So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and finally buy the long-hyped air fryer? A staple of the modern kitchen, the air fryer can do (almost) everything.
Before you buy your very own – or if you just want to learn the ins and outs – we’ve put together a guide to help you dissect all of the features and change the way you cook.
From the correct wattage to figuring out the functions, let’s break it down.
If you live in a family of five versus alone, then you’re most likely going to have different sized kitchens and eat various portions. Choosing a size of air fryer that works for your home and lifestyle is a must. An example of a space-saving solution is Tefal’s Easy Fry & Grill Deluxe Air Fryer that has a 4.2 litre capacity without taking up the entire kitchen bench.
Similarly, it’s important to think about the type and amount of food that you want to cook. Do you want an air fryer that can heat a whole chicken or simply to cook vegetables and fries? Keep this in mind when making your decision. A 6.5 litre air fryer like the Tefal Easy Fry Grill & Steam XXL Air Fryer is a great way to feed a large family gathering, while the 4.2 litre Tefal Easy Fry & Grill Classic Air Fryer has enough room for a couple or small family.
The wattage is essentially the power of your air fryer. If your model is a higher wattage that means it’s more powerful and may also cook your food more quickly. Something else to remember is whether or not your kitchen power outlets be able to support the 800 – 1500 watts that a standard air fryer uses.
For the air fryer to be able to cook, it needs water to create the steam. Self-explanatory, the water tank is where you put water in to ensure the air fryer can do its job.
Grids & Drawer
Depending on what you’re cooking, different air fryers will have different grids available for use. You can take these out each time to wash them after use. There’s a regular grid and die-cast grill grid for more heavy food, like meat. Place these in the pull-out drawer with your food and ready, steady, cook.
Air fryers such as the Tefal Easy Fry Grill & Steam XXL Air Fryer have set functions for the different ways you can cook food. These include: steam, grill, and air fry. Simply push the button to select how you want to cook your next meal. Why wouldn’t you want to have this gadget on hand? Other common functions include a ‘lack of water’ light and ‘cleaning water circuit and descaling’ light, both of which will illuminate when needed.
Temperature & Timer
Fairly intuitively, most air fryers also have temperature buttons and a timer for you to choose your own settings.
To make things even easier than they already are, most air fryers will have buttons ready for you to select depending on what you plan on cooking. From fries and chicken to fish and vegetables, simply select your ingredients, pop it in the drawer and away you go. The Jetsons, who?
If you weren’t already convinced by the ease of the air fryer (they’re popular for a reason), then hopefully this fairly intuitive guide will be the clincher in using an air fryer for every meal.
Looking to nab your own? Head here for a selection of high quality Tefal air fryers.
The Cheapest NBN 50 Plans
Here are the cheapest plans available for Australia’s most popular NBN speed tier.