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I bought Uncle B an air fryer for his b’day. This one, in fact.

I’ve been skeptical of these. Somehow, the combination of the words “air” and “fry” made me think it was a nefarious conspiracy to make me eat less bacon grease. Then I saw a chef on Twitter praising them for making re-heated fries crispy and thought…that’s for me!

Um, Uncle B. That’s for Uncle B.

Anyway, we’re getting along pretty well with it. We’ve made all sorts of combinations of fries. We’re trying chicken breasts tonight.

Anyone have one of these? What’s good?


Comment from Armybrat
Time: October 5, 2021, 8:03 pm

They are essentially a mini convection oven. I don’t have one. My siblings all have one and love them. I keep debating about getting one and so I belong to several air fryer recipe groups on Facebook. One of the things I’ve learned is that you’ll need a spray bottle (micro-misting bottle is highly recommended) in which to put your favorite oil. Spray your food at the beginning of cooking and again halfway thru. That’s how you get the food crispy.

Comment from Surly Ermine
Time: October 5, 2021, 8:17 pm

Air fried nuggets

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 5, 2021, 8:51 pm

Yeah, I just learned about the spray bottle tonight looking up chicken recipes. Spray oil is usually the last step, I learned.

We didn’t have one, so I did manage to find a recipe that was oil first, breadcrumbs after. It was really good!

We’re learning. I think they would be nicer cut into smaller pieces, Surly.

Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: October 5, 2021, 9:19 pm

I use mine for breaded haddock, too. Way better than deep frying. Much less mess, the fish comes out great, and much less smell in the kitchen. French fries and tater tots also work great. Haven’t tried pizza rolls yet, but expect that those will work well too.

No, I am not a gourmet cook.

Comment from Giles
Time: October 5, 2021, 10:10 pm

Strips of steak are great — cheap supermarket steak, room temperature, cut into half-inch strips. Put them in a bowl with some olive oil, salt, and a spot of paprika, mix so that they’re nicely coated and leave for half an hour or so, then airfry for five minutes or so.

Comment from RimrockR
Time: October 5, 2021, 11:02 pm

I love my airfryer! In Arizona it’s great to have a baking gadget that I can use outside in the summer. I use it for taquitos, to bake biscuits, garlic bread, salmon loaf, pigs in blanket, fish filets. And onion rings (yum!!)

Comment from John Bowen
Time: October 5, 2021, 11:23 pm

I love mine for sausage and bacon and hashbrown patties. It’s also pretty nifty for reheating pizza and fried chicken.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: October 5, 2021, 11:59 pm

We have another brand, but love it.
In Texas as you might imagine, heating up the inside of your house running your oven at 400 F while your A/C unit tries to cool it down is a bad thing. And as Rimrock points out, small enough to move onto the porch to get it out of the house if you want to use it that way.

The Air Fryer heats up, but not like an oven, and doesn’t hold the heat as long once it’s off.

We’ve made lots and lots of things in it, and it’s wizard.
Particularly easy, pork loins or chops, bacon, steaks, baked potatoes or yams, sheet pan chicken schnitzel, and battered fish of various sorts, nom nom nom.

Along with the Instapot, it’s practically replaced our stove/oven for cooking.

Comment from peacelovewoodstock
Time: October 6, 2021, 11:10 am

Chicken wings. No oil needed, just season and dust with a little corn starch if you like them extra crispy.

Air fry at 190 C or 375 F for 10 minutes, give the basket a good shake, air fry for 10 minutes more.

Best wings evah.

Comment from Surly Ermine
Time: October 6, 2021, 11:34 am

We have also used ours to dry our garden herbs. The leaves blow all around inside but they dried out nicely.

Comment from BJM
Time: October 6, 2021, 7:21 pm

BREADCRUMBS!!! Heresy!!!

@Durnded I got the 8qt Instapot air fryer…I love it(I already have two 6qt Pro…cuz rice.) I season and pressure cook a whole chicken then air fry the skin to crispy, golden rotisserie perfection…in an hour.

Y’all know the Southern baking soda & baking powder secret to make crunchy, crispy fried chicken doncha? Works with the air fryer, oven, or deep-fried. Chef Big Shake ‘splians.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: October 6, 2021, 8:44 pm

Mrs D went on that vegetable diet, which I have to admit is working.

So now the instantpot pressure cooker sees lots of various forms of legumes. We only have the one, so it’s a busy machine, dang near every day.

Does a splendid job making hummus and refried beans!
More chickpeas in the last 6 months than have been consumed by self over the last 60+ years.

And thanks for the link @BJM! because someone around here is still eating meat 😀

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 7, 2021, 12:53 am

I picked up a few packages of pork tenderloin when they were stupid cheap a month or two ago, and stuck them in the freezer. I don’t want to leave them in there TOO long and would be grateful if anyone could post any sort of recipe for them in an air fryer. I’ve got the smart Ninja combo air fryer and indoor grill but haven’t really done much with it except for a few steaks (which it does beautifully). TIA

Comment from BJM
Time: October 7, 2021, 3:22 pm

@Al…I like this guy’s recipes and have made his air fryer tenderloin…it was, as he says, damned good.

Comment from BJM
Time: October 7, 2021, 3:47 pm

@Durned…this lady has some really tasty Cantonese-style IP & air fryer recipes. Her char siu is wonderful and I can make it start to finish in the air fryer IP. I can’t always get pork belly, but a fatty pork shoulder is just as tasty.

Are microwave convection & toaster ovens, crock & instant pots and air fryers making traditional stoves, ovens, etc. unnecessary for singletons and couples??

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: October 7, 2021, 4:08 pm

We buy fried chicken strips for Mom (though my sister actually eats most of them). Yesterday I saw that Tyson now offers air-fried chicken strips.

I wonder what an industrial air fryer looks like.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 7, 2021, 11:49 pm

Ooh! Ooh! Thanks, @BJM — That recipe promises just what I’m looking for! It’s now on the menu for Saturday night.

Comment from TwoDogs
Time: October 19, 2021, 6:28 pm

Brussels Sprouts. Quartered, toss in olive oil and garlic, air fry until nearly burnt. Yummy.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 19, 2021, 9:46 pm

Oh. OH! I lumme some brussels sprouts. Thank you, Two Dogs.

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