You're Not Adjusting Conventional Cooking TimesImagine your air fryer as a whimsical time machine in your kitchen. But here's the catch, it doesn't do time travel. So when you throw in your favourite dish, don't forget to adjust the conventional cooking times. Keep an eye on your culinary journey and make sure it lands at the perfect destination.
Image source: RedditContent Originally Sourced: Femanin.comWhilst you can use your air fryer for old recipes in your repertoire, remember that cooking temperatures for your new device will be different from when you cook food in the oven. As a rule of thumb, reducing the temperature by 25 degrees Fahrenheit should ensure great results.
You're Not Using A Thermometer With Your Air FryerDon't play air fryer roulette with your food! It's like flying blindfolded through a flavor fog! Invest in a trusty thermometer, your co-pilot for culinary excellence. By knowing the exact temperatire inside your air fryer, you'll ensure every meal is perfectly cooked inside and out.
Image source: RedditEven though air fryers appear to be pretty fool proof in turning out tasty, well cooked food, you should be double checking, proteins in particular, to make sure that everything has reached the correct temperature. Get yourself a thermometer and be in the habit of using it regularly.
You Don't Use Enough Oil With Your Air FryerRelax, there's no need to cut back on your oil usage just because you're using an air fryer. Whilst the air fryer is famous for being the healthier alternative to deep frying, a light mist of oil can work wonders. It's the secret ingredient to that crispy, golden finish your tastebuds desire.
Image source: RedditYou would be excused for thinking an air fryer requires no oil because of its name, but you do actually require oil when you cook with it. You really only need a couple of teaspoons for the majority of items and 1-2 tablespoons for breaded items so they can get nice and crispy!
You Try Cooking Raw Vegetables In The Air FryerVegetables are like the unsung heroes of the culinary world. But they deserve some pre-love before their debut in the air fryer. Instead of tossing raw veggies into the air fryer, blanch them or give them a quick seasoning to enhance the flavours. Your taste buds and your veggies will thank you.
Image source: RedditIf you bought your air fryer because you wanted to eat healthier, then you might be surprised to hear that you would be better off using frozen vegetables. Raw vegetables can scorch in the air fryer, leaving the insides raw. Because frozen veg contain moisture, they can cook fully before browning.
You're Using PAM In Your Air FryerPUT DOWN THE PAM! Now slowly back away from the can and never think about doing that again. You might think the spray will be convenient and save some time but if you want to keep putting anything in your air fryer then you definitely don't want to use this.
Image source: LifeSavvyThere are some items you always have in your kitchen store cupboard and PAM is one of those things. The non-stick cooking spray can be a lifesaver in lots of cases but not so for your air fryer. The fryer already has a non stick coating and some aerosol sprays can damage it, due to the additives in it.
You Overfill The Air Fryer PanWhilst your air fryer might seem like a magical cavern that can fill endless treasure troves of food, overfilling your pan will leave you devastated. Give your food some space to breathe at least and make sure that the hot air can reach every single piece of food evenly around the pan.
Image source: RedditIf you place too much food in the air fryer basket or pan, you'll end up with a mess. There will be food that is half undercooked, half burned and not very tasty! Cook your food in batches, as you would if you were frying things in a hot pan. Bear in mind that you shouldn't fill more than half way.
You Haven't Checked The Temperature Of Your Air FryerIt isn't magic; this is science! Your air fryer will have its own settings and you need to make sure everything is perfect! Just as you wouldn't drive a car without checking the fuel gauge, don't start cooking your food until you've verified the air fryer is at the right temperature.
Image source: RedditYou are likely to assume that the temperature settings on all your kitchen appliances are correct but that may not always be the case. The actual temperature that an air fryer runs at might not be what you think you're setting it at. Different models can be hotter or cooler and that can mean the difference between crispy fries and those that don't quite cut it.
You're Not Baking With Your Air FryerAir fryers are really the most versatile kitchen appliances but did you know that you don't have to limit yourself to the world of fried food? You might actually be able to create some delightful surprises for your sweet tooth and maybe open up an entirely new realm of culinary possibilities.
Image source: RedditYou can't argue that air fryers are great tools in the kitchen and are very versatile. Studies have shown that crispy chicken and fries are the favorites to be cooked in the air fryer. Think outside the box, try baking a cake in your air fryer. The results are amazing and you don't use as much energy as baking in the oven.
You Only Use Your Air Fryer For Fried FoodsYour air fryer really is a multi-talented chef, but it isn't just limited to one type of cuisine. Why don't you venture outside the world of fried foods and explore it's potential with various dishes from around the world. Try and let your imagination run wild whilst you're in the kitchen.
Image source: RedditMany people think air fryers are for fried foods or leftovers but once you've purchased yours, do something different. Make crispy, breaded foods from scratch and customize your recipes. You may not need as much seasoning as when you're cooking in a frying pan.
You Use Too Much Oil In Your Air FryerThere's a fine line between golden perfection and a greasy mess. When a little oil can work wonders, going overboard might lead to some culinary calamities. Find a balance that suits your taste and health goals. Your waistline and your taste buds will thank you for finding the sweet spot.
Image source: RedditWith traditional frying, you want your food submerged at least partially in oil. This is a different story with an air fryer. Be sure to read the instructions fully and you'll see that you only need a little oil (1 -2 teaspoons). More than often, that can lead to soggy, burned food. It is also a fire hazard.
You're Ignoring The Smoke Point Of The Oil Used In Your Air FryerIf you ignore the smoke point of the oil in your air fryer then you risk turning your kitchen into a smoky dance floor. Choose your oil wisely, making sure it matched the heat the air fryer is generating. This simple but crucial step could be the difference between success and smoky disaster.
Image source: RedditAir fryers get super hot inside and this can have a major impact on what oil you should or shouldn't be using with it. You'll probably be setting it somewhere between 350 and 400 degrees Fahrenheit. You must always use oils with a smoke point that is high enough but not going to burn.
You Don't Give Your Air Fryer Enough Room To VentYour air fryer is much more than just a cooking machine; it's also a host to a load of hot air. To ensure that every guest enjoys their food to the fullest you need to make sure the device has plenty of room around it. Overcrowding could lead to uneven cooking and results far from perfection.Image source: InsiderYou may have the perfect place on your countertop, all set up for your air fryer ready but unless it allows the fryer to have at least five inches of space all around it, when in use, it is not safe. It needs adequate ventilation so the machine runs smoothly and the food cooks evenly. You don't want a fire hazard on your hands.
You're Not Patting Proteins Dry Before Air FryingThink of your proteins as the stars of the show, they deserve the grandest of entrances. Before they hit the air fryer's stage, try and take a moment to pamper them and pat them down with a paper towel. Excess moisture could be your own arch-nemesis in the kitchen if you don't.
Image source: RedditA dry surface browns quicker than a wet one because moisture will otherwise steam the food. You should pat meats and some vegetables with kitchen paper before cooking them to make sure that you're giving them a fighting chance to shine and deliver a crispy, golden performance.
You Don't Rotate Proteins During Cooking In Your Air FryerYour air fryer is very much an impartial chef, and sometimes, it can't reach every corner of the stage (or the basket). For the sake of your own tastebuds make sure you give your proteins some love and attention in the basket and make sure that it comes out looking the way you want.
Image source: RedditThe common error with air fryers is not rotating your proteins. Flipping your protein halfway through cooking will give an even cooked final dish. For proteins with uneven thickness, such as pork tenderloins or fish fillets, fold the thinner underneath to create a more uniform size and to ensure even cooking.
You Don't Move Vegetables Around In Your Air FryerEven your veggies will need a bit of mingling when they're in the air fryer. If they're left in one spot throughout the cooking process, it's like isolating people at a party! Ensure that your veggies are filled with flavour and textures by making sure to give them plenty of attention.
Image source: RedditYou'll want to periodically move your vegetables around when you're cooking them in an air fryer. Vegetables will brown evenly if you toss them during cooking and do not overfill the tray or pan. A handy tip is to use a bowl to add seasoning to your dish part way through.
You Put Things In Your Air Fryer That You Shouldn'tNot everything should get a backstage pass straight to the air fryer concert (or a ticket to the dinner plate). Ingredients with high water contents should always be kept out of the air fryer spotlight! You don't want to run the risk of damaging your air fryer, what would you do without it?
Image source: RedditThere are some things you should never put in an air fryer such as lightweight items that could get blown around, herbs and seasonings that could burn and cheese and wet batter. The same goes for things that are too large to go in there as well, such as whole chickens. Popcorn is a definite no no.
You Cook Greasy Food In Your Air Fryer Without Using This TrickBecause of the fat content of bacon and sausages, these foods are likely to release grease and oil as they cook which can interfere with the air frying process and even create smoke. This can lead you down quite the slippery slope when it comes to disasters happening in the kitchen.
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Cooking greasy food might damage your air fryer. So what can you do to prevent this? Add some water to the bottom of your air fryer before starting the cooking process. It acts as a safety net, catching excess grease and preventing potential fires or smoke shows taking over the kitchen.