If you purchased an air fryer, congratulations! Cooking just got a whole lot easier. Be sure you have all the essential accessories. And, if you don't have one yet, then what are you waiting for?!
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Ninja Air Fryers
First things first. You need an air fryer! So, I thought I would tell you what I have and why I'm such a big fan.
I have a Ninja 4-quart 1550 watt Air Fryer. I use it every single day. Really. I hard boil an egg in the morning. Roast zucchini, green beans, and cauliflower so the edges crispy for lunch. Come dinner time, I make steak bites (which rival the ones cooked on a grill) or roast chicken.
My favorite features:
- I love how easy it is to just pause and pull out the basket and see how everything is progressing.
- The crisper plate AND the basket are dishwasher safe. But I only wash the basket by hand.
- It's faster than cooking it in the oven. You don't have to preheat it, but I usually do it for 3 minutes.
- The food is healthy and delicious!
The 4-quart size is perfect for a small family of 2-3 in my opinion. But, I love leftovers, which is why I'm upgrading to the 5.5 Quart Capacity.
I also wanted to mention the Ninja Foodi option. I know that lots of people love this one too, but I've never used it.
I'm pretty sure I could dispense with the oven and make all my meals with an air fryer! Of course, I'm kidding. But, there are lots of helpful air fryer accessories that truly make this an option. It would also be perfect for college kids!
You'll find bundles of accessories that include everything from pizza pans, cake barrels, holders for skewers, and racks to dehydrate things. Many include lots of extras too like silicone mats, magnetic timing cheat sheets, and more. Almost everything is dishwasher safe!
The most important thing: be sure to select a bundle that will fit your air fryer.
This one will work with a 5.5 quart Ninja air fryer:
Buy this one for a 4-quart Ninja air fryer:
You use these accessories for a bigger air fryer too. But, purchasing the larger sized option will maximize the space that you have.
There are many reasons to use parchment paper. It helps prevent sticking, makes clean-up easier for some recipes and also prolongs the life of the crisper and basket. Whatever you do, DON'T USE ALUMINUM FOIL. I did that and had to promptly buy a new crisper because the Teflon was damaged.
Olive Oil Mister
I use an olive oil mister to spray breaded items so they crisp up nicely. I also use it to coat vegetables with olive oil, which is much more efficient than measuring out a Tablespoon and trying to make sure every veggie gets a hit!
What I like about this one: it comes with a funnel to fill the bottle!
Instant Read Thermometer
Finally, I highly recommend an Instant Read Thermometer. It's so easy to pull out the basket of an air fryer and check the temperature. You'll be rewarded with perfectly cooked dishes that everyone will love!
Air Fryer Cookbooks
If you're new to the air fryer game, or if you are gifting one, a cookbook is always appreciated. Two of my favorite air fryer authors have cookbooks and you can always trust that America's Test Kitchen has great recipes.