Martin Lewis issues important warning message for fans of air fryers

Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis has issued a warning for those considering subbing out their traditional ovens for air fryers, especially after the nation’s frenzy over the kitchen gadgets that have taken over households in recent years.

Seen as a potential cheaper alternative to regular ovens, there has even been talk of some people planning to cook full roasts in in these chic compact cookers. However, during a chat on This Morning, Martin expressed doubt about whether the assumed energy-saving benefits would actually stand up to scrutiny.

Challenging the idea, he questioned: “I heard on the show someone mentioning they was gonna cook a Christmas dinner in an air fryer. Is that right?”

He added: “If that’s being done for energy reasons, I would be somewhat sceptical whether that is a good idea.”

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Martin Lewis has given his verdict on air fryers and fans should read on

Air fryers are incredible to have in your kitchen – just ensure you learn the best ways to benefit from one

Expressing further concern, Martin explained: “If it’s being done for taste, I don’t want to get involved. I mean, the benefit of an oven is when you’re cooking a lot for a lot of people, and you can fill all the racks and have it on consistently. Air fryers are good for small things that cook quickly. If you’re gonna have to use your air fryer 15 different times for different items generally on energy usage, you’d be better off to use an oven. So it’s an interesting thought.”

Martin dived into the cost-saving tricks of cooking, revealing: “If you’re doing a jacket potato for 10 minutes it’s going to be far cheaper [in the microwave] than doing a single jacket potato in an oven and keeping it on for an hour and a half.

“However if you were doing a full roast dinner and you were cooking many of them, that is where it’s probably cheaper than putting five or six jacket potatoes in a microwave because each additional object you put in a microwave, you need to keep it on longer because a microwave just heats the individual object.”

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Martin Lewis loves to offer sound advice to his fans and this time, he’s talking about air fryers

He then shared a nifty calculation for those looking to save on their energy bills: “Work out how many kilowatts or what fraction of a kilowatt it’s using, then multiply that by 34p per hour of use.”

When comparing air fryers to halogen cookers, reported The Mirror, Martin broke it down: “If you had a 1000W microwave and you put it on for 10 minutes, one KWH for a sixth of an hour, a sixth of 34p is about 6p, shall we say? So it’s 6p turning the microwave on for that amount of time. So yes it’s a very useful equation.”

And for those planning their next Sunday roast, energy expert Llewellyn Kinch from MakeMyHouseGreen.com has some advice for us all.

He warns: “If you cook a turkey in the oven for several hours, it’ll use up lots of electricity. The savvy way is to use a slow cooker, which costs a fraction to run compared to a traditional oven. Crispy skin lovers can always finish the turkey in the oven for a short period of time.

“For side dishes, opt for energy-efficient cooking methods, such as the microwave or convection oven. Roast potatoes come out well in energy-efficient air fryers. A final tip is to always match saucepan sizes to hot plates or burners, and keep lids on pots to reduce cooking time and energy waste.”

If you haven’t picked your own air fryer up yet then shoppers are going wild for Ninja’s latest space-saving air fryer, which has been hailed as a “game changer” by happy customers. The gadget giant, known for its popular air fryers, has released a world-first today – the Ninja Double Stack XL 9.5L Air Fryer SL400UK, £269.99 here.

Elsewhere, if you’re still on the hunt for an air fryer that fits your budget, we’ve also found this affordable 4L Manual Air Fryer from Dunelm, £30 here, which won’t break the bank. Alternatively, this stylish Tefal EY905D40 Easy Fry Dual Zone Air Fryer and Grill from John Lewis, £129.99 here, down from £199.99, is another great option.

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