You, like many others, love your air fryer and cannot imagine life without it. It makes cooking easier and food tasty. But, are you unsure of how to clean it? We will give you some tips to make the process easier.
With deep frying, oil is messy. It splatters, is hard to clean and the cleanup makes the cooking almost not worthwhile. In contrast, air frying uses hot air and only a small amount of oil, so the cleanup process is easier. That does not mean you are exempt, though. Fat or oil may spill into the basket during cooking. Grease may pile up over time, and smoke and oils from old grease may tamper the preparation experience. Oil that has been trapped may even burn, too.Read More »
Steps to Clean an Air Fryer
- Once you are done cooking, unplug the appliance, let it cool down and then grab the basket for cleaning. If making a food in a sauce, try doing so when the basket is slightly hot to make rinsing easier. The sooner you clean it, the better. While it may be tempting to leave overnight, it will get harder and harder to get remnants off, so just get it done!
- Clean the drawer and basket with water that is warm and soapy. Use a sponge. If food pieces are stuck, soak them in the water so they eventually come off.
- Poke out food that is stuck in the basket with skewers or a toothpick. Then dry the basket and drawer.
- Wipe the outside. Use a soft towel and set the appliance aside to dry.
Dealing with the Smells
If you find your air fryer has a lingering smell, soak the basket and drawer in water with dish soap for 30 minutes. Then try cleaning it again. If that does not help, try rubbing lemon juice all over the drawer and the basket. That should aid in getting rid of the odors for good.
Other Tips to Keep in Mind
Be mindful of the nonstick coating on your appliance, if applicable. It may start to chip away with continued use. Also, if you are looking for an air fryer, or are on the market for a new one, be mindful of reviews and try to get one that is simple to clean to make your life easier. Just our two cents!
Air Fryer Recipes
Make these ideas in your air fryer to remind yourself why it was such a good investment. They are so delicious, that you will want to make them again and again.
Juicy, flavorful and cooked to a crisp golden brown, this chicken is a delight. Southern comfort at its finest, it uses hot sauce, Italian seasoning, buttermilk and more make this a wonderful dish to have any time of the year.
What makes these air fryer fries better than the rest? Crispy, delicious and slightly crunchy, these healthier elongated potatoes are possible if you know how to cut potatoes and you can wait for 15 minutes while they cook. All you need are russet potatoes, sea salt and olive oil. Get dipping!
Tender inside and crisp outside, these Brussels Sprouts are made even better in the air fryer. Butter and shallots help in upping the taste factor. Serve with a protein.
Cap off an amazing meal with these churros, fried doughnut-like sticks that are popular in Spain and Latin America. Pipe the dough with a piping bag, fry, and then toss in plenty of cinnamon and sugar. Delicioso!
Good luck with cleaning your air fryer! We hope these tips have helped demystify the process, and that you are more motivated than ever to make tasty recipes, such as those listed above. Happy cooking!