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Here’s an air fryer cheat sheet you didn’t know you needed

By Brooke Villanueva Published Dec 29, 2020 10:34 pm

Without a doubt, the hot and trendy air fryer is worth the hype.

This little countertop convection oven sets forth a smorgasbord of benefits, including a quick and safe cooking process with its rapid air circulation technology. It requires little to no oil in frying your favorite foods, yielding magical (and healthy) results—from its crispiness on the outside to its goodness on the inside.

An extra bonus: it also prevents lingering cooking smells in the entire house! 

The many wonders of the air fryer have birthed a number of memes on social media. For one, podcaster Trevor Wallace perfectly captured the feeling of owning one in this hilarious video: 

Or this netizen’s reply to a Twitter user who was looking for new recipes to try. 

This meme is just as funny, too! 

If you’re one of us who think it deserves all the good reviews it’s been getting, you might want to make the most of it with this cheat sheet from Cook Smarts. Here, the trusted meal planning service, which has also been praised by Lifehacker, shares the recommended cooking temperatures and times of your kitchen staples. Take note, however, that it may still vary by their sizes and quantities. 

Meat and Poultry

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Two things to remember when tossing meat or poultry into the air fryer: (1) its thickness and (2) your doneness preference. 


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Want your fish to have a delicious crispy texture? Don’t overcrowd your basket. “It’s also a good idea to shake the basket every couple minutes when cooking smaller items like shrimp and calamari so you get a nice even cook from every angle,” the article read. 


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Cook Smarts suggests spraying some cooking oil on the veggies you’re cooking not only because of the tasty flavor it can produce, but also because “recent studies show that a little bit of fat must be present for your body to absorb all of those good carotenoids.”

Frozen goods

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The air fryer is also capable of heating your premade frozen goods thoroughly. To prevent scratches and dents on your trusty appliance, make sure to use silicone-tipped tongs when flipping food. 

Other goodies

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Here’s how you can bring out the best in fried bananas, taco shells, and more—because, as they say, the sky is the limit with air fryers.

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