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Quick notes

• Air frying was patented back in 2005

• Air fryers use around 1200 – 1500 watts of energy

When it comes to cooking, a plethora of new devices and methods get released every year. As expected, many chefs worldwide scoff at these new inventions. In their world, the delicate art of cooking is doing just fine. Any tiny improvements can break the system and destroy cooking forever. While chefs are unamused, everyone else is on board for something new and exciting. Like anything else, those people will hop off the bandwagon when they’re bored.

One of the newest trends to arrive on the scene is air-frying. Unfortunately, this doesn’t involve anything cool, like frying your delicious food on an airplane. It also doesn’t combine the love of air guitars and cooking. This form of cooking has been getting some rave reviews. On the other hand, many critics have expressed their concern over it. We look at the origin of air-frying and see if it’s actually good for you.

Where did they come from?

While it’s all the rage lately, air-frying has been around for years. In 2005, it was first patented by Turbochef Technologies for use in hotel chains. Five years later, Phillips unveiled their Airfryer at the Internationale Funkausstellung fair in Berlin. The invention gained attention from the media in Europe. After the fair, it began selling like hotcakes in the area. By 2015, air fryers were popping up in stores worldwide. On average, an air fryer can cost between $59 to $119. In recent years, Phillips has been toppled from the air fryer game by companies such as Elite and Farberware.

Air-frying allows people to cook their food without using a dangerous amount of fat or oil. To properly cook, an air fryer uses a small fan to heat the food instead. When it comes to the overall heat, most air fryers can go up to 230 °C. These fryers reduce the amount of time to cook by nearly 20 percent. With its quickness, you can cook a ton of things in no time. It can also be helpful if you’re trying to catch up on your stories. While they get compared to convection ovens, air fryers are smaller in size.

The pros and cons

Aside from the lack of fat in foods, air fryers save a lot of energy. An average fryer can use around 1200 – 1500 watts of power in one sitting. In comparison, a regular stove will take up 1,500 – 3,000 watts. Replacing your stove with an air fryer will leave you with more money for groceries when the bill comes. Using an air fryer can also lower the risk of cancer. Harmful chemicals such as acrylamide get removed during the cooking process. Acrylamide is mostly found in foods such as French fries and bread.

Air fryers also work if you’re a terrible cook. While your friends might not tell you the truth, you know those fries weren’t meant to be so dark. With little instructions, you can find yourself cooking like a pro without burning the house down.

Air-frying allows people to cook their food without using a dangerous amount of fat or oil

Unfortunately, there are some negatives from previous owners. With air fryers, food has a better chance to burn easier. Many new owners of air fryers assume cooking times are the same as regular ovens. With a shorter cooking time, things can get scorched without any supervision. If you’re cooking for a large group, air fryers are the worst choice. This device is meant for one person. You’ll spend the whole game cooking for your crew.

If you’re looking for a change, air-frying will bring something new to the table. Your oven won’t be pleased with the new sheriff in town.

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