Air fryer is a relatively new and revolutionary cooking appliance that is primarily used to ‘deep fry’ menus. It is manufactured and patented by Phillips Electronics and was officially introduced in the market in the year 2010. It operates on the principle of rapid air technology and is also used to grill, roast, bake, and steam foods. In the discussions that follow, the various aspects of the appliance are going to be discussed in details. In this article, we will search the answer to how do air fryers work. Also, will learn the benefit of air fryer cooking.
How Do Air Fryers Work?
They basically comprise a heater element, exhaust system, a filter, a removable tray, a large fan, a cover, and a star-fish-like air guide at the bottom. They prepare food using the ‘Rapid Air Technology’ that is explained below:
The food to be prepared is placed in the removable tray. The heater element that is located right above the food generates heat in the form of radiation. The radiated heat penetrates deep under the food surface. A large fan above the heater pulls the air upwards through the cooking chamber and generates a strong air flow while passing the heater. This air that is loaded with heat energy is transported downwards.
The star-fish-like air guide directs the heated air in a vertical direction and also distributes the heat evenly. This enables the heat to reach all parts of the food even if it is piled up. The combination of radiation from the heating element above the food and the convection from below the food negates the need to constantly turn the food up and down in times of cooking.
The internal re-circulation of cooking air increases the pressure of the air inside the fryer. This may cause the appliance to explode if not released in time. That’s where the exhaust system comes in. The exhaust system releases a small amount of air into the atmosphere to reduce the air pressure inside the fryer. The filter ‘traps’ odor from the food and only releases ‘fresh air’ into the atmosphere. This keeps the kitchen interior as clean and breathable as possible.
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BENEFITS OF USING AIR FRYER
The following are some of the benefits that users stand to derive out of the use of air fryers:
They reduce to a considerable extent the amount of oil needed to prepare typical dishes. Some estimates postulate that they require 70%-80% less oil to prepare the same quantity of dishes as compared to deep fryers. This low-fat consumption reduces the possibility of developing obesity, heart attacks, hypertension and other metabolic disorders.
It is possible to set the cooking temperature in such a way as to prevent the burning of foods. Also, owing to the consumption of less oil in preparing food, the possibility of the interiors of the appliance to get stuck with grease is greatly reduced. These, coupled with the fact that most components of the air fryers are dishwasher-safe, enables it to be easily cleaned.
Generally speaking, air fryers take less time to prepare foods. Frying fish takes roughly 20 minutes, frying chips roughly 15 minutes, roasting aromatic nuts roughly 10 minutes, while baking cakes roughly 25 minutes. This is the kitchen appliance of choice for those who have less time at their disposal but who nonetheless would not wish to compromise the quality of their meals.
Given the fact that less oil is used and that the typical air fryer contains an exhaust and filter system that both dispose of the smell effectively. The use of air fryers is very hygienic to the kitchen interiors indeed. There are no spills, no smells, and no crumbles that may interfere with the hygienic standards of the kitchen.
Ability to Multi-task
It is possible to prepare two or more different kinds of dishes at a time (without compromising their flavors) using the air fryer. That’s because they come with dividers that may be used to partition the cooking tray in such a way as to allow it to accommodate the different kinds of dishes at a time. This saves greatly on time also.
Users are not at all required to be constantly individually present throughout a cooking session. That’s because air fryers have some automated features such as timers, automatic start and stop buttons, and thermostats that eliminate human intervention for a large part of the cooking session. Users are thus granted the freedom to pursue other tasks that equally matter during a typical cooking session.
Safe and Secure
Air fryers do come equipped with a host of elegant safety and security features that are designed to safeguard their users from the common and anticipated dangers such as burns, scalds, electrical shocks, and excess heat. Examples of these security features include the cooling system that rapidly cools the fryers after use, the exhaust system that safely discharges the fumes, and the air filter that traps food odor and thus prevents it from being released into the kitchen ambiance.
The typical air fryer is able to grill, fry, bake, steam, or roast foods. By acquiring the air fryers, users obtain much more than they actually pay for. They are also absolved from the need to purchase several pieces of cooking equipment to carry out the various kinds of cooking tasks. And are also conferred added convenience in the process of preparing the various kinds of meals.
Foods that are prepared in air fryers have a distinctive brown color, uniform texture, great odor, and crispy appearance, not to mention. Of course, the very low-fat contents. The use of the air fryers to prepare the favorite dish is, therefore, the surest way of obtaining the desired perfect results!
On the whole, the benefits that prospective users stand to derive from the use of a typical air fryer such as versatility, amazing outcomes, hygiene, and the ability to multitask e.t.c. are far more than the actual cost of acquiring it. This means that the air fryer is a very worthy purchase indeed!
Though still in its infancy, the air fryer is indeed the kitchen appliance of the future. It is the ‘final solution’ to all of the very many cooking and dietary challenges that are confronted on a day to day basis. It is that kitchen appliance that no serious restaurateur or housewife may afford to overlook.