Air fryers are becoming increasingly popular kitchen appliances in homes across America. They’re convenient to use, easy to clean, and they save tons of space in our kitchens. Air fryers use much less oil compared to deep fryers, allowing you to cook healthier meals for your family. “By using just 1 tablespoon of cooking oil rather than multiple cups, a person can produce similar results as they would with a deep fryer with a fraction of the fat and calories” (from Abbey Ryan, Medical News Today).
Today’s air fryer we’ll be looking at is the Ninja AF101 4 Quart Air Fryer. This particular unit is highly rated. People love how simple it is to use and how well it cooks food. Additionally, the compact design gives users more room on the kitchen counter for other appliances. One of the favorite aspects is the health benefit provided over conventional deep frying. Let’s look at this unit in further detail.
You can cook a wide variety of favorite food in this air fryer, including steak, fries, fish, dessert, chicken wings, and much, much more—all without a ton of extra fatty oil that you’d typically ingest if you deep-fried these.
There are four different cooking modes provided. Let’s start with the first and perhaps most commonly used, the air fryer function.
If you’re looking to cook french fries or chicken nuggets, this is the function you’ll want to use. With this cooking feature, you’ll achieve that golden-brown crisp on your food. Make sure to use the ceramic-coated crisper plate accessory (included) as it promotes browning. Also, you should toss the food in the basket frequently or shake it with a pair of silicone tongs.
Ever had some delicious roasted veggies? Exactly as you would expect, this is the function you’ll use to roast those little green guys at home. You can also use this feature for cooking meats more tenderly. If you want more crispiness, you can also use the crisper plate with this function.
Don’t toss out those leftovers. Reheating foods, such as pizza, chicken wings, fries, or other previously cooked foods, is possible with this function. This feature alone will save you money as you’ll have less food waste. The crisper plate should be utilized with this function.
Who doesn’t love some good beef jerky? With this function, you’ll be able to cook your own at home. Also, you can make banana chips, veggie chips, and many other dehydrated foods. This function utilizes both the crisper plate and the stainless-steel multi-layer rack.
We’ve mentioned the crisper plate a few times. You can watch the following video to learn more about it.
Ease of Cleaning
This air fryer is very easy to clean, which you’ll be thankful for if you’re the typical person who doesn’t enjoy the clean-up process after cooking. You can put the basket and crisper plate in the dishwasher to clean them. The main unit and control panel are cleaned by wiping them with a damp cloth. Note that you should clean your air fryer after each use.
More information about cleaning the unit can be found in the following video from the manufacturer.
Easy to Use
Using the Ninja AF101 Air Fryer is simple and easy. Let’s look at how to use the air fryer cooking function. First, you’ll want to make sure to insert the ceramic crisper plate into the bottom of the basket. Press the air fry button next, then use the up/down buttons to adjust the temperature. Now you’ll want to wait 3 minutes for the unit to preheat.
After preheating, use the time up/down buttons to set the proper cooking time. Place the food you wish to cook into the basket, then insert the basket back into the fryer. Press the start/pause button to start cooking your delicious food.
You’ll want to shake the basket or turn the food with some silicone tongs while it’s cooking. To do so, press the start/pause button again to suspend the cooking operation temporarily. Remove the basket and gently shake it or turn the food with a pair of tongs. Return the basket and press the start/pause button again to continue cooking. When cooking is complete, the unit will beep, and “END” will appear on the display. Simple as that!
This unit features a wide temperature range of 105 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The cooking basket has a 4-quart capacity and will hold 2 pounds of fries. The appliance weighs 10.6 pounds and has a 2.6-foot power cord. It’s dimensions are 8.5 x 12.1 x 11 inches. There is a 1-year limited warranty.
Tips and Tricks
Ready to level up to pro air fryer status? Use these tips and tricks to improve your cooking. (From the Quick Start Guide)
- If the food you’re cooking doesn’t have a cooking temperature for air frying, use the conventional cooking temperature, but reduce it by 25 degrees.
- Ensure your food is evenly spread out in the bottom of the basket when air frying to ensure consistent browning. Don’t overlap the food items.
- If you want some crispier jerky, you can simple dehydrate it longer.
- Before dehydrating fruits and veggies, try to remove as much water as possible by patting them dry and gently shaking them.
- The quick start guide also features recipes to help get you started. Check it out if you need some cooking inspiration.
The Ninja AF101 is an excellent purchase if you’re looking for an air fryer for your family. It’s easy to use, has multiple useful cooking functions, and cooks foods quickly. Your friends and family will be astonished at the quality of the food you prepare using it. If you’ve been thinking about purchasing one, this may be the perfect air fryer for you!