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How does an air fryer work?
The word “fryer” in air fryers is actually misleading. Frying involves cooking with oil to produce the crispy and crunchy texture of fried food. What an air fryer does is it cooks the food in a perforated container by circulating hot air. To mimic the crispy exterior, the air reaches a temperature as hot as 300° F or more and the food will turn golden brown.
Essentially, air fryers can be compared to convection ovens that utilize hot air to cook food. The major difference is that it blows hot air around the food while air fryers allow the air to circulate around the container.
What are the best foods to cook in an air fryer?
When it comes to air fryers, the rule of thumb is to avoid anything that is coated in wet batter. The food is placed in a perforated container and the batter will just create a sticky mess that might be harder to clean. It’s best to stick with food that isn’t dripping in batter, marinade, or glaze.
Frozen food seems to work well in air fryers, such as chicken nuggets and fish fillet. Leftovers can be reheated using this appliance as well.
It is also possible to bake cookies and other pastries such as donuts and cinnamon rolls with air fryers as long as you use foil to cover the perforated basket.
How to cook chicken in an air fryer?
It can be hard to imagine cooking fried chicken without submerging it in hot oil, but it’s actually possible with air fryers. As with traditional frying, different chicken parts have varying cooking time depending on the thickness of the meat. You can also use a meat tenderizer to thin out the chicken since that will shorten the cooking time while also making the meat more tender and juicy.
With an air fryer, chicken thighs normally cook for about 28 minutes for up to 185° F while chicken breasts cook at about 25 minutes or more depending on how thick they are. Chicken tenders cook the fastest for about 16 minutes or less.
When placing the chicken on the basket, avoid stacking them on top of the other. In order to get an even, crispy texture, all parts should be exposed to the circulating hot air. Also, keep in mind not to use any dry and light seasoning on the meat. This might get blown away by the hot air circulating in the basket.
How to cook frozen French fries in an air fryer?
Air frying frozen French fries is a great way to cut down the grease and still enjoy this fried favorite. Place the frozen fries on the basket and add a little bit of oil to prevent them from sticking to the basket and add salt for seasoning. Additionally, you can prepare your own French fries using fresh potatoes and a french fry cutter. However, the cooking time with an air fryer will be shorter. Cook frozen French fries in high heat and in just 20 minutes, you’ll enjoy a healthier version of French fries without the unnecessary calories and fat from oil. As for the homemade French fries, cook them on high heat for 10-15 minutes.
How to cook bacon in an air fryer?
Some people have tried cooking bacon with an air fryer only to end up with a basket full of white smoke and overcooked slices of bacon, praising specialized bacon cookers over air fryers to prepare delicious crispy bacon. Others have tried cooking a few slices and it turned out just fine. There isn’t really a definite answer whether bacon can be cooked on an air fryer, but it is possible.
Place a single layer of bacon slices in the basket, making sure that they are not on top of each other. Cooking them in high heat for about 10 minutes seems to be effective for those who got favorable results. Before cooking another batch, make sure to remove the excess oil at the bottom of the container.
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