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Food expert issues warning to people who cook bacon in an air fryer

Food expert issues warning to people who cook bacon in an air fryer

Maybe think twice before cooking your pigs in blankets in the air fryer this year...

Experts have issued a warning to those who cook bacon in an airfryer, urging those who do so to perhaps think twice about the supposedly easy cooking hack.

Air fryers have been all the range for around a year now - with pretty much everyone and anyone boasting one in their kitchen.

And with Christmas just mere days away, I'm pretty confident in saying that lots of air fryers will be put to good use on the big day for perfecting those gnarly brussel sprouts and delicious pigs in blankets.

But, in what will perhaps be bad news to a lot of people, it turns out that cooking bacon in an air fryer really isn't a good idea.

Dietitian Brenda Peralta explained that this method of frying the breakfast favourite can actually cause absolute chaos in the kitchen.

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

Maybe stick to the oven for your pigs in blankets this year?
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Peralta 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.

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

As well as this, the air fryer becomes quite a hazard due to the build-up of bacon grease and can suddenly begin to smoke.

The bacon fat splatters out across the air fryer's heating element, causing the gadget to start smoking and creating a fire hazard before a smell of burnt food fills the air.


Bacon can also be difficult to deal with if you want your plate arrangement to look pretty, according to Peralta.

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."

Cooking bacon in an air fryer can result in a fire hazard.
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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."

And of course, piling it on top of each other will inevitably leave some portions uncooked.

Maybe it's best to stick to the oven for those pigs in blankets on Christmas Day this year then, folks!

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Topics: Food And Drink, Hacks, Christmas