This may change after a recent air fryerarrived, a kitchen appliance I'd never heard of until last summer, but now it seems to be everywhere. Suddenly healthy chips (ish) are within reach.
And not just french fries. It turns out that these small convection ovens (which are really no fryers) are suitable for all kinds of food. Let's take a look at the different ways to get the most out of this countertop cooker – starting with the one he's got.
You do not know which one to buy?
Select the right size
If you have not yet bought an air fryer, the first decision is probably the most important one: size. They are often measured in quart, the smallest at 2.75; the largest, around 6.
With a family of four, I wanted something big enough to hold at least as many French fries. (Because, let's be honest, we buy these things for French fries.) Eventually, I landed on a 5.5-liter model of Secura (about 2.6 liters) that is currently out of print at Amazon and at a price of about 110 USD was offered.
The cooking basket measures 9.25×9.25×4 inches – plenty for all of our chopped spuds. In fact, after cutting eight pieces, the basket still had plenty of room. Conclusion: Before buying, check the dimensions of the air fryer itself and make sure you have enough space to fit in it. I'm glad I did not opt for something smaller, but this Secura is a rather chunky addition to the kitchen.
Invest in a french fries cutter
About these fries. The air fryer will do its best when each piece of potato is uniform in size – preferably when you cut by hand. My advice: Buy a router.
I've tried several over the years. The only one worth paying for is this Eeo stainless steel job, which is currently being sold for $ 29 (it's not sent to Australia, but it's $ 70 for the United States and $ 63 for the United Kingdom). Dollar). It's the fastest and easiest tool I've used. It took me two minutes to spin the above eight potatoes, and that's because it was my first time and I was moving slowly.
Something about french fries …
Many deep fried french fries recipes tell you to peel the potatoes first. Many others say you should first soak them in water, from anywhere between 30 minutes to 3 hours.
I did that: Cut the potatoes, sprinkle them with a small amount of oil, drop them into the basket and cook them. em. No peeling, no soaking … they were not first dabbed dry.
you. Were. Delicious .
Could they be even better after soaking and / or drying? Could be. Is this extra effort necessary? Nope. Not in my book, anyway. If you have tried both, tell me what you prefer!
If you're cooking fries or something like that (Tater Tots, Chicken Nuggets, Vegetables, etc), you're & # 39; I would like to shake the basket well at least once during the cooking process.
This moves everything and the hot air can circulate to any surface of any food – important for even "frying". Although many recipes require shaking in the middle of cooking, I recommend it more often, every 4-6 minutes.
Remember that your air fryer is just a small stove. For example, if you cooked chicken breasts in a normal oven, you would not stack them on top of each other, would you? The same applies here, with the exception of the above-mentioned exception of French fries and vegetables, spread them as well as possible and do not overload the basket.
Some deep fryers have a rack that allows you to add a second layer of food over the basket. For example, you can cook four pieces of salmon instead of just two. (By the way, I made that last night, it did not dry out like it did in the oven Yum.)
Customize Oven Recipes
Want to make an old favorite in your deep fryer? Even if Grandma's Best Chicken was written for traditional ovens, it's easy to customize just about any recipe for using fryers.
Normally, you only lower the cooking temperature by 25 degrees Fahrenheit. If 350 (176 ° C) is specified in the oven recipe, the fryer is set to 325 (160 ° C). Similarly, you will need about 20 percent less cooking time, although this may vary depending on the type of food, the cooking temperature, and so on.
Need help with the calculation? Take a look at the Air Fryer calculator, which converts the standard cooking times and temperatures to Celsius.
Think Outside the Frying Pan