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All About Air Frying

Everyone loves fried foods. It’s that crispy, delicious, crunchy texture and savory flavor that’s just irresistible. But what we don’t love is the icky, heavy feeling we get after over-indulging in a funnel-cake at the county fair or after scarfing that last fried chicken wing. 

Enter the Air Fryer.

Using rapid air circulation, the Air Fryer is able to “fry” ingredients without any oil or butter. This preserves delicious flavor and a crispy texture while helping to eliminate extra calories from added oil. Enjoy everything from classic french fries, to fried chicken, to savory spring rolls with your Air Fryer, and that’s just the beginning. 

Why Air Fry?

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It’s a Dry Heat

An Air Fryer is similar to a convection oven in the principles that it uses to cook. Hot air circulates around the food and creates a crispy layer on the outside of the food. Since the heat is contained in the Basket, some Air Fryers are able to cook faster than a convection oven.

Simple & Healthy

Air Fryers can be used to “fry” everything from appetizers to desserts. To get started, you add your ingredients to the Basket, set the time and temperature and let your Air Fryer do the rest.

Since Air Fryers cook with dry heat, you can also use an Air Fryer to bake and roast. In this book, we have included a wide variety of recipes from meatballs, to tacos, to donuts.

Zero Oil = A Better Way To Fry

From crunchy zucchini fries, to buffalo wings, it’s hard to believe that this appliance doesn’t require any oil. Less oil doesn’t only mean less calories, it also means a better cooking experience.

Preparing your food in an Air Fryer is a cleaner way to cook, eliminating the extra parts and added mess that come with deep frying. Air Frying is a convenient way to fry without sacrificing flavor.

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• Avoid overcrowding the Basket of your Air Fryer. Overcrowding your ingredients will prevent them from getting crispy.

• Opening your Air Fryer to check your ingredients during cooking is okay and will not affect the cooking process. Sometimes with smaller ingredients it is beneficial to shake them halfway through the cooking time to ensure optimal crispy texture. Use the included chart on page 9 to see which foods are recommended for shaking.

• Preheat your Air Fryer to ensure that the ingredients can be placed in the Basket with no waiting time.

• If using oil to coat your food, we recommend using these types of oils; Refined peanut oil, refined grapeseed oil or extra light olive oil

• We recommend using a very small amount of oil, or an oil mister, in order to avoid greasy results.

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Frequently asked questions

What happens if I use oil?

If you do plan on adding oil to your ingredients, do so sparingly as the results will be significantly richer than expected. Adding oil may turn ingredients greasy, especially ingredients such as frozen french fries which already have some oil. We do encourage everyone to experiment with a wide variety of ingredients, and find new great ways to use your Air Fryer. Adding a small amount of olive oil, or using an oil mister to gently spray the ingredients, can add delicious texture to your recipe. If you find that your recipe turns out greasy, cut back.

How long does it take to air fry different ingredients?

Depending on the size and type of ingredients, your Air Fryer may take a shorter or longer time to fully cook the food. Use the included charts to determine cooking time or refer to the manual that comes with your Air Fryer. You may need to add a few minutes in order to crisp larger ingredients.

Do I prepare ingredients the same way I would if using a deep fryer?

The Air Fryer cooks your food using rapid air circulation that produces crispy, crunchy food like a deep fryer but there are some differences. Liquid-based batters like tempura batter will not work in an Air Fryer. Pre-made frozen appetizers with a crust like chicken fingers will yield an excellent result in your Air Fryer.

Experiment with breading ingredients or simply adding them to the Air Fryer with no extra coating. Your results will be similar to ones using a traditional frying method.

How do I assemble and disassemble my Air Fryer?

Part of why we love this appliance so much has to do with the convenient and safe assembly and disassembly process. Simply plug in your Air Fryer on a stable surface, pull out the Basket, and add your desired ingredients. Slide the drawer back into the Air Fryer, set your temperature, then your time, and that’s it!

Does the size of my ingredients affect the results?

Larger ingredients may take longer to cook, and may require a higher temperature. Refer to the recipe and chart guidelines on the following page for exact specifications, however, be aware that these are general measurements and you may have to adjust your time and temperature to fully cook the ingredients. For smaller ingredients, we have found that gently shaking the Basket halfway through the cooking process helps to crisp up ingredients. This will not affect the Air Fryer at all, and will help cook individual foods thoroughly.

What if my food is not crisp when I remove it?

Ensure that you have cooked the food at the proper temperature and for the correct amount of time. It is important to remember that these recommendations are guidelines and that some foods require adjustment when air frying. Frozen foods may take longer to crisp up as well.

Do not place wet ingredients into the Air Fryer, as they will not become crispy. Before air frying, gently pat ingredients dry, such as marinated chicken or vegetables, so they are not too wet before cooking.

If white smoke is emitting from the Air Fryer, this means that the ingredients have more fat, or may be too wet. This is not a problem. If you see black smoke, however, this may be a sign that the appliance is malfunctioning. Immediately turn off your Air Fryer and call the manufacturer.

How do I ensure that meat/poultry is properly cooked through?

We recommend using a food thermometer to ensure that these foods are properly done. This chart explains what the inside temperature should be using a meat thermometer.

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Time and temperature recommendations

Keep in mind that these settings are general indications. As ingredients differ in origin, size, shape and brand, we cannot guarantee the best settings for your ingredients. These charts were developed for Dash Compact Air Fryers but if you own a different Air Fryer, you may want to refer to your product manual. 

An important note about Air Fryer capacity

The recipes in this cookbook are designed for a 1.6 QT capacity Air Fryer. If you are using a larger Air Fryer you may adjust the recipes accordingly. Please note that adjusting recipes may alter cooking time for some ingredients. It is important to make sure that any ingredients cooked in the Air Fryer are cooked completely. Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.