How to fry food without using oil
Can you make greasy and not greasy food? What if you don’t use a vat to fry fried food? This is the promise of air fryer, the latest product of fashion appliances.
Black&Decker, Simple Chef and T-Fal claim that their trusted countertops allow you to enjoy the taste of fried food without grease. If you want to eat healthier but can’t bear to give up tot tots, it looks like a godsend.
Air fryers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from 2.75 quarts to about 6 quarts, but they work in much the same way.
Everyone has a basket (sometimes a movable shelf) where you can put food in. The basket will slide into the cavity of the unit. When you open the air fryer, the food is blown up by hot air.
This name is confusing
No, it doesn’t actually blow up your food. It runs in circulating hot air, which makes it more like a table facing the flow oven than a fryer. So basically, using an air fryer, you are baking.
I have been baking a lot of things that should be fried – such as tot tots and french fries. They are still very brittle, especially if I first apply them to a thin layer of vegetable oil.
However, when you have an oven, it seems redundant to get a special baking equipment.
Although air fryers have some benefits.
If you live in an apartment or dorm without an oven, the air fryer may be the best choice for cooking these foods. In addition, they use less energy than the oven to cook a few fries and they do not heat the entire kitchen.
Last vibe? Air fryers can cook much faster than ovens. In fact, when CNET’s Ry Crist tried the Simple Chef HF-898 air fryer, he found that its cooking time was reduced by 50%.
What can an air fryer do?
Well, it all depends on which one you bought. Some people can make homemade wings, fried chicken, corn dogs, chicken strips and even donuts, as well as classics directly from the freezer, such as mozzarella sticks, fish and vegetables. Basically, if you can cook in the oven, you can cook in an air fryer.
Other air fryers claim that they can cook a wide variety of foods, but are best for cooking French fries. Be sure to check out our best air fryers to find the best air fryer for all-round cooking.
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While most air fryers are just a basket or shelf and a heating device, there are some air fryers with some useful features you might want to take advantage of. For example, the DeLonghi Multifry 1363 is equipped with an electric paddle. The paddle mixes your fries and snacks so they are evenly cooked.
Also, look for features that make the device easier to clean. The Philips Avfactor XXL Twin TURBOSTAR Airfryer is equipped with a non-stick basket and a drawer is a dishwasher, for example.
Some units also come with a double cooker so you can bake flat items such as fillets.
Air fryers range in price from $70 to $300. One of our favorite T-fal ActiFry, which sells for about $150 on Amazon.
If your budget is limited, choosing an oven with convection may be a better idea because it’s more versatile. With the oven, you can bake, bake and roast with one device while the air fryer can be baked.
If you just like French fries and you have space and air fry budget, go ahead. As advertised, many models offer a refreshing taste of very little oil.