Living alone often comes with the misconception that cooking delicious meals, like a Sunday roast, is more hassle than it’s worth. But Mimi Morley, senior recipe development manager at HelloFresh, is dispelling this myth, championing the air fryer as the ultimate kitchen appliance for those dining solo.
The rise of solo living and cooking challenges
In 2022, the UK saw an estimated 8.3 million people living alone, presenting a unique set of culinary challenges. The thought of preparing a full roast dinner for one might seem daunting, but Morley insists that it need not be a complex affair. “There’s no need to miss out on a tasty roast dinner this autumn or winter,” Morley says, suggesting that the convenience and efficiency of air fryers make them an indispensable tool for single-person households.
The benefits of air fryers for solo cooks
The air fryer is celebrated for its rapid preheating and cooking capabilities, offering a quicker alternative to traditional ovens. This speed is particularly beneficial for those cooking for one, reducing time spent in the kitchen. Its compact design also ensures small quantities of food are cooked efficiently, making it perfect for portion control without the fear of leftovers.
Clean-up, often a deterrent for the solo chef, is simplified with an air fryer. The non-stick surfaces and removable parts mean less time spent scrubbing pots and pans, a convenience that cannot be overstated for those with busy lifestyles.
Tips for a perfect air fryer roast
Morley shares her expertise on how to achieve the perfect roast dinner in an air fryer:
- Select the right cut of meat. Choose a small cut suitable for roasting that fits comfortably in your air fryer. Season well with herbs and spices for a flavourful result.
- Strategic arrangement. Place the meat at the centre of the basket, with vegetables around it, allowing air to circulate for even cooking. Utilise dual drawers or space wisely in single-basket models.
- Avoid overcrowding. Overloading the basket can compromise cooking quality. If needed, cook in batches to maintain that desired crispiness.
- Shake or flip. Ensure items like potatoes and vegetables are turned during cooking for even crispiness.
“Cooking for one shouldn’t be daunting,” Morley encourages. She sees it as an opportunity to experiment with flavours and recipes, advocating for minimal use of cookware and embracing the ease of air fryers.
HelloFresh also offers a variety of recipes tailored for single servings, providing inspiration for those seeking to indulge in a hearty roast without the fuss.
Morley’s career in the food industry spans over a decade. Her journey began at Ireland’s Ballymaloe Cookery School, which led her to private cheffing before joining HelloFresh. Her expertise and passion for food have significantly impacted family cooking experiences throughout the UK.
HelloFresh, the world’s leading meal kit company, has been revolutionising the way we cook since 2011. With a presence in multiple countries and a mission to provide quality food and diverse recipes, HelloFresh delivered over one billion meals to 7.11 million active customers in the last quarter of 2022.