Are You Part of the Air Fryer Craze?
The air fryer craze reached new heights during the Coronavirus pandemic as Massachusetts residents were quarantined to their homes for over a year. Picking up new hobbies that could be enjoyed in your home, not being able to go out to restaurants, and increased awareness of healthy diets, created a perfect storm for air fryers to make their way into kitchens across the Commonwealth. With any new product on the market, consumers are not educated about the dangers associated with them. Cooking techniques and best practices are usually passed down from one generation to the next and as first-generation air fryers, it is our responsibility to enjoy them safely. Here are some helpful dos and don'ts while using your new kitchen appliance:
- Do read the manual that came with your air fryer and take it seriously.
- Don’t leave your air fryer plugged in while it is not in use.
- Don’t burn yourself or your countertops.
- Don’t let air fryer vents blow exhaust into electrical outlets.
- Don’t put the air fryer on the stove.
- Don’t use perforated parchment paper without food on it to keep it from floating around.
- Don’t use cooking sprays with propellants, aerosol sprays, or chemical-based non-stick sprays.
- Don’t use wet batters or wet coatings on food.
- Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket.
- Don’t forget to regularly check on your food while it is cooking.
- Don’t season food with salt while it is still in the air fryer.
- Do season food before or after cooking.
- Do only use accessories and inserts that are made for your air fryer.
- Don’t clean your air fryer or its components with metal scouring pads.
While this is not an exhaustive list, it will certainly help you operate your air fryer safely which will protect your kitchen and home from fire damage. If you experience fire damage in your home - SERVPRO is here to help. We have been restoring homes in Lexington, Bedford, Lincoln, Watertown, Waltham, Wayland, and Weston for over 40 years. Give us a call at 781-861-0500 so we can make it, “Like it never even happened.”