Healthier frying with hot air
Deep-frying makes food extra greasy and you get nasty frying smells in the house. With the air fryer, you also deep-fry, but with hot air! The result: less fat in your food and you won't smell a thing.
How does an air fryer work?
The principle is very simple. An air fryer is a kind of small hot-air oven where hot air is blown around. This hot air is continuously in motion and ensures that the food becomes hot and cooked, loses moisture and fat, and gets a crispy layer. When you prepare your food with an air fryer it will contain much less fat.
The difference between an air fryer and a deep fryer
The deep fryer works with hot oil that cauterizes the food, with the food also absorbing quite a bit of fat. The hot oil gives the outer layer a crispy crust. Whereas the deep fryer needs fat for the desired result, the air fryer does this entirely through the circulation of hot air.
You don't need to add any fat or at most a very small amount for flavor. With the combination of hot air flow and temperature, the food in the air fryer becomes crispy on the outside and cooked on the inside.
Are fries from the air fryer healthier?
If you compare fries from the fryer to fries from the air fryer, the difference in fat percentage is very large. Fries from the air fryer contain up to 90 percent less fat than fries from the regular fryer. Well, fat is not necessarily unhealthy, but frying fat is not exactly known for its health benefits. either
No, we prefer to get fat from healthy products, such as avocado, fatty fish, and nuts. Tip: use oven fries. Oven fries are specially made for baking in hot air and become crispier than regular fries.
Lately, you also hear a lot about the carcinogenic substance acrylamide that is formed in fries during frying. Because this substance is formed when certain proteins and starch in potatoes are heated to a high temperature, it is also formed when preparing them in an air fryer.
The content of acrylamide can be limited by not frying fries too brown. This applies to fries from the deep fryer and also to fries from the air fryer.
Preparing vegetables in an air fryer
You can do much more with the air fryer than just fry fries. You can also prepare vegetables in the air fryer! Because you hardly use any fat, this is a healthy and delicious way of preparing vegetables. You also don't have to worry about black edges forming on vegetables, as these are not harmful.
You can put a variety of vegetables in the air fryer, for example, onion, bell pepper, and mangetout. Cut the onion and bell pepper into small pieces and halve the snow peas. Then submerge them in water for 5 minutes so that the vegetables are completely covered. The water will now be absorbed and the vegetables will not burn and will retain their beautiful color and delicious bite.
But you can also grill slices of eggplant or roast vegetable skewers (with zucchini, peppers, and mushrooms). In that case, soak the skewers in water beforehand.
What else can you do with an air fryer?
You can grill, bake, roast, deep fry, and roast with an air fryer. How about an omelet, a banana bread, or a combination dish of chicken and potatoes? It's all possible! For some dishes like an omelet or banana bread, you do need extra accessories like a baking pan or a springform pan that fits in the air fryer.
The Top 3 Air fryers
No 1. among the top 3 air fryers on the market is the Ninja DZ201.
This model boasts 2 independent baskets, and this XL air fryer lets you cook 2 foods, 2 ways, at the same time, eliminating back-to-back cooking like a traditional single-basket air fryer.
No 2. in the list of top 3 air fryers is the Chefman 5-in-1Digital Air Fryer
This model functions as an air fryer, rotisserie spit, oven, and dehydrator, making it perfect for nearly any rapid cooking or baking task.
No 3. The last but certainly not the least in the list of the top 3 air fryers is the Caynel 12.7 Quart Digital Air Fryer.
The Caynel is an all-in-one Multi-Cooker that replaces a toaster and convection oven, deep fryer, rotisserie oven, dehydrator oven & microwave. You will get maximum versatility to make many of your favorite recipes— no oil, butter, or lard required.
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