"Always start out with a larger pot than what you think you need." — Julia Child
An Air Fryer Vs Oven
• Sunday, 24 October, 2021
• 7 min read
Essentially, air fryers are just miniature versions of convection ovens whose size (along with a few other differences detailed below) allow them to do the same job, but faster. These handy kitchen helpers have also carved out a niche for themselves because they work wonders when it comes to getting food nice and crispy without a gallon of oil.
So, if you want frozen French fries that taste like the real deal or a crispy chicken cutlet that you don’t have to pat down with paper towels, this cooking device might be right up your alley. However, the small size of an air fryer means that both the food and the appliance itself heat up much faster (which is a very good thing when you get so peckish that the pre-heat phase feels like purgatory).
That said, when it comes to health considerations the airfryervsoven question is kind of a moot point: If you don’t typically use oil when heating up frozen foods (like chicken nuggets, fries, mozzarella sticks, etc.) In the oven, all the air fryer really gives you am a crispier snack, while sparing you the hassle of having to turn it halfway through the cooking time.
Like any sane person, you hate to see restaurant-quality fried chicken go to waste, but only an air fryer can really bring back the magic on the reheat ...which is possibly why you now have one in your kitchen and are wondering what else that puppy can do. That said, these guys aren’t quite as small as a toaster oven, so you’ll have to be willing to sacrifice some precious counter space to find a home for one.