The air fryer has become a cult classic, saving people heaps of time and money when cooking. But what many people may not realise, is that there are some significant do's and don'ts that should be followed when using them. While not commonly seen as dangerous appliances, air fryers can still cause fires if used incorrectly. Read on to find out how to use your air fryer safely.

  • Ensure you read the manual that comes with your air fryer so you can properly look after it. Clean it regularly and make sure you get rid of any food debris and grease after you finish using it.

  • Make sure you aren't putting too much food into the inner basket or using too much oil, as this could create a fire.

  • Give your air fryer some space around it and don't put anything on top of it or behind it, as it can get quite hot.

  • To avoid it falling off your bench, place it on an even surface and put a silicone mat underneath it.

  • Don't season food while it's still in the air fryer, wait until you've served up your food or season what you're cooking before you put it in the air fryer to avoid melting the basket coating.

  • Air fryers use a high amount of power so try and give it its own plug outlet.

  • Never leave your air fryer unattended as food can burn, and unplug it immediately after use.

  • Do not use baking paper inside the basket as it covers up the bottom and stops the airflow. Instead use silicone mats, which are safe to use in temperatures up to 220 degrees Celsius.

  • Silicone pots, both shallow and deep baking pans, skewers, wire racks and silicone tongs are all safe to use with an air fryer.

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Information sourced from: CNET, Gear Patrol and Air Fryer World.

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