If you’ve recently bought a hot air fryer and don’t know what to do with it just yet, Grandma Jen is here to help. Below, you’ll find a list of tips and tricks that will enable you to make the most of your appliance.

Cut 80% in calories with this method

One of the complaints of people who love deep-fried foods is that an air fryer isn’t capable of preparing food in the same way and as such, it is virtually impossible for this type of appliance to get the same taste right. Well, that’s not true in all cases; plus, there are some tricks you can use to at least be under the impression you’re eating the same delicious, high-calorie French fries.

Use an oil spritzer to coat the food lightly and then toss the smaller bits with your fingers to cover everything in a very shallow layer of oil. To get the right results, it is important to spread the food as evenly as you can in the air fryer basket.

Set the temperature, and then make sure that you give the air fryer a shake every two to three minutes to shift the food and make it impossible for the bits and pieces to get stuck to each other. Once the cooking process has reached its halfway mark, check on the food and lightly spray it with oil again.


Use tin foil

If you were to bake things in an oven, you’d probably feel tempted to use a bit of tin foil to make sure that your food doesn’t come out too dry or over-crispy. So, why shouldn’t you do the same when cooking with an air fryer? With food that has a higher water content than all of the others you might want to prepare with this appliance, it is a good idea to wrap the pieces in tin foil so as to preserve as much of the moisture as possible.

For a final crispy effect, remove the tin foil approximately three to four minutes before the cooking time ends.


Reheat your food with an air fryer

If you really want to make the most of this product and you do not have the convenience of a convection or microwave oven, then you might want to know that it can be used for reheating various leftovers or takeout foods. Pizza works best, especially if it has become a little soggy. All you have to do is spray the bottom with a bit of oil.

You can do the same with fries, too, but the results might depend on your patience, the amount of oil you use, and whether you’ve left them out overnight — in which case they might not even be safe to eat anymore.

Cut down the cooking time

Apparently, the best results when cooking with an air fryer can be achieved if you use ingredients that are at room temperature.

Why’s that? Well, for one, the appliance will take longer to heat up and only then will it move on to heating the drumsticks, French fries, or anything else you might have put in the basket. Using room-temperature ingredients can actively cut down the whole cooking time.


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