I know this may sound like a stretch, but hear me out. A lot of people have been asking whether or not they can air fryer milk or even keep it warm in an air fryer. We had a good laugh about this until we found out that some of these queries were actually serious.
Instead of just saying flat out no, because you know, air fryers don’t do well with liquids, we decided to test this out ourselves.
One cup of warm milk coming up!
Can you air fry milk?
After going through about three runs of air frying milk, we’ve come up with a few thoughts.
Yes, you technically can air fry milk. However, with most types of liquids bring cooked, you have to remember to use a heat-resistant cup as well as remind yourself not to fill your cup completely with milk. Leaving a bit of space can help prevent a big messy mistake.
Another issue you want to think about is cleaning your air fryer and removing the oils and fats before you do so.
The best way to air fry milk is by using a microwave and heating it in a glass container. This will allow for more control over the temperature of the milk. It’s also easier to see if there are any bubbles forming on top of the milk.
How to air fry milk?
- Start by pouring milk into a ceramic cup no more than 3/4 of the way full.
- It’s best to put your cup directly into your air fryer basket and we recommend placing a silicone liner in between the cup and the surface of the basket.
- Preheat the air fryer until it reaches 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cook the milk at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes.
- Once the air fryer has reached its target temperature, turn off the air fryer.
- Wait at least 5 minutes before removing the milk from the air fryer.
- If you’re worried that the milk might be too hot, let it cool down for a few minutes before serving. You should never leave food in your air fryer after cooking, especially if you’re attempting to do youtube videos. If you need to remove the food, simply wait until the air fryer has cooled down.
Can you warm milk in an air fryer?
Yes, some air fryers actually have the keep warm function. This function simply Tightly regulates the power of the bottom element to keep the food warm after cooking. So, in case you are not eating immediately or you’re working on something else when you’re ready to serve, it will still come out hot.
Most air fryers will have the same functionality and settings:
- Pre-set the temperature to 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Set the time to how many minutes or hours you would like to hold it hot.
- Press a button or set the function knob to keep warm.
- Either leave your food inside or open the door and place your food inside and close the door.
- The air fryer has a built-in shut-off system so depending on the time, it will automatically shut off afterward.
Can milk boil in an air fryer?
Yes, you can but first, you probably want to clean your air fryer from oil and fats. Water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit or 100 degrees Celsius.
Air fryers can go well beyond this temperature. We’ve seen consumer-level air fryers that are capable of capping out at 510 degrees Fahrenheit.
However, it’s a lot more difficult to boil any type of liquid in an air fryer than it would be directly on a stove. With an element not directly touching the cup, and the fan simply blowing hot air throughout. You’re likely going extremely difficult to get the water boiling.
This is no different when it comes to milk in an air fryer.
The truth is, no one really boils milk. Even the pasteurization process of milk is left to a low-grade simmer. Milk companies usually put milk into a double boiler and gradually increase the temperature to 165 degrees Fahrenheit or 74 degrees Celsius. They’ll leave it at that temperature for about 15 seconds.
Caution: you might damage your air fryer if you are trying to boil liquids
When you boil liquids, you’re creating vapors in the environment. It’s normally okay in an open environment. However, if you’re doing it inside an air fryer, you might run the risk of damaging your electrical components inside the air fryer.
When boiling milk, the first thing that will evaporate is the water from the milk. This water will spread out all throughout the Chamber of the air fryer and even get into the vents and electrical system.
Liquids that touch electrical components such as the control chip, and the heating element may end up damaging your air fryer.
And for this reason, we recommend not trying to boil liquids in your air fryer including milk.
Tips when air frying milk
- Don’t fill the cup all the way up with milk. Air circulation throughout the interior will cause spillage.
- When done cooking, pull out the basket as gently as possible. It’s very easy to spill.
- Don’t expect the milk to be boiling. It’s actually very difficult for an air fryer to boil liquids.
- Air fryers cook the outer surface of the liquid. It’s not like how a microwave can cook from the inside out.
- Vaporized liquids can potentially make their way into small areas and vents, making contact with the electrical components and motor of the air fryer. Avoid boiling milk.
- You may need to stir your milk before drinking it. Air fryers cook the exterior of the cup, so it is likely that the middle area is still cold.
- One purpose that is frying water conserve is by preventing fat from overheating. Putting a cup of water inside an air fryer while cooking food can keep the environment cooler for a longer time. As a result, and no longer smokes the food with that oily smell.
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