Air fryer is one of the most versatile kitchen appliances these days. You could almost cook any ingredients using little to no oil, while getting the same crispy texture of deep frying. If you find yourself up for the trend and plan to actually get one for yourself, you might want to know a thing or two about this handy kitchen appliance. Otherwise, you will find yourself spending around RM500 but not gaining much benefits.
We gathered here a quick list of what you should know. Note it down as this might possibly make your purchase even more worthwhile.
1. Preheat your air fryer
Just like any cooking appliances at home, preheating is important to ensure an even cooking. One might think that just because air fryers are mostly designed with auto features, preheating isn’t needed. That couldn’t be any more wrong, especially when you want to cook meat or poultry.
Some air fryers come with preheat feature. If yours do not have any, you may manually set to your desired temperature and let it run for about 3 minutes.
2. They all come with different shapes and sizes
The shape may not be as crucial as it is only there for aesthetic reason. Some may appear to be rounded, while some are rectangular.
Size, on the other hand, will affect your cooking productivity. With the capacity of up to 7 litres for home-use, you can choose whichever size that suits your needs. Compact size if you live alone or constantly cooking for one pax, while XL or XXL size if you want to cook for an entire family.
3. Suitable for healthier diet
Did you know that an air fryer is designed with multiple layers of basket? This is to ensure enough rooms for hot air to circulate all around, while keeping the food properly hung on mid air.
Apart from this purpose, the design also allows fat to drip off the food and down to the lower basket. Along with correct temperature setting, you can get yourself a crispy fried food with zero presence of fat or oil. Now that is some healthy eating.
4. Some foods don’t work well with air fryer
Although known for its versatility, some of these foods won’t taste good if you cook them using air fryer (some might even ruin it).
- Fresh greens – with high speed air, it is very easy to burn food that is too light.
- Battered foods – wet batter is a recipe for disaster. You may pre-fried or coat it with bread crumbs.
- Cheese – air fry your cheese without any coating will only serve you a puddle of melted cheese.
- Whole roasts – an oven will do a better job for even cooking due to the size.
5. What can you use it for?
As we covered earlier, air fryer is indeed a versatile appliance that can cook almost anything. Here are some ideas for you to try on.
- Marinated chicken wings
- Cauliflower nuggets
- Air fried brocolli
- Seasoned tofu
- Marinated beef & lamb steaks
- Curry puffs
- Baked potatoes
- Brownies & donuts
- Pizzas & pastries
- Banana chips
6. Don’t overcrowd the basket
Your air fryer works by circulating hot air all around its basket, while slowly browning the food inside. If the space is too compact and crowded, it might defeat the entire purpose (and not to mention the extra energy it consumes).
It is best to scatter the food within the basket. If they are too big and chunky, consider chopping them down to smaller pieces. Or even better, invest on a larger air fryer. At this point, you should be able to tell how much food you normally serve.
7. Reheat your leftovers
You can now use your air fryer as an alternative to reheat your leftovers, instead of solely depending on microwave. Foods such fries or egg rolls turn out well when reheated using air fryer. On the other hand, microwave migh turn these foods soggy. Just be sure you don’t use high heat for too long.
All in all, an air fryer will definitely bring your cooking productivity to a different level. With only a few buttons and everything is done. If you wish to browse for more options, click here and sart shopping with us – Air Fryers @ DSHome2u.