- Air Fryer Accessory Kit
- Oil Spritzer
- Parchment Liners
- Grill Mat
- Small Baking Pans
- Silicone Tongs
- Silicone Baking Brushes
- Silicone Baking Cups
- French Fry Cutter
When you purchase an air fryer, you might not think you need anything else. However, as you start getting more comfortable using your machine, you’ll probably think of a few things that would be useful for getting the job done more quickly. Here’s a run down of a few things to consider.
Air Fryer Accessory Kit
Accessory kits used to be great when first starting out. The problem these days is that so many resellers are now in the game, you’ll get bundles of things where two out of the five things are useful and the rest are garbage.
These days, it’s better to separate the hits from the misses. Especially when you want to be sure everything you and your friends and family ingest can be digested.
You’ll constantly be spritzing or spraying something. I know that spritzing sounds like some sort of violent yoga/plyometrics bootcamp or a cousin to the toy poodle, but you’ll definitely be hunting one or two down when your fingers go numb from tossing frozen French fries.
It’s a solid choice for air frying as it mists instead of hitting the food with a stream of oil. The UV protection is provided by a blue wrapper. It keeps the light from your oil which is helpful for keeping it from going rancid. It also has the added advantage of eliminating “urine sample” comments from drunk guests who wander into your kitchen. Here’s the list of features.
- Wide Mouth for Pouring Without Funnels
- BPA Free
- Food Safe Glass
- Offers UV Protection
- Dimensions: 2.25 inches wide by 7 inches high
- Liquid Volume Capacity: 4 ounces
I’m always using parchment paper in my air fryer for things like reheating pastries (I don’t own a toaster oven anymore, just an upright toaster). This seems a little over the top but in the end, it saves me time and paper compared to cutting them to size myself.
Just be sure that the food is heavy enough to weigh down the paper. Sandwiches are especially vulnerable to getting kicked around in an air fryer and the parchment paper will get pulled into the machine’s vortex, eventually becoming scorched and singed – a possible fire hazard.
They’re made from bamboo wood pulp. Numola offers both white and natural colors and both are bleach free. They’re heat resistant up to 450° Fahrenheit. The link goes to the smallest option (7-inches) but there are size options available all the way up to ten inches.
A reusable alternative to parchment paper. You can buy the mesh version or get the solid type and just punch some holes in them. Just be sure you have ventilation on the bottom and the mat is PTFE free.
After a couple of years of looking around, manufacturers are seeing the demand for mats that can be trimmed to size.
This set of five grill mats by Tosuced work well. These start out as 15.75 by 13 inches so you can cut them to whatever size suits your particular air fryer. Be sure to only use the mesh mats for air frying. Since they can be used on the grill and as baking mats (even in the toaster oven), the two solid mats won’t be wasted.
- Size is 15.75 by 13 inches
- Temperature rated up to 500° Fahrenheit.
- Safe to use in the dishwasher (but may take some extra work to get the stuff that sticks in the mesh).
The first time I tried to fit a baking pan in my 3.2L Kalorik air fryer, I had a rude awakening. I didn’t have a single pan that fit in my basket. I saw a video on YouTube that said the 8-inch pans from Dollar General would fit but that didn’t work either. I started out by looking for pans and I found these that work pretty well.
The pie pan and cake pan are typical of the type of accessories that you’ll get as bonuses included with a purchase. They’re described as a cake barrel and pizza pan. At 7 inches across, there’s not much room for more than a decent slice. The pie pan (barely) holds one cup (8 ounces) of liquid and the deeper pan holds four cups.
They’re non-stick pans. Remember to never use aerosol spray oils in these pans or in your air fryer if it’s coated with a Teflon® non-stick finish (which is why most recipes call for spritzing your food with oil). Those aerosols will eat right through the coating and wind up in your food. You’ll be raging at the manufacturers but it’s the aerosols that should be cursed again.
Grill tongs are great but they can scratch a non-stick coating. This is a nice set which has the locking mechanism that doesn’t seem important until you need it.
- These tongs are made from one millimeter thick 304 stainless steel.
- The silicone is a food grade silicone which is BPA and PVC free.
- They’re heat resistant to 600° Fahrenheit.
- This particular set offers a money back guarantee.
I know they’re not as awesome as the O.G. brushes that look like the ones that artists use, but they’re heat resistant and dishwasher safe, so there’s less worry about bacteria or cross contamination.
Your brushes should be BPA Free be able to pass the “pinch test”. It’s become a popular test for checking to see if your silicone bakeware has any fillers. It’s easy to do. You just stretch the silicone. If it’s true silicone, it will hold its color. If you start to see white underneath, the accessory has filler in it. That filler may or may not be food grade.
For 2021, we’ve picked out a larger six piece pastry brush set by Hearted Choice that’s still a bargain. You get four total brushes and two scrapers, which come in super handy when you don’t want to use your silicone spatula to scrape out the bottom of your fryer’s baskets. These smaller scrapers are easier to use in those tight spaces.
The larger brushes are 10.3 inches long. The smaller brushes are 8 inches long. They have a stainless steel inner core to prevent that super-bending thing that happens with sub-par handles. They’re also heat resistant up to 480°.
Really. You’ll want to try making muffins or brownies but the regular tins can scratch the basket and paper cups are flimsy. Get silicone cups and anything else that looks like it might fit in there.
As you can see from the photo below, you can fit seven regular sized cupcake molds into a 3.5 liter air fryer but the sides will touch the basket. This might not be a wise decision since silicone molds can melt. Stick to six cups to leave a little breathing room.
NOTE: This particular set of silicone liner cups in our air fryer did NOT pass our pinch test! Yes, it says it’s food grade silicone in the description but there were definitely white stripes in-between the ribs.
Rumor has it that our favorite OXO cups failed the test, too. That’s just heart-breaking.
It seems that a company called Freshware has got game. These are the same type of cups that definitely passed with flying colors. They come in different sizes and quantities.
- Large Round 12-Pack.
- Standard Round 12-Pack and 24-Pack.
- Triangle Shaped 12-Pack.
If you catch Air Fryer Fever, you’ll eventually want to start experiment with different types of potatoes and French Fry recipes (ever heard of truffle oil frite?). You’ll find a commercial French Fry cutter an invaluable accessory.
This French Fry Cutter by Sopito is a well-built machine. It will take smaller sweet potatoes without much fuss. You will get a workout with larger sweet potatoes.
- Stainless steel with a half-inch blade for cutting into half-inch pieces.
- It will swallow your produce whole with no need to halve or quarter them first.
- You can also use this for carrots and cucumbers (although why anyone would want cucumbers that look like fries is a bit puzzling).
I don’t know why other people don’t mention this, but when you’re juggling metal baskets and assorted ramekins, you need lots of trivets. Heated Pyrex on a cold surface can explode and it’s nice to be able to pull the baskets out of the fryer without worrying about where you’re going to set it if there’s a trivet waiting right in front of it.
Here we go with the silicone again.
This is heat resistant up to 480° Fahrenheit. Those channels help to dissipate heat from under the fryer basket. It’s dishwasher safe and has a hole punched into it so it can be hung up for easy storage. Comes in a set of two.
If you want to make your own, check out the video below. These DIY River Rock Trivets are made with rocks from the Dollar Tree. If you want to make them a little more stable, use a cork bottom. This is from This Southern Girl Can on YouTube.