Nowadays we use the microwave or the air fryer to save time and sometimes eat healthier. In fact, and as we already mentioned in Leak, Air Fryers are really a good alternative, even in terms of savings on your electricity bill. The problem is that in some cases, due to misuse, both microwaves and Air Fryers are causing many problems. Therefore, we need to be very careful when using these devices, which, despite saving money, come with a hidden bill for our health. That said, if you cook in the microwave or air fryer, be careful!
Cooking in the microwave or Air Fryer? So watch out!
It is true that it is very convenient for us to put frozen food in the Air Fryer and in the microwave so that everything is done more quickly. Especially when we are in a hurry.
However, this is leading to complicated food poisoning. Incidentally, the situation is so serious that it has already led the American organization CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) to launch an alert.
We often tend to put some pre-cooked or even raw foods both in the microwave and in the Air Fryer. This is so that they can be done quickly. The problem is that in some cases they end up just being cooked on the outside. The meat looks browned on the outside and looks good but there are parts of blood inside. Now this means that most of the bacteria will still be alive and we can quickly get food poisoning.
In the case of some foods such as chicken or the like, the situation can be complicated by salmonella. This bacteria is responsible for millions of infections every year.
The problem starts with the indications on the products themselves.
Many foods are meant for the oven. So the instructions only reflect that. That is, there is a lack of clear indications for other equipment.
It is true that it can be safe to use the microwave or air-fryer to prepare meals. The point is that we have to be very attentive to the final part of the confection.
Remember that when cooking chicken by any method it is important to ensure that the meat is cooked to an internal temperature of at least 73 degrees. Something that can be achieved very well in other equipment. But the problem is that the potency in some cases can be lower and lead to poisoning. But even when cooking in an oven it is important to check that the meat is cooked at the right temperature.
Recommendations to avoid surprises
Always try to use a conventional oven if possible and read the instructions on the product packaging.
If you cannot use a conventional oven, be sure to follow the specific instructions for microwaves or air fryers.
If specific instructions for other appliances are not available, insert a meat thermometer into the center of the thickest part of the product to make sure it has reached 73 degrees.