It’s true that there are foods that taste better only when fried. Unfortunately, the use of too much oil to deep fry not only makes the kitchen messy but also makes the food unhealthy. Using air fryers to complete this task ensures you serve healthier meals and it’s a convenient way cooking. This is because the oil used by air fryers is usually 80% less than that of traditional deep frying. Also, with an air fryer, you can open and add the ingredient. This is a convenient way of preparing foods that require varied cooking periods.
Irrespective of the brand of an air fryer that you own, it’s important to ensure that you have the following top 10 air fryer accessories if you are to have a smooth cooking experience.
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1. A Non-Stick Baking Pan and Baking Dish
The baking dish is usually deeper compared to the pan. They vary in color depending on the brand. They could be gray, black or a shade of brown. As the name suggests, they make the baking of your preferred cake easier. All you need is to carefully put your dough in this pan or dish and the rest is done by your fryer.
2. A rack
Brand accessory packs come with a silver rack that allows you to cook foods that you don’t want them to have a direct contact with the bottom of the fryer. Foods like kebabs, whole chicken, big meat pieces among others can be placed on this rack so that as you cook, their juices get to drop at the bottom of the fryer. This reduces the fat in this food. It’s more like using a grill to complete the task.
3. A Fry Basket
In most cases, this basket resembles the one used for traditional deep fry. It has holes to allow unwanted juice to drop on the bottom of the fryer. It’s best when preparing French fries.
4. A grill Pan
This is a grill plate with a handle and a perforated surface that allows for free airflow as you grill your vegetables, mushrooms, asparagus, and meat among other foods. It also comes in different colors depending on the brand you bought.
5. A Cooking Tool Set
This set of tools consists of tongs, a measuring spoon, a slotted spoon, hand mixers, a pizza cutter, a peeler, and a ladle (a flat surface tool that allow you to check if the food is cooked already or it needs some more time). This tools will help you turn, mix and grab foods as you cook. These tools could be back, silver among other colors.
6. Reusable Cupcake Cups
This is the best when making cupcakes, mini pies, buns, etc. they prevent any sticky problems that you may experience when cooking directly at the bottom of the fryer. From their name, you can tell, all you need is clean them after use and wait until you want to use them during your next cooking.
7. A Reusable Baking Mat
There are foods that can cause a lot of mess even when cooked in air fryer. To avoid so much mess, get a baking mat always placed at the bottom of your fryer. You can have it cleaned and used again later. This saves on the cost of buying many disposable baking papers.
8. A Set of Ramekins
This is small containers that allow you to cook small quantities of different foods at once. All you need is to separately place them in this cup like containers and proceed with the cooking. It saves energy and time since the cooking is done simultaneously using the same energy.
9. An Oil Spray Bottle
Among the benefits of an air fryer is that it’s not so messy. You wouldn’t want to contradict this by trying to force oil into to the fryer using a cup or any other container. Get a quality oil spray bottle and have an opportunity to add exact/measured quantities of oil to your food.
10. A food Recipe/Cook Book
Although there are foods that you have mastered their recipe, it’s important to get the right recipe book so you will have a variety to choose from. It can also, help you remember some step in case you realize you have forgotten some steps for one reason or the other.
In a nutshell, when buying an air fryer, you need to re-examine your cooking need so that you buy one whose accessories and accessory size will perfectly meet your needs. With the right accessories arranged prior to your cooking, the entire process becomes convenient and so enjoyable.