The air fryer craze is well and truly in its prime, as more and more people buy one and realize just how useful it is. There are many benefits to owning and cooking with an air fryer. It’s not just another cooking appliance that you’ll probably send to the Goodwill next year when the craze dies down. It’s truly a useful cooking tool to have in your kitchen.
When I first bought my air fryer, I was a skeptic, like you might be. I don’t have a lot of space in my kitchen and this is just one more appliance that will take up precious counter space and probably won’t get used all that often. I told myself I’d probably regret it, but I bought one anyways.
Turns out I couldn’t have been further from the truth. Not only do I LOVE my air fryer, I use it now for almost everything – particularly most things I once put in the oven.
It does take up space, but leaving it out on the counter reminds me to use it and means I don’t have to even touch the oven most days. It’s actually useful.
If you’re still a skeptic, take a look at some of the most important benefits of owning an air fryer. You will soon see that buying one for your home is a smart decision that you won’t regret.
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INSTANT POT VORTEX PLUS
This Instant™ Vortex™ Plus has a ton of useful features, but top of the list is ClearCook window, with a perfectly placed light inside, so you can check on food without opening the basket.
6 Biggest Benefits of Owning an Air Fryer
1. Healthier Cooking
The single most important factor for most 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.
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.
A common problem these days is that we’d all would love to cook more often but simply don’t have the time to do so. This is why ready meals and takeaway are so popular, even when we know how unhealthy they are. If you could cook foods like salmon or pork chops in the air fryer in under 20 minutes, wouldn’t you rather do that than order out?
The fact that air fryers are fast and easy to use means that cooking at home is a much more tempting option. The air fryer makes dinner uncomplicated. All you have to do is season a piece of meat, like a chicken breast (even from frozen) put it in the basket, and set it to cook. So simple.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.
What Oil & Oil Sprayer is Best for the Air Fryer?
The biggest issue most air fryer lovers face is finding the right oil and oil sprayer to use on food cooked in the air fryer. A fine mist of oil will help the entire piece of food crisp evenly, so it’s very important.
My personal preference is to use canola oil, extra virgin olive oil, or avocado oil. I use both a refillable spray bottle like the Evo one pictured below and non-propellant extra virgin olive oil, which has not harmful aerosols or chemicals.
Owning an air fryer is a big decision. No one wants to buy something they don’t need, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult one, because there are so many great benefits to owning an air fryer that you wouldn’t have imagined before you bought one.
You’ll soon be making all kinds of great foods in your air fryer and I can guarantee that if you make an effort to use it, you won’t regret the decision.
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Laura spends a lot of her time cooking and creating recipes to share. She loves traveling and learning about new foods around the world to bring into her own recipes at home.