Are you as tired as me when it comes to cleaning your air fryer each and every time you use it? All the pieces and all the accessories that come with it, including the air frying pan, are a huge hassle.
This has got to be thinking about whether or not fires have a self-cleaning feature.
Fortunately, I found ways to make my air fry cleaning experience much better.
Does the air fryer have a self-cleaning feature?
When it comes to a self-cleaning feature, most air fryers do not have a self-clean button. Basket air fryers are simply not set up to have a high enough temperature to self-clean as they do have a great deal of plastic in their construction.
Were you to use self-clean on a basket air fryer, you would likely warp or melt the plastic body. With oven-style air fryers, however, there are some that do come with a self-cleaning setting. The self-clean setting is just a very high heat that burns off the food that might be on the inside of the air fryer, and that helps you be able to wipe it away.
With a self-cleaning mode, you want to be very careful that you are removing anything like foil or extra pans from the oven before you start.
Easy ways to clean an air fryer
There are ways to clean your basket fryer very easily without worrying about a self-cleaning setting.
- The first thing you want to do is fill the basket up half way with water and a splash of dish soap.
- Then, put the basket into the air fryer and cook for 5 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. This is going to heat the water and help to remove any grease and dirt that is on the bottom of the basket, and the steam will help to release any dirt that is further up the basket.
- You then need to dump the water and wipe down the basket and the inside of the air fryer to help remove any residue and make the inside of your air fryer super clean.
Do you have to clean an air fryer after each use?
This is somewhat of a hot button topic. Some people feel that you need to clean the air fryer after each use, while others wait a few days or a few uses between washes.
The real fact of the matter is that you do not have to clean your air fryer after every single use.
A good rule of thumb is to actually look at the air fryer to help you determine if it needs to be cleaned or not.
If you look at your air fryer and there are a lot of crumbs, a lot of food residue, or a lot of grease, you should probably clean it. If you are cooking something that is not messy and that does not leave a great deal of mess, you can get away with waiting to clean it until it is used again.
If you are concerned about the cleanliness of your air fryer but do not want to clean it every time you use it, you can simply wipe it out with a damp paper towel after you use it and then give it a more thorough cleaning later.
Can not cleaning your air fryer after each use harm you?
It is not going to harm you if you do not clean your air fryer after each use, unless you cooked something like fish or other meat and left some of it in the air fryer and ate it a week later.
Things like food residue and grease that were left over from the French fries or chicken nuggets you ate two days ago are not going to hurt you.
Can an air fryer have self-cleaning features like a self-cleaning oven?
There are some air fryers that do have a self-cleaning feature. A self-cleaning setting on an oven is a very high heat that works to burn off the residue from the inside of the oven so that you can then wipe it out and remove the ash after it is done.
As we mentioned before, this would not be possible with the basket style air fryers as they are mostly plastic and the heat would melt or damage the plastic. With oven-style fryers, you can get some that have a self-cleaning feature, but you want to make sure you pay close attention to the instructions that are written so that you can use this feature safely.
Ways to avoid a mess when cooking in an air fryer
There are some ways that you can avoid a mess in your air fryer, but they might change the way that the air fryer works. With things like aluminum foil on the bottom of the basket, this can change the way that the fryer works and can inhibit the air flow around the bottom of the food. You can put foil on the very bottom of the air fryer to catch oil. You can also get paper liners that are made of parchment paper that will help keep food from sticking.
Do parchment paper liners really help prevent air fryer mess?
With paper liners, you are going to have that added mess of having to throw away your liners, and you may also have some oil that drips down through the holes. There are liners that are like basket liners, but these are still going to let some oil through. If you are really worried about the mess, just work to clean it out after every use.
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