Recently, I was out with my sister in the car. Can’t remember where we were going but she said to me (not sure why) that she was thinking about buying an Air Fryer. At the time I didn’t have a clue what she was going on about. I never even knew what an Air Fryer was but on this topic ~ What Are The Benefits Of Using An Air Fryer?
You see, she actually did buy one. I’m still kind of getting used to it at the moment (me and new technology lol) but it doesn’t use oil – which I really, really like!. If anyone has read my other blog post about vegetable oils you will know why. I think it is one of the worst things in the Western World at the moment. Just how it is produced says it all for me. [R]
So, definitely, the alternatives to using vegetable oil definitely do appeal to me. Animal fats are a controversial one but of course, the new kid on the block is the air fryer.
You can maybe guess what this is just by the name. It is a kitchen appliance that cooks food kind of like a mini-oven, but by using hot air at a high speed to simulate deep frying without using all the unhealthy oils.
See the description on Wikipedia…
Now About My Sister’s Air Fryer…
What I can tell you about it is it’s kind of small. Not really small but space-wise it really does not take up a lot.
Maybe this is just the model but this is one of the coolest things I think.
Also, If you were to get one of these instead of a microwave oven (something I’m also not a fan of) or your typical deep fat fryer you might find it’s a bit easier to clean around this area. It is also quite light to pick up.
So, there are benefits outside of food preparation.
They are easy to clean and they are also very portable so if you wanted to cook around ‘say’ a friends house for instance you could easily pick it up and put it in the back of the car, easy as that.
Maybe they are easier to steal though than a heavy microwave, or a greasy deep fat fryer xx. That is probably one of the biggest cons (which is not good) but I don’t think this will be something most people will worry too much about.
So you can definitely see the appeal here I think. Read more below… ⏬
What Are the Benefits Of Using An Air Fryer?
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Now, aside from what I’ve discussed already, there are a few things I want to look at today regarding the Benefits Of Using An Air Fryer. I want to discuss a few ideas today about why I think they might actually really be a very good thing for people’s health. Not just this but I think this is a very important part of it.
Also, why you might want to consider getting one for yourself as a replacement for your deep fat fryer or microwave oven.
2 kitchen appliances I really am not a fan of. Especially, Microwaves [R] but back to my point – I wanted to share a quick story about why I decided to write this post…
The Thing That Caught My Attention About Using an Air Fryer
So, my nephew, and I was talking about Junk Food. How most people are left in pretty vulnerable situations when it comes to having to eat out. I mean in truth yes you can eat a lot healthier at home but who wants to be stuck indoors all day? This is not healthy either no matter how good you eat. It’s depressing, no sunlight and the list goes on.
So, for optimal health of course there is going to be times when we need to eat out. During my conversation with my nephew, I brought up the topic of takeaway food. How I felt that a lot of these restaurants were most likely cooking with vegetable oils. Such as Sunflower, Rapeseed (Canola) and Corn oils.
I said that I felt very uneasy about this and how I felt it was mostly unavoidable.
My nephew said back to me something like “someone should open a restaurant that uses industrial air fryers“.
I was a bit new to the idea at the time – of even using an air fryer in the first place but this was actually what inspired me to write this post. Giving this some thought I realized the potential for human health here is MASSIVE!
Of course, a lot of people need to open their eyes first regarding the use of unpressed vegetable oils, but yes this is a very interesting idea indeed. I mean, I would actually bet the rise of obesity in the western world is heavily linked to these oils.
Even the crops used to make them are sprayed top-down with herbicides and pesticides before they are even picked. Add to this everything else used in the manufacturing process. My god!
So, A Bit Of A Rant Here
I used to use a deep fat fryer on a regular basis as a teenager. My brother nearly burnt down our old house using one xx (true story). Nowadays, just the thought of cooking with one of these things – really does not appeal to me at all.
I remember when it used to be time to change the oil. I’m not sure what my parents used to do with it. It was plainly just horrible that alone. With an Air Fryer, You don’t need all this mess anymore and this is just the tip of the Iceberg (I think).
If more people started using Air Fryers it would be so much better for people. I really do believe this. That our consumption of vegetable oils is a very big part of the health and obesity crisis we are all currently facing.
Takeaway food restaurants I think play a big part in this as well.
In a way they are great. Not everyone has the time to cook every night. Even I will get myself a takeaway from time to time. It is a lot better than going hungry. Most people can not cook like these guys/girls can either. Even if they do use rapeseed or sunflower oil, but still I really do wonder about this.
Like McDonald’s gets a bad rap for being unhealthy. I wonder if this is the root cause. Them using these oils?
How can you eat out and still eat healthy at the same time? This is what I want to know.
Part of me understands that people need to eat out sometimes. I will not take that away from them but in my mind, this all needs to change. Really I believe the food is not the problem.
Of course, it’s not but just the way that people are cooking it. With these toxic oils.
So, let’s talk about air fryers. I want everyone reading this article to really look into the idea.
Personally, at home, I only use my electric oven or sometimes my slow cooker but for anyone that uses a deep fat fryer for example – Definitely, give this idea some thought!
Using a Deep Fat Fryer Vs. An Air Fryer
Now, just looking on Youtube there is a video by a man called Sam ‘The Cooking Guy. Upon searching I see he made a video testing the difference between cooking his Homemade Fried Chicken Using a Deep Fat Fryer Vs. An Air Fryer.
I wanted to share this video as it answers a few questions I have about the difference between these 2 appliances. Obviously, there are the Benefits Of Using An Air Fryer for better health but how about things like taste and flavour?
With this in mind, I have put together some pros and cons of both…
The Benefits of Using an Air Fryer
Pros and Cons
- Easy To Clean – In and Around! (Air Fryer)
- You Don’t Need To Use Oils
So No Oil To Dispose of After Use (Air Fryer)
- A Healthier Way Of Cooking (Air Fryer)
- More Portable Than Microwaves and Deep Fat Fryers (Air Fryer)
- You Can Save A Lot of Money On Oil (Air Fryer)
- Less of a Fire Hazard (Air Fryer)
- More Crispy Food (Deep Fat Frier)
- Cooks Better (Not Healthier) Fried Chicken (DF Frier)
- Takes Longer To Cook than a Deep Fat Fryer (Air Fryer)
- Difference In Flavour and Texture (Air Fryer)
- Deep Fat Fryers Are Generally Cheaper To Buy (DF Fryer)
- Food Cooked May Not Look Cooked When It Is (Air Fryer)
- Cooking With Oil Can Cause Fires (DF Fryer)
- Using Healthy Cooking Oils Can Be Pricey (DF Fryer)
My Verdict – Air Fryer Vs. DF Fryer…
One thing I think that is worth mentioning is that there are ways of deep frying without using the likes of Sunflower Oil and Rapeseed Oil etc. Extra Virgin Oil is quite expensive but lower grade olive oils, animal fats and other pressed oils that don’t go through chemical processes are other alternatives. Not as cheap but still…
However, of course, many will opt for using an air fryer rather than a deep fat fryer just because of the mess the oil makes and how difficult it can be to dispose of.
You could argue that nothing tastes the same as proper deep-fried chicken for instance. This is certainly true but as the air fryer has become more popular the fewer people are bothered by this change.
In fact, many people are quite happy using these new devices and there are plenty of recipes to match.
See eBay, for instance, there is a good selection of Air Fryer Recipe Books [Click Here]
Please note: I have not personally read any of these books but I guess they do go some way to show what you can do with an Air Fryer. You may even find some recipes are quite unique and very different from your typical deep-fried meals.
But, further to this… These include some of the best sellers on Amazon etc.
What Is The Best Air Fryer To Buy In 2021
i.) Cosori Air Fryer Max XL
Price: £125.99 (GBP) [Prices May Vary]
Description: One Touch Screen, 13 Different Cooking Functions, Pre-Heat and Shake Reminder, 5.8 Quart.
Pros: Made in the USA, Available In Different Colours, Lot’s of Space Inside, Includes non-stick, dishwasher safe basket.
Cons: Pre-Set Modes can be a bit complicated to understand, the “shake” reminder although useful can be a bit annoying.
Purchase Link: https://ebay.us/Y00hZg
ii.) Ninja DZ201 Foodi 6-in-1
Price: $149.99-$199.99 [Price varies]
Description: Uses Dual Time Technology 8 Quart., 2-Trays, 6 Cooking Modes (Air Broil, Air Fry, Roast, Dehydrate, Reheat and Bake)
Pros: Dish Washer Safe Baskets, Easy To Clean, Wide Temp. Range 105°F–450°F,
Cons: Very Bulky, Can’t Cook Wet Meals, Small Compartments.
Purchase Link: https://ebay.us/Jq91ks
iii.) Instant Vortex Plus 6-in-1
Description: 4 Customizable Cooking Modes, Can be used to Air Fry, Bake, Dehydrate, Bake, Reheat and Broil. 6 Quart. Uses EVENCRISP TECHNOLOGY
Pros: Dishwasher Safe Non-Stick Basket, Overheat Protection,
Cons: Bulky Design, Basic settings
Purchase Link: https://ebay.us/dDKseR
iv.) Ninja AF161 MAX XL
Price: $290.00 (Price Varies)
Description: 6 Cooking Modes (Air Broil, Air Fry, Roast, Dehydrate, Reheat and Bake), Uses Max Crisp Technology, 6 Quart Capacity
Pros: Dishwasher Safe, Includes 2nd Tray for Air Broiling, Can cook faster than other Air Fryers on the market, Cooks Crispier Food – Heat up to 450 Degrees
Cons: Bulky design, some complaints say they stop working after 6 months etc. [R]
Purchase Link: https://ebay.us/FyOCo2
In Conclusion – My Final Thoughts
What Are the Benefits Of Using An Air Fryer? If you are looking for a quick convenient approach to cooking that doesn’t include all the mess from cooking with oil then this must be one of the main benefits here. Being able to use considerably less oil also means that you can use healthier pressed oils for your cooking such as Extra Virgin Olive Oil for cheaper.
Of course, you don’t need to use any oil but many will want to at least use some to help give a more fried effect. I am actually very interested to see how well certain foods cook here. The hype does appear to be real but then I do get the impression is this technology still has a way to go.
Like some of these products are not yet the finished article.
So, I think maybe the next 5-10 years will have a lot to say about the future use of Air-Fryers. If any restaurants start to adopt the use of this technology that will be huge I reckon. Ultimately though it will have to be when they can prepare food to the similar, crispy texture that people expect from deep fat frying used in the large majority of fast-food chains.
I think though this would be in their best interests at some point. Most businesses will think of profits before health but if these businesses can save money from buying (and disposing of) drums, and drums of toxic oil I’m sure they will.
So with this in mind let’s see what happens in the years to come…
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Finally, I would just like to end today’s post by asking a few questions. Do you use an Air Fryer? What Are Your Thoughts On This Method of Cooking? Do You Feel Healthier Since You Started Using One? and In Your View What Are The Biggest Pros and Cons of Using This Technology?
Please let us know along with any other questions you might have in the comments section below.
Many thanks and #StayDynamic
Alexander B. Chivers