During the pandemic, air fryers’ growing appeal reached a new height. The growing desire to make meals at home, according to research by NPD Group, led to an 81% increase in air fryer sales in the middle of 2020. The focus on consumer convenience had already increased significantly before COVID-19.
It’s simple to understand why. There are literally countless recipes for air fryers, including ones for French fries, meat, sweets, and even eggs.
An air fryer’s cleaning process is the sole inconvenience. Cleaning can seem like a hassle after the sweet or savory joy of an easy dinner has passed. See how to quickly and effectively clean your air fryer by following these steps.
Cleaning an Air Fryer
Clean the tray or basket right away.
According to Consumer Reports, this will ensure that the food doesn’t have time to sit around and stick to the air fryer basket. In certain air fryers, the basket fits into a base drawer. All parts that food contacts that are removable should be cleaned. While washing with soap and warm water, wipe away any food or grease using a sponge’s soft side. Useless abrasives could remove the nonstick coating, so avoid using them.
Instead of using baskets, some air fryers use metal racks. For cleaning up food residue, Real Simple advises using a stainless steel brush.
If there is food attached to the air fryer, soak the removable pieces in a large bucket or the sink using warm water and soap. Don’t completely immerse the appliance. Just soak the non-electric detachable pieces.
Make the Heating Element Clean.
An air fryer’s heating element doesn’t have to be cleaned on a regular basis, but it can accumulate fat and food over time. Take a shot at cleaning the inside of your air fryer sometimes. Take a rag and dampen it with warm, soapy water after waiting until the heating element is totally cool.
If necessary, KitchenSnitches advises turning the air fryer upside-down in order to access the heating element. To remove any buildup, gently wipe the heating element with a damp cloth or a soft sponge. If required, wipe clean the remaining portions of the interior.
Keep the Outside Tidy.
When splatters result from untidy cooking, clean the air fryer’s exterior with a wet cloth or sponge and soap. After wiping it off with a towel, store your spotlessly clean appliance.
My air fryer is dishwasher safe, but is it?
The basket or tray can be placed in the dishwasher, yes. Before you rearrange your dishes to make room for them in the dishwasher, make sure your brand of the air fryer is dishwasher friendly.
Can you clean an air fryer with water?
Last year, a TikTok user who provided a cleaning tip went viral: To clean the gadget, heat soapy water in the air fryer for three minutes. Does it truly function? is what the Internet wants to know. The trick is not that simple, according to Mashable writers who tested it.
The air fryer was cleaner after being filled with soap and turned on, but there was still a layer of oil on it. While the warm soapy water was effective in some ways, Mashable came to the conclusion that the hack is insufficient.