The air fryer’s popularity has skyrocketed lately, and there’s a reason for that. The air fryer is not only healthier for you in so many ways, but you can also cook some delicious food in it.
It’s been proven that air fryers are actually healthier than conventional frying. This is because air fryers provide a different way to cook deep-fried foods without the conventional, harmful oil at high temperatures.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, air fryers help you reduce your calorie intake by up to 70% or 80% compared to traditional deep frying. That’s fantastic news if you want to start losing weight without a huge shift in your diet. That being said, they aren’t perfect. First, you’re still eating fried food, so try to avoid only eating from your air fryer.
Another issue is that air fryers produce high temperatures in order to cook your food. That means some foods aren’t going to work on an air fryer. They’ll either get burned or come out dry and unsavory, which is what we’ll cover today. Not every food is bad, but avoid cooking these foods on your air fryer at all costs.
6. Any Food with Batter
Batter gives food a special taste that we all know and love from deep-fried food. Even though this type of food works wonderfully on a regular fryer, your air fryer won’t give you the same experience.
Air fryers aren’t made to cook battered food, so the batter will just slide off the food instead of having the crispiness you were looking for. Not to mention you’ll make a mess along the way.
If you want to make your food crispier on an air fryer, try adding bread crumbs, cornmeal, or a quart of flour. It’ll give you the same crunch but without making a mess.
5. Be Careful with Vegetables
Vegetables can be tricky when cooking with an air fryer. You’ll need to avoid cooking leafy vegetables since they won’t cook evenly.
You can try other vegetables like zucchini or broccoli, but you’ll still need to be careful with these vegetables since they can get burned and turn into a dry, tasteless excuse of food. Instead, try to add some spices to your vegetables, or add a tablespoon of water on the air fryer before you start cooking.
Raw vegetables won’t do the trick either. Experts say that raw vegetables will come out soggy, no matter which temperature you cook them at.
Using your vegetables as part of another dish will help them turn out better. Another option you can try is using frozen vegetables. Experts say frozen vegetables hold more moisture from the ice they had on them, so you’ll have better-cooked vegetables without burning them or making them soggy.