Healthy alternatives to deep fryer foods
Finding your ideal air fryer and weighing up the benefits can be overwhelming. We step in to help with air fryer reviews for 2019's best air fryers.
You've probably seen this air fryer as seen on tv late at night. The Power AirFryer XL is the largest of the Power AirFryer product line that features 8 quart family size with 7 in 1 cooking features, plus the power air fryer xl accessories bundle set is a great upgrade.
This isn't your ordinary air fryer. The Emeril Lagasse Power Air Fryer 360 can replace up to six kitchen appliances, which include the traditional air fryer, microwave, deep fryer, rotisserie, toaster, and dehydrator.
I’m the first to admit it, I love deep fried crunchy foods. But deep down you know you can’t eat that stuff. Now, you can enjoy some of those same great tastes with an air fryer. I’m not going to lie, it doesn’t taste like it’s been frying in oil, but the end product is crunchy and not soaked in oil. Air fryers have been around for almost the last ten years and have really been gaining momentum, mainly due to the fact that you can use a fraction of oil to achieve a fried like food and clean up is very easy. You can make almost anything in an air fryer from french fries and chicken nuggets to an air fried quiche. Pro-tip: you must reheat leftover pizza in your air fryer, it’s a game changer.
An air fryer is a kitchen countertop appliance that circulates super hot air around food to cook it and give is that fried crunch texture. Instead of heating up oil in a pan and deep frying, you can simply spritz your food with an oil spray; a fraction of the oil used. It’s essentially a convection oven on steroids, except it’s a fraction of the size and fits on your countertop. The top of the unit houses the heating element and fan, which can heat up to over 400 degrees. This super hot air and circulation creates a frying environment, except without cooking with oil. Most air fryers are also dishwasher safe, which makes cooking simple, healthy, and fast.
Where to start? There are so many air fryers out there. Price range anywhere from $50 to $300+ depending on the model and features. You can browse our air fryer reviews on this page. Popular air fryer brands include Black + Decker, Ninja, Gowise, Phillips, Nuwave and many others.
We’ve all been there. You’ve had a long day at work and you pick up your kiddos from daycare and they immediately want a snack – but you have to cook dinner. Easy solution, pop some chicken nuggets, french fries or frozen meatballs into the air fryer and you have a quick dinner ready in less than 10 minutes. Yeah, you could pop them in the microwave, but my kids give me the thumbs down at soggy nuggets. Nuggets come out crispy, fries are always golden brown. Quick, easy and to the point. This is a win for me every time.
Let’s face it. You are reading this because you like crispy fried food. If you were to fry your food you have to be constantly watching it to make sure it’s not burning as well as flipping and turning sides. No flipping your food here, the air fryer circulates the hot air around the food at high speed, cooking the food and producing a crispy layer via the Maillard effect. WTF is the Maillard effect? I have no idea, but here’s a Wikipedia article about it if you really want to nerd out. This doesn’t mean you just leave it on forever until it burns. I will occasionally open the basket and shake my fries, just to make sure every part is getting extra crispy.
Seriously, air fryers are easy to use. Stick your food it in, and turn it on! There are quite a few air fryers that come with accessories, but when it comes down to it, I always keep it simple. I’ve used everything from dumping a bag of frozen brussel sprouts to hand coating some chicken breasts. Every time they turn out great. I usually spritz all my food with either an olive oil spray or I’ll even use cooking spray. I’ve read that cooking spray can be bad for your air fryer and limit it’s overall use from the spray build up, but I haven’t run into that problem, so I’ll continue to use it with my Black & Decker air fryer. Pro tip: re-heat your leftover pizza in the air fryer. This is a game changer for me and the “go to” way for me to eat my leftover pizza. The pizza comes out crispy on the bottom and the cheese is melted perfectly. No soggy crust for sure.
Splatters everywhere. That happens to me every time I try to pan fry chicken or some hand cut french fries. With the air fryer, it’s all contained and with a fraction of the oil. The huge plus is I’m not cleaning kitchen countertops after using my air fryer. After a long day at work, the last thing I want to do is clean up grease all over my kitchen or even worst, leave until the next day to clean it.
Since the food cooks in the contained basket, all I do is clean out the basket with hot water, soap and a sponge. I’ll dry it with a paper towel and put it back up. I usually let it cool down for a few minutes, but there have been times where I’m just in a hurry so I wash it out immediately after cooking. So far, this has worked great. It literally takes me less than one minute of clean up from when I put the food on my kids plate to drying it from washing it out. This is one of the big selling points for me, along with the no mess on the kitchen countertops after cleaning.