How to Use an Air Fryer at Christmas

How to Use an Air Fryer at Christmas

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As one of the gadgets of the year, the air fryer is likely to have made it onto your Christmas wish list, if you’re not lucky enough to own one already. But have you considered using an air fryer on the big day itself?

With Christmas just around the corner, the usual excitement and last-minute stress of preparing the turkey and all the trimmings may not be the same this year as Americans grapple with rising grocery and energy prices.

In the past year, ‘Air fryer’ searches have hit 823,000 in the US on Google alone. Their popularity in 2022 has soared, with viral recipe videos on TikTok and Instagram causing them to sell out in stores.

Their boom in popularity comes as Tefal found on average families can save up to 80% on energy usage and bills. And, according to WebMD, cooking in an air fryer can also cut calories by 70 – 80% as air fryers use little to no oil.

It’s vital to regularly clean your air fryer – to avoid excess fat build up, but also to keep those who have intolerances and allergies safe.

When cooking for those who have food sensitivities or intolerances, it is crucial to avoid cross-contamination – which could easily happen if the air fryer is not cleaned between uses.

But can it meet the standards of cooking up a festive feast?

YorkTest worked with our expert nutritionist, Sal Hanvey, to provide air fryer versions of three classic American holiday recipes which are likely to be cheaper alternatives for your festive day.

1. Sage & Onion Stuffing (With gluten-free option)

Total time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4-6



2. Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan (can be substituted for vegan cheese)

Total time: 15 minutes

Serves: 3-4 side dishes



3. Hasselback Potatoes

Total time: 45 minutes

Serves: 4



Commenting on the recipes, Sal added:

“Christmas is already an expensive time and this year especially so with the cost of living crisis impacting us all. Air fryers are blowing up and for good reason, as they are known to produce extremely tasty food, a cheaper way of cooking it, and relieve the stress of juggling different timings.

“These recipes are favorites among American families and it’s great to see that friends and family can still have a variety of festive and nutritious dishes without missing out due to cost. If you’re looking to save money and time this festive season, don’t forget to turn to your air fryer.”


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