4. Don’t Cook Cheese Unless You Know What You’re Doing
Cheese lovers, this is bad news for you. But if you want to avoid making a mess, you can’t cook cheese in your air fryer. There are some minor exceptions, of course, but the general rule is to leave the cheese on the stovetop.
You can, however, cook something like mozzarella sticks, or try to use bread and tuck the cheese inside so you won’t make a mess. Mommy Hates Cooking suggests you use rolled up aluminum foil to avoid making messes. All in all, it’s best if you try to avoid cooking cheese in your air fryer, but if you’re going to do it, take the necessary precautions.
3. Cooking Rice or Pasta Is Something You Should Avoid
You should avoid cooking grain foods on an air fryer. Foods like rice or pasta are okay, as long as you air fry them with little oil and do not use water. Since most grains need to be cooked with water first, your air fryer won’t do the trick. It doesn’t matter how hot your air fryer gets; it’ll never reach the temperature to make the water boil.
What you can do instead is cook your rice or pasta the conventional way first. Cook your grains on the stove or using something like a rice cooker first and then air frying them is an option to cook grains.
2. Your Air Fryer Can’t Handle Whole Roasts or Whole Chicken
A whole roast isn’t really an option on your air fryer. Because of the size, cooking whole roasts or chicken won’t be possible. Not only would it be hard to put a whole chicken or roast inside your air fryer, but the results will be disappointing.
Your roast would get burned on one side way before the other side is even cooked. This is because of the limited space and heat source an air fryer has.
So, what can you do? It’s recommended that, instead of putting the whole roast in, to put in cooked pieces separately so they’re well cooked and you have enough room to place them. It’ll take more time, but this ensures your chicken or food will be cooked the way you wanted.