What is an Air Fryer?
An air fryer is a kitchen appliance that’s essentially a small countertop convection oven.
How Does an Air Fryer Work?
The top of the unit holds a heating mechanism and a fan, which cooks food by rapidly circulating hot air around it. So it mimics “fried” food that’s nice and crispy, but that’s not deep fried in oil. It’s so much healthier than deep frying. And because of its compact size, it actually cooks food faster.
What is the Difference Between an Air Fryer and a Traditional Oven?
Standard ovens work by producing heat from either a gas or electric element. The heat is slowly dispersed through the oven over time. Whereas with convection ovens and air fryers, that time is sped up by the use of a fan. Because of an air fryers small size, it heats up very quickly and also circulates the heat more evenly, so your food gets crispy without hot spots.
All Air Fryers Are Not the Same
The recipes on this website are made and tested using this Phillips model Air Fryer with a basket and requires preheating. If you own a different model air fryer (such as Ninja, NuWave, Dash, etc.), I would suggest doing a test run with just a sample of whatever recipe you’re making and then adjust the time/temp, if necessary. Air fryers are all similar, but just like ovens, cooking times can vary. This air fryer is also small. If yours is bigger than 3 quart, you can cook more than a couple items at a time, as long as they’re not touching at all.