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Air Fryers
« on: March 17, 2020, 02:14:38 PM »
I'm seriously considering buying an air fryer but can't decide which one to get. They have front loaders and top loaders. I wonder which type is more versatile. Having watched some of the sales pitches on TV, I'm leaning toward the Emeril Lagasi one that is both a pressure cooker and air fryer. Do any of you have one of those? Anybody have experience with both basic types?
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2020, 02:36:04 PM »
I have and love my instapot. Use the pressure setting the most. Insta pot brand has a 6qt that is dual use and is rated pretty high.
I do not have a air fryer but that may change soon. A friend that is a real good cook swear by hers.
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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2020, 03:33:22 PM »
Consumer Reports rates a few air fryers at the link below.  I am a big believer in CR and their testing.

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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2020, 07:30:19 PM »
We have a front load air fryer only as we already owned 2 pressure cookers and a crock pot. The capacity was 7 qt and less than half the cost of the hot pot combos. I had my doubts; but the stuff comes out pretty darn good. I have a table top toaster/convection that will produce similar results but it takes more than twice the time. Ours is a "Gourmia" ordered from Amazon. Well worth the counter space.

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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2020, 09:55:22 PM »
We have a 6 quart one from Costco and love it. We bread precook and freeze a lot of eggplant from our garden and that airfryer cooks it up crispy in 10 minutes. Does a good job  with things like tater tots and Oreida fries also. Bacon cooks up fast on the racks also with no mess on the stove. I would go with at least a 6 quart capacity for 2 people so you don't have to prepare multiple batches.  We love ours.
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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2020, 06:11:57 AM »
We have had a front loader for a couple years. We use it all the time. Ours has a rotisserie basket. That is a waste. I hate to say it but it makes very good steaks in about 8 minutes. 
  We love ours.  That and the vacuum sealer live on the counter and get used often.
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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2020, 06:37:00 AM »
I do think the "quart" rating is little misleading for the air fryer. Your not going to fill a basket and get uniform cooking like you would with an oil deep fryer. More like a cookie sheet. It wouldn't work so well inviting a crowd for a fish fry...one or two people without the big mess is its niche.

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« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2020, 12:34:08 PM »
Ours works well for most things. One item that is an absolute disaster is shrimp. It cooks ok but is so tough you can't even chew it...
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« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2020, 11:32:53 AM »
Tammy's just arrived from the pampered chef party she had. I put it to use this morning!

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« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2020, 12:50:50 PM »
Tammy's just arrived from the pampered chef party she had. I put it to use this morning!

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Just curious how much trouble your new oven type air fryer was to clean after cooking the chicken? We bought a small table top toaster type oven several years back that had a rotisserie specifically because we love the roasted chicken but abandoned it after a couple uses because it was so much trouble to clean up and get the chicken tied up to the spit.

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« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2020, 12:58:08 PM »
We have had a front loader for a couple years. We use it all the time. Ours has a rotisserie basket. That is a waste. I hate to say it but it makes very good steaks in about 8 minutes.
  We love ours.  That and the vacuum sealer live on the counter and get used often.
I usually cook most my meat over charcoal and many times cook extra stuff for later in the week. Would never have even occurred to me to air fry a steak but the next windy and rainy cookout day I may give it a go!

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« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2020, 05:44:07 PM »
Regarding Brussel Sprouts, once we got into stir frying them we've never looked back. It improves the flavor and overall makes something I already liked far better. We halve them and avoid buying if their too big as flavor isn't as good.
Air fryers: I'm wondering how they'd do making home made Asian egg rolls? They take lots of grease/oil to fry them is made from scratch which is on our do list. The wrapper (similar to pie dough) needs to get browned nicely.
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« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2020, 06:55:06 PM »
Regarding Brussel Sprouts, once we got into stir frying them we've never looked back. It improves the flavor and overall makes something I already liked far better. We halve them and avoid buying if their too big as flavor isn't as good.
Air fryers: I'm wondering how they'd do making home made Asian egg rolls? They take lots of grease/oil to fry them is made from scratch which is on our do list. The wrapper (similar to pie dough) needs to get browned nicely.
The frozen egg rolls crisp up nicely with a little veggie spray so I would think your fresh ones would as well.

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« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2020, 07:07:45 PM »
We sprayed the rotisserie and drip pan before cooking. The clean up was  worth the taste!
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« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2020, 09:19:10 PM »
This item has been on the maybe purchase list for our household for a couple of years. Has anyone used one for frying fish (battered of course  :))? The reviews I've read say that it's possible but you have to coat the fish when you flip the fillets? When we have a group it's fine to burn up a jug of peanut oil on the cooker, but when you just want to do a few walleye or crappie fillets, it would be nice if there was a different option.  digin_2
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« Reply #15 on: March 25, 2020, 07:50:19 AM »
I'd try it if I had some fish.
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« Reply #16 on: March 25, 2020, 05:02:13 PM »
Regarding Brussel Sprouts, once we got into stir frying them we've never looked back. It improves the flavor and overall makes something I already liked far better. We halve them and avoid buying if their too big as flavor isn't as good.
Air fryers: I'm wondering how they'd do making home made Asian egg rolls? They take lots of grease/oil to fry them is made from scratch which is on our do list. The wrapper (similar to pie dough) needs to get browned nicely.
The frozen egg rolls crisp up nicely with a little veggie spray so I would think your fresh ones would as well.
The store bought egg rolls have already been fried then frozen. So if you air fry them, or use a toaster oven as we do, the fat/oil/grease is there.
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« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2020, 04:57:21 PM »
Let me tell ya, you can cook perfectly cooked fish in a hotair fryer.  We picked up some lake perch fillets and they came out awesome.



 

 
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« Reply #18 on: March 27, 2020, 09:54:45 PM »
They look perfect, I think we're going to add one to the cupboard lineup. I showed my wife the pic of perch, she agrees.
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« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2020, 07:48:47 AM »
Let me tell ya, you can cook perfectly cooked fish in a hotair fryer.  We picked up some lake perch fillets and they came out awesome.


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That Perch looks great. Just curious what you used for the coating? 


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