A culinary authority is sounding the alarm against air frying bacon.
The air fryer, a much-coveted kitchen gadget, has revolutionized cooking habits since its debut in 2010.
Its popularity has surged, with annual sales skyrocketing by 1,175% compared to last year, according to The Independent.
This versatile kitchen appliance is a go-to for various cooking and baking tasks, but it might have its limitations when it comes to specific foods, as one expert cautions.
While you can easily find numerous bacon recipes for the air fryer online, dietitian Brenda Peralta, who runs FeastGood.com, advises food enthusiasts to exercise caution before attempting to cook bacon with this device due to potential hazards.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, she elaborated on how the high fat content of bacon can pose challenges when using an air fryer for cooking.
Peralta states: "Bacon 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 odors."
Cooking bacon unevenly leaves you susceptible to the risk of food poisoning.
Food poisoning results from consuming contaminated food, as explained by the NHS.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year in the US, 48 million people suffer from food poisoning, leading to 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths.
Food poisoning can stem from any type of food if it's inadequately cooked or reheated, stored improperly, left unattended for extended periods, consumed past its "use by" date, or handled by an individual who is unwell or hasn't practiced proper hand hygiene.
Typical food poisoning symptoms include stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, muscle aches, chills, or a fever.
These symptoms usually resolve within a week, but it's crucial to stay well-hydrated to prevent dehydration.
Furthermore, Peralta points out that due to the size of bacon strips, flipping or removing them from the air fryer can be challenging, potentially leading to damage or breakage.
The culinary expert also shares discouraging news for those hoping to prepare bacon in multiple batches, as she continues: "The air fryer basket may not be large enough to accommodate a large quantity of bacon."
"This can make it difficult to cook a lot of bacon at once, which can be inconvenient if you are cooking for a group."
Additional specialists have stepped forward to caution against using the air fryer for certain foods.
Yankel Polak shared insights with the Huffington Post, highlighting that some individuals mistakenly believe they can achieve deep-frying effects with the air fryer when cooking items like cheese or wet-battered foods such as onion rings.
He elaborates: "When you make something like a mozzarella stick in a deep fryer, an instant outer crust is formed."
"In an air fryer, this does not happen, and you'll instead end up with a gooey, cheesy mess."
Furthermore, other specialists advise against placing burgers inside the air fryer. An air fryer isn't the best choice for grilling meat, and it's also not suitable for cooking fresh greens.