Have you ever thought about using an air fryer? Air fryers are like the healthier, cleaner, little brother of the deep fryer, which can give you the flavor-packed punch of a deep fryer, without the mess or the excessive calories.
Though, the air fryer is considerably easier to maintain and clean than a deep fryer, it still needs cleaning and maintenance, which is why we put this quick guide together for you.
Steps for Cleaning Your Air Fryer
Here are some quick and easy steps for how you can completely and fully disassemble, clean, and reassemble your air fryer.
1. Powering Down
If you have you used your air fryer to cook recently, make sure that you give your air fryer a bare minimum of 10 minutes to cool down, before you start taking it apart to clean it. Ideally, you want to wait 20 or more minutes, so that your air fryer is totally cooled off when you are disassembling it. Make sure that you unplug your air fryer so that you can prevent an electrical hazard from happening.
2. Clean the Exterior
After you are sure that your air fryer is totally cool, this is the perfect time to wipe down the exterior of your air fryer. Use a moist wash cloth or paper towel to wipe down the entire exterior of the fryer. Then dry it with a dry wash cloth or a dry paper towel.
3. Clean the Removables
After you have finished wiping down the exterior of the air fryer, you can start cleaning its removable components. Then, you can remove and wash the pan, basket, and tray and clean them with hot water and dish soap. The great news about air fryers is that most of their removable pieces are dishwasher safe, so you can either
– Wash them on the top rack of the dishwasher
– Wash them by hand with hot water and soap
– Let them soak in hot water and soap, and then hand wash or dish wash them
4. Cleaning the Inside of the Fryer
After you have used your air fryer repeatedly, you are going to want to clean out the inside of the air fryer. All you want to do is make sure that you have a soft cloth or a soft sponge, and use some hot water to wipe down the inside of the fryer, after you have taken off all of the removable pieces. Use something soft to wipe it down so you don’t scratch or damage the inside of your air fryer.
5. The Heating Element
Just in case you get some food stuck to the heating element of your fryer, you want to make sure that you clean it off carefully with a brush. Make sure that the brush is soft enough not to damage the heating element.
After you have cleaned all of the parts of your air fryer, make sure that you hand dry them or let them sit until they are completely dry. After they are all totally dry, you can proceed to reassemble your air fryer.
Maintaining Your Air Fryer
Make sure that you never use metal utensils like forks or knives to remove any of the food that sticks to the inside of your air fryer. Like many pots and pans that you would use for cooking, air fryers are coated with a fragile non-stick surface that can damage easily if you are using the wrong kind of utensil to handle your food. The best way to clean the inside coating of your air fryer is to use a soft washcloth or sponge.
If a hard scrubbing won’t do the job at getting the food that is stuck to the inside of the fryer, you can also remove it and soak it in hot water with soap. That will loosen up any food debris that is stuck to the inside of the container, so that you can easily scrub it off.
We would highly recommend that you clean your air fryer after each use to insure the longevity and proper functioning of your air fryer. If in one meal, you are cooking multiple dishes in different batches in your air fryer, you can always wait until you completely finish cooking and prepping your food before you clean it. That would be the only circumstance where it would be excessive and time consuming to cook it after each use.