September 25th is National Air Fry Day, and at Appliances Connection, we're here to tell you about different ways to celebrate. Consumer Reports says that air frying food has become increasingly popular over the years. It's this popularity that led Frigidaire to create the holiday in the first place. From delicious healthy recipes to our top ranges with air fryers, this day is sure to have something for everyone who likes to eat.
Benefits of Air Frying
Air fryers don't fry food in the traditional sense. Instead, they use convection and a series of fans to circulate hot air quickly around food, cooking it from the outside. This comes with a lot of benefits: in particular, it can greatly reduce the fat and calorie content of fried foods, while still providing the crispy, fried texture that you expect from them. Using an air fryer can also reduce harmful chemicals in your food by up to 90% compared to traditional frying.
Our Expert Picks
When it comes to ranges and ovens with air fryers, you have a lot of options, and Frigidaire's Gallery Series is responsible for quite a few of our favorites.
This slide-in electric range has a total capacity of 5.2 cu. ft., allowing you to air fry nearly anything. This was actually the first range on the market to include an air fry mode. Its powerful convection fan and third heating element ensures that hot air circulates evenly around your food, even when you aren't using it as an air fryer.
Meanwhile, this double wall oven combines a powerful air fryer with a Steam Bake mode, allowing you to fry chicken and cook perfect bread in the same appliance. The included temperature probe lets you know as soon as your food is ready. All this comes with a sleek touchscreen control panel that's as easy to use as your smartphone is.
Air Frying Recipes for You to Try
Air Fried Buffalo Wings
These air fried buffalo wings have only six ingredients, so they're simple to make. As a bonus, they only require 15 minutes of preparation time. For added nutrients and healthy fats, they are cooked using avocado oil.
Air Fried Dill Pickle Crab Cakes
If you're looking for something a little more refined, try making these air fried dill pickle crab cakes with spicy mayo. Because the recipe makes up to 26 servings, it's a great recipe for a crowd, and the dill pickles add zest and a unique flavor to it. They are quick to cook, as well.
Air Fried Mini Jelly Doughnuts
You don't have to put the air fryer away when dessert time comes. These air fried mini jelly doughnuts are surprisingly simple to make, and air frying them saves you from needing to dip them in hot oil. You don't have to fill them with jelly, either: you can easily substitute hazelnut cocoa cream or any other filling you like.
Do air fryers use a lot of electricity?
Because air fryers tend to be small, countertop units, using one can be cheaper than using your oven. If you have a range with an air fryer, using it will use more electricity than it would take to just use the oven, but you also have reduced cooking time.
Can you put glass in an air fryer?
You can use any oven-safe dish, including glass, in most air fryers. Make sure to check your particular unit's requirements, however.
Can air fryers make popcorn?
Yes, you can use an air frying range to make popcorn. It will take slightly longer than popping corn on your stovetop, but you're much less likely to burn it. As a bonus, you will use less oil, so your popcorn is healthier as well!