This kitchen gadget simplifies and expedites meal preparation. However, is there a catch?
You've almost certainly seen photos of perfectly fried chicken wings or mozzarella sticks made "healthy" in an air fryer. However, this trendy kitchen gadget is capable of much more than reinventing traditional fried foods. It's the ideal contraption for roasting vegetables without turning on the oven, making quick and crispy granola, or even roasting potato wedges for running fuel.
If an air fryer has been on your list of kitchen gadgets to consider, it's time to learn more about the machine that's revolutionizing cooking. To learn more about the health benefits of air fryers and the ins and outs of this appliance, we spoke with two nutrition and air fryer experts: Elizabeth Shaw, M.S., R.D.N., coauthor of Air Fryer Cookbook for Dummies, and Dana Angelo White, M.S., R.D., author of The Healthy Air Fryer Cookbook and The Healthy Vegan Air Fryer Cookbook.
How Do Air Fryer Machines Operate?
Simply put, air fryers circulate hot air rapidly around food, resulting in a crispy texture in a short period of time.
“The air fryer features a heating element and a powerful fan mounted on top, which circulates hot air around the food in a basket,” explains Angelo White. “The way the hot air circulates around the food begins to cook it, imparting the same crispy, crunchy flavor as deep-fried food—but with significantly less oil,” Shaw continues.