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Ryan Bruss
over 1 year ago • Seattle

What's the deal with Air Fryers?

I've seen a lot of people buying and recommending these. For those that have them. What do you like about them? What do you use it for? Why can't I just use my oven? Do I really need one?
19 replies
over 1 year ago
Yes you need one. They make amazing veggie tots and chicken nuggets which is why we use it. Also, it’s quick to heat up and it doesn’t heat up the whole house like an oven does. You can use it to cook anything. Pork tenderloin? Yup. One that’s wrapped in bacon? Yup yup. Crispy bacon and a tender pork tenderloin?!? You betcha.
over 1 year ago
Melissa Qualle pork wrapped in crispy pork sounds delicious. Which one do you have?
over 1 year ago
A cheap one. I bought mine ages ago and it’s a gowise USA one. If I could go back in time I’d probably buy a bigger one and more expensive. I think it’s worth the investment.
over 1 year ago
I believe an air fryer is the same thing as a convection oven only smaller
thespruceeats.com/air-fryer...
over 1 year ago
I love mine, but I will say I can’t make that much food in it at once. You seem to need to space food out enough for air to circulate around it to you know...air fry it. But I tend to only use it when I cooking for just me bc I hate waiting to cook in batches
over 1 year ago
Also, you need space to store it. Ours takes up as much room as the largest instant pot.
over 1 year ago
Jennifer Kyle which one do you have?
over 1 year ago
Marston Gould I have a convection oven. I use the convection roast feature for making cookies now and I'll never go back. It also did an amazing job on my thanksgiving turkey. So, it seems like the main advantage to using an Air Fryer over my convection oven would be to put less heat into my house. Seems like more of an issue for July and August here in Seattle.
over 1 year ago
Air Fryer XL Best 5.5 QT Extreme Model 8-in-1 By (B. WEISS) Family Size Huge capacity,With Airfryer accessories; PIZZA Pan, (50 Recipes Cook Book),Toaster rack, Cooking Divider.
over 1 year ago
My air fryer has 9 features including convection oven, toast, roast, dehydrate, bake, etc.
I use it for baking small stuffs like sweet potatoes. It's just inconvenient to turn on my large kitchen oven to do it. I like my air fryer particularly because it's really bothering me when I need to deep fry stuffs but Air fryer saves me time and effort (and oil) to deep fry foods.
over 1 year ago
We use it all the time, its great for tots, brussel sprouts, fries, nuggets. Ours is also a pressure cooker, so we can do all the instapot recipes as well. I like how it will auto shut off at the end of the set time, making it hard to screw up and burn things. The air frier can easily cut 30 minutes of prep/cooking time compared to equal quality roasting in the oven. Also great for warming up cold pizza!
over 1 year ago
I love my air fryer for French fries and tater tots. It gives them the crunch my family likes. I've used for vegetables, meatloaf, hot dogs, pizza rolls, etc. Very convenient. Mine is pretty big though and space was an issue. They've come a long way though and they look a lot easier to store.
over 1 year ago
We bought one of the very first fryers ever and we still use it 2-3 times a week. We mostly cook freezer foods(fries, chicken strips, etc). However veggies turn out crisper in the air fryer. Broccoli and cauliflower are two faves.
over 1 year ago
I call an air fryer my teens easy bake oven. They can pretty much make whatever they want in it from pizza to cookies. They are less afraid of it then using an oven. I love that it puts less heat out in the hot summers! I do think that the next time I need a new oven, I will look into a convection oven!
over 1 year ago
Our air fryer gets used several times a week, my 11 year old son loves it (apparently Tik Tok has a bunch of recipes :)). My favorite way to use our airfryer is to tempura shrimp and vegetables for homemade sushi.
over 1 year ago
I've had mine for about a year and I don't love it. That being said, I've only attempted 8-10 recipes in it but they've all tasted odd and I chalk it up to the air fryer. Could be user error since so many users love them though!
over 1 year ago
We have had our for a little over a years ... My husband literally only uses it for french fries which isn't very often. I have tried chicken nuggets once in it. I know people who love their air fryers. It does cook things faster, that's for sure.
over 1 year ago
I make tofu nuggets in mine and they do come out really crispy, but agree with the sentiment that they don't have enough space. The multiple batches do get annoying.
over 1 year ago
I LOVE my Cusinart air fryer/toaster/convection oven! We got it to use primarily as a toaster, I had no idea how much I would use it as an air fryer. French frys are super quick in it, I’m used to the oven for Brussels but used it last week for them, so as not to heat up the oven, perfection!
over 1 year ago

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