Air Fryer: How it Works and the Best Recipes
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Air Fryer: How it Works and the Best Recipes

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           Air Fryer How it Works and the Best Recipes 
 
With the advancement in technology, kitchen food preparation is also advancing, thus the realization of an air fryer. Most decent kitchens are characterized by smart and modern appliances. The cooking counter space is also limited in a way, and thus you need an appliance that will take as little space as possible. On the other hand, you need to have different recipes that will guide you in preparing your family's best meals. But these recipes may not be of help if you don't have a proper machine that will aid in accomplishing the requirements of such recipes.
In this article, we shall understand what an air fryer means, how it works, what recipes work best on an air fryer, and how to clean your air fryer after use.

1.What is an Air Fryer?

An air fryer is a smart kitchen appliance that uses superheated air to fry your food without any food oil. It is engineered with a fan that evenly distributes air over your food resulting in tasty and crispy fried food.
An air fryer also makes cooking food easy and fast. If you are constrained by a busy schedule, then an air fryer is the true helper.
  
  
Contents
1. What is an Air Fryer? 
2. How an Air Fryer Works 
3. What are the Best Foods to Cook in an Air Fryer? 
Chicken Wings 
Frozen Fries 
Pork Chops 
Chicken Breast 
Steak 
Hamburger Patty 
Tater Tots 
Hot Dogs 
Bacon 
Frozen Hamburger 
4. Is Air Fried Food Healthy? 
5. How to Clean an Air Fryer 
6. What is the Best Air Fryer to Buy? 
 

 

2.How an Air Fryer Works

An air fryer comes with a number of features that define its operation. After connecting it to a power source, you need to load your food on its perforated food basket, then using its fan; it blows hot air through the food suspended in a perforated food basket.
The blown hot air creates a convectional effect that serves to fry your food and also browns it. The air fryers come with variable temperature levels; thus, they can fry any type of food, including frozen ones.
 

3.What are the Best Foods to Cook in an Air Fryer?

 
An air fryer is a multi-purpose smart kitchen appliance that you can use to prepare a variety of foods. You may mistake it to only cook packaged frozen foods like chicken nuggets, tater tots, and snacks, but this appliance is not limited to this.
You can use an air fryer to prepare different recipes like; chicken wings, frozen fries, pork chops, chicken breast, steak, hamburger patty, tater tots, hot dogs, frozen hamburger, and even bacon.
Here are some of the recipes suitable for frying on your air fryer;

Chicken Wings
 

Frying chicken wings has been made easy and healthy through the use of an air fryer. Among the ingredients, you need to include salt, pepper, baking powder, chicken wings, but you don’t need any cooking oil.
To make sure you have crispy and tasty chicken wings, make sure they are completely dry. After making sure the wings are dry, put them on a food basket and those content with baking powder while adding salt and pepper.
Turn on your air fryer and allow it to fry your chicken wings at a moderate temperature for about 16 minutes; this is 3 times faster than the old oven. Turn off your air fryer, and your chicken wings will be ready for serving.

 

Frozen Fries

 
Frozen fries are one of the best foods that you can use your air fryer to prepare. They come with an easy and straightforward recipe, which makes it easy to cook them. Frozen fries are ranked the best because of their nutritious value when air fried, and they are a perfect choice for your kids craving snacks.
To have your frozen fries air-fried;
First, preheat your air fryer before sprinkling the food basket with little oil. Add the right amount of frozen fries to the air fryer’s food basket (The amount of food a specific air fryer food basket holds is always indicated).  Then spray the frozen fries with the right amount of salt if needed. Cook your frozen fries tossing the food basket from time to time for 20-25 minutes.
Do not spray a lot of cooking oil on your frozen fries to prevent your fries from getting mushy. Make sure you also preheat your air fryer to cut on the cooking time.

 

Pork Chops

 
The pork chops are not a common meal among many households because they are considered dry and flavorless due to poor preparation methods. The use of an air fryer solves all this.
For crispy, smooth, and soft pork chops, you need the following ingredients; boneless pork chops, kosher salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and ground black pepper.
After gathering the ingredients, you need to make sure the pork chops are dry by patting them with paper towels.  Coat both sides of the pork chops with a parmesan mixture. Place the pork chops into the food basket in proportions depending on the capacity of your air fryer, then cook for about 9 minutes at 375℃. Make sure you flip the content halfway while cooking.

 

Chicken Breast

 
The chicken breast requires few and simple ingredients, but with the use of an air fryer, you get to enjoy the most tender, juicy, and perfectly seasoned chicken. The better part about chicken breast is that they are quick and easy to cook.
Brush both sides of the chicken breast with oil and sprinkle enough salt on both sides before seasoning each side with pepper and garlic powder. Place them on a food basket and air fry for 10 minutes at a temperature of 360℃. Flip the content, then cook for extra 6 minutes.
Remove the content from the air fryer and allow the fried chicken breast to rest for about 5 minutes before serving.

 

Steak

 
The steak recipe is one of the best recipes that you use your air fryer to prepare. You need to have about four tablespoonfuls of softened butter, minced cloves garlic, freshly chopped parsley, freshly chopped chives, freshly chopped thyme, rosemary, kosher salt, and ground black pepper.
In a small kitchen bowl, bring together butter and herbs and place in the center of a plastic paper, and rap into a log. Twist the ends of the plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 20 minutes till it is hardened.
Using salt and pepper, season the steak on both sides. Place the refrigerated steak in the air fryer cooking basket and cook for around 12-14 minutes at 400℃. Lastly, top steak with a butter herb before serving.

 

Hamburger Patty

 
Your air fryer can still be able to prepare a crispy hamburger patty for a few minutes. In a large kitchen bowl, combine garlic, beef, and soy sauce. Shape the content into four patties and flatten the four patties into a 4-inch circle before seasoning both sides with pepper and the right amount of salt.
Place the first two patties in an air fryer and cook for 4 minutes before turning it on the other side. Maintain the temperature at 375℃. Repeat the process with the other remaining two patties.
Before serving, spread the hamburger buns with mayo, and then top up with patties, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions.

 

Tater Tots

You only need an average of 20 minutes to accomplish the tater tots recipe; 5 minutes for preparation of ingredients, 10 minutes cook time, 5 minutes additional miscellaneous time.
Start by preheating your air fryer at a temperature of 350℃ for about 4 minutes. Place the rightful amount of potato nuggets depending on the size of your air fryer’s food basket, cook in the preheated air fryer for about 6 minutes while shaking the food basket from time to time. You can allow your food content to cook for extra 4 minutes to achieve the desired crispy outcome.

 

Hot Dogs

You can get the perfectly crisp hot dogs prepared in a few minutes in your kitchen without having prior knowledge of the cooking of hot dogs using your favorite air fryer.
First, you need to preheat your air fryer till it attains a temperature of 200℃. Place the buns on your air fryer’s food basket and have them cooked for about 2 minutes before removing them and placing them on a plate. Now place the hot dogs in the food basket and have them fried for about 3 minutes before transferring them to burns before serving.

 

Bacon

 
Bacon is another easy-to-prepare meal using your air fryer. You need to have your air fryer preheated till it attains a temperature of 200℃. Lay the bacon in the air fryer’s food basket in a single layer or overlapping layers depending on the food basket capacity.
Fry the content for about 8 minutes, flip the content, and continue frying the content until you achieve crisp bacon. Transfer the fried bacon into a towel paper-lined plate to make sure the excess grease is soaked.

 

Frozen Hamburger

You can enjoy a crispy and tasty hamburger cooking it from raw hamburger for less than 15 minutes using your air fryer by going through an easy recipe.
Detach the food basket from your air fryer and add the right amount of frozen hamburger before closing the lid and fitting back the food basket into the air fryer. Set the fryer to cook at a temperature of 375℃ and allow the content to fry for about 10 minutes. Flip the frying hamburger, then allow it to cook for the next 5 minutes before turning off your air fryer and serve the cooked hamburger.

 

4. Is Air Fried Food Healthy?

Before the invention of air frying technology, food used to be deep-fried using a high amount of cooking oil. An air fryer fries your food by swirling superheated air evenly on your food and does not require any cooking oil or fat to achieve the crispy results.
The air fried food is healthy as it cuts calories that you consume by 70-80% with fewer fats. If you always consume air fried food, you will actually evade the adverse health effects caused by consuming high amounts of fats.

5. How to Clean an Air Fryer

An air fryer needs to be cleaned from time to time to avoid contamination of your food, which may be hazardous to your health. For easy cleaning of your air fryer, you need baking soda, a damp microfiber cloth, a soft brush, and a clean, dry cloth.
Before you start the cleaning process, make sure your air fryer is disconnected from the power source. Detach the food basket and pans from the main air fryer unit and wash them in hot soppy waters. If the food basket contains sticky food content, allow it to soak in water for about 10 minutes before cleaning it further.
Using a damp clean cloth, wipe any dirt on the air fryer interiors. Make sure there are no soapy spits that remain after wiping.
Turn the air fryer upside down to wipe any dirt stack on the heating element. Use a damp cloth to wipe the air fryer exterior. If there is any stack dirt, scrap it using a soft-bristled brush to make sure no dirt remains.
Have all the removable parts completely dried before reassembling them.

6. What is the Best Air Fryer to Buy?

 
Although air fryers serve similar purposes, there are some special features that you need to consider before deciding to own a specific air fryer.
You need to consider factors such as ease of use and operation, smart controls, physical size and size of the food basket, ease of loading food in the food basket, and special functionalities like pausing the frying process.
If you need the best air fryer, then you need to consider 
Proscenic T21, which is among the best air fryer to buy and has been ranked as the best smart air fryer. It is equipped with different smart technologies that make it offer you outstanding performance.
First, it is engineered with a one-touch LED panel that allows you to easily select the menus and the function you need at the moment.
It also comes with a unique Rapid Air Technology that enables you to fry, grill, and roast under one unit. With this technology, the Proscenic T21 air fryer generates less food smell than traditional ovens making it suitable to use even with your visitors in the living room.
The Proscenic T21 comes with a number of pros, including;
  1. It comes with a non-stick food basket that makes it easy to clean, thus hygienic.
  2. It is engineered with both preheat and auto shut off technology; the auto shut off technology protects your food from burning.
  3. It comes with eight preset menus that allow you to cook a variety of foods.
  4. It is highly compatible with Amazon Alexa that allows you to control it using voice commands. Apart from Alexa, it is also compatible with the ProscenicHome app that allows you to control it through your Smartphone at the comfort of your seat.
 

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