How Healthy Are Air Frying Machines? What You Need to Know About the Trendy Appliance

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.


This is my go-to sourdough bread recipe for the bread machine. I've been thrilled with my bread machine because it allows me to make delicious bread with minimal effort every day. But I was missing the tangy flavor of artisan bakery sourdough bread. So I set a goal for myself to figure out how to combine the two. The bread machine's ease of use and the delicious flavor of authentic sourdough bread. In this recipe, I'll show you how to prepare your sourdough starter, how to care for it, my tips and tricks for making the perfect bread machine sourdough, how to set up your bread machine, and, of course, the recipe! This is the ultimate guide to making sourdough bread in a bread machine! So, let's get started... Why does making sourdough bread take so long? Sourdough bread requires a significant amount of time to prepare. When I was looking for a bread machine sourdough recipe, I quickly discovered that time is required to achieve that artisan look and flavor. It's time to let the dough bulk ferment. If you're doing a cold ferment, it could take anywhere from 4 to 18 hours. It's time to pay attention to the dough and do 4-5 stretch and folds every 20-30 minutes to help the gluten develop. It's time to get your dutch oven ready, preheat your oven, and shape and bake your dough. That amount of time deterred me from making my own sourdough bread. So I set out to create a recipe that I could make using my bread machine on a daily basis and that tasted and felt as close to that delicious artisan bread that I adored as possible.