Air fryers are becoming as popular as ever! With more and more health conscious people, the deep fat fryer doesn’t seem to have a place in this era. We’ve been loving discovering the tonnes of vegan air fryer recipes!
An air fryer helps to keep the calories down and can also assist with keeping out harmful compounds of traditionally fried foods. It’s an awesome gadget for making different foods crispy without the unhealthy factor.
Air fryers are such clever pieces of kitchen kit. They are separate to your cooker and need to be plugged into the mains. You’ll need a little bit of bench space to use it without it crowding your kitchen.
It works by circulating hot air around the system with a fan by the process of convection. It can cook at temperatures of up to 230 c / 450 f and generally it takes less time to cook than a traditional deep fat fryer.
There is usually an opening where the air fryer sucks air in and another opening that sends air out, creating a flow of air.
The great thing is you don’t have to use oil in an air fryer, which is a benefit but some people still do use very small amounts. In general if you were to use oil, you’d need as little as 80% less than other cooking methods.
I feel this is why air fryers are so popular at the moment. Many people are trying to reduce oil in their diet with some people going as far as having completely oil free diets.
Some air fryers have additional accessories, everything from skewers to pizza pans and more. This makes the air fryer even more versatile.
in some cases air fryers can come as an all in one slow cooker and air fryer. Cool, hey?
Likewise many air fryer temperatures can be adjusted for perfect cooking conditions.
The Best Air Fryers
Now we know how air fryers work and their benefits, let’s take a look at some ‘go to’ brands on the market. We’ve done the research so you don’t have to! If you are in Australia here is an awesome guide to air fryers there.
Whilst this particular model is a little expensive, it is worth the investment. It has some fantastic reviews and known for it’s even cooking in little to no time in comparison to other cooking methods.
I am a big fan of the Ninja brand in general, they have awesome blenders that I love! The Ninja Air Fryer has 4 settings, from roasting to dehydration settings there is lots to play with on the Ninja Air Fryer.
It is certainly in the more affordable category in comparison to some air fryer brands making this a well balanced product in terms of value for money.
These Apple Ring Doughnuts are simple to make but a mouth-watering treat for all. Apple rings are dipped in vegan batter, air fried and coated in cinnamon sugar. These crispy and & delicious fritters are totally plant-based and perfect as a dessert or snack.
These Easy Air Fryer Falafels are deliciously crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Healthier than the deep fried versions, air fryer falafels are perfect for serving up as snacks, appetizers, or as a satisfying meal.
Air Fryer Onion Bhaji, you can make restaurant quality onion pakora at home for a healthier version of this famous Indian snack. Our recipe yields a crispy vegan onion fritter with a fraction of the fat as a fried onion bhaji but all of the flavour.
Banish eggplant preparation anxiety with this easy and delicious recipe for Air Fryer Eggplant. So many people are intimidated by preparing this tasty purple vegetable, but you’ll be smiling ear to ear with this easy method!
Air Fryer Butternut Squash is an easy side dish that comes together quickly in the air fryer. These butternut squash home fries are seasoned with herbs, spices and maple syrup, so they strike just the right balance of sweet and spicy.
This recipe for Air Fryer Garlic Mushroom Steaks is perfect for your meatless Mondays! These are big, hearty marinated portobello mushroom steaks that can be cooked in the air fryer or on the grill, barbecue and even over a campfire.
These crispy and flavorful Air Fryer French Fries are easy and quick to make! They are low in calories and are made using little oil. This is the perfect way to make fries at home and it’s guaranteed that everyone will love them!
Air Fryer Sweet & Salty Kale Chips are a delicious and nutritious treat that’s ready in mere minutes. All you need is 4 ingredients – kale, olive oil, maple syrup and salt. Making kale chips in the air fryer is the easiest and most foolproof way to get the crispiest chips every time.