If you don’t have an air fryer by now — you’re seriously missing out (especially on all the surprising things you can make with it!).

If you do have an air fryer, you know the obsession is real. Find great deals for air fryers by downloading the KCL app.

But make sure you check out these mistakes to avoid with your air fryer:

 

1. Don’t buy a cheap, low-quality air fryer.

Don’t give in to your frugal impulses and buy a low-quality air fryer. It’s easy to want to save extra cash, but it may cost you more in the end.

Instead, wait for a deal on a high-end model. We’ll let you know about the hottest deals on reliable brands like Phillips, Black and Decker, NuWave and Bella. Just download our app and follow us online.

 

2. Purchase the correct size air fryer for your family.

Smaller air fryers tend to be between 2.2-3.7 quarts, while larger sizes tend to be between 5-6 quarts, and extra-large sizes tend to be between 8-16 quarts.

Here’s a basic rule of thumb: if it’s for two adults, buy a small one. If it’s for a family, buy a large (or extra-large) fryer.

 

3. Allow the air fryer five inches of space all around for the best air flow.

The air fryer needs adequate space for airflow to ensure it doesn’t overheat and can operate efficiently.

Make sure you don’t place any object on top of the air fryer either, and set it on top of a heat resistant pad or mat.

 

4. Always preheat the air fryer before adding food.

 

5. Use oil while cooking to prevent soggy, dry or chewy food — but don’t go overboard.

Most people think that you don’t need to use oil in an air fryer to make healthier food, but that can lead to soggy, dry or chewy food.

You do need a light layer of oil before cooking food in an air fryer to prevent the food from over-cooking as well as keeping seasoning on foods.

Air fryers move hot air around to cook foods, so spices or anything super light will be blown around the basket. It may not seem like a big deal, but it can clog your filter, which can eventually lead to a broken air fryer.

 

6. Don’t cook raw veggies — cook frozen veggies instead.

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Take this tip with a grain of salt. When I cook veggies, I’ve always had much better results with frozen vegetables rather than raw. They turn out more crisp and less soggy. Try it out!

 

7. Avoid putting too much food in the basket.

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When you overcrowd the air fryer, it won’t cook thoroughly, and it increases cooking time.

 

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8. If there’s white smoke coming out of your air fryer, clean the oil pan.

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White smoke indicates that there is too much fat in the food items that are being cooked.

Ensure the oil collection pan doesn’t have excess oil or fat and is completely clean.

 

9. If you’re breading food, do it the right way.

Coat the food with flour first, then egg, and then add the breadcrumbs. Be diligent about pressing the breadcrumbs onto the food with your hands so they don’t fly around the pan.

 

10. Don’t assume cleaning your air fryer every few weeks is effective.

Always clean your air fryer after every use. First off, you don’t want the taste of fish sticks that you cooked last night on the cinnamon rolls you’re cooking for breakfast this morning. Ew.

Second, your air fryer will smoke a lot more if you don’t clean it after every use.

 

11. Don’t wash your air fryer in the dishwasher.

Most of the manufacturers say you can wash the parts in the dishwasher, but I’ve found that washing the machine by hand will increase the lifespan of your air fryer.

Leave your tips and tricks in the comments below!

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