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What Other Accessories Do You Need When Buying an Air Fryer?

Purchasing an air fryer is a significant step towards healthier eating habits. This kitchen appliance allows you to cook crispy and delicious foods with minimal oil, from fries to chicken...

Purchasing an air fryer is a significant step towards healthier eating habits. This kitchen appliance allows you to cook crispy and delicious foods with minimal oil, from fries to chicken wings, with ease. However, to fully utilize your air fryer, having just the machine itself is not enough. There are several additional accessories that can greatly expand your cooking range, enriching your kitchen life. These air fryer accessories not only improve cooking efficiency but also help you explore more recipes, making each meal more delightful. From specialized baking pans to versatile racks, let's look at what other accessories you might need to fully leverage this amazing kitchen tool when buying an air fryer.

Parchment Paper

Recommended for use when roasting meat, vegetables, or dishes with more liquid

Food-grade parchment paper helps keep the fryer clean, has a low oil permeation rate, and can effectively prevent drips from leaking, offering great flexibility to mold into any shape. Parchment paper can withstand high baking temperatures (usually up to 220°C/428°F), making it very practical for baking or using in air fryers. It remains structurally stable at high temperatures without burning or decomposing, ensuring food safety and health. Parchment paper can lock in the moisture and flavor of food to some extent, producing foods with a crispy exterior and moist interior. This is particularly important for baking bread, cookies, and other foods that require a specific texture. The non-stick property of parchment paper, recommended to buy 15 microns thick for durability, means easy release of foods without worrying about residues sticking to the pan or baking container.

Note: Do not place parchment paper in the fryer during preheating and avoid using it with very light foods, as it may be blown up by the hot air and burn. Also, be mindful of trimming the edges if they are too high.

Round/Square Cake Tins

Recommended for baking, making a variety of cakes, and desserts

Cake tins with removable bottoms have good ventilation and minimally impact hot air circulation, reducing the chance of sticking. Cake tins help maintain the perfect shape of baked cakes or desserts, making them look more professional and appealing. Many cake tins are designed with features that make them easy to demold, such as non-stick coatings or removable bottoms, which greatly reduces the risk of damage. Using cake tins can help retain the moisture of the food, enhancing its flavor and texture. This is especially important for baked goods requiring a specific humidity environment, such as steamed cakes or puddings.

Baking Bowls and Pizza Pans

Baking Bowls

Ceramic or glass baking bowls have good high-temperature resistance and insulation, suitable for puddings, soufflés, and small cakes.

Pizza Pans

Though named pizza pans, they can also be used for a variety of flat foods, such as pancakes, baked rice, and flatbreads, making them versatile kitchen tools.

Ideal for pizza, toast pudding, or dishes with more liquid. Pizza pans are designed to promote even heating of the bottom and edges, ensuring a crispy crust while the toppings are well-cooked. High-quality pizza pans often have a certain thickness and special materials, like ceramic or heavy-duty aluminum, which helps prevent the bottom of the pizza from burning, even at high temperatures. Many pizza pans have edges, aiding in maintaining shape and stability during preparation and transfer, preventing raw dough from slipping or the finished product from breaking.

Lastly, there are some genuinely useful tools that make cooking much more efficient!

Tool Accessories

Silicone Brush

Some dishes require brushing oil or sauce, and silicone brushes are extremely useful for this! They are not only heat-resistant but also spread oil evenly, allowing for precise control over the amount used. They're easy to clean with water.

Tray Tongs

These are very handy for picking up molds or baking bowls and can be a substitute for heat-resistant gloves.

That's the end of the accessory recommendations. I hope you find them helpful!


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