Someone using an air fryer
The Cooking Spray That Might Actually Be Damaging Your Air Fryer
By Cristine Struble
Air fryer users should be cautious before just grabbing any cooking spray, as that quick spritz can have lingering impacts on a kitchen appliance's life.
Cooking sprays can contain soy lecithin, which has a low smoking point and creates a sticky layer. The build-up reduces the air fryer's efficiency and ruins the non-stick surface.
While it can be scrubbed, no one wants to use extra elbow grease to remove those pieces of cooked food off the surface, which is why it is best to think before spritzing.
Since the small appliance requires some oil to keep food from sticking, you can use a pump cooking spray, which eliminates the propellant, avoiding the dreaded build-up.