Food Expert Issues Urgent Warning To People Who Cook Bacon In An Air Fryer

By Khadija Pervez in Food On 3rd November 2023

Air fryers have become all the rage in contemporary kitchens, with households across the country embracing this culinary trend.

However, a food expert has raised a cautionary note, advising against using your air fryer to cook bacon due to potential safety concerns.

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The realm of kitchen appliances has been revolutionized by the widespread adoption of air fryers.

These nifty devices have found a permanent place on kitchen counters.

The appeal of air fryers lies in their ability to effortlessly whip up an entire roast dinner, making them a beloved addition to any kitchen.

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In recent times, individuals increasingly opted for their air fryers over traditional frying pans, given the perception that they offer a healthier and more convenient cooking method.

For those who enjoy preparing a complete English breakfast, the air fryer presents a hassle-free solution, allowing all ingredients to be cooked inside this energy-efficient device, thereby reducing the post-meal cleanup.

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However, even our beloved air fryers have their imperfections. 

A warning has come from a food expert advising people to exercise caution when using their air fryers to cook bacon.

Dietitian Brenda Peralta has explained that employing this frying method for the breakfast favorite can lead to kitchen chaos.

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As bacon is extremely fatty and often comes in an awkward size, this can spell trouble for amateur chefs.

Brenda told Yahoo: "It is a fatty food, and when it is cooked in an air fryer, the fat can drip down and cause smoke or splatter."

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"This can make the bacon difficult to cook evenly, and it can also produce a lot of smoke and odours."

The recipe developer pointed out that this situation increases the chance of certain bacon strips remaining undercooked, potentially leading to the risk of food poisoning.

Furthermore, using an air fryer to cook bacon can become hazardous due to the accumulation of bacon grease. 

This can result in the air fryer unexpectedly emitting smoke.

The bacon fat splatters onto the air fryer's heating element, giving rise to a smoking episode and filling the air with the unpleasant aroma of burnt food.

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Not exactly a delightful experience.

In addition to the unexpected fiery display, bacon can also pose a challenge if you aim for an aesthetically pleasing plate arrangement, as noted by Brenda.

She continued: "A bacon strip is a small and delicate food, and it can be difficult to flip or remove from the air fryer basket without breaking it."

And although it's small, that doesn't mean you can fit loads in.

"The air fryer basket may not be large enough to accommodate a large quantity of bacon," the dietitian added.

"This can make it difficult to cook a lot of bacon at once, which can be inconvenient if you are cooking for a group."

Naturally, stacking bacon on top of each other is bound to result in certain sections being undercooked.

It seems that even these remarkable miniature ovens may have their limitations when it comes to cooking everything perfectly.