Air fryers have exploded in popularity in recent years, thanks to their ability to cook delicious food fast, with less oil and fat. Having just a few of the right air fryer accessories can significantly enhance your air frying experience and make cooking even more effortless.
But there are so many air fryer accessories and the last thing anyone wants is more useless gadgets cluttering up the kitchen cabinets. So it is crucial to choose the right accessories and only buy the ones that will become valuable additions to your kitchen and make cooking faster, more efficient and more delicious.
In this article, I’ll will use my years of air fryer experience to provide you with the necessary accessory knowledge. We will cover the five essential air fryer accessories and another six you should consider to help make air fryer cooking simple and enjoyable.
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Essential air fryer accessories
These essential tools will make cooking and cleaning more manageable and allow you to create a variety of delicious air fryer meals easily.
- Silicone tip tongs
A GOOD pair of tongs are a must-have for any air fryer enthusiast. They make it easy to handle and flip food like sausages including breakfast sausages without burning your fingers or damaging the non-stick coating of the fryer basket.
Use tongs to safely grab hot items or squeeze them together for a secure grip. Having a pair of high-quality tongs will make your air-frying experience much more enjoyable.
- Oil spray bottle
While one of the significant advantages of air frying is that it uses less oil, some oil is essential to ensure the food isn’t too dry or bland. An oil sprayer helps spread the oil evenly on your food so it cooks more efficiently, with an easy-to-control application. We suggest using a glass oil sprayer to fill with oil at home.
- Basting brushes
Basting brushes allow you to evenly spread sauces, oils and marinades on food before and during air frying. A basting brush should have heat-resistant bristles that won’t shed or deform. I HIGHLY recommend investing in a silicone basting brush as they are easy to clean and resistant to high temperatures.
- Meat thermometer
An instant-read thermometer is essential for anyone who loves to cook meat in an air fryer. It ensures that the meat reaches the proper internal temperature for safe consumption and prevents overcooking or undercooking.
The digital instant-read thermometer is the best to use because it quickly tells you the correct temperature and doesn’t keep the door of the air fryer open for a long time. Loss of hot air will make your recipe take longer to finish.
- Parchment paper
Parchment paper will save you time and effort when cleaning up. These liners protect the fryer basket from food residue, reducing the need for scrubbing and preserving the nonstick coating. In addition, it also helps prevent food from sticking to the basket during the cooking process.
I do like the liners with holes in them so the air can still circulate. Be sure to look for the correct size for your air fryre. And of course, if you like them without holes by all means BUY THEM!
One word of advice? Never put a liner in an empty basket during preheating. It will blow around and catch on fire. Don’t ask me how I know!
Other accessories to consider
Here are some additional air fryer accessories that can expand the range of foods you can make.
- Air fryer rack
An air fryer rack creates more cooking space in your air fryer basket. You can achieve crispier results by using this additional layer and allowing better air circulation around your food. It’s especially beneficial when cooking multiple layers or different types of food in one basket.
- Baking pans
A few baking pans that fit in your air fryer will open up a world of new culinary possibilities. Round pans and small loaf pans are perfect for air frying and making recipes like meatloaf or even a cake. You can use small oven-safe pans you already own. Metal, silicone and oven-safe glass are all acceptable for use in the air fryer.
- Silicone muffin cups
Get creative with your breakfast or snack-time recipes by using silicone muffin cups. These little silicone cups are perfect for making egg bites, muffins, or appetizers in your air fryer. They’re reusable and easy to clean, making them valuable in your kitchen.
- Mandoline slicer
A mandoline slicer is very helpful if you want to make homemade chips or fries. It slices vegetables or fruits, ensuring uniform cooking in your air fryer. Make homemade potato chips or zucchini fries in a snap with this handy tool.
The most important thing to consider when buying air fryer accessories is the brand and size of your air fryer. Some things, like parchment paper, skewers and baking dishes, must be the right size to fit inside your air fryer. So measure your air fryer’s basket dimensions and check the compatibility of accessories with your appliance before buying.
Material quality is another factor to consider. You want your accessories to be durable and easy to clean. Most air fryer accessories are made of stainless steel or silicone or have a nonstick coating. Ensure that the materials used are food-grade, BPA-free and dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.
Finally, how you cook is an essential consideration. If you primarily use your air fryer to heat frozen foods, you only need the essential accessories. On the other hand, if you love to cook and want to make complete meals in your air fryer, you will enjoy some baking pans and extras like a mandoline slicer.
Investing in just a few perfect accessories will help you get the most out of your air fryer. Accessories can cater to different cooking styles and allow you to experiment with new recipes in your air fryer.
This article originally appeared on Food Drink Life