How do air fryers work
Air fryers use a powerful fan to circulate hot air around food to quickly brown and give it a distinctive crispy, deep-fried flavor and texture without the deep frying. The Vortex reaches a maximum temperature of 200°C.
Is air frying a healthier food preparation option than deep frying?
Yes! Air frying is a healthier choice in food preparation. Instead of submerging food in oil or fat, simply toss your food in a small amount of oil (as little as 2 tablespoons) to create beautiful, crispy golden french fries, chicken wings, fish and zucchini sticks, mushroom caps, and much more.
What foods work best in the Vortex
You can make all kinds of things in the air fryer oven!
- All your favourite fried and pan-fried dishes, like sausage, schnitzel and steak
- Yummy baked dishes like pizzas, pies and cakes
- Fresh or frozen convenience foods like fries, wings and mozzarella sticks are a snap
- Cool healthy snacks like kale, beet, and sweet potato chips, or homemade fruit leather roll-ups
- Do-it-yourself dehydrated jerky with beef, buffalo, trout, turkey, venison, elk, kangaroo, wild boar and so much more!
Compared to an oven, the Vortex is also a fast, convenient and energy-efficient way to reheat and re-crisp leftovers.
Can I use my Vortex to crisp up frozen fries and fish fingers, or pre-deep-fried chicken wings or nuggets?
Yes! The Vortex is an easy way to add crispness to your favourite convenient foods.
Are there foods that cannot be cooked in my Vortex Air Fryer?
Anything you can cook in a conventional oven can be cooked in your Vortex, but for best results, always arrange foods in a single layer and cook in small batches.
Avoid foods dipped in batter, such as calamari, tempura shrimp and buttermilk fried chicken. If you want breading, go for an egg wash and breadcrumb coating.
How much food can I fit in my Vortex
You can fit a lot in the air fryer, but for best results, remember to give your food room to breathe and don’t crowd food items. Place food items in a single layer and ensure there is room for the hot air to circulate freely.
Do I need to preheat the Vortex
We recommend preheating the Vortex as most food items benefit greatly from the immediate high heat of a preheated cooking chamber — preheating only takes 5 minutes!
What happens if I don’t turn my food when reminded to?
Depending on the Smart Program, the Vortex may beep part way through to remind you to turn your food. If you don’t remove the air fryer basket, the air fryer continues cooking at the selected temperature until the timer completes.
Depending on the food item, failing to turn your food may result in uneven cooking. Refer to the Troubleshooting table in the User Manual for further assistance.
What can I bake in the Vortex Air Fryer? Do I need a special baking dish?
Anything you can bake in an oven, you can bake in your Vortex air fryer!
You can use any oven-safe baking dish that fits in the air fryer. Just ensure to leave room for air to circulate freely.
My food is not crispy - what am I doing wrong?
Your Vortex air fryer is designed to produce deep-fried results without being submerged in oil, but it may need help from you:
- Pat dry moist food items (like potato or zucchini sticks) with a clean dish towel or paper towel
- Toss your food in up to 2 tablespoons of oil
- Preheat the air fryer to blast your food with hot air
- Turn or toss your food in the basket when reminded
Always follow a trusted recipe when air frying.
I have birds, is the Vortex safe to use around them?
No, some accessories may be coated with a non-stick coating that is not safe for use around birds and small pets.
Where can I find recipes for the Vortex Air Fryer
The Instant Pot App is available on the Apple Store or the Google Play Store