Actually, there is a lot of information “out there” about AirFryers. And, there are many different brands and models. Do your research and I do think you will be happy with your choice. But first, let me say this about that. (That sounds familiar!)
This handy appliance claims to mimic the results of deep-frying with nothing more than hot air and a tiny amount of oil. And it does in much less time and heat in the kitchen. The AirFryer is essentially and “beefed up” countertop convection oven. Its compact space facilitates even faster cooking. Rapid heated air circulation makes the food crisp, much like deep-frying. Cleanup is super easy too, and most units have a dishwasher safe basket. The units do a fantastic job cooking up anything that is meant to taste deep-fried when it comes from a conventional oven. So think frozen fries, breaded chicken or fish, and frozen onion rings. Liquid batters do not work well in the AirFryer. You also can’t make anything in large quantities, so if you’re feeding a family, be prepared to cook in batches.
How do they work? AirFryers use circulating hot air to cook food that would otherwise be submerged in oil. The AirFryer’s cooking chamber radiates heat from a heating element near the food, thus cooking it more efficiently. A fan is generally used to circulate hot air around the food. The opening at the top is used to take air in and there is an exhaust at the back that controls the temperature by releasing any undesired hot air. It is also used to counter any increases in internal pressure. The temperatures inside can go to 400°F depending on the model. For safety, it is essential to not put oil inside the air fryer or have flammable objects near the air fryer. Lightly spraying the food product with a light coating of oil is OK. Just don’t submerge the product in oil! In general, cooking times in the air fryer are reduced by 20-30% in comparison with traditional ovens. This varies per brand and the quantity of the food cooked in the air fryer. Recipes are generally available on the internet, or you can look at our recipe file as listed above, or Click Here. Here are some of the meals we have made. (Left-Click to see them enlarged)
AF Pork Chops with sautéed Cabbage
Blow is a good cooking time reference and you can print it out and post near your AirFryer. Please note: Most proteins probably will have to be turned half-way through the cooking cycle and Don’t Crowd the basket. Bake in batches if necessary. Also, you might have some family or cultural recipes that use the metric system. If you need a conversion reference, use the one posted below and print it out if need be.
AirFryer cooking times.
Temperature and Weight Conversions