The air fryer is a marvelous miracle of a machine. The whole concept of air frying is miraculous because you can get food without adding oil or fat and get the same fried taste! Like many things that sound mysterious, it actually has a very reasonable explanation. But before we reveal the secret, let us make clear that air frying is not frying. To really fry you need to submerge food in oil. No way around the fact. But what an air fryer does do is give you that crispy, crunch that makes Southern fried chicken or French fries food we all crave.
How Does Air Fryers Work?
An air fryer is actually a lot like a countertop conventional oven. It is a small electric appliance with a heating element and a fan that blows air around inside a cooking chamber. However, the air fryer will swirl air very quickly in a circular fashion to reach all the surfaces of the food and create a crisp crust. In addition, the food itself sits in a perforated basket which increases its contact with the hot moving air. Another thing that makes a big difference is there is not much extra space between the walls of the chamber, and the basket intensifies the heat.
Can I skip the oil entirely?
Most air fryer recipes recommend that you either toss or spray foods with at least a little oil. However, many air fryer chefs find it is not necessary. Food comes out just as crispy without a thin coating of oil. If you want to add some butter or olive oil for flavor, our recommendation is adding it after the foods been cooked to maximize its impact.