What is an Air Fryer?

An air fryer is essentially a mini convection oven. The heating element generates hot air, and a powerful fan circulates the air thru a small chamber. As a result, food cooks faster and if the food is fatty or has oil on it, it does a fantastic job crisping it up.

When you cook foods in an air fryer, you are able to use significantly less oil than you would if you were frying normally (I’m talking teaspoons rather than quarts of it!). What happens is that the hot air inside of the fryer moves around so quickly that it simulates a real fryer. Frying in an air fryer reduces fat by 75%! as compared to frying with oil. Hello!

Pros of Having an Air Fryer

  • If you can grill it, fry it, or bake it… you can most likely whip it up in your air fryer!
  • Reduces the fat by 75% in a dish when compared to regular fried food
  • Less than 1 tablespoon of oil can fry an entire meal
  • No huge pans of oil once the frying is done
  • Quick and easy – if you have to preheat, it takes 5 minutes or less
  • Saves energy! Food cooks faster in an air fryer compared to the oven!
  • Lowers calories in meals
  • Provides restaurant-style frying

Cons of an Air Fryer

  • Cost: they can cost anywhere from $50-$300.
  • Bulky: some air fryers are large in size. If you don’t have room for it on your counter, you’ll have to put it away and bring it out each time you need it.
  • Not all foods will fry as expected: This can depend on the model you have purchased and your air frying skills… at first, food may not turn out as you expected. This leads me to….
  • Learning Curve: It will take a little time to learn how to prep food for the Air Fryer. So at first, things could be a little inconsistent.
  • Time: Compared to a deep fryer, an air fryer will take more time to get the job done. I am talking about only a few minutes difference, but I wanted to make sure you are aware of that. HOWEVER, when it comes to duplicating anything you’d make in an oven, it’s a lot faster! 
  • Noise: they can be a bit loud. Mine is louder than a microwave but not as loud as a vacuum of course. It’s not that big of a deal, but can be a deterrent for some.

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