A food expert is warning people not to cook bacon in the air fryer.
The highly sought-after kitchen appliance has helped revolutionise people’s approach to cooking since it burst onto the scene in 2010.
Air fryers have now become a staple in most homes – with annual sales up 1,175% since last year, according to The Independent.
The versatile kitchen device is a go-to for many when it comes to various cooking and baking tasks, but it may have limitations with certain foods – as one expert has explained.
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If you look online, you’ll see many recipes for cooking bacon in the air fryer.
But dietician Brenda Peralta, of FeastGood.com, has warned foodies to think twice before whipping up bacon using the device – as it could be dangerous.
Speaking to the Huffington Post, she explained how the fattiness of the meat can make it difficult for it to properly cook in the air fryer.
Peralta says: “Bacon is a fatty food, and when it is cooked in an air fryer, the fat can drip down and cause smoke or splatter.
“This can make the bacon difficult to cook evenly, and it can also produce a lot of smoke and odours.”
When the bacon is uncooked in some areas you run the risk of getting food poisoning.
Food poisoning is caused by eating something that has been contaminated with germs, according to the NHS.
Any type of food can cause food poisoning. It can happen if food is not cooked or reheated thoroughly, stored correctly, left out for too long, eaten after its ’use by’ date, or handled by someone who’s ill or has not washed their hands.
Symptoms of food poisoning include stomach cramps, feeling sick, diarrhoea, being sick, aches and chills or a high temperature.
These symptoms usually pass within a week – but it’s important to have lots of fluids to avoid dehydration.
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Peralta adds that because of the size of the bacon rashers, it can be difficult to flip or remove it from the air fryer without causing damage or even breaking it.
The food expert also has bad news if you want to cook bacon in batches, as she continues: “The air fryer basket may not be large enough to accommodate a large quantity of bacon.
“This can make it difficult to cook a lot of bacon at once, which can be inconvenient if you are cooking for a group.”
Other experts have come forward to warn about other foods they shouldn’t cook in the air fryer.
Yankel Polak told the Huffington Post that many people will stick cheese and food with wet batter – such as onion rings – in an air fryer thinking that it has a similar impact to a deep fryer.
He explains: “When you make something like a mozzarella stick in a deep fryer, an instant outer crust is formed.
“In an air fryer, this does not happen, and you’ll instead end up with a gooey, cheesy mess.”