People Have Been Warned Not To Cook Food In Air Fryers Instead Of Ovens


People are being warner about using their Air Fryers.

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Do you prefer to cook your meals in an air fryer rather than an oven? An expert has recently issued a warning regarding this practise, and it may change your view.

An air fryer is a kitchen equipment that cooks food by circulating hot air at high speed and has become increasingly popular in recent years with people often thinking ‘they cheaper to run than ovens’

Credit: Ninja Air Fryers

It is widely used as a healthy alternative to deep frying since it produces similar crispy results with less oil and there are now many recipes online to guide amateur chefs through sing the gadget.

However, an expert has now expressed his reservations regarding the popular gadget.

Martin Lewis of Money Saving Expert isn’t sure that air fryers are a significantly cheaper and healthier alternative than standard ovens.

In an episode of his The Martin Lewis Podcast, he notes that, unlike a microwave, an oven warms up to full temperature before topping up, which means it isn’t operating at maximum power all of the time.

Credit: Money Saving Expert – Martin Lewis

During the podcast he said:

A microwave gives you consistent heat whereas an oven is warming up to full temperature and then topping it up so it isn’t running at full power the whole time.

If you were doing a full roast dinner and you were cooking many [jacket potatoes], it’s probably cheaper [putting them in the oven] than putting five or six jacket potatoes in a microwave because each additional object you put in a microwave, you need to keep it on longer because a microwave just heats the individual object. However, if someone is cooking just a single jacket potato, which only needs around 10 minutes, it will be ‘far cheaper’ to use a microwave

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Lewis notes that if someone wanted to get technical, they could apply a simple calculation to determine whether it’s preferable to use an oven or an air fryer for each meal.

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Finding the wattage of an item, then determining how many kilowatts, or fractions of a kilowatt, it uses, then multiplying it by 34p per hour of usage, is the equation.

The Money Edit has reiterated Lewis’ recommendation, saying that air fryers are ‘usually’ ‘cheaper to use’ than ovens.

However, it warned that if someone buys a higher powerful air fryer, they may be using almost as much electricity as an oven.

So, if someone is preparing something tiny and basic, the microwave or air fryer is definitely a better option.

When it comes to cooking and saving money, each situation may necessitate a different method depending on the ingredients used and this would dictate whether it will be cheaper to use a microwave, air fryer or your oven.

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