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 Plus reaches a maximum temperature of 205°C / 400°F.
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 courgette sticks, mushroom caps, and much more.
What foods work best in the Vortex Plus?
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 Plus is also a fast, convenient and energy-efficient way to reheat and re-crisp leftovers.
Can I use my Vortex Plus to crisp frozen fries and fish sticks, or pre-deep-fried chicken wings or fingers?
Yes! The Vortex Plus is an easy way to add crispness to your favourite convenient foods.
Are there foods that cannot be cooked in my Vortex Plus Air Fryer?
Anything you can cook in a conventional oven can be cooked in your Vortex Plus, 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 prawns 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 Plus?
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 my Vortex Plus?
We recommend preheating the Vortex Plus 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 Plus 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 Plus Air Fryer? Do I need a special baking dish?&
Anything you can bake in an oven, you can bake in your Vortex Plus 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 Plus 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 courgette 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.