An air fryer uses rapid air technology and can prepare foods oil-free . Hot air is circulated evenly over the food items so that it is prepared in a crispy manner – just the way you like it. However, just like any other kitchen appliance, there are certain rules and regulations to be followed while cooking in an air-fryer. The four main activities that can be done on an air fryer are Frying, Roasting, Baking, and Grilling.
This article aims to throw some light on the types of food items that can be used for cooking in the fryer.
Most of the times, when you fry frozen foods like French fries, cutlets, spring rolls or any other food item in the conventional fryer, you will not get the right consistency. Sometimes, your fries are burnt and during other times, they give out a raw flavour. You are never sure as to when is the right time to take them out of the oil, are you? Not to mention, once you take them out of the fryer, you have to first place them on a paper napkin. This will absorb all the oil from the dishes and you can then consume them. The top rated air fryers can handle frozen foods easily.
With an air-fryer, frozen foods can be cooked in the most perfect and healthy way. It as simple as put them on the tray and adjust the timer. It takes just about twelve minutes to cook perfectly crisp French fries. Can’t tell you how may times my wife and I got the craving for some fries, but didn’t want the guilt or mess on frying them. The air fryer has been a life saver.
John’s Tip (Trader Joes has the best frozen french fries in my opinion)
Do you want to have grilled vegetables for breakfast or lunch? Have you ever cooked vegetables, and had them come out mushy and not so appetizing because of the water released from them when cooking? Do you want these vegetables to be well-cooked but still maintain the crunchiness in them? Cooking them in an air fryer is the perfect way to get your vegetables cooked just the way you like it. Vegetables like peepers and cauliflower taste good only if there is a touch of crispiness in them. You will never get this flavor of crunchiness in a normal cooking pan or in a microwave oven. What’s more? You get to taste these grilled vegetables without a drop of oil in them.
Are you in the mood to eat roast chicken or pork. But are worried about the calories that it brings along with it? Don’t you worry when you have an air-fryer at your home! Now you can enjoy a piece of roast chicken without an ounce of guilt as there is absolutely oil in it. If you thought that the taste would be different because of the lack of oil, you are mistaken. You should taste the meat to feel the crunchiness of the skin of the meat of your choice. Having friends visiting over the weekend? Roast a whole chicken in just about 30 minutes in your air-fryer and watch your home filled with the aroma of the meat!
When you have an air fryer at home. You would have noticed that it comes along with a non-stick baking dish as well. With the help of this, you can prepare all kinds of baked items. Like cakes, muffins, bread, custards and the like. This means, with this air-fryer, you can expect to score a lot of brownie points. When you are arranging a party for kids. When you invest in this appliance you can bake various batches of muffins. And cakes along with the best oil-free snacks as well. This way, you can be assured of your kids eating healthy snacks.
If you want to roast vegetables, meat or nuts in a very healthy way, you can use the air-fryer for the same. Ensure that you follow the instructions on your air-fryer properly so that you know if you need to shake the foods regularly or not. Since an air fryer uses rapid hot air technology to spread air uniformly on the dishes kept inside so that roasting happens evenly and nicely.
Air fryers are the future
From the above, it is evident that the air-fryer can be used to cook a variety of dishes in the most flexible way of your choice. You only need to read the instructions thoroughly and use some innovation while cooking foods on the air-fryer so that you can get the perfect taste and aroma. There are different models of air fryers available in the market today; therefore, you need to do considerable research before you choosing the same.
Ensure that you understand your requirements clearly before investing in this appliance because air fryers don’t come cheap. If you do a lot of baking on a daily basis. You need to buy fryers that have appropriate baking dishes to make your job easier. Irrespective of the model you choose. You need to remember that the size of an air-fryer is undoubtedly smaller than a microwave oven or a deep fryer. Hence, you should be prepared to cook in many batches. If you are planning to have a large party at home.
In a nutshell, here are some of the items that can be cooked. (baked, roasted, fried or grilled) To perfection in an air fryer – chicken, all kinds of seafood, pork, beef, all kinds of bell peppers, cauliflower, asparagus, zucchini, corn, Kale, potatoes and other baked goods. Most of the air fryers come with food separators. This enables you to cook multiple dishes at the same time. Once you have mastered the art of the four basic activities. Yhat can be done in this appliance, you can proceed to try out innovative trends. Like advanced baking, using dehydrators and more.
Air fryers are easy to handle and they come with simple buttons. They are non-messy and make you enjoy the process of cooking. Along with all of these, they come with the biggest perk – they use only 20% of cooking oil that you would otherwise use while cooking with other appliances. This way, air-fried foods tend to be more tasty, aromatic and healthy. Since it comes with a tonne of advantages. It is only natural that you read through the instructions carefully to check what goes along with its features.