How To Turn Your Oven Into An Air Fryer

An air fryer is a smaller, more compact version of the convection oven.

IMAGE Miguel Nacianceno

Do you have an oven? If you do, are you secretly wishing it was an air fryer instead?

If you have kitchen appliance envy, you shouldn't. There is a world of cooking that can be done in your oven that you just haven't discovered yet, especially if you have been eying that fancy air fryer. Why? 

Because you might already have an "air fryer" in your kitchen. 

If your oven has a fan in the back or on either side of the oven walls, this means that you have a convection oven. A convection oven is an oven with a fan, and it is this oven function that makes your oven the same as an air fryer.  

In fact, the air fryer is a mini convection oven! The main difference is size, functionality, and of course, packaging. The air fryer is much smaller than an oven with a compartment that is focused under a heating element and a high-speed fan. Compared to the oven where a knob or button will indicate that the fan is either on or off, the fan cannot be turned off in an air fryer. (It is after all the whole point of an air fryer: hot air that is circulated around in that small space.) 

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
CONTINUE READING BELOW
Recommended Videos
These oven icons mean that your oven has a fan that you can turn on and off.
Photo by tookapic/Pixabay

Just like an oven, you can control the heat of the air fryer compartment with the temperature gauge but since you cannot turn it off, the basic air fryer doesn't have any other function.  

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

So, how do you make your convection oven cook like an air fryer? Simple. Turn the knob or button that controls the oven fan "on". Then, just cook as you normally would if you were going to use an air fryer. 

However, there will be a few differences when cooking in an oven compared to an air fryer, even with the fan on.

An oven is much bigger. While you can fit more food in the oven, such as a whole garlic chicken or whole pork liempo, the bigger the space, the more time it will take for the oven to get to the right temperature and to heat up and cook whatever food you're trying to cook. The fan of an air fryer is more focused on the food. Since it's much smaller, the fan is located right above the heating element, making the air fryer heat up the compartment thus the food much faster.   

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
If your oven has a fan in the back, it's a convection oven.
Photo by AV_Photographer/Pixabay

Don't worry though. Your oven with its fan "on" can still cook that whole chicken faster. Just like the air fryer, you will notice that food you cook in the oven with the fan on will cook faster than normal and sometimes, more evenly, too. That's why it's common to see that the rotisserie function also turns the fan on. The rotating chicken is more evenly cooked and browned when the fan is on since the hot air can flow all around the chicken.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Did you know that baking in an air fryer follows the same rules as a convection oven? You will need to drop the temperature down and shorten the baking time, too, if using an air fryer. An oven however has the advantage of being more convenient since it can hold a cupcake tray with at least 12-muffin holes or a standard-sized baking pan.  

In short, anything that the air fryer can do, your convection oven can do it, too, but in a much bigger baking, roasting, and broiling space.

ALSO READ: 

***

Thinking about what to cook next? Join our Facebook group, Yummy Pinoy Cooking Club, to get more recipe ideas, share your own dishes, and find out what the rest of the community are making and eating!

Got your own version of the classic dishes? Pa-share naman! Get your recipe published on Yummy.ph by submitting your recipe here!


0
Comments. Join the discussion below!
Comments
Trending in Summit Network
LATEST FOR YUMMY.PH

CCA Manila Launches Online Culinary School

They teamed up with the world's leading online culinary school, Rouxbe.

LIST: The Best Ice Cream Shops That Deliver In Manila

Order a pint or a gallon when you need to chill out!

You Can Save As Much As P11,200 On These Cooking Ranges

Have you been thinking of buying a cooking range? Here's your chance!

Make This Easy Garlic Sauce To Put On Top Of Fried Chicken

Make better fried chicken with this awesome garlic butter sauce.
Load More