Air Frying Tips And Tricks

There are lots of fun and tasty things you can do with your air fryer. It’s an excellent appliance for the health-conscious cook. Here are some tips to get the most out it:


It might surprise you that the addition of oil or butter to your food is entirely optional. The point is, after all, to avoid these fattening ingredients; but if you don’t mind the extra calories, here are a couple good choices:

Extra Virgin Olive Oil – A staple of the Mediterranean, this rich and versatile oil can add a savory flavor to your food. Whether it’s fish or chicken, a light coat of this could take your dish to the next level.

Abundant in Omega-3’s and healthy fats, it’s not a bad choice even if you are watching your waistline. It’s packed with nutrients that will maximize your vitality and give you energy that’ll last all day.

Coconut Oil – An up-and-coming favorite among dieters, this gives a subtle sweetness to your dish that not many vegetable oils can provide.

Look no further if you like antioxidants in your food,. Coconut oil is full of them. It’s been claimed to treat all sorts of ills, including acne, hair loss, and even cancer. That’s quite the reputation, but even if it doesn’t quite live up to the hype in the health department, it’s still a delightfully crisp and tasty addition that you’ll enjoy.

Of course, it should go without saying that if you choose to put on oil, the application should be light. After all, air fryers are meant to cook food with up to 80% less oil than classic frying. Not much is worse on a dish than too much oil.

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French Fries

Yes, you can have all the salty deliciousness of French fries without the guilt. You won’t ever have to step foot in a fast food joint again. With all the money (and calories) you’ll save, a simple Farberware air fryer will pay for itself in days.

Peel a potato, slice it however you like, and soak it in water for half an hour. Then pop it in your preheated appliance. (Your instruction manual should give you the details). Once it’s done, you’ll never want to go out for fries again.

Beef Jerky

This convenient snack has an outstanding shelf-life and is packed with protein, and you can make it from home. You can slice beef strips, flavor them, and put them in an air fryer at a low temperature for several hours. Sure, it’s not the quickest way to cook, but you can use whatever flavorings you like. You’re not limited to the standard “smoked”, “teriyaki”, and “original” triad that most commercial brands offer. The only limit is your imagination.

Watermelon Jerky

You read that right. Watermelon jerky. It’s cooked about the same way as beef jerky. Cut it into slices and slide it into the fryer. Your unit may or may not have instructions for it, but I cook my watermelon jerky for 18 hours at 135 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’ve never tried it before, you definitely should. You won’t regret it.

There are lots of other tips and tricks for your air fryer, too! They’re out there, waiting for you to find them. Why not give it a try? Go out there and discover.