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Air Fryers – Satisfy Your Crispy Cravings

Air fryers have sparked the curiosity of many people over the past several years now enabling you to enjoy healthy alternatives to fried food in less time. The name can be a bit misleading because this machine does more than just fry – it can roast, grill and bake. Air fryers simulate frying by circulating hot air around the food rather than submerging the food in high-fat oil.

So how does it work? The Maillard reaction is a scientific principle, normally refered to as browning. The air fryer uses the Maillard reaction to its advantage by using dehydration and intense heat to brown and form a crust on the surface of the food. The air fryer employs convection currents by swirling hot air around the fryer in order to cook foods quickly and evenly.

Frites de Patates Douces aux Epices Cajun et Sauce Yaourt et Aneth

There are several styles of air fryer models with various features which include:

  • Basket
  • Oven
  • Paddle

Air fryers are especially beneficial for those interested in reducing the fat content of their diet. Little or no oil is required in comparison to deep-frying or sautéing on a stovetop.

Air fryer recipes typically call for:

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil =
    • 14 grams of total fat
    • 2 grams of saturated fat

Deep fat frying or sautéing usually requires much more oil and results in more calories. Air frying is an excellent way to reduce copious amounts of fat and calories without sacrificing taste and flavor.

Give this sweet potato fries recipe a try in your air fryer:

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries (serves 1)


1 medium sweet potato

1 Tbsp. olive oil

¼ tsp. kosher salt

¼ tsp. garlic powder

1/8 tsp. sweet paprika

Black pepper to taste


Preheat fryer to 400°. Slice potato into even 1/8 inch fries. Toss with oil and seasonings. Cooking time will vary depending on size and make of fryer. Check the manual included in your air fryer for cooking times.

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