What are the things that you really shouldn’t put inside your air fryer? What can you not cook in an air fryer? Here we list 5 most common things that are subjects of many questions connected with what you should and shouldn’t put in an air fryer so as not to damage it and to be satisfied with your safely made air fried meals.
1. Wet batter + foods with thin consistency
Anything that has to do with wet batter is not going to go well with your air fryer.
This includes any types of wet coatings. Large amount of fluid that is allowed inside the air fryer chamber will be splattered around when the air fryer’s internal fan comes on.
In general, large amounts of liquids and air fryers are not a good mix.
You don’t want to make a mess that’s hard to clean or worse, damage your air fryer with excessive amounts of fluids. In general, food that has to be submerged in water, food that has a lot of liquid in it, or food that has thin consistency isn’t fit to be prepared in an air fryer.
2. Anything too lightweight + fresh greens
Light pieces of food will also be blown away by the air fryer’s fan and will get scattered all over the fryer’s main chamber. This will cause them not to cook properly.
Fresh greens such as spinach and salad aren’t fit to be prepared inside of an air fryer. The airflow inside the air fryer will move the lightweight food products in unpredictable ways and this will cause the food not to cook properly.
You should avoid putting inside your air fryer any type of food that doesn’t have sufficient weight to withstand the strong air current that its exposed to inside of the appliance.
3. Loose cheese
Sounds obvious, right? It might be tempting to go ahead and try and melt some cheese inside your air fryer without any preparations. You need to be careful though.
If the cheese you put inside your air fryer will not be handled properly (will not be firmly held in place by another food product such as bread), it will melt and make a mess inside the basket that will be unpleasant to clean when the cheese gets cold and solid again.
When preparing grilled cheese or cheese sticks, take precautions so that the cheese will not come out during the melting process.
Do not put too much cheese into your air fryer compartment without any breading or additional temporary containers, unless you wanna end up with lots of runny molten cheese and a whole lot to clean.
4. Rice + food that has to be submerged in water to cook
You generally can’t boil water in your regular air fryer – that’s a given. However you might be wondering if you can for example prepare rice or groat in your brand new kitchen appliance. Sadly the answer is – no.
All kinds of food that would normally need to be submerged in boiling water for a while to cook, aren’t suitable for air frying and cannot be prepared using an air fryer.
5. The problem with dry seasonings
Dry seasonings will be blown away by the hot air that’s being moved by the fan during the air fryer’s operation. When you’re cooking food with much seasoning, it can easily drift to the edges of your air fryer container over time causing an uneven spread.
A good solution for this problem is to stir or shake the container gently a few times during the air fryer cooking cycle or gently cover your food with just a little bit of olive oil using a special spray bottle, so that the condiments will get stuck to the food and won’t go anywhere when the fan starts doing its work..
Most air fryers will temporarily pause their cooking program when you take the food compartment out so that you can freely stir up your food whenever you want.
Article main photo part: Kalisha Ocheni