Recipes for air fryers are sweeping the country, but what exactly is an air fryer and how does it work? Here's what you need to know.

There's no denying that air fryers are a tremendous hit. However, if you've ever wondered what an air fryer is, you're not alone. “How does an air fryer work?” or “How does an air fryer work?”

What Is an Air Fryer?

The Air Fryer is essentially a countertop convection oven with more power. (However, there is a distinction to be made between air-frying and baking.) The compact gadget, patented by Philips Electronics Company, claims to duplicate the results of deep-frying using just hot air and little or no oil.

According to the market research firm NPD Group, approximately 40% of homes in the United States had one as of July 2020. Everything from prepackaged chicken wings and handmade french fries to roasted veggies and fresh-baked cookies can be air-fried.

What Is the Process of Using Air Fryers?

A heating mechanism and a fan are housed in the upper part of an Air Fryer. When you turn on the Air Fryer, heated air flows down and around the food in a fryer-style basket. The food becomes crisp as a result of the quick circulation, which is similar to deep-frying but without the oil.

Here are few tips for using an air fryer:

 

1. Fill the basket with your food.

The basket can hold anywhere from 2 to 10 quarts, depending on the size of your air fryer. In most cases, 1 or 2 teaspoons of oil will be needed to help the food become crispy.

 

2. Decide on a time and a temperature.

Depending on the food, air fryer cooking times and temperatures range from 5 to 25 minutes at 350° to 400°F.

 

3. Allow the food to cook.

To help the food crisp up evenly, you may need to flip or turn it halfway through the cooking time. It's critical to clean your air fryer after you've finished cooking.

 

Which Air Fryer Is the Best?

 

To find the best Air Fryer, our Test Kitchen put several models to the test, and three brands came out on top.

 

The Philips Avance Turbo-Star Air Fryer has long been a favorite of ours, but the Black + Decker Purify Air Fryer and the PowerXL Vortex Air Fryer also impressed our experts.

 

The cost of these devices varies depending on their size and features. You may want to purchase some air fryer accessories in addition to the appliance itself.

 

What can you cook in an air fryer?

 

While many of the best air-fryer recipes are for deep-fried foods, this appliance can also be used to roast vegetables, cook meat, and bake cookies.

 

Finger Foods from Frozen

When it comes to preparing frozen foods with a deep-fried flavor, the air fryer shines. Some of the many options include frozen french fries, mozzarella sticks, and chicken nuggets.

 

Finger Foods Made at Home

An air fryer is a great option for making crispy homemade snacks and sides if you prefer to make your finger foods from scratch.

 

Meat, poultry, and fish

Air fryers aren't just for greasy carbs; they can also be used to make protein-rich dishes.

 

Vegetables Roasted

Air fryers are ideal for roasting vegetables, as they are essentially small conventional ovens.

 

Baked Delights

Single-serving desserts, such as small baked goods like cookies and apple fritters, can be made in air fryers.

 

Is air-fried food good for you?

 

Air-fried food, on the other hand, could be argued to be healthier than deep-fried food because it uses less oil. In comparison to their deep-fried counterparts, air-fried frozen french fries contain between 4 and 6 grams of fat.

 

Pros and Cons of having an air fryer

Pros: Air fryers make it simple to reheat frozen foods and do so in a slightly healthier manner than deep-frying. The results are far superior to those obtained by oven frying, and your kitchen remains cool.

 

Cons: Even the largest air fryers have a limited capacity, which means you'll have to cook in batches—especially if you're feeding a crowd. Air fryers are larger than a toaster and take up valuable counter space. Finally, depending on the model, they can be costly.