As I’ve outlined in Parts 1, 2 and 3 of Air Fryer Accessories, there are a lot of air fryer accessories out there to go with whatever brand and model of appliance you decide on.
Some things – like parchment liners which make cleaning after you cook so much easier and metal racks that you can stack up inside your appliance to double or even triple the cooking surface – can be real game changers.
After all, two of the big attractions of air frying are that it is a healthier way to cook food and that it is fast and convenient. So anything that makes your cooking experience easier and more efficient can only be a good thing. If you’d like to know more about our verdict on air fryer accessories, you can read more here and here.
But deciding which air fryer accessories are right for you can be both a bit overwhelming and an irritating extra expense when you are first getting started.
You need to consider the following: What do you think you’ll prepare most often in your air fryer? Do you think you’ll be making mostly fries, wings and other fried classics? Or do you see yourself getting into joys of baking or food dehydrating? (If considering dehydrating food is worth the effort, you can read more here about the health aspects.)
Well don’t fret. There is an easy solution to your air fry woes – Accessory Sets.
Best Air Fryer Accessory Sets
These are your one-shop solution to quickly adding to your air frying capabilities.
Basically, they are a selection of popular accessories which are sold as a bundle. Generally, they are 8, 12 and even up to 20 piece sets of frequently bought items that suit a huge range of fryers are widely available.
The most common items in these sets are wire racks, a pizza pan, a silicone muffin or cupcake mold, a set of heat resistant tongs and some kind of baking pan. On top of this, you can buy sets which also have silicone pastry brushes and oven mitts, toasting racks, spatulas, magnetic cheat sheets and even recipe books.
Accessory sets are a great way to prepare yourself for life beyond simply knocking out a tray of spicy Korean drumsticks. Don’t spend hours wondering whether you will ever bake enough cakes in your new machine to justify buying a special baking pan. You’ve bought an air fryer – go ahead and experiment! Accessory sets give you that freedom.
It’s worth noting that some air fryer models actually include a starter accessory kit when you first buy them, so it is definitely worth checking to see what is included in the packaging.
Not surprisingly, the most common inclusion is a pack of parchment liners, to get you hooked on their no-mess charms from the outset! And yes, I’ve previously made no secret of the fact that I think that air fryer liners are well worth their additional cost as they make cleaning up so easy, but remember that they are not the only option.
I’m a fan of convenience and dislike hardcore cleaning, but I’d also like to leave something of this planet behind for the next generation. If you want to air fry with a minimum of fuss and mess AND be eco-friendly, look at investing in a silicone pot to sit in your device. It’s a one-off buy and that makes environmental and economic sense in the long run.
Whatever you buy for your air frying, make sure that the size and shape are right for your particular model.
And don’t forget that all the flash kit and shiny accessories in the world are no good if you don’t know what to cook. If you’d like a bit of help getting started on your air frying adventure, you can read more here.