Air Fryer Tips
If you haven’t bought an air fryer yet, then consider the size for your family’s needs. It also depends on your counter space as well. There’s no point in going for a small air fryer if you have a family of four or more. Instead, you are better going for a larger unit that can hold more food and is also easy to clean.
Sunday Times best-selling author and cook Becky Excell recommends at least a 4.5L for 2-4+ people or 10L+ if you have a bigger family.
She points out that to cook a whole medium chicken (about 1.7kg) you can do that in a 4.75l air fryer drawer (with next to no space left), but she recommends having more capacity especially to allow more space and also not cram things in.
It’s also a good idea to check out reviews for the best air fryers, and ask your family and friends for their recommendations.
Once you’ve got your air fryer, it’s time to get started – and here are some top tips to help maximise it.
Preheat Before Using
It’s a good idea to preheat your air fryer before using it, e.g. two or three minutes before you plan to use it, or if it has a preheat setting switch that on.
Use a Small Amount of Oil for Crispiness
While air fryers are designed not to need oil for cooking, adding a small amount of oil during the cooking process can increase the crispiness of your food. This is anything from a quick spray to a maximum of 1 tablespoon.
Some cooks recommend spraying with oil halfway through cooking unless it’s a very greasy food anyway, then you might want to skip the spray. If you don’t have a spray bottle of oil then you can always rub it down with an oil-saturated paper towel.
It’s better to remove the food from the fryer, give it a quick mist with spray, then put it back in. This helps avoid a sticky build up on the surfaces inside your fryer. You’ll also be able to apply a more even coat of oil by taking the food out of the fryer.