Air Fryer Basics: What, Why, and How

Why an air fryer? Because they are amazing and about to make your life in the kitchen easier and tastier! Learn all the basics of this awesome cooking tool with our handy air fryer tips in this podcast episode.

  • By Jess Dang
  • February 27, 2020

For those of you who have been following my personal Instagram account @jessdangcs, you’ll know two things: 1) I am terrible at posting on Instagram, and 2) I love my airfryer. Probably every third post is something I made in this amazing machine because it’s the one appliance I probably use every single day.

I know that there are quite a few of you who got air fryers over the holidays, and I want to make sure you take full advantage of this incredibly useful appliance. So in today’s episode, I’ll go over:

  1. What the heck an air fryer is, and does it really fry foods as well as a deep fryer?
  2. Why you need one, especially if you have kids!
  3. When you should use your air fryer and when you shouldn’t.
  4. The 13 things I cook in it all the time and think are better made in the air fryer than on the stovetop or in the oven.

By the end, you’ll be so excited to fall in love with your air fryer just as I have with mine (I’m actually on my second as I wanted to upgrade to a larger one) or go out and get one if you don’t own one yet!


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