Eating fresh salads, sandwiches and choosing healthy food can be easy for some but difficult for many of us. The thought of not being able to eat your favorite wings or beloved French fries is a nightmare especially for those who have lived all their lives eating deep fried foods. For people who still want their deep fried food but wish to have a healthier lifestyle, they now have the option to do so, thanks to recent innovations such as the air fryer.
The air fryer is just like your everyday kitchen appliance with one difference – it uses hot air to cook food. Instead of traditionally cooking up food by using oil, the fryer uses hot air, up to about 200 Celsius to cook the food. Latest versions of the fryer allow one to adjust the temperature ensuring precise and even cooking.
Advantages and Disadvantages
One of the advantages of air fryers is that it makes the cooked food healthier. By not using oil to heat and cook the food, it lessens the fat % of the meal. This is not the case with conventional fryers where the use of oil increases the saturated fat content and for some who like it double fried, the percentage of fat also doubles. Another advantage of using air fryers is that modern ones have an exhaust system in place which filters the excess air out. Since it is filtered, it is friendly to the environment.
Although the equipment is ideal for the healthy lifestyle, one disadvantage with using an air fryer is that since air is used to cook food, it is important not to overload the cooking area as this would result to uneven cooking. Thicker cuts of meat might also need additional cooking time to fully cook. Price may also be an issue as some models available in the market today are expensive.
Purchasing Your Fryer
If you do consider purchasing an air fryer, then you should take a look at the features of the fryer that you are purchasing. Price depends on the features of the equipment so some models maybe a bit cheaper than others. Features that you should look for include an automatic timer, a touch screen surface for easy navigation or an integrated dial, easy cleaning and space efficiency. Some machines can cook tons of food perfectly while others do not. If you always have a large group then opt for a bigger machine.