Food expert warns air fryer users: Never cook this in your appliance

Written by Henrik Rothen

Nov.17 - 2023 1:18 PM CET

Food expert warns air fryer users.

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Air fryers have become a staple in kitchens worldwide, lauded for their convenience and health benefits. However, not all foods are suitable for air frying, as highlighted by a recent warning from a food expert.

The problem with cooking bacon in air fryers

According to, dietitian Brenda Peralta cautions against cooking bacon in air fryers. Due to bacon's high fat content and awkward size, it can pose challenges for amateur cooks. When cooked in an air fryer, the fat can drip down, causing smoke or splattering.

This not only makes the bacon difficult to cook evenly but can also produce a lot of smoke and odors.

Risks of cooking bacon in air fryers

Cooking bacon in an air fryer can lead to uneven cooking, potentially causing food poisoning. Additionally, the accumulation of bacon fat in the air fryer can be a fire hazard, as it may start smoking and produce a burnt smell.

Limitations in cooking quantity

Bacon strips are delicate and can be difficult to remove from the air fryer basket without breaking. Moreover, the basket may not be large enough to accommodate a large quantity of bacon, making it inconvenient for cooking for multiple people. Stacking bacon in the air fryer can leave some portions undercooked.

While air fryers are versatile and energy-efficient, they may not be suitable for cooking all types of food, such as bacon. Users should be aware of these limitations and risks to ensure safe and effective use of their air fryers.

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