4 Things to Know About the Air Fryer

The air fryer has changed the way we cook—and with good reason! It has enabled us to revisit the way we efficiently cook a great variety of foods, without having to dip them in oil. Here’s what you need to know to use this small appliance that’s become an essential tool in our kitchens.

1. Easy to Operate

Using an air fryer is a lot like a conventional oven. Thanks to a powerful ventilation system that circulates hot air in a small space, food cooks more quickly. Dishes come out well cooked, tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. Depending on the model used, functions like “roasting,” “baking” or “grilling” are also available.

2. Great Versatility

You may think that this type of fryer is reserved for cooking deep-fried foods. But it functions more or less like a conventional oven. It’s possible to make an appetizer, like our Crispy Goat Cheese Salad, a whole meal, like our Salmon with Warm Green Bean Salad, and even dessert, like Dulce de Leche Brownies.

3. Addition of Oil

Oil is not always necessary with an air fryer, unlike an ordinary fryer. It’s the case with fatty foods, such as beef, lamb or bacon, as well as foods cooked with a sauce. Otherwise, the required quantity is fairly small, just one or two tablespoons. It’s also possible to brush the oil directly on the food, if appropriate.

4. Small Space

Since hot air does the cooking, it must circulate freely in the small space available. This is why you shouldn’t overload the fryer’s basket. As the basket capacity of some models of air fryer is limited, we suggest that you cook your food in batches instead of piling it up. Simply keep the already cooked portion warm in the oven at 200°F (93°C) while the second portion cooks in the air fryer.

Feel like an easy recipe that’s ready in a jiffy? Our Roast Chicken is especially flavourful. Just coat the chicken breasts with a creamy mixture of mayonnaise, lemon and spices, then cook them for about 20 minutes before serving them with a lemon sauce.

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