So you’ve just got your air fryer delivered at your doorstep today and you’re too excited to use it. You are not alone.
It’s a common feeling when it’s your first time to grab hold of your air fryer no matter what the brand it is.
Your new air fryer is like your new toy or new baby, so you better make sure to handle it with care and treat like it’s going to be your partner for life. Because it will be, as long as you take good care of it.
What to do after you unbox your air fryer?
Pre-heat it before you use it.
As you unbox the AF, you’ll see the manual and warranty inside the box. For most of the AF brands, there will be cooking instructions included in the manual to help you familiarize with the food you’re going to cook in your air fryer and its cooking time recommendations.
But before you use it, make sure you pre-heat the AF based on the brand product recommendation. Usually it is recommended to pre-heat the newly-acquired air fryer for 10-15 minutes equal to the maximum temperature setup. Some brands will ask you to pre-heat for 20 minutes up to 30 minutes. Whatever setup it is going to be, do not forget to pre-heat it as soon as you’re about to use it the very first time. It will help the new AF adjust to the new room condition and temperature, and it will help prolong its life.
Pre-heating the AF before you cook
This will help your AF to warm up every time you are about to cook something. Plus this will also help lessen the cooking time.
There will be some techniques that don’t require preheating the AF but we suggest that you must, especially when you’re filling the basket with pork hocks or pork belly. This will ensure that the meat inside will cook evenly.
Follow cooking instructions
On your AF manual, there will be cooking instructions and recommendations on how to cook the food you’ll be putting inside the basket or oven. Follow them because this will help you to know more about your AF’s cooking behavior. You can try several times with different settings until you get your desired cooking result.
You can also join several air fryer group pages on Facebook like Air Fryer Philippines by Doc Jas’ Kitchen, AIR FRYER TIPS & RECIPES PHILIPPINES 🇵🇭, and Air Fryer Club to know more about air fryers and learn cooking techniques from the group members.
Not all air fryers are made the same
Because air fryers come in different sizes and shapes, they are not the same aesthetically and when it comes to power consumptions. Your friend’s air fryer could stack more food inside his or her basket and yours could not; or maybe you’ll discover that the electricity consumption from the usage of your air fryer costs less than your neighbor’s. These are just comparison that you might want to learn also so you’ll not end up shooting stars or barking the wrong tree when you see that you have different cooking results than the others.
Regularly clean your air fryer after you use it to prevent grease and stains from hardening inside the surface. It will be easy for you to remove stains if you do this regularly.
You can use Kurin water, an all-purpose cleaning solution that helps in removing stains from metal panels and surfaces of your air fryer. You just have to spray it and wipe it.
Basically, a Kurin is just water but is super ionized and can be used for cleaning and washing foods. Kurin has high alkaline with PH level of 12-13, It can breakaway dirt faster. You can also clean and wash your veggies and fruits with Kurin water. And it’s still safe to eat.
You can check out a list of Kurin water online. Here’s one of them.
Store used oils
Eventually, your air fryer will be filled with the oils that dripped and dropped from the food that you cooked inside. You may be able to reuse the oil for future cooking but if you think the oil is already old and does not look good already, it’s time to get rid of it.
Used oil that can be reuse a couple of times can be stored through a stainless steel cooking oil storage like the one below.
The stainless steel cooking oil storage can catch and strain used cooking oil, coconut oil, pan grill and bacon grease. It can also can be used to store other liquid seasoning.
Afterwards, you can get rid of the used cooking oil.
But don’t pour your oils in your sink. This habit may cause your pipe drains to clog and that is not a good thing to do.
Good news is there are factories and NGOs that collect used oils so you won’t have to deal with the problem of where to store or dump used cooking oils.
You may reach out to RMC Oil and Ecosolutions, Inc. to know more about how to responsibly throw or recycle used cooking oil.
Do’s and don’ts
Do place your air fryer on an even and flat surface to prevent the unit from jiggling or wiggling.
Do cool it down before you clean your air fryer because the unit is very hot after you use it.
Do you use towel or pot holder when you’re touching the air fryer when in use.
Do clean it with soap, clean water (or all-purpose cleaning liquid like Kurin), and wipe it with damp or dry cloth/towel. Let it air dry before you put the basket inside the air fryer.
Do not place your air fryer near the water sink, heated oven, and near the edge of the counter top.
Do not let your children unsupervised whenever they’re near an air fryer that is in use.
Feel free to comment on this article if you have more suggestions and recommendations in using the air fryer!