Does anyone use an air fryer? If so, what foods do you use it with? Are you happy with your air cooker? Thoughts/tips/brands you use?
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I have one and my overall thoughts are…”meh.” I use it for French fries and tots when you want them to be crispier than the oven can do but not fried. I have an oil mister that I use with it to lightly spritz oil. Our favorite thing to make in it is copycat chick-fil-a sandwiches. But honestly, you could do those in the oven faster and easier too. You can’t really layer stuff in there (especially if there is breading) because the breading sticks and comes off when you turn the food.
I have heard @bjs03 talking about hers, maybe she can share some tips?
The air fryer is still new to me, but I am liking it. Deep fried foods are not a normal in our diet, but we did deep fry on occasion (outside so it didn’t stink up the whole house). Last night I make chicken tenders (cut up boneless, skinless chicken breasts) with a buffalo seasoning rub. The chicken is crispy on the outside but so juicy inside; baking in the oven would dry these out. I also like sliced zucchini, lightly seasoned, in the fryer. Try sweet potatoes fries… yum! If you are on Pinterest, I just found lots of Air Fryer recipes. I think this is going to be fun to have crispy eats without the grease.
Last night’s air fryer pork chops were very tender and juicy and still had the crispiness we like.
We made homemade healthy chicken cordon blue last night with a small amount of breading and it was so good. Loving our new air fryer.
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We have an “off” brand that I bought at Aldis before Christmas. It works great! The first thing I cooked in it was pork chops and I was amazed at how tender and juicy they were – they only time I usually find pork chops to be edible is in the crock pot smothered in sauce. So I felt this was huge! I’m excited to keep experimenting. I think they are worth the money if you normally pan fry or deep fry food.
Was wondering how it would work for eggplant parmigiana? I noted Brenda’s chicken tenders and zucchini fries and Cathy’s chicken cordon bleu, so maybe it would be a good investment.
I’ve not tried eggplant, but I’m not really a fan of it. If you want your food more crispy, I read that you could spritz your food with olive oil spray. That might be something I’d try on my next vegetable fry.
The one I own is the “Power Air Fryer XL” 5.3 quart size. I am happy with this purchase so far.
I use a spritz of olive oil even when roasting vegetables in the oven. Works great, helps crisp them up more and helps seasonings to cling to the food.
I purchased the Phillips Air Fryer and I absolutely love it. I do apples, pears, and mangoes along with sweet potatoes. I do a batch of the fruits and take it to work and share with my friends. Give it a try, you might like it. Sometimes when I crave a little sweetness, I add a little drizzle of caramel to the apple slices. My entire family looks forward to using the Air Fryer on the weekends.
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