st people buying an air fryer is the prospect of healthier cooking. With very little oil used in the cooking process, this is the perfect way to replace deep fried foods that aren’t very healthy with a healthier alternative.
You do still need to spray fried foods, like breaded chicken tenders and fried fish with a bit of oil so the breading gets evenly crispy while it cooks, but the amount of oil you use is substantially less. You can also cook French fries and tater tots and get a nice crispy result, without any deep frying.
potatoes in air fryer
2. Fast, Safe and Easy to Use
The air fryer started out as a sort of replacement for a deep fryer. And while that was great, it wasn’t enough to convince most people that they needed one, because not many people use a deep fryer on a regular basis at home anyways.
3. Crisp & Crunchy Food
If you cook a lot of frozen and breaded foods, like onion rings and chicken tenders, you’ll like this reason the most. The air fryer actually crisps up the food you cook, so you get a crunchy and golden exterior, rather than a soggy mess.
All you need is a little bit of spray cooking oil on the outside of the food and you’ll end up with a crisp & crunchy exterior. This is the perfect way to make anything breaded, and any type of frozen or breaded food.
Try reheating leftover pizza! It not only crisps the bottom crust, but perfectly reinvigorates the toppings as it heats the slice through. When it comes out, it’s just as good as it was the first day.
4. It’s Very Versatile
The air fryer is so much more than a healthier option to deep frying. In fact, you can cook virtually anything in this appliance, from fried chicken to whole spaghetti squash to curries and desserts.
Yes, it’s great for cooking frozen store-bought foods like French fries, tater tots, and pizza rolls. So easy that the kids can even do it. That’s dinner, sorted.
air fryer frozen french fries
5. Faster Than Oven Cooking
A major advantage of an air fryer is that it gets extremely hot very quickly, and the circulating air helps the food cook evenly, get browned and crispy, without much intervention from you. This means you’ll be able to cut your cooking time.
An air fryer is faster than cooking in the oven not only because it can get hot quickly, but because of the smaller size of an air fryer compared to your oven. An oven typically needs up to 10 minutes to pre-heat, while the air fryer doesn’t really need any pre-heating time for most recipes.
This means you can put your food right into the basket, slide it into the air fryer, set the time and be ready to eat in 10-15 minutes.
It’s a great tool for quick and easy snacks. Whether for a party or after school treat, it’s super easy to turn it on, dump in your favorite snack, and cook it to perfection within minutes.
6. Easy to Clean
Is there anyone in the world who doesn’t hate cleaning up after cooking? The truth is that this unpleasant task can wipe away a good deal of the pleasure of a great meal. Therefore, you will be delighted to see that a good air fryer is also incredibly easy to clean after use.
air fryer basket with soapy water
If you keep up on cleaning it after every time you cook in it, then it just requires a regular clean, like you would an other pot or pan you used. Just add soapy water to the basket and use a non-scratch sponge to clean the interior and exterior. Some air fryer baskets can even go in the dish washer.
You should also do a deeper clean of the whole unit, including the cooking coil about once or twice per month, depending on how often you use it. If you do it regularly, it’s not a difficult or tedious process, like cleaning the oven can be.
Why Use an Air Fryer
An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil.