Air Fryer Cookbook For Dummies
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The air fryer is a great tool on its own, but you can kick things up a notch when you use it with some other kitchen utensils you probably already have on hand. One of the dangers of air frying is overcooking the food you’re making. With these tips, you’ll avoid that problem and air fry like a pro!

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5 Kitchen Tools to Use with Your Air Fryer

Nothing is worse than buying a new appliance that requires you to spend an extra hundred bucks in special gadgets, right? Rest assured, the air fryer does not require you to do that! Using those kitchen tools you already have on hand, your air-fried foods will come to life. And even if you’re not a cook and you need to invest in a few of the items listed here, they won’t cost you an arm and a leg and you’ll find multiple uses for them in your home.

Here are five air-fryer-friendly kitchen tools to have on hand:
  • Silicone muffin liners: Make your muffins come to life with silicone muffin liners. Heat stable and perfectly portioned, silicone muffin liners allow you to bring the beauty of breads to the comfort of your own kitchen. Plus, you can even make baked eggs in them.
  • Seven-inch springform (Bundt) pan: Cheesecakes and coffee cakes have a seat at your table when you invest in one of these (usually sold as a convertible cake and Bundt cake pan). You can enjoy a bakery-fresh slice of cake for less than a fraction of the cost.
  • Seven-inch oven-safe casserole dish: Most air fryers don’t exceed 400 degrees, meaning the same small casserole dish that withstands your oven temperatures will be safe in your air fryer, too. From glass to metal to silicone, the air fryer should accommodate them all!
All air fryers are slightly different, so if you have any uncertainty, check the manual for your specific model.
  • Metal skewers: Take those skewers from the grill and use them in your air fryer to help evenly cook thicker cuts of meat. Depending on the type of air fryer you have, the skewers may (or may not) be too big for your fryer. If you’re on the fence about skewers that will fit your air fryer, you can use wooden sticks (just be cautious of the temperature so you don’t catch them on fire).
  • Kitchen tongs: Using a pair of kitchen tongs is essential to ensure you don’t burn another finger trying to get that last chip that’s nestled itself on the side of the fryer basket.

5 Ways to Prevent Air Frying Your Food to a Crisp

, “It’s not yet clear if the levels of acrylamide in foods raise cancer risk. . . .” Still, you can take some steps to avoid frying foods to a crisp. Here’s what we recommend:

  • Cook at lower temperatures for longer periods of time (instead of high temperatures for shorter periods). Turning the temperature knob down to 300 to 325 degrees and increasing the time to 10 or 20 minutes may prevent charred coffee cake and blackened fries.
  • Cover foods with foil. The air fryer works to cook your foods by circulating air throughout the basket, so you don’t want to prevent that air flow. However, you can use foil to cover a chicken breast, for example, and place it in the basket to cook (low and slow). We also suggest using foil to cover cakes and egg dishes to prevent the top from cooking too quickly. Just be sure there is enough room between the foil and the top of the air fryer.
  • Don’t overfill the basket. You may be tempted to throw the entire batch of beet chips or broccoli florets into the basket at once to save time, but that will result in uneven cooking and a few pieces getting burned to a crisp. Either invest in a larger fryer or cook in smaller batches to produce the perfect air-fried foods every time.
  • Use air-fryer-safe equipment. The key to producing bakery-perfect muffins or quick breads lies in making sure you’re using the right equipment. Using the right equipment helps allow the air to circulate properly, leaving your air-fried foods crisp, crunchy, and evenly cooked.
  • Set timers and reminders. We all need to set alarms to remember important things, and air frying your foods is no different. Set timers not only on your air fryer but on your phone so you don’t leave the foods cooking any longer than required.