I think it’s important to understand that there is no such thing as “the perfect cooking appliance.” I’ve been a proud air fryer owner for roughly seven years now, and this is everything I can think of when it comes to what you should not expect when owning an air fryer for the first time.
Keep in mind, though, that I am an avid air fryer user and none of these reasons are enough for me to give up my air fryer.
I think it’s important to make sure you don’t hype yourself up too much when you buy an air fryer for the first time.
Here’s everything you shouldn’t expect from an air fryer.
1. You can’t air fry wet batter
If you’re looking to make some delicious fried foods at home, an air fryer might be the appliance for you! However, there are a few things to keep in mind. Air fryers are not meant for cooking wet batters or coatings. The end result will be soft and chewy food instead of crispy goodness. So if you’re dreaming of beer-battered onion rings, unfortunately that’s not going to work in an air fryer. Stick to dry foods like chicken wings or French fries, and you’ll be sure to enjoy your meal.
2. Air frying cheese makes a mess
Air frying cheese is a popular way to cook this tasty snack, but it can be messy. The melted cheese will often splatter out of the air fryer and onto your countertop or floor. Be prepared for a big cleanup job if you decide to air fry some cheese!
3. Air-frying burger patties dries them out
If you’re making your burger patties from scratch, the chances of drying them out in an air fryer are high. The hot air surrounding the patty will end up drawing out the outer layer of the meat. This means that your burger may not turn out as juicy and moist as you would like it to be. In order to avoid this, you may need to adjust the temperature and time it takes to cook good burger patties.
If you’re trying to heat up frozen burger patties, then cook them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 minutes. Heating them up at a higher temperature could lead to them becoming dry and tough.
4. Air frying dried seasonings causes a mess
One downside to air frying is that it can often create a mess in the kitchen. This happens when you try to fry food with dry seasoning that isn’t stuck to the food. The fan will hit the seasoning and send it flying everywhere, except for on the food itself!
While this can be frustrating, there are ways to workaround this issue. One suggestion is to add a layer of oil to your food before adding the seasoning. This will help keep the spice attached to your food as it cooks. Another option is to use wet seasonings instead of dry ones, which tend not to cause as much of a mess. Ultimately, with a little bit of experimentation, you should be able to find a method that works best for you and avoids making too much of a mess in the kitchen.
5. You can’t air fry delicate leafy green Beast
Due to their ease of use and quick cooking times, air fryers are becoming more and more popular. However, there are some things you should avoid cooking in your air fryer if you want the best results.
Experts recommend avoiding delicate greens or any foods without some weight to them. Air fryers are easy to burn food in because they cook at high temperatures, so make sure you avoid these items while cooking in your air fryer.
On the other hand, air frying is an easy way to prepare greens, but some leafy greens might not be worth the hassle. If you want to try it anyway, keep your eye on the leafy vegetables after three minutes of cooking time to avoid overcooking.
6. You can’t overfill your air fryer basket
Many people are afraid to overfill their air fryer basket for fear of ruining their dish. However, as long as you do not fill it too fully, you have nothing to worry about! The key is making sure that each item has some room in which to cook evenly. If you follow this simple rule, your food will come out perfectly every time.
So don’t be afraid to load up your air fryer. Just make sure there’s enough space for everything to cook evenly!
7. It isn’t always healthier
People are often drawn to air fryers because they allow for the cooking of a wide variety of deep-fried foods, including French fries and chicken wings. However, it ultimately still depends on what types of food you eat. For example, if you choose to air fry foods that include ingredients like saturated fats or unhealthy oils, then the end result may not be as healthy as you had hoped.
In contrast, some people believe that air frying is always healthier than deep-frying. This isn’t always the case, as there are a number of factors which contribute to the overall healthiness of your meal. Ultimately, it’s important to read the labels on all food products before making a decision about whether or not to cook them in an air fryer.
8. You can’t air fry raw grains
Air fryers are a great way to cook food quickly and easily. However, there are some things you should not try to air fry. Grains, for example, need to be cooked on the stove top first before they can be cooked in an air fryer. Air-frying raw grains is not a good idea. It can lead to bacterial growth and food poisoning. So make sure your grains are preheated before putting them in the air fryer!
9. Air fryers can produce unhealthy fumes
Air fryers are a great way to cook food with little or no fat. However, they can produce unhealthy fumes if the food has a lot of fat in it. The smoke and smell that occur when something is burned are normal, but it’s not healthy for you to breathe them in.
The fat and oil are dangerous when they splatter against the heating element, which is red hot. This can cause a smoking air fryer to occur when ingredients touch the heating element. So be careful not to let the food touch the sides of the air fryer as it cooks.
10. Air fryers can get quite expensive
Air fryers can get pretty expensive. The price range can go anywhere from $100 to $300 a unit. You may be wondering: is it worth the cost?
The difference here is quality. You get what you pay for. With an air fryer, you’re getting a healthier option with tons of value. The health benefits that come with an air fryer are far more than the cost of the machine itself.
11. Air fryers can only cook for a small group of people
Air fryers are great for small groups of people, but they can be a bit too small for larger households. Most normal-sized air fryers can only cook for a maximum of around 3 to 4 people. If you’re looking to cook food for a larger group of people, you’ll need to find an air fryer that is bigger in size.
For the best results, air fryers should be used in tandem to cook multiple dishes at once. This will help ensure that all your food is cooked evenly and properly. Air fryers are best for small groups of people who want to cook multiple dishes at the same time.
12. Air fryers can potentially burn and dry your food out
When you’re using an air fryer, it’s important to be aware that it can potentially burn and dry your food out. If you experience smoking while using your air fryer, consider that your food has too much fat or oil in it, which may be burning on the inside of the machine. The fat that melts during the air fryer cooking process can cause a smoking condition. Food ingredients touching the heating element can also cause a burning and smoking condition.
When using an air fryer, make sure to set the right temperature and time. You’ll be surprised at how fast and powerful an air fryer is–that can sometimes mess up your air fryer settings!
13. There are so many air fryers out there
It can be hard to choose an air fryer when there are so many options out there. How do you know which one is right for you? Do your research! Look at the different types of air fryers and read reviews of what people like best. You may even want to join some online communities that focus on air fryers. This will help you make a decision that you’re happy with.
14. You need to clean your air fryers often
It’s important to clean the air fryer after each use, as it will become difficult to do so if not done on a regular basis. All of that residue from your food can build up and cause all sorts of health problems if you’re not careful.
You should clean your air fryers every time you use them, but especially after each dish is served. That way, you’ll avoid any nasty surprises down the road and keep your air fryer in good condition for as long as possible.
It’s best not to use the dishwasher with your air fryers because they may damage the machine. Make sure the separate parts of your air fryer are dishwasher friendly before putting them in the dishwasher. And always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when cleaning any appliance!
15. Air fryers are difficult to clean
One downside to air fryers is that they can be difficult to clean. This is because food residues tend to build up on the surface and in the small crevices of the appliance. It’s important to clean your air fryer thoroughly after each use, especially if you don’t want it to start smelling bad.
Fortunately, there are a few ways you can make cleaning your air fryer easier. For starters, try washing all of the parts in warm water with dish soap. You can also opt to wash them by hand or put them in the dishwasher if the manufacturer allows it. If food residues are still stuck on the surface, you can try using a soft bristle brush to get them off.
16. Air fryers take longer to cook than deep fryers
Air fryers take longer to cook than deep fryers. This is because the machine needs to be preheated before being heated up. In addition, air frying takes more time than deep frying because the food is not in direct contact with hot oil. If an air fryer loses heat during air frying, it will result in longer baking times. Sometimes, losing heat means simply opening the air fryer door.
17. Air fryers take longer to cook than microwaves
Microwaves can cook food in a fraction of the time it takes an air fryer. If you’re looking to quickly reheat your leftovers, a microwave oven is the best option.
18. Air fryers get loud and noisy
Air fryers are popular for their health benefits and convenience, but they also have a downside: they can be very loud. In fact, many air fryers get as loud as hair dryers, vacuum cleaners, or extractor hoods. This can be a problem if you’re trying to cook in a small or enclosed space, as the noise will quickly become overwhelming.
It’s also important not to cover air fryers when they’re in use. They need lots of space to vent the hot air so that it doesn’t build up and cause the machine to overheat. If you don’t give them enough room, the air fryer will produce an unpleasant noise until it’s able to cool down again.
Some air fryers also produce very loud beeping noises that can get annoying over time. If you’re using one of these models, make sure you set a timer or turn off the alarm once it’s finished cooking so you don’t have to listen to it every time.
Air fryers make a lot of noise when they reach the desired temperature, or once their timer has finished ticking down. If you’re someone who hates excessive sound levels, then an air fryer may not be for you!
19. Air fryers require a lot of counter space
Air fryers are a great way to cook your food, but they do require a lot of counter space. If you don’t have enough room on your counter, you may want to think about getting a smaller air fryer. They come in all different sizes, so there’s sure to be one that will fit in your kitchen.
Just be sure you know where to store the air fryer and its parts if you don’t want it to take up permanent space on your kitchen counters. Most air fryers come with a storage case or basket that can be tucked away when not in use.
20. Air fryers can smoke and cause your house to smell
If your air fryer starts smoking, it’s normal and will only occur with certain types of food.
If your air fryer starts to smoke a little, it is safe and should stop after you remove the food from the cooking basket or turn off the power. However, I recommend closely monitoring your air fryer and checking up on your food regularly.
The red-hot heating element can cause fat to burn and produce smoke; ingredients that contact the heating element are also at risk of this outcome. So, if you’re using an air fryer in your home, please be aware that it might produce some smoke. But don’t worry, as long as you’re keeping an eye on things, it should be just fine!
21. Air fryers cut the fat from your food, even the good fat
Air fryers are a great way to cut down on the fat in your food, but not all fats are bad for you. In fact, some fats are essential for a healthy diet. Air fryers reduce the calories consumed by as much as 30%, so if you’re needing the calorie intake, then this might not be good for you.
22. Food cooked in the air fryer may boost the formation of a carcinogen
Cooking with an air fryer comes with a lot of benefits: it helps retain nutrients in food, cooks food quickly, and uses minimal oil. However, one downside to using this appliance is that it may lead to the formation of a carcinogen.
Acrylamide is created when foods are cooked at high temperatures, and it has been linked to cancer in humans. While the risk posed by acrylamide is not fully understood, it’s important to be aware of the potential dangers associated with this substance.
Fortunately, there are ways to reduce your risk of exposure to acrylamide. One is to add fresh herbs like parsley and chives when cooking; these plants contain antioxidants that can help minimize the formation of this carcinogen. Another way to reduce your risk is by using an air fryer instead of a deep fryer. As mentioned earlier, air fried potatoes have about 90 percent less acrylamide than deep-fried potatoes.
23. Air fryers come in all sorts of shapes
Air fryers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. You can find them as boxy-type ovens, or as egg-shaped air fryers. In addition, there are some air fryers that are nearly twice the size of other air fryers. This can be a problem for people with limited counter space.
24. It may not save you much time
The biggest drawback of air fryers is that they are not as fast as microwave ovens. In fact, you may need to cook the food in two batches in order to make sure everything is evenly cooked.
Although air fryers do save you time on dishes because you can just pop them into the dishwasher, the amount of time saved may not be worth all of the effort it takes to put it together and take it apart after each use.
If speed is your top priority, then an air fryer is not what you’re looking for.
25. Are air fryers toxic to birds?
There are some concerns that air fryers may be toxic to birds, as they release fumes when heated up. Specifically, the chemical PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) is released from Teflon-coated pans, and this has been linked with bird deaths. While there is no definitive proof that air fryers pose a danger to birds, it’s best to err on the side of caution and use an oil that doesn’t oxidize easily to prevent free radicals.
26. It’s still best to preheat your air fryer first
Preheating your air fryer is always a good idea, even if the recipe you’re using doesn’t call for it. Preheating will help cook food evenly and prevent burn-outs. It’s especially important to preheat the air fryer if you’re cooking something that takes a while, like chicken or fish.
27. You need to check up on your food often
It’s important to keep an eye on your food while it’s cooking, even if the internal temperature seems correct. An air fryer can produce one of the best meals out there, but it requires some effort on your part.
You can open up the air fryer to check on the food, and it won’t interrupt or slow down cooking time. However, you may drop the temperature slightly.
Always keep a close eye on your food while it is cooking, even if it looks like everything is going well. Checking in on your meal often will help avoid any potential problems.
28. They get really dirty, really fast
Air fryers are amazing devices that help you cook your food perfectly without all of the added fat. However, one downside to air fryers is that they can get really dirty, really fast! If you’re not cleaning it regularly, before you know it, it’s going to start building up brown stains everywhere.
The fan that is used in an air fryer picks up particles of food and moves them all over the inner chamber of the air fryer. Even though your food never touched certain areas of the air fryer, the air will pick up particles of food and move them there. So make sure you’re cleaning your air fryer regularly to avoid any nasty surprises!
29. You need to prime your air fryer before you use it for the first time
When you get a new air fryer, it’s important to prime it before using it for the first time. This means that you’ll need to set the temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and let it cook for 20 minutes. Doing this will help get rid of all the manufacturer’s oils and smells that may come out of your air fryer when you start cooking with it.
30. You can try food on plastic plates
Some plastic materials used in air fryers might not be safe. If the plate you’re using is not oven safe, it might melt and cause smoke in the air fryer. You’ll need to get a silicone or parchment paper air fryer rack to avoid extra mess.
31. You can’t air fry food on paper plates
Although air fryers are becoming more and more popular, there is one thing you should never do: try to air fry food on a paper plate. Although some people may think it’s ok to do this for a short amount of time, if you’re planning on air-frying for more than 20 minutes at a high temperature, then there’s a good chance your paper plate will burn and cause a fire. So be careful, and always use oven-safe plates when air frying!
32. You can’t see your food if you have the basket style air fryers
If you have a basket style air fryer, then unfortunately you won’t be able to see your food while it’s cooking. This is because the design of the basket-style air fryers doesn’t allow users to see their food while it’s frying.
Many people have opted to buy the oven-style air fryers because they usually have glass doors so that you can see inside while your food is being cooked. This way, you’ll be able to gauge how your food is coming along without having to open up the machine and disrupt the cooking process.
33. The oven-style air fryers are harder to clean than the basket-style ones
It’s no secret that oven-style air fryers are harder to clean than the basket-style ones. All of those loose parts and the chamber make it difficult to get into all the nooks and crannies. Plus, if you don’t clean it regularly, food can start to build up and create a nasty smell.
Fortunately, if you have a basket-style air fryer, cleaning is a breeze. You just need to place the basket itself and the rack into the dishwasher or hand wash them yourself. No deep-cleaning necessary!
34. There are so many settings and buttons that it can get confusing
When you first get your air fryer, it can be really overwhelming with all of the different settings and buttons. In fact, most people will just end up pressing the air fryer button and not using any of the other features. This is because it can be confusing trying to figure out what each button does.
Air fryers have a lot of different settings and features, but most people only use one setting for the life of the machine. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different foods and cooking methods. You may find that you like a certain mode better than others. Just remember to read the instruction manual so that you know how to use your air fryer properly!
35. Air fryers can last up to 3 years
Whether this is a bad thing or not, air fryers have been known to last for an average of two to three years. However, there are several factors that go into this. How often do you use the air fryer? How well do you maintain it? How well do you clean it?
I think it’s important to understand that the average lifespan of an air fryer is not that long, and you may end up disappointed if your air fryer stops working only two years into owning one.
Fortunately, there are people who claim that they’ve had their air fryers for as long as seven to 10 years at a time.
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