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ClaudiaDawn2ClaudiaDawn2 Posts: 96Member, Premium Member Posts: 96Member, Premium Member
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I'm considering purchasing an air fryer. All the pics I see on here of food prepared in an air fryer look SO good. Does it taste like it was deep fried? Can you get better results in an air fryer than in a convection oven? What brand do you recommend? What should I look for when buying an air fryer? What are the pros and cons?

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  • neugebauer52neugebauer52 Posts: 839Member Member Posts: 839Member Member
    Very, very expensive where we live (South Africa). We "airfry" everything in the oven - shake the food with a little oil and bake it. Half way through shake it up and finish baking. Works well and tastes the same - compared the result with the neighbour who has got one of those machine, no difference.
  • jgnatcajgnatca Posts: 14,495Member Member Posts: 14,495Member Member
    I won an air fryer at a Christmas party. It does give a pleasing crisp finish to the outside. My favourite dish is "fried" sweet potatoes.
  • DoubleUbeaDoubleUbea Posts: 1,128Member, Premium Member Posts: 1,128Member, Premium Member
  • ClawsalClawsal Posts: 255Member Member Posts: 255Member Member
    I love my air fryer! But the food does not taste like it was deep fried.
  • acpgeeacpgee Posts: 3,868Member Member Posts: 3,868Member Member
    I love my air fryer. Not the same as deep fried food though. But it is a great well insulated convection oven with a far more aggressive fan that is energy efficient. Since getting mine, I never use the oven anymore.

    A category of foods that are as good as deep fried are chicken parts with skin such as wings, drumsticks, thighs. The air fryer is great at rendering subcutaneou fat so the skin is very brittle like deep fried but less greasy tasting.

    It's also great of removing subcutaneous fat from fish such as sea bass and sea bream. Air fry skin side up for 3 or 4 minutes then remove skin with tongs and set next to the fish. Be careful to smell, as the removed skin might burn before the fish is ready, depending on thickness. Again, a really crispy skin that is as good as deep fried but less greasy.

    Things like french fries come out tasting like oven chips, and not deep fried. I get a better result on frozen party foods, such as spring rolls, in the air fryer than in my convection oven.
  • KansasGalKansasGal Posts: 272Member Member Posts: 272Member Member
    It doesn't have the same flavor as a fryer but you get the crisp. Eventually your taste buds adjust and now I cannot stand fried food. We put everything in ours! Burritos, sweet potatoes, waffles, chicken patties, pizza, etc.
  • acpgeeacpgee Posts: 3,868Member Member Posts: 3,868Member Member
    I tried everything to get really crisp French fries with fresh potatoes (soaking to remove starch, drying very well, coating with oil and potato starch) but nothing worked really well until I tried McCain’s frozen oven fries. Very crisp and a texture like deep fried.
  • cyndimcdcyndimcd Posts: 112Member Member Posts: 112Member Member
    I enjoy ours. It’s great for cooking meals for one (fish filet and sweet potato fries is a favorite) or the entree for two people. It doesn’t taste like fried, just a different taste.
  • duskyjewelduskyjewel Posts: 283Member Member Posts: 283Member Member
    cyndimcd wrote: »
    I enjoy ours. It’s great for cooking meals for one (fish filet and sweet potato fries is a favorite) or the entree for two people. It doesn’t taste like fried, just a different taste.

    And this is my concern about getting one. I regularly feed 5 people and often up to 8. I don't think it's practical for me for that reason.
  • acpgeeacpgee Posts: 3,868Member Member Posts: 3,868Member Member
    I regularly cook roast dinner for 4 in the smallest compact Phillips Viva model. I can fit half a leg of lamb, or 600g roast beef with potatoes for 4. For a larger family I would definitely choose a larger model.
  • JeBeBuJeBeBu Posts: 258Member Member Posts: 258Member Member
    I love my airfryer!! Love it!! However, the recommended cook times are way too long...for instance, it would advise frozen french fries @400° for 15-20 minutes, but they only need 8-9 minutes. It is a little trial and error, but worth it! I make almost all of my veggies in my airfryer and they are amazing!
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