Is frying with zero oil possible? It would certainly be a great healthier alternative because excess oil intake causes weight gain and health problems.
Deep frying involves food cooked in a large amount of oil. Deep fried food is crunchy and crispy on the outside. The inside of the cooked food is moist and tender. The downside is the excess oil absorbed into the food during the frying process.
Frying With Zero Oil
For those who wish to reduce their oil intake, there are indeed healthier alternatives to frying with oil.
- Instead of oil as a medium, you can use stock instead. Chicken stock adds flavor to your fried food or vegetables. However, certain foodstuff cannot be cooked this way. It would be impossible to get a crunchy fried chicken using this method.
- Another great way to get your crunchy fried chicken without using oil is by using hot air instead. The hot air fryer is the latest innovative way to deep fry. The convection oven is another hot air machine.
How To Fry With Zero Oil Using The Hot Air Fryer
The hot air fryer or cooker is a frying machine that uses rapidly moving heated air to cook food. It is fitted with a heating element and a fan.
Let’s talk about the Philips hot air fryer.
Due to the small size of the appliance, the food gets to cook fast. The food is placed in the cooking basket with a mesh bottom. This allows for the rapidly moving hot air to be able to cook the food from underneath, as well as from the top and sides.
The cooking basket sits on a drip tray. When you are cooking food with oil or fat content such as chicken with skin, the excess oil from the chicken drips out onto the drip tray. The moving air lifts up the oil particles and the chicken is cooked in this heated air with the oil particles.
The resulting fried chicken does have a crispy outside texture with a moist and tender inside. However, the crispy skin is not as crispy as those deep fried in oil. But, you get a piece of tasty chicken that does not leave an oily taste in your mouth or excess fat deposited in your waist.
If you are cooking frozen food meant for the oven, such as frozen fries, you do not need to add any oil
when cooking it in the air frying machine. The resulting fries are 80% less fat compared to deep fried fries. It is also much faster in the air fryer.
Certain foodstuff will need about a tablespoon of oil. Homemade potato fries, vegetables or lean meat taste better with a tablespoon of oil added.
Well, if you are those who are looking for a healthier option to deep frying, then the hot air fryer is your best bet.
If your lifestyle calls for a diet with minimum oil, the kitchen hot air fryer will be a good choice of low fat cooking appliance.