just like how it would be coated with a deep fryer. However, the big difference is that you don’t want to submerge your food in three cups of hot oil.
With an air fryer, it may look a little trickier to coat your food with oil. Using a spoon isn’t that good of an idea and you’ll end up using even more oil than initially planned.
Instead, use a kitchen spray bottle. This will allow you to evenly spray the food, rather than drizzling oil over it. By using a spray bottle, you’ll use less oil but cover more food.