Let's face it. Most people love fried food. Some eat fried food every day, while others only indulge once in a while. There is no denying that most fried foods are very tasty, but with more and more people looking at healthier ways to prepare their meals, many fried foods have been relegated to occasional treats. That was until air fryers hit the market place. These great little kitchen appliances need little or no oil and can produce food that has fried texture and taste, but without the artery-clogging fats and oils. But do they really live up to all the hype? We’ll take a look at the air fryer and how it compares to a deep fryer so you can decide for yourself.
How Does An Air Fryer Work?
Have you dreamed of frying your food without fat? If you have, you’re probably already curious about an air fryer and would love to know how it works. Technically speaking, you can't fry without out, so when you cook in an air fryer, you aren't really frying. In simple terms, an air fryer works with the aid of heat and air, hence the air fryer description. The hot air circulates around the food very fast to create a crisp crust around whatever food you are cooking. You usually only need the tiniest amount of oil with a quick spray generally sufficing.
How Does A Deep Fryer Work?
A deep fryer is an appliance with a heating element and no fan. You fill the deep fryer’s chamber with oil, heat it to a relatively hot temperature and then place your food in a basket before submerging it all in the hot oil. The way it cooks the food is by being so hot, it expels the moisture from the food while frying the outside. The idea is to have the oil at a very high temperature. That way, when you drop the food in the oil, the extreme heat quickly seals the outside of the food. This minimizes the absorption of the cooking fat into your food. It then continues to cook the food until done. You then remove the basket of food from the oil and allow the excess oil to drain off for a few minutes.
Air Fryer Pros And Cons
Some people find air fryers to be a marvel, while others think they are overrated. To help you decide which side you’re on, we’ll look at the pros and cons of air fryers.
Deep Fryer Pros And Cons
Air Fryers Vs. Deep Fryers At A Glance
Little or no oil
Lots of Oil
Easy to clean
Difficult to clean
Food cooks longer
Food cooks faster
The Bottom Line
If you love fried food, then a deep fryer is a must. However, if you love fried food but are worried about the effects they will have on your health, then you cooking in an air fryer may be the best solution for you. At the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference and you should also consider how often you would use either one of these appliances.