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KesonaFyren t1_j2fi5u1 wrote

When you deep fry something, it gets extra crispy because submerging something in hot oil sucks out a lot of water very fast.

Air fryers emulate this effect by blowing hot air through the food, which removes more water faster than just baking it in an oven. Even a convection oven will not have the same effect-because of scale, fan speed, and the baking tray blocking half the air