Do air fryers make food crispy? Let’s find out!
I’m guessing you’re here because, like me, you love fried food. Maybe you’ve heard that these “Air Fryers” can fry food with less fat and fewer calories than deep fryers. That sounds pretty great, right? I mean, who wouldn’t love to eat more of the fried foods that they love best? But does the food actually come out crispy and delish?
I’ve been cooking with Air Fryers for a few years now, and not just a bag of frozen fries now and then either… I’m talking “throw anything and everything at that thing” kind of cooking. So, I’d be happy to help answer your question!
Do Air Fryers Make Food Crispy?
I’m not going to waste any of your time here or keep you in suspense any longer…Yes! Air Fryers can definitely cook foods with a crispy crunchy outside layer. Not only that, but the inside is evenly cooked and juicy!
Now, in the rest of this article, we’ll talk about what Air Fryers do best (and what they don’t do so well), and I’ll share some tips on how to find the best Air Fryer for your needs. But, if you’re not much of a reader (no judging!), just let me make a quick recommendation.
Over the last few years, I’ve really grown to love my Air Fryers, and I’ve used several brands and styles. I can tell you that the Philips Viva Air Fryer is an amazing frying machine! Philips has been making the very best Air Fryers since they started gaining popularity in the states. You’ll be cooking up batches of wings and fries in no time!
Anyway, you’re still here, so let’s dig into what makes these Air Fryers tick, shall we?
So, what’s the catch?
You may have heard that Air Fryers are magical little machines that fry food without using any oil at all. This is a little misleading, because you will need to use a little oil to get that crispiness in your food that you desperately crave.
The truth is that you will be using up to 80% less oil than you would if you were cooking with a deep fryer…which is still pretty awesome right?
How you choose to apply the oil will be based on the type of food you will be cooking. Typically, you’ll be spraying your oil on breaded food. If you’re cooking foods without any breading at all, you can just drizzle a little cooking oil over the top.
Some foods like bacon (yes, you can cook bacon in an Air Fryer) or hamburgers will not need any oil to cook with at all!
What About the Breading?
The right breading for an Air Fryer can mean the difference between fantastically crispy chicken wings or dried out hockey puck servings of meat! The Air Fryer works best with dry batters.
Typically, you’ll give your food a quick dip in flour. Then you’ll give it a bath in either egg mixture or milk to help the batter stick. Lastly, you’ll cover your food with a mixture of flour or bread crumbs and spices or a pre-mixed batter. Then you’ll be good to go!
Here is a video that does a great job of showing you the exact process of cooking some amazing fried chicken in the Air Fryer. The Air Fryer my friend Mrs. Boog uses in the video is an De’Longhi Mulifry and the batter shaker is a Batter Pro. I personally own both of these and they are amazing!
Now, what Air Fryers are not good with is wet batter (as in beer batter or tempura batter). If you’re thinking about using your Air Fryer for a delicious hot basket of beer battered fish and onion rings, I’m afraid it most likely won’t work out real well for you (trust me, I’ve tried).
The good news is that you can buy pre-battered frozen fish or onion rings (or any kind of frozen battered foods) and those will turn out awesome in the Air Fryer. It’ll take less time to cook them than an oven, and your food will be much healthier than if you used a deep fryer.
How It Works!
You don’t need to worry about whether using an Air Fryer is healthy for you and your family! Air Fryers use rapidly circulated hot air to safely cook your food. There are no chemicals or crazy waves of radiation exposed to your food. Here’s exactly how it works!
A stainless steel heating element (like the kind on an electric oven but more powerful) quickly heats up the air inside of the machine. Then a powerful fan rapidly circulates the hot air around the inside of the Air Fryer.
The Air Fryer basket actually has holes all around it so the hot air can get through and completely cover your food. This is how Air Fryers can create crispy textures on your favorite food. It also means faster cooking times and more evenly cooked food than a normal oven!
After the air has circulated throughout the machine, it enters an exhaust chamber where it is cooled and filtered. Then the cooled and odorless air is pushed out from the back of the machine. No worries, because of the filter, cooking with an Air Fryer won’t stink up your house.
Easy to Use and Safe
Air Fryers are extremely simple to use! Many Air Fryers feature digital controls with one-touch presets for many of your favorite foods like chicken, fish, burgers, and fries. Just push a button and forget it until it’s done!
Even the Air Fryers with analogue dials are easy to use. All you have to do is simply turn the temperature dial to your desired temp, and turn the timer dial to set the cooking time…and it’s off! Most Air Fryers automatically turn off after the dial has expired, so you don’t have to worry about burning down the house if you have a little lapse of memory (we all do from time to time).
Since you are only cooking with hot air, you don’t have to worry about grease fires or gas explosions or anything insanely frightening of the sort. The hot air that is used in the Air Fryer is cooled to a safe temperature before it exits the back. All you have to do is remember to leave a good distance between the wall and the Air Fryer so that the air can have plenty of room to escape.
More Than Just A Fryer
An Air Fryer is much more diverse than a deep fryer, because you can do so much more than frying with it. You can actually bake with an Air Fryer. With separate baking dishes, you can make cookies, cakes, and pizzas with your Air Fryer.
I like to make up a bunch of cookie dough logs and freeze it. I can just slice off a few cookies and cook them up in the Air Fryer whenever I want!
The Air Fryer also does a great job of cooking raw meat. With the grill accessory, you can grill chicken and steaks. If you cover the grill with tinfoil you can broil things like salmon or tuna. Pretty fancy, huh?
All Things Considered
I hope I helped answer your question concerning Air Fryers and if they can make crispy food, and I thank you for staying with me until the end here. Maybe you stumbled across this guide looking for an answer to this one question, but there are a lot of resources here at The Air Fryer Guide to help you answer any questions you might have about Air Fryers and how they work.
I’ve used my Air Fryers at least 3 times a week since I bought them over 2 years ago. They’re still going strong! The things I make most are boneless wings and fries, and let me tell you, for these two items at least…you can’t go wrong with an Air Fryer.
If you are thinking about purchasing an Air Fryer, I’d love to be able to help you find just the right one for you and your needs. You can check out a new guide to the Best Air Fryers for 2018 or read Air Fryer Reviews to help you shop and compare Air Fryers. And you can always contact me if you have a specific question. I’d be happy to hear from you!
Thanks again for stopping by. If you have a question or comment, please leave one below, and I’ll get right back to you!
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