For the past couple of years, air fryers have made rounds throughout stores as the new appliance to have in your kitchen. This appliance claims to ‘fry’ food using patented Rapid Air technology that produces a healthier outcome than its conventional fryer counterpart. The technology was developed in the early 90s by Philip’s marketing manager, Fred van der Weij. Fred’s motive was to find a new way to fry food that would be healthier, cleaner, less odor producing, and easy to operate. Although the technology in the 90’s was successful, Fred and his team found it difficult to package it in a product that would be accessible to the general market. It wasn’t until 2010 that Philips was finally able to release this new kitchen appliance in Germany--beginning its success throughout the world.
In order to keep your air fryer maintained and prolong its longevity, it should be regularly cleaned. Thoroughly read your machines’ manual to receive instructions on how to conduct a proper cleaning. Each device is made differently, so it is important to follow manufacturers guidelines. For general cleaning:
- Use warm, soapy water on removable parts. For stuck on food, we recommend soaking parts in hot water and dish detergent. Do not submerge the entire air fryer in water, as that is an electrical hazard.
- Use a soft sponge or washcloth to remove additional debris. Do not use abrasive materials since they will ruin the non-stick coating in the cooking chamber.
- Use a toothpick or other wooden tools to remove baked residue and then wash again to ensure cleanliness.
- Dry all parts that were washed before inserting into the main unit. This ensures that components inside the machine stay dry and prevents rusting.
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*Information gathered from Consumer Reports