What Are Air Fryers And How Do They Work?

You like to cook, huh? Or do you simply feel like you should finally start learning to make a few dishes?

Whatever your case might be, one thing is for sure. You need to get yourself some appliances, either to upgrade your kitchen or to finally equip it. After getting the most basic essentials, I suppose you’ll start searching for something more professional and chef-like.

I have a question for you. Have you heard about air fryers yet? They seem to be taking the whole world over, so it would be a shame not to know about it. It doesn’t matter if you are a novice or a wizard in the kitchen, you may find good use in a device like this. Of course, you’ll first have to learn what it actually is and how it works, since we don’t want you to start a fire or anything.

What Are These?

Air fryers are kitchen appliances compared to magic by many, many people. It’s no wonder that people believe magic is involved, since the whole principle behind these tools seems rather unbelievable. We’ll get to how they work a bit later, so you can tell me yourself whether it’s magical. First, we need to address some more pressing issues.

These appliances were invented for one simple reason. Say you like fried food but you are worried about what it does to your body. What will you do? Ignore those worries and continue eating deep fried French fries and similar dishes, or stop eating these kinds of things altogether? Your answer depends on how much you are actually worried and how much care you take of your body and your overall health.

There is, however, a third option, and I am pretty sure that you will like it when you hear it. This option is not only the easier and the simpler one, but it is also the healthier one. I bet all those kitchen rookies will like the mention of the word “easy”. Well, I’m simply being honest. You don’t need to be extra skillful in order to use air fryers.

Here’s a quick introduction to these appliances:

Is The Food From These Products Really Healthier?

It sounds odd to hear that you can eat healthy French fries, doesn’t it? Do you get it now why I have mentioned magic above? This must raise an important question which I have to answer before actually explaining how these appliances work. Is the food made with these really healthy, or is this just a marketing trick?

This is not a question that can be answered with a simple yes or no. It requires a bit more attention and a more detailed explanation. Let us begin with the most basic thing you need to understand. Potatoes are still potatoes, cheese is still cheese and chicken is still chicken. Do you get what I am trying to say with this?

You cannot change the structure of the ingredients, or their nutritious value. You cannot turn potatoes into broccoli by adding it into an air fryer. I hate to disappoint you, but it really isn’t that magical. How healthy certain foods will be depends, of course, on the ingredients you are using, which means that French fries can never be as healthy as you would want them to be.

There is one other thing that determines the health of a meal. I’m talking about the preparation method, of course. That’s where air fryers come into play. For the sake of explaining this in the simplest possible way, let us stick to French fries as an example. Instead of putting the potatoes in a large amount of oil, you’ll simply put them in this device and let the air do the trick.

You have a puzzled expression on your face right now, don’t you? You are probably wondering how air can do any such trick, but be patient, we’ll get to that. Let’s not get off course. Since you aren’t deep frying the potatoes and using large quantities of oil, the French fries you will get will definitely be healthier than if you had prepared them the traditional way.

How Do These Work?

I believe it’s time to finally reveal the “secret” behind the whole concept of air fryers. This feels a little bit like revealing how a magic trick works. Only, when these devices are in question, I am pretty sure that they won’t lose their appeal once the trick is revealed. This useful source will provide you with a thorough explanation on how these work, as well as with a few tasty recipes.

The first thing I have to tell you is that there is no real magic involved. We’re not in Hogwarts, people. In fact, this has more to do with science than with magic. This is simply an electric device featuring a heating element and a fan responsible for blowing hot air around the ingredients you put in the cooking chamber. The air swirls rather quickly, which means that it will reach all the surfaces of the food and it will make it crispy and crunchy.

Does the “hot air” explanation sound more like cooking than like frying? Well, isn’t that the whole point? You cannot deep fry without oil, can you? That’s why this is called an alternative solution. It provides you with an opportunity to create fried-like, but not actually fried, food, which will be much healthier than if it were prepared the traditional way.

Is The Food Tasty?

People are used to all alternative solutions regarding food to be less tasty than the original methods. Is this the case with air fryers as well? Is the food prepared in these just a poor imitation of the food that is actually deep fried the proper way? According to many users, this doesn’t seem to be the case here. People claim that the food prepared this way is just as, if not more, tasty than their deep fried counterparts. 

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