You've been using your Air Fryer all wrong & it's why it's such a nightmare to clean – the right way makes it a breeze | The Sun

USING an air fryer is all fun and games… until it's time to clean it and make it ready for the next use.

Perfect for making the ultimate roast chicken to scrumptious Nutella cookies, the handy air fryer has become all the rage in the recent years – and rightly so.

But those who own this device will also be familiar with the oily and greasy mess left in the bottom, which is a nightmare to get rid of.

Fortunately, one fitness fanatic has come to the rescue, sharing his go-to cleaning hack on TikTok.

The best part? There are no chemical products involved, as all you need is a common kitchen staple – aluminium foil.

Revealing the trick in a video posted on social media, AJ Hotchkins (@fitwithjay_) said: ''If you're not doing this when you're air frying, you're absolutely wrong.

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According to him, all you need to do to make your life less complicated is simply put a piece of kitchen foil in the device before frying anything.

''It catches all the grease. It makes the pan way easier to wash – and everybody knows that's the worst part about having the air fryer.''

Once done cooking, simply remove the foil and chuck it in the bin.

''You're welcome in advance.''

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Since being posted, the video has gone viral, racking up a whopping 3.7million views, and whilst some thanked the gym lover, there were also many warning others about the dangers of this trick.


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A second agreed, writing: ''Too much aluminium in your food is also dangerous to your health.''

Someone else added: ''It stops the air flow and completely defeats the purpose.''

''Aluminium foil doesn’t bio degrade,'' a critic pointed out.

Recently, a fellow air fryer enthusiast revealed the items you should never put in to save yourself from a giant mess.

Taking to TikTok, The Board Housewife, from the US, gave air fryer fans a heads up on what can't go in.

She said: "Three items you should never cook in an air fryer."

The first one is any recipe with a lot of cheese on top of your item.

"The cheese is going to melt before your item is cooked and create a huge gooey mess," she revealed.

Instead, put the cheese on top two minutes before the item is finished cooking.

Next up, the air frying whizz said you should avoid cooking rice as it never cooks evenly, even with the special insert.

She added: "Just use a rice cooker instead.

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Finally, the woman shared you should never cook cake donuts because of the batter used.

"The sour cream, in their dense batter of flour and sugar just is a flop in the air fryer, don't try it."

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