WHAT IS AN AIR FRYER?
An air fryer is a kitchen appliance that uses convection to rapidly circulate hot air around food to cook and crisp it up. It’s essentially a mini convection oven that fits perfectly on your countertop.
IS AIR FRIED FOOD HEALTHY?
You’ll find air frying recipes require dramatically less (or sometimes no) oil when compared to traditionally fried foods. This makes air frying the healthier option.
WHAT CAN YOU COOK IN AN AIR FRYER?
Basically almost anything you can cook in the oven, you can also cook in the air fryer. My exceptions are stews, casseroles etc but only because my air fryer isn’t big enough to fit a large pot.
DO YOU HAVE TO PREHEAT AN AIR FRYER?
You don’t need to preheat your air fryer before cooking. You can immediately put your ingredients in to cook without preheating.
AIR FRYER RECIPES FOR BEGINNERS
Getting started using a new appliance can be daunting so here’s a few of my Air Fryer favourites that are great for beginners…
AIR FRYER TIPS
Times will vary depending on your air fryer. Use these times as a rough guide to get you started and always check your food regularly when you’re cooking something for the first time to avoid overcooking.
Only use a little oil. You really don’t need much.
Don’t overload the basket. Fries, tater tots etc can overlap but for meats make sure they are in a single layer.
Shake the basket regularly for even cooking, or if cooking a protein be sure to flip it half way through.
When cooking something for the first time check on it 5 mins before the time specified to see how it’s tracking.
You can use oven-safe accessories, like silicone muffin cups, as well as aluminium foil & baking paper (as long as they are weighed down so they don’t fly up).
Invest in a meat thermometer – takes out the guess work and will help you ensure meat is cooked prior to carving!