I received an air fryer for Christmas and it has changed my life! I’ve fought the impulse to assign a gender to it because it is simply such an amazing (yep overused word) kitchen tool!
I’m trying to become proficient in the use of it.
I used it first on Christmas day and have used it daily since then. Oh, I’ve had some fails, but mostly it’s all been good.
The lobster tails were excellent as was the steak. And fyi: a slab of baby back ribs took twenty-five minutes and didn’t even last long after being removed from the fryer. I enjoy fried ribs, however regular pork ribs require a lot more work and time, but still very good. Chops are tender and flavorful without batter, as is chicken.
I believe that my best use of it is to reheat restaurant favorites. KFC original becomes a new a delicious meal! The skin becomes crispy, locking in those 11 herbs and spices. Yummy! It also does a great job of making potatoes rise to their best, whether they’re fries, baked, or tots.
I haven’t mastered bacon in it yet and I haven’t baked anything… I have however, made beef jerky.
I’ve learned that preheating is important.
Tonight I cooked maple sausage links, my nanaboy’s favorite, and it was better than I’d imagined! I also cooked hash brown cakes and the crunch… my my my!
If you have one you don’t use often, change that. The internet has plethora of information and recipes. I have to say at this point that not all air fryers work the same and by that I mean, cook times may vary. I’ve had to tweak some online recipes.
So, I can say that I’m trying to be healthier this year. I’m going back to a restricted food list that I’ve been lax about over the last few years AND even though I’ve switched to grape seed oil, the other goal is to fry in any type of oil LESS.
I believe that owning one f these is an excellent idea. I just may own two.