Air Fryers: 40% of Homes Have One In The US

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Air fryers are hot. Literally and figuratively. They’ve been becoming more and more popular over the past couple of years, and with families spending more time than ever at home, they’ve become one of the go-to additions to kitchens during the pandemic. Don’t have one? We’re catching you up. 

They’re almost exactly what they say they are; they fry stuff using air. The benefits are, however, myriad. First, air fryers are much more healthy than traditional oil fryers. And because there’s no oil, it’s much more clean and efficient. 

Most air fryers work the same way. There are a heater and fan near the top of the fryer, and below it, your favorite foods; flip the switch, and voila, the hot air turns your taters golden and crispy. They also free up time, and save time; most air fryer recipes take between five and twenty minutes, and since you can turn it on and walk away, it’s easy to flex your muscles on other dishes during that window. 

So, what kind of foods are the best to cook? Well, the obvious favorite is french fries. And we do mean favorite; it’s so easy, fast, and delicious! But there are a lot more options out there. Grab just about any frozen foods from the grocery store and toss them in; mozzarella sticks, pizza bites, and yes, frozen vegetables too. 

By chopping up the very same foods on your own, you can reduce the number of processed foods with potatoes, carrots, and one you may not have heard of, fried pickles! You can also use air fryers for the main dish, too. Chicken, beef, and fish are all really easy to cook in an air fryer, and again, much more healthy. 

How much healthier? It’s tough to make a blanket comparison, but the difference in some of the most popular foods is sizable. For example, frozen french fries in an air fryer have approximately four to five grams of fat. The same deep in a traditional fryer would have closer to sixteen or seventeen; that’s 45 calories from fat compared to 153!

One of the drawbacks of an air fryer is size. Even the biggest models out there can only churn out a few servings at a time. For an individual or a small family, it’s plenty, but if you’ve got a full house or company coming over, you’ll have to do a lot of your cooking in batches. 

Our favorite model on the market right now is from GE, and it does a lot more than air fry. This is an 8-in-1 do-it-all machine! It’s a convection oven, roaster, broiler, and more; check it out at Max’s! 

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