First of all, if you have already switched your diet and cooking style from deep-fried food to its air-fried alternative, let me shake your hand – a job well done. The second thing is the air fryer itself. While a marvelous piece of kitchen equipment, if you want your food to retain the same tasty flavor, you need to properly maintain and clean your air fryer.
Tips and Tricks for Air Fryer Maintenance
In this article, I’ll share with you a few maintenance cleaning and caring tips, which will not only prolong the life expectancy of your air fryer but also make sure that your food’s taste will remain the same.
1) Unplug, Cool Down, and Live to Fry Another Day
Safety first, people. You don’t want to be that person in the neighborhood known for starting an electrical fire, do you? So, before you even think about cleaning your magical kitchen companion:
- Unplug the air fryer from the outlet. No-brainer, but better to be safe than sorry.
- Wait for it to cool down (unless you have a thing for burning your fingertips, in which case, carry on).
2) Here Come the Removable Parts
We’ve all been there: standing in front of a sink full of pots and pans, questioning our life choices. But in this case, fear not, my friends! Your air fryer has detachable parts, which means:
- The basket and pan can be removed and washed separately.
- Most of these parts are dishwasher-safe, so you can just chuck them in there and let the machine do the hard work (or, you know, wash them by hand if you’re feeling ambitious).
Good thing an air fryer is one of the smaller kitchen appliances, right?
3) The Almighty Sponge
I’m sorry, but there is simply no way around this particular task. You’ve probably thought there will be a trick on how to clean your disposal without the most obvious choices – sponge and dish soap – but as it turns out, it’s still one of the most effective methods (unless of course, you attach the parts on the ground outside and here comes the pressure washer…).
- Grab a non-abrasive sponge and a bit of dish soap.
- Gently scrub away any stubborn food particles (think of it as fighting the good fight).
- Wipe your trusty air fryer with a damp cloth to remove any soap residue.
- Dry all parts with a clean, dry cloth (or let the air do the job, if you’re a minimalist).
4) When Life Gives You Lemons, Clean Your Air Fryer
For those of you who have an affinity for natural cleaning solutions (or just really like the smell of citrus), and feel especially “eco-friendly” you can:
- Mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle.
- Add a few drops of lemon essential oil (optional, but highly recommended for that fresh, lemony scent).
- Spray the solution on the air fryer parts and let it sit for a few minutes.
- Wipe clean with a cloth, and bask in the knowledge that you’re a green-cleaning guru.
5) Don’t Forget About the Heating Element
Last but not least, show your air fryer’s heating element some love:
- Unplug the air fryer (yes, we’re repeating this because it’s that important).
- Gently brush off any food debris with a soft brush or cloth.
- Do NOT use water or cleaning solutions on the heating element, unless you’re a fan of short-circuiting your beloved air fryer.
If you feel like I’ve just wasted 3-5 minutes of your life, then I hope at least the joke about the pressure washer made your day a little better. Hey, also I’ve used the eco-friendly and natural alternative to dish soap – so you can’t tell there is nothing of use here.
To those of you who found the article useful altogether, I say: you are welcome.