According to a recent report by the Environmental Working Group, Americans are consuming up to 11 pounds of breaded fish and poultry per person annually. This is in addition to the 18 pounds of beef and pork consumed each year.
Now imagine what this means for your kitchen drawers, cabinets, and counter tops – where hundreds of pounds of breaded fish and poultry wait for their next meal.
Breaded chicken tenders that came with your order today will end up in the trash tomorrow (and if you’re like me and live alone, they’ll end up in there for days!). Then you’ll end up throwing out all of the breading because it’s literally turning to dust.
Now imagine what happens when your breaded chicken are in the trash. It goes into a landfill, and even if you take it out with a shovel, using one of those plastic bags, what’s really going to happen is that your breaded chicken tenders will become a part of this stack of stuff that is slowly piling up in your landfill – leeching chemicals into its soil and eventually into our drinking water!
It’s not just fish and poultry that are being abused by being breaded and fried. A lot of meat, vegetables, and even fruits are being processed this way.
The problem is not just the amount of food that gets wasted. The excessive amount of oil that’s used to deep fry all these products is what really makes it a huge issue. Did you know that in the US alone 94 million pounds of vegetable oils are used every year just for frying? This number excludes the amount of oils used in restaurants and also when cooking at home (i.e., olive oil).
But now that us consumers are getting smarter, we’re beginning to look at ways to reduce our carbon footprints, and one of the easiest ways to do this is by reducing your use of oil. Furthermore, we’re also becoming more aware of what kinds of effects excessive oil consumption can have on our bodies. This has led people to look for healthier alternatives and found that using an air fryer can be the answer for many people.
The air fryer is a machine that uses hot air, moisture, and circulating oil to cook food at low temperatures in a very short period of time. The food is usually crispier than it would be fried or baked but just as healthy.
It’s not only about saving money by using an electric oven to cook without applying oil. There are also health benefits to consider:
Decreased cholesterol levels.
Removing all excess fat from foods and replacing it with air makes the foods healthier for you since the fat would much rather stay on the outside, where you wouldn’t feel as much of it.
Decreasing the amount of oil you consume.
Air frying foods has become so popular that we’re now seeing them in stores and markets again, with packaged proteins that are fried using this method, like veggie burgers (instead of baked or grilled), mozzarella sticks, and chicken tenders. These products can be frozen and kept for future use as long as it’s properly packed with food-grade materials. Just like how you would deep fry foods to keep them fresh!
All in all, air frying is a real game changer in terms of making our world more sustainable by reducing the amount of oil used to cook food and the waste we generate from it.
How long do you put toast in the air fryer?
IT IS GOOD TO HAVE AN AIR FRYER AS LEFTOVERS,SPECIFICALLY BREADED TOAST. I USE IT FOR DINNER ONE NIGHT, BUT THERE WASN’T ENOUGH ROOM IN THE FRYER. SO I CUT THE TOAST INTO PIECES WITH A VEGGIE KNIFE AND PLACED THEM IN A PAN WITH OIL OF GRAINS AND ALLOWED THEM TO COOL OVERNIGHT. THE NEXT DAY I TOASTED THEM IN THE AIR FRYER, SO THEY WERE MORE CRISPY AND THERE WASN’T ANY MORE WAFFLE.
Why is the breaded chicken not oily?
PLUS THE SPOILED TOAST ISN’T FULL OF OILY LEAD, SO THAT IS GOOD FOR YOU.
An air fryer can be used for toast as well but only after it is cooled. The air fryer has a fan that will cool the food quickly. Be sure to allow all of the oil to be absorbed by cooling off the toast in a strainer placed over a bowl before placing it on the cooking tray.
How Large Air Fryer Should I Get?
The air fryer you choose depends on what you plan to cook in it. The size of the air fryer will determine how much food you can cook at once.
If you plan to deep-fry in the air fryer, then a large one is needed.
If you plan to make breaded foods, cakes and pastries, then a medium size one is needed. But for regular cooking, a small size one is enough for most people. (3-qt. air fryers are small to medium.)
The larger the air fryer, the more oil it will use. So test it with some breaded foods before you make a final decision on getting a larger one.
All that said, the best thing you can do is go shopping around and try out several brands and models at a store so that you can see which ones work best for your cooking needs. Then research online to find out if there are any problems that these companies have come across with their product use.
Some of them have many complaints. Take time to read these reviews before you make your purchase decision.
Buying off the Internet is great, but make sure you know exactly what you are getting.
Another thing to look out for when buying an air fryer is if it has any extra features, like if it has a temperature control (which is generally higher settings) and/or if it has an automatic shutoff feature. These features are great for saving energy.
Also check to see if the air fryer can be used as a microwave skillet. This will not only save you money but also give you more options for cooking food that can be cooked in the microwave.
How to clean an air fryer?
Thoroughly wash the air fryer with soapy water, rinse it with hot water, then wipe it out with a damp cloth. This will thoroughly remove all food particles.
To dry the air fryer, put a piece of paper towel under the wire basket and then raise and lower the tray until you hear it stop making noise.
Do not use harsh chemicals, abrasives or bleach to clean your Air Fryer as doing so can damage the parts of your machine by removing its rubber sealant which is necessary for its durable design.
Using a small amount of baking soda to clean your air fryer may help break down the stains on the interior surface of the machine.
Where can I buy Air Fryer?
The best place to buy an Air Fryer is online. For example, Amazon offers very good Air Fryers with a two-year warranty. You can also find some great models at Best Buy and Walmart.
If you’re using an old kitchen appliance or something that has been passed down in your family, then perhaps it’s time to replace it with a brand new one that can make your life easier while cooking (and eating).
I would suggest going to a store to try the Air Fryer out and see how you like it before you purchase one. There are only a couple of brands that sell air fryers in stores. And they are not very good.
Find out if the store will let you take it home and try it out so that you can find out if this type of cooking is something you want to do on a regular basis, as well as see how well the air fryer cooks everything that is usually prepared in an oven or a stovetop.
Each company has its own website which has pictures and information about the different kinds of accessories and tools the company sells (as well as information about other products).
Air frying is a great idea because it cooks food quickly and evenly.
It saves energy, saves money and saves the planet.
The air fryer can also be used as a microwave skillet (great for reheating leftover meals). It can also be used as a “casserole maker” if you prefer to use the stovetop method of cooking instead of the electric or microwave method.
To find out more about electric, gas, or manual air fryers search online on Google.com or Bing.com (both search engines) to find more information about how these machines work and what features they may have.
Also search for air fryer reviews to see what other people are saying about their experiences with these machines.
The best advice I can give is to clean and care for your air fryer properly and it will last a long time.
An air fryer is much better than a deep fat fryer. Use it wisely to cook delicious food that tastes great!