The easy way to eat healthier with an air fryer
We all know that eating healthy is important, but it can be difficult when we are busy and on the go. That’s why using an air fryer is a great way to make eating healthy easier than ever before.
You can use your air fryer for everything from making crunchy French fries to cooking up some crispy chicken wings. It even works with vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower so you can get more veggies in your diet without having to cook them yourself.
With just a few minutes of prep time, you will have your snack, lunch, or dinner ready in a flash. Most quick and easy recipes only take around 20-30 minutes, this means less time spent in the kitchen and more time doing what matters most – spending quality time with family or friends.
What is air frying?
There is so much hype out there about air frying because it is supposed give you that deep frying effect without the oil. Well, this is only part of the story.
Air frying can be described as using a mini oven to cook your food with circulating hot air. So, as you can image, if you want that deep fried batter taste the air fryer is not really going to do that.
What it can do is give your French fries, nuggets, and crumbed foods that crunchy and crispy texture when compared to making these in the oven. Unlike, the oven, it’s air frying technology circulates the hot air around the food which then gives it that crunchy and crispy texture.
So, the air frying is a different type of cooking method that offers an alternative to deep frying or any other cooking methods.
How does an air fryer work?
An air fryer is a kitchen appliance that uses hot air to cook food. It’s very similar to a convection oven, but instead of using the heat from coils or heating elements, it uses high-speed fans and powerful airflow.
This means foods can be cooked quickly without being fried in oil – so they taste just as good!
Why should you buy one?
The air fryer offers an incredibly easy way to eat healthier by reducing the amount of oil used when cooking without sacrificing taste or texture. These appliances can make everything from fried chicken wings to French fries with reduced fat and calories content when compared to deep frying.
It’s also great for anyone on a gluten free diet because you get a similar deep-fried taste without the breading or batter.
What are the benefits of using an air fryer?
- Air fryers are a healthier alternative to deep frying because they use less oil. This is great for people with diabetes or anyone looking to reduce their calories intake while still being able to eat crunchy and crispy food.
- These appliances can cook food faster than traditional ovens or stove tops. They heat up a lot faster than traditional ovens as they usually have a faster heat transfer ability due to their air fryer technology. This also allows it to maintain a consistent heat temperature because the hot air is circulated by the fan(s).
- Due to the faster cooking time, air fryers transfer less heat outside of the machine. This means that they do not heat up your kitchen while cooking. You will especially feel the difference on a hot summer day.
- You can make all your favorite recipes. The only thing to do is to get the temperature and timer right. There are also a lot of recipes available that you can try. Most of these are quick and easy meals which are really convenient for the busy household.
- There are many different types of air fryers on the market to suit your budget and needs. Therefore, you are not limited in the choice of functions and style.
- They are easier to clean as the individual parts are dishwasher safe. So, you are able to cook a quick meal without the mess.
What kind of foods can I make?
Almost all kinds of fried favorites, including chips, chicken nuggets, crumbed fish, are possible in just a matter of minutes and they come out crunchier and crispier than using the oven.
Meats and seafood are cooked to have a crisp outer layer and a juicy tender center. The basket size and shape may limit some food stuff like bulky meat on the bone. However, you can work around this by chopping the meat into smaller pieces where possible. For instance, some air fryers you fit a whole chicken while in smaller air fryers you may need to select pieces of chicken to cook.
Vegetables can be cooked as well however you will notice that the vegetables usually come out crunchy and crispy as well.
The main idea is that the ingredients should typically be dry and anything with wet batter should not be cooked in the air fryer. As wet batter needs to be deep fried in oil for it to set, the air fryer will not be able to achieve this.
Check out our “What food are best for the air fryer?” article to see the outcomes of tested foods in the air fryer.
Tips for buying an air fryer
It’s important to be informed when looking for an appliance that costs over 100 dollars. Just like other kitchen appliances, there are different brands and models that all use slightly different technology. Some air fryers may cook food slower than others or not as evenly. It’s important to read reviews and do your research before spending any money on an appliance that you’re unsure about.
There are a couple of main factors to consider when deciding on the best air fryer that suits you.
Capacity: Size is quite an important factor to get right when it comes to air fryers. This is because it impacts on how much food you will be able to make in one go. Air fryers come in many sizes and the main categories are small, medium, large, and extra-large. Our “What Capacity Air Fryer Do I need” will give you all you a good guideline on choosing the best size air fryer for you.
Functions: The modern air fryers generally comes with a few pre-programmed settings as well. These functions may include grill, roast, broil, dehydrate and even bake at the touch of a button. It couldn’t be any simpler.
Multifunction: It’s worth considering whether you would like an upgrade and have the air fryer combined with other kitchen appliances. The popular combinations are the air fryer rotisseries, air fryer toaster ovens, and the air fryer pressure cookers.
Dimensions: The air fryer are meant to have a permanent space on the counter so it’s essential that you get something that fits, especially where there is limited countertop space.
Shape: There are two general types of shapes that air fryers come in, the egg shape and rectangular/square shape. While you may be drawn by the modern and funky look of the egg shape, the rectangular/square shaped ones are more practical when it comes to fitting them in a compact space. Also, the rectangular/square shaped baskets make them easier to fit different shaped foods in a single layer.
Is using an air fryer healthy?
The main factor that may help promote a healthier diet when using an air fryer is the little or no oil that is needed for the cooking process. This will help reduce the level of fat and calorie intake. However, the types of food and ingredients used in the recipes are a big contributing factor to a healthy meal because the substance of these ingredients are not changed by the air fryer.
For instance, frozen fries and chicken nuggets will still have the same fat and calorie intake labelled on the boxes. The air fryer merely reduces the oils used to cook the food.
In addition, some air fryers (like the Philips Digital Twin Turbo) are fat extraction technology that will actually allow the fat from meats to be collected in the lower basket and in that way, the meat is not cooked in its own fat content. This will then lower the fat and calorie intake.
So, is cooking with an air fryer worth it?
The answer is a resounding, YES! Cooking with an air fryer is healthier and easy. It’s also versatile and helps you make almost any fried food in minutes – even desserts! Clean-up is quick as the parts are dishwasher safe and there is less mess created during the cooking process.
If you are looking for a new way to cook your favorite foods or are wanting to embrace healthier cooking methods, investing in an air fryer will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.