I know appliances as gifts are normally not encouraged (by some standards) but I would have to completely disagree.
I love kitchen gadgets, but I don’t really buy them for myself so I love it when I receive them as gifts. For Mother’s Day my boys got me beautiful flowers and an Air Fryer. I wasn’t 100% sure what all I could make with the air fryer, but I was excited to give it a try.
So far we have made chicken wings, steak, french fries (sweet potato and russet), breakfast potatoes, brussel sprouts, green beans, onion rings, and cauliflower. Everything has turned out awesome! Take a look ⬇️
chicken wings green beansonion ringspotatoes and onionsbrussel sprouts
Steak and fries
I really like that you don’t have to use a ton of oil and “deep fry” anything. Steak cooks super fast, and potatoes turn out perfectly golden and crispy.
My fryer came with a manual setting where I can manually change the time and temp and also some presets for fries, chicken, steak, and even desserts. I have yet to bake anything in my fryer, but maybe that will be my next experiment. I’ll keep you posted!
Someone recently asked me the benefits of using the air fryer, and here is my personal opinion:
- Less oil (healthier, if used correctly)
- Deep fried foods-without deep frying
- Quicker cook time (for most recipes)
- Even crispness
- Easy clean-up
- Doesn’t heat your entire kitchen (like an oven)
I personally just think it’s fun to experiment with😊
So there you have it, my review of the Air Fryer. I have the Power Air Fryer XL. I believe my husband got it at JCPenny or maybe Sears. It was around $140. When I googled it I also saw it at Target and Kohl’s.
Here’s an easy cauliflower recipe using the air fryer. It’s so good!
Air Fryer Cauliflower
*1 head of cauliflower (any color, I used orange)
*olive or avocado oil
*Wash cauliflower and chop into bite sized florets
*toss cauliflower in about 2 Tablespoons of oil (just enough to lightly coat evenly)
*sprinkle on salt- to taste
*sprinkle on 1-2 teaspoons of cumin (depending on size of cauliflower)
*put cauliflower into fryer basket
*cook at 370 degrees for 15 minutes
*cook for an additional 8 minutes at 400 degrees (add more time for more crispyness)