You have an air fryer. You’re probably familiar with the benefits of these kitchen gadgets. You’ll need to use these gadgets daily, so you’ll have to clean up the grease. Good news! The good news is that it’s an air fryer so there’s less grease to clean. You probably already have the items necessary to clean an air fryer. Keep reading this blog where I will tell you the best method to clean an Air Fryer.
Tips to Clean An Air Fryer
Learn the basics of air fryer cleaning before you clean it.
- To remove food particles from your air fryer, don’t use abrasive sponges or metal utensils. You could cause damage to the nonstick coating of the cooking surface.
- Do not submerge the air fryer into water. This will cause damage to the main unit, which is an electrical appliance.
- While you’re cleaning, make sure the fryer is not plugged.
- To get rid of stuck-on food, clean the air fryer with a toothpick, a wooden skewer or a toothbrush. These hidden crumbs can cause the machine to smell and smoke over time.
- To get rid of any residual odors, you can also cut half of a lemon and rub the basket and cooking surfaces. It should be left to sit for around 30 minutes before you clean it.
- Use food-safe cleaners Disinfectants not approved for food contact should be avoided.
How To Clean An Air Fryer?
7 of the 10 air fryers that I tested claimed to be dishwasher-safe. Although the owner’s manual may contain cleaning tips for your particular air fryer model, this is what I recommends:
1. Do not delay cleaning or you will regret it. Crumbs and food bits should not be left to settle overnight. Otherwise, the basket and drawers will be difficult to clean. After you are done cooking, unplug your air fryer and let it cool. Then, empty the oil out of the pullout drawer before disposing of it.
Air-frying food with sticky sauces like marinated ribs will make it easier to clean up the mess.
2. Use warm soapy water to clean the removable parts. Use a soft sponge or cloth–no abrasives. To loosen food stuck to any parts, soak them in hot, soapy water with dish detergent. Then, clean.
3. To remove food stuck to the basket or grate, use a toothpick or wooden skewer. Dry each component separately.
4. Use a damp cloth and warm soapy water to clean the interior of the air fryer. You should still remove the basket and drawer. Wipe clean the heating element to remove any grease or food debris. Manufacturers say that a soft brush, but not steel wire, can be used to remove food stuck to the heating element. Then dry and reassemble.
5. Use a sponge or damp cloth to wipe the exterior, and then dry it.
How To Deal With Persistent Odors
If a food has a strong odor while being cooked, it can linger in the air fryer. NewAir, the manufacturer of Magic Chef air fryers recommends that you soak the food basket or drawer in soapy water for between 30 and 60 minutes before cleaning it again. If the smell persists cut a half lemon and rub it on the basket and drawer. Let it sit for 30 minutes before washing again.
Take Care with Nonstick
Some consumers have complained that the nonstick coating on certain air fryer components wears down over time. This has not been observed in our tests, but we do recommend that you avoid using metal utensils or steel wool to scratch or chip the nonstick coating.
If the nonstick coating is separating, you should not use the air fryer. Call the manufacturer’s customer support and request a replacement basket or return the air fryer.
Cleaning your air fryer is crucial
The fan of your air fryer is more than just a fan. It also circulates moisture, grease and other small particles of food. It is a common mistake to not clean the air fryer between uses. Grease and bits of food can build up on the fan and slow down the motor. It will take longer to fry food and the final product will not be as crisp if the fan is slow.
Good news! Regular cleanings can prolong the life of your appliance and ensure that it cooks correctly.
How Often Do You Need to Clean Your Air Fryer?
After Each Use
Wash the pan, tray and basket with warm water and soap after each use of your air fryer. These parts can be washed in the dishwasher. (Refer to your owner’s manual. Also, you should quickly clean the interior with a damp cloth and a little dish soap. Reassemble all parts.
After every few uses
Although it is not necessary to wash the main parts after each use, doing so will help keep your air fryer in good condition. Wipe down the exterior with a damp cloth every now and again. Check the heating coil for any oil or residue. You can clean the heating coil with a damp cloth after it cools.
The Bottom Line
I hope after reading this blog you are able to clean your air Fryer effectively and safely. Please do share your experiences in the comment section. Thank You!