Ok, we have such a variety of cooking methods these days and sometime it might appear to be an overload.
We have pressure cookers or instant pots as they call them these days, for speedy meals.
We have slow cookers for 4-8 hour cooking while we shop or go to the movies.
We have deep fryers for that oh so good “fatty” flavor for french fries or onion rings.
And the list goes on and a couple years ago, I added an air fryer to my collection of “gadgets”.
And after a bit of experimenting, I have found recipes that are perfect.
The bacon above took 5 minutes of a set it and forget it while I prepared the eggs and toast.
You can work out a time for however you prefer your bacon cooked. I like mine crisp.
Clean up from bacon is a breeze. Some people put their bacon in the oven, but there are still splatters whereas in the fryer it is self contained.
It is true that the air fryer works with processed foods, such as frozen onion rings, fries, chicken nuggets, etc.
BUT, I didn’t want my air fryer for those foods.
I wanted it for “fried” chicken, chicken wings, hamburgers, chicken breasts, fresh seafood, bacon, sausage, “roasted” potatoes/vegetables, cakes, desserts…well pretty much anything one would fry or bake.
I make my own fries from Idaho potatoes, although I have popped a frozen french fry or two in the fryer when I am in a hurry. 🙁
And yes, I have put a steak in the air fryer along with veggies such as steak fries….and it is true the steak does not have that outdoor grilled flavor, it is still delicious especially when onions, herbs and mushrooms are added.
I am here to tell you that I am loving the air fryer.
First, I do not receive any endorsement monies, in fact you can choose your own brand of choice because they all basically work the same.
Some have a few more bells and whistles but the basics of air frying are what I am after….and my air fryer is so simple to use, it has pictures on the front.
I have found that most foods I put in the air fryer don’t need that squirt of olive oil, which usually amounts to a quarter teaspoon to a teaspoon of oil.
Many foods I put in the air fryer cook just fine without added oil which makes for even healthier cooking. Below is a chart for suggested cooking times.
I love hamburgers and fries made this way and I have ground up chicken, mixed in a few spices, shaped the chicken into patties and made chicken sandwiches.
Fresh salmon filets are so moist and delicious.
For the Captain and I …tossing in asparagus or broccoli or quartered potatoes that I have seasoned, along with the salmon or chicken gives me a complete meal in just a matter of minutes AND the clean up is so much easier as everything is contained in one “pan” and can be put in the dishwasher.
So tell me, dear readers. Do you have an air fryer and do you use it to make healthier meals?
I would love your comments.
Have a blessed day.