Why You Need an Air Fryer

Why You Need an Air Fryer

Let’s face it. Fried food is delicious.

Let’s face it. Fried food is delicious. It’s almost impossible to resist crispy, golden brown French fries or a crunchy chicken leg, it’s skin crackling with salty goodness. But fried food is a big diet no-no and healthy eaters know better than to make a pit stop at the deep fryer.

But there’s a new trend in healthy eating that might allow us to occasionally indulge in some crispy fried treats – the air fryer.  Doesn’t seem to make much sense of the surface. How can air be used to fry food? Actually, the same way oil does. Air fryers circulate hot air around food to cook it.

The original air fryer is the Philips Airfryer, which claims to use 75% less fat to fry foods. This healthier method requires only a tablespoon of oil or even less. Combining “rapid air technology” with targeted air and heat flow, this miraculous device can deliver a roasted rack of lamb in 30 minutes, while a treat like fried risotto balls can be ready in as little as 10 minutes.

It sounds a bit ovenish, but it is much different than an oven. An oven uses heating elements and a fan to disperse heat; this takes longer and doesn’t yield the kind of crispiness the fried food lover is looking for.  The Philips Airfryer retails at $250, which would get you a lot of fries at McDonalds…

A less expensive option is the Crux Touchscreen Air Convection Fryer. This baby can fry, bake or reheat leftovers better than any similar type of appliance. It’s more or less a shrunken oven with a fan added to force superheated air around what’s cooking. The intense heat and moisture-wicking air flow creates crispy outsides but can also bake things like cakes even faster than an oven. If you’re trying to eat healthy, it’s a Godsend. Vegetables and most proteins cook in less than 10 minutes, brown on the outside and tender on the inside.

For more information, please read:
The Best Air Fryer is Small, Cheap, and Makes All Your Food Crisp and Tasty | GQ

 

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