Air Frying is all the rage right now, more and more people are adding an air fryer to their kitchen appliance collection! What’s so great about air fryers? Let’s dig into it, the good and the great reasons!
The air fryer is a modern kitchen appliance that cooks food by circulating hot air 360 degrees around the food items. Air fryers contain internal fans that force the superheated air around your food, this causes the food to crisp and brown similar to the way it does during deep frying.
Food that is cooked with an air fryer can achieve reactions like frying, grilling, and roasting. These reactions are called caramelization and the Maillard reaction. When the outside of a food item transforms into a brown color due to a reaction with its sugars, that is caramelization. To achieve caramelization, the food must reach a temperature of at least 230 degrees. This method of cooking leaves the food with a nice, crispy outer layer and if you prefer a really crispy outer layer you can brush a little oil onto your food.
Both reactions are what give fried food their distinctive texture and flavor. While deep frying requires the use of a lot of oil or fat. You can achieve these same reactions with less oil when using an air fryer. In fact, cooking with an air fryer has been shown to reduce calorie and fat intake, and it can be a beneficial way of cooking for those attempting to lose weight.
Getting started using an air fryer is simple, many of the air fryers on the market have several preset food types that provide the time and temperature you need to cook these items. The great thing about presets is that you can use any of them to get a starting point for whatever you’d like to cook. For example, if you have a french fry preset you could use that for french fries exclusively or you could use that for onion rings, fried won tons, pre-made frozen items like chicken nuggets or taquitos.
There are also presets for things like chicken, steak, shrimp, pizza, fish, bake and even reheat. Many airfryers also include a dehydrate function so you can make your own dehydrated meats, fruits or vegetables, yes…even veggie chips! There is so much versatility in air fryers that you can create a whole meal with one appliance! But HOW do you get started? Let’s get cooking!