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How does an air fryer work? Explaining its function and meal options

by Patricia R. Mills

Taking hours to prepare a wonderful dinner can be difficult for those without proper cooking expertise, recipes, tools, or time. That is where air fryers come in. They can make cooking easier while allowing for healthy and tasty recipes — even including vegan, as seen on veggiebalance.com.

Air fryers are quick, easy to use, and relatively cheap, ranging from $36 to $200 on Target.com. Still, given they cost less than a full-fledged conventional oven and require less upkeep, over 25 million were sold from January 2020 to December 2021, according to The NDP Group. Higher-end models will cost more.

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How does an air fryer work?

Now to the good stuff. After plugging in the device, locate the basket or tray inside the air fryer; it will carry your food as it is air fried. The food inside the machine will be engulfed in hot air created by the inside heating element and fan to cook quickly, all while avoiding the dangers of deep frying, says mrappliance.ca. Please select your desired time and temperature for your food to be fried, then let it do its work.

While air fryers don’t need as much oil as deep fryers, “1 or 2 teaspoons of oil,” depending on what you’re making, is often necessary to make the food crisp, according to tasteofhome.com.

The cooking time is also a convenience, with times ranging from 5 to 45 minutes, as listed on tasteofhome.com. Apreparedkitchen.com says air fryers cook faster than toaster ovens.

Cleanup, despite not being eliminated, is minimal. Dissecting the device after unplugging it, then cleaning each part while keeping the main unit dry, will result in a working and sanitary air fryer. Be sure to let the device cool down before touching the inner workings. Tasteofhome.com’s site provides a cleaning guide.

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What can you use an air fryer for?

An air fryer is only as good as the ingredients you plan to use. Breakfasts, lunches, desserts, snacks, and frozen foods are potential options, with further examples on tasteofhome.com.

Not everything should be put into an air fryer, though. Foodnetwork.com says leafy greens, cheese, and bacon should be kept away. Other foods that are better cooked outside of an air fryer are also listed on foodnetwork.com

Even if you’re not looking to make a complete meal, your air fryer can reheat food for leftovers, says tasteofhome.com.

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