Surprising Air Fried Food Recipes
Air fryers are not a new invention by any means; Turbochef patented the design in 2005! It’s only in recent years that we have taken them into our homes and started to use them more frequently, learning how to use them to their full potential. You might be both surprised and delighted in equal measures to learn just how versatile your air fryer is. Let’s take a quick look at some of their key benefits and also some super easy air fried recipes you can try out.
Air fryers come with a wide selection of accessories that can be used to fully maximize the potential of your air fryer. Everything from wire racks, silicone cupcake molds, and even brownie pans can be purchased. Most models will come with an accompanying cookbook, as well as a few accessories like those mentioned above. If cookbooks are not your thing, and you are more of a visual learner, you can take to the internet for instructional videos. Just a quick search on YouTube will reveal channels dedicated to making use of these absolute bad boys.
Easy Courgettes Crisps
Now, this may come as a surprise to you if you’re new to air frying, but you can cook just about anything in an air fryer! Air frying produces the same results as, if not better than, traditional shallow frying, which can require a significant amount of oil. Cutting up a courgette and spraying it with just a little cooking spray, then popping it in your air fryer, will yield a deliciously crunchy courgette crisp. Additionally, whether you prefer freshly cut or frozen chips, you can enjoy them without feeling guilty.
Anyone for Choc Chip Cookies?
But did you know that you can also make chocolate chip cookies with air fryers? One way in which the air fryer differs from a conventional oven is the air is circulated throughout the cavity of the fryer. Your chocolate chip cookies will not only be chewy, but they will be cooked evenly throughout. One downside is that the chocolate can get a bit crunchy and the edges can be a bit hard if left in for too long, but as long as you keep an eye on the fryer and pay attention to the timer, this will not be an issue!
Versatility of Air Fryers
You may be reading this having already researched the benefits of purchasing an air fryer, or you have already purchased one wondering why you spent so much money on something you are unsure about using. Yes, air fryers are on the expensive side of kitchen and cookware investments, and that is not only because of the technology which goes into creating them. They are well worth the money once you get into the habit of using them, and once you work out which recipes work the best for you. One of the best things about them is that they carry so many benefits, while I will expand upon later. First, we should look at their versatility. Regardless of the brand you have purchased, the manufacturer should have included some accessories, or you can buy them yourself, to help make the experience much easier and more fun.
How About a Sunday Roast?
Air fryers are wonderfully versatile things. Why not try making your favorite roast? A whole chicken can cook in just under an hour and will have skin so crispy it will crack when you take your first bite. Alternatively, if you are having a weekend barbecue to celebrate weather, you can choose the grill option for your burgers and hot dogs. Whether you have them plugged into your kitchen or have installed batteries to make them suitable for use outdoors, these machines have a wide variety of applications.
Most air fryers have pre-installed options which can make cooking with them a lot easier, and more fuss-free. These settings will be labeled according to which food or meal they are best suited for. For example, the ‘popcorn’ setting (if your air fryer has one) will be lower in intensity and heat, whereas a setting labeled ‘chicken’ will be hotter and longer.
The Benefits of Air Frying
Finally, let’s have a quick look at the benefits of air frying. You may have already guessed based on the name, but air fryers do not require any oil at all to cook with. If you would like to add a touch of oil or a spritz of cooking spray to add some extra flavor, that will work just as well. However, if you are trying to cut out or reduce your fat intake, air fryers make an excellent method by which to achieve this.
When you make your favorite snacks, if they are standard white potato chips or sweet potato fries, they will taste no different than if you were to deep fry them. If anything, they will taste significantly less oily and will not leave any oil stains on your clothes or fingers. Additionally, you can save a good chunk of cash when using an air fryer. Many models do not need to be preheated before use, and they will often cook your food in a quicker time than using a conventional oven. This will save you money on gas (if you have a gas oven) and electricity as you can plug them in as you need them.
The only limit to what you can create in your air fryer is your own imagination so get creative in the kitchen and dish up all your family’s favorite fried foods but without the fuss or the muss!