Air fryers have became the hottest thing since Instant Pots and sliced bread, but can you really replace your traditional oil fryer with air as a healthy alternative?
Contrary to the name, air fryers don’t technically fry food. It’s a compact kitchen appliance that circulates hot air around the food to cook it and give it a crispy taste and browned color. You place the food in a basketlike container, the air fryer cooks it and the excess fat drops to a pan.
Cooking with an air fryer will take longer than deep frying, but not much. When comparing recipes, french fries generally take about six minutes to deep fry, where an air fryer would take 12 minutes. Deep frying chicken takes anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes, but using an