Last Christmas, I got an air fryer from my folks and have loved it since.
An air fryer is a kitchen appliance that “fries” food but with little or no oil used at all. It does this by circulating hot air around the food. It’s like a tabletop convection oven. Most models come with a basket that looks like a deep fryer basket, but without needing all the heavy oil.
My air fryer is an Actifryer from T-fal, it’s rated #3 on YourBestPicks.com. Check out the link for all the pros and cons of each air fryer brand. Another great resource to read is HonestProductReviews.com.
Like I said, most air fryers come with a basket, but mine doesn’t. the Actifryer comes with a paddle that slowly stirs the food around. A great advantage over the other models as those require you to stop midway and stir or shake the food midway through cooking. With the paddle, the food gets stirred and flipped over for nice even browning and crispiness.
T-fal has two models, the larger model not only can hold more food, but comes with a grill plate to grill food as well. I’ve got the classic model which suits our family of 4 just fine.
You can cook a wide variety of food – vegetables, meats, fish, seafood, snacks and even desserts. I believe the food is tastier and it sure is healthier than “traditional” frying.
Here’s our favorite French Fries recipe:
Homemade French Fries
*Courtesy of the T-fal Actifryer Cookbook (included with Purchase)
Feeds about 4 People
Prep Time – 15 minutes
Cook Time – 40 minutes
2 lbs. Potatoes
1 spoon of oil (Spoon is included with Actifryer – equivalent to 1 TB)
My special trick of soaking the fries in cold water for several minutes seeps out the starchiness of the potatoes and you end up with soft fluffy centers while retaining a crispy exterior.
For other awesome T-fal Actifryer recipes check out The Skinny Actifryer Cookbook from Amazon.
Advantage for Blind and Low Vision Users
Another advantage I’ve discovered with using an air fryer is that it’s GREAT for a low vision user like myself!
As much as I love my cast iron pans (Southern girl going on 11 years here), I find it hard to fry when I can’t see that well.
There’s the danger of:
The advantages for blind and low vision cooks are:
How awesome is that? I love the peace of mind I get with my air fryer!
Also, cleanup is a snap! Just load the pieces into the dishwasher. Done!
Disadvantages of an Air Fryer
This is what some websites listed as disadvantages:
Let me dispute those for you:
So, can you tell I love my air fryer? So excuse me while I try out a Cinnamon Apple recipe.