I’ve spent the last couple of years perfecting recipes and techniques by making hundreds of meals myself and I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned.
But for today…I have summed up the most frequent questions from the survey and answered them below.
Q: How can I find out the temperature/times of things to air fry?
A: When determining the temperature and time for air frying, preferences, and experiences vary. Some people consult their air fryer‘s manual or recipe book, while others search online for recipes or use COOKING CHARTS.
If you have oven directions, subtract 25 degrees and reduce the time by 25% for air fryer times. For example, if a recipe calls for baking at 350°F for 40 minutes, set your air fryer to 325°F and cook for 30 minutes.
Keep in mind that these are general guidelines, and monitoring your food is crucial for optimal results.
Q: Is preheating necessary?
A: In most cases, preheating is necessary and recommended, especially when following a specific recipe. Preheating helps your recipes achieve that signature crispiness we all love! Thick cuts of raw and frozen meats like frozen bone-in chicken breasts and ribeye steaks benefit from preheating. Preheating the air fryer also ensures even cooking and can shorten the overall cooking time. It typically takes about 3-5 MINUTES to preheat an air fryer to the desired temperature.
Q: Is [fill in the blank] safe to use in the air fryer?
A: Generally in most air fryers, you can use ovenproof dishes or molds made of materials such as glass, ceramic, metal, or silicone. To find suitable cookware for your air fryer, look for items marked “OVEN-SAFE.”. Always adhere to your air fryer manufacturer’s guidelines for safety and optimal cooking outcomes.
Q: How do I clean the built-up grease in the air fryer?
A:To keep your air fryer in tip-top shape, make sure you clean the basket EVERY DAY and give it a deep clean when needed.
A microfiber cloth and a toothbrush are your best friends when it comes to cleaning an air fryer. They’ll help you get into all those nooks and crannies and get rid of any stubborn gunk.
The heating element doesn’t need a daily clean, but it can still collect food bits and grease over time. When it’s time to clean the inside of your air fryer, let the heating element cool down first, then use a warm, soapy cloth to gently wipe it off.
Q: Can I use silicone / baking paper / foil in the air fryer?
A: If you are using baking paper, choose one specifically designed for air fryers and ensure it’s weighed down with food to prevent lifting. Silicone liners are another option but may stain, retain smell and be harder to clean, especially without a dishwasher.
When using tin foil, place it only in the air fryer basket where food sits, not on the bottom of the air fryer, as this can restrict airflow and affect cooking. Some manufacturers, however, do not recommend using all three and advise to use nothing but the basket and non-stick spray. So be sure to follow their guidelines!