How To Use Air Fryers Efficiently

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For those consumers who are interested in goood health - and convenience air fryers have become one of the most essential kitchen appliances. However, many of those who purchase this appliance may not know how to use air fryers in a way that maximizes their potential.

The first thing to remeber about air fryers is that are not strictly speaking fryers at all - no oil is used. An air fryer uses a series of heating elements and fans to provide the same heatiing potential as a convection oven. This can provide a crispy exterior, as in when fries are made or - and this is where a little lateral thinking can come in useful, a succulent roast chicken with crispy skin and moist meat.

But the capabilities of an air fryer go far beyond just providing crispy exterior to your favorite foods. In fact anything that can be cooked in a normal oven can also be prepared in an air fryer - obviously dependent on whether it can fit.

So learning how to use air fryers efficiently may be a case of simple experimentation until the correct formula for that perfect meal is found.

Thinking outside the box can lead to some amazing discoveries about the ease and convenience of using an air fryer - and just how easy it is to prepare meals that are not only delicious, but also nutritious and healthy.

There's no reason that a small Thanksgiving Turkey cannot be prepared in an air fryer - or for that matter a delicious midweek dinner of fried fish.

Some models of air fryer also come with baking trays - it is perfectly possible to prepare incredible baked goods in an air fryer - but this really can take some serious experimentation.

However if you are going to experiment with the capabilities of your air fryer then here are some great tips and tricks to make sure that the results you obtain will provide fanatstic meals that will be enjoyed by both the family and guests.

Firstly when converting from a normal recipe to one that makes use of the air fryer lower the temperature by 25 degrees. The cooking temperature is much more consistent in air fryers and this temperature adjustment is required to get the perfect result.

Most air fryers do require a little oil to get that crispy finish to the foods you will be preparing. A tablespoon or two will be sufficient. A spray bottle is great to use with items such as breaded or battered chicken. A couple of squirts on the rack is all that is required.

Fatty foods such as meatballs may not even require the addition of the oil. You can also use whichever oil you prefer. Some common choices are canola, coconut and olive oil.

Experimenting with an air fryer can be one of the most rewarding cooking experiences the home chef will ever experience - and the health (and taste) benefits should not be underestimated.

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