CLEANING AND MAINTAINING AN AIR FRYER
In order to use your air fryer safely for years to come, it’s important to take good care of it. The air fryer is relatively clean, especially compared to deep frying implements, but it’s still critical that you clean your air fryer after every use. None of the parts of the air fryer are dishwasher safe, but luckily they are very simple and easy to clean. If you’re cooking several dishes at once and plan to use the air fryer several times for one meal, you can simply leave off cleaning until you’re completely done cooking the entire meal.
- As mentioned before, it’s important to unplug your air fryer and let it cool down properly before you start cleaning. Starting to clean while the air fryer is still hot will result in burns, and an air fryer still plugged into the outlet is hazardous.
- Cleaning the outside of your air fryer is simple and easy. Simply use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe off any dust and dirt. Be careful not to use too much water, as the water could leak into the air fryer and cause damage. If for any reason, there is tough grime on the outside of your air fryer, it’s alright to put in some elbow grease and use the abrasive side of the sponge.
- To clean the basket and oil pan, use hot water and dishwashing soap. You can use either a sponge or cloth, but be careful not to use the abrasive side of the sponge. The basket and pan are covered with a non-stick coating, which is very easy to scratch. That is also why you should never use any metal appliances to remove food from the air fryer. If there are some bits of food stuck to the pan or basket, simply soak them until the bits soften, and then wash. Remember to rinse off the soapy water and make sure that both implements are completely dry before putting them back into the air fryer.
- You can clean the inside of the air fryer with a damp cloth or sponge. Once again, be careful not to damage the non-stick coating. In the unlikely event of some crumbs or food bits sticking to the heating element of the air fryer, use a soft brush to brush the crumbs off and continue cleaning.
Aside from cleaning your air fryer, you should also take care of it when you’re not using it. How and where you store your air fryer can have a large effect on how long and how well it will work. Always store your air fryer upright in a dry space. Keeping it on the countertop is fine, as long as you keep it dry and free of dust. Some air fryer models have built-in compartments for their cables, and it is always wise to store your cables safely in their compartment. Never leave your air fryer plugged in if it’s not in use. Even if you don’t use your air fryer regularly, you can still keep it stored on your countertop as long as you give it a good dusting every now and then. Just be sure you clean off any accumulated dirt and dust before using it.
Along with proper cleaning and storage, here are some more basic maintenance tips to keep your air fryer up and running for as long as possible:
- The first, and most important, thing to do is to always stick to the user manual. The instructions provided are created with your precise model in mind for the purpose of keeping you safe and your air fryer working in prime condition. Always turn to your manual if you are unsure about something or come across any problems.
- Along with the cables, you should inspect every individual element of your air fryer for any form of damage or problems. Any damage to any part of your air fryer can potentially be harmful towards both you and your air fryer.
- Before you use your air fryer, you should always inspect the cables for any exposed or damaged wiring. If you come across any damaged wiring, don’t use your air fryer, and make a plan to bring it in for repairs as soon as possible. A good way to protect your wiring from damage is to avoid twisting and unnecessary bending as much as possible when storing your cables.
- Make sure that your air fryer is always clean and clear of any dust before you use it. Be especially sure that there isn’t any dust in the inlets or outlets. Dust can very easily clog the outlets and cause serious damage to your air fryer. The inside of your air fryer should also be properly cleaned on the inside, to make sure your food is hygienic and clear of any toxic substances.
- It’s very important to make sure that your air fryer is standing on a flat, level surface whenever you want to use it. The air fryer should also have at least four inches of open space surrounding it so that the air fryer has enough space to safely expel excess heat and steam. If the air fryer is too crowded, it might overheat and break down. It’s also important to keep any items that aren’t heat resistant, such as plastic containers or paper, well away from the air fryer, as they may melt or combust. You should especially keep the outlets clear while the air fryer is in use.