@RogerWilco I bought them last time. I’ve used them once. No smells at all here. And the frozen chicken strips came out crispy on the outside and nice and tender one the inside. Fries and fish also browned up nicely…
I bought them, and like them well enough. No smell. They are flimsy in that they can’t hold much weight without bending sharply. (Found that out the hard way the first time I pulled out a load of fries… .) But I solve that by pulling them out onto a plate underneath them.
Basically I like this because it seems to mitigate the potential burning of the undersides of frozen foods that you’d easily get with metal pans.
@RogerWilco I’ve used then several times and had no issues. They definitely work. And you don’t have to flip any foods that say to, not that I ever did before. Fries, egg rolls, chicken, fish. I haven’t tried to wash them though and the crumbs just shake out and they’ll just end up back in a 425 degree oven.
@RogerWilco Used mine a few times without any issues at around 425-450 degrees. As others mentioned, they don’t look as sturdy as the first few product images and are flimsy, but do the job well for things like crisping vegetables or frozen appetizers. Cleaning is easy; just give them a light scrub with a soapy sponge and a rinse.
How long before you pay US $5 to take one? lol These must really suck if they can’t get rid of them, no matter how low they drop the price. How about something we all want right now…like TP or hand sanitizer? lol
Poor timing with these - “take a leisurely stroll down the frozen foods aisle”? Cook from scratch? Around here the grocery shelves are bare, restaurants are closed, and we’re pretty much under lockdown. Pretty depressing to think about what I can’t buy to cook in these crispers.
@syms Ahhh! but, what comes around goes around and the food industry will once again provide us all the yummy morsels to put in our crisper pans. As too, the stock market will return to its former glory as soon as we can get back to work! The Silver lining is just ahead as we navigate through the dense and menacing cloud of the COVID-19 virus.
By the way, no offense Meh, but I’m going to buy my stuff, at least kitchen gadgetry, from the locally owned store for the time being. Those folks are really getting hit hard.
Well, these seem to be a better bet than the packaging that comes with frozen food “crispers” and a bit more user-friendly than dragging out the Air Fryer, for small servings. Okay, WTH, I’ll try these…
@dasred don’t bother. We threw ours out after two uses. Brussels sprouts got way crispier and caramelized on a regular baking sheet with one flip. On these, no crispiness at all. They were just bland.
We tried tater tots thinking they’d work better and get crispy all around and same deal. They got warm, but never that crispy and again way less crispy than just on a regular baking sheet even with no flips.
I bought them back in January and I have to say those pictures are misleading. They make it look like they have rolled edges that are more substantial. It is more like thick black duct tape around the edges. It is not rolled metal like it looks in the pictures.
“Mesh design is held together by a silicone trim with reinforced steel” – No it is not. It looks more like the last few pictures, where it is flat taped. There is no reinforced steel.
Anyone using these WITH an air fryer? I just succumbed and bought one of those toaster ovens with air fryer functions (a small convection oven). Still not sure, with the durability concerns mentioned here.
I bought these when they were up last, and have two points of reflection to consider:
Use a catch pan or piece of foil below for seriously oily stuff, as it will drip onto heating elements below (it’s a mesh, people!)
As it IS a mesh, placement of chicken nuggets, fries, or dino tater tots directly over heating elements in a small oven will result in a level of temperature variation which one doesn’t normally see when using a baking sheet (ie: it’s a mesh over a faar, and the edges get burned up if ya don’t move the things around a bit while cooking).
That being said, they work well to “crisp up” stuff, and are a breeze to clean. They don’t however, support the “shrimp boil” recipe idea noted within the accompanying documentation (please refer to the “it’s a mesh” comment above).
We have some with thicker rolled edges (like the first few pictures) that work really well in our convection oven. There were one or two times since these were last available where I wish we had another tray… So I’m in for this pair.
I bought these last time, and used them in a smoker (Camp Chef DLX, which I can’t recommend enough - suffice it to say it contained an out-of-control grease fire, and still operates [my wife was unaware of the shutdown procedure, and left a fire burning]). Smoking vegetables in them is a perfect use!
They feel like a silicone mesh, with a surrounding ring of more substantial silicone, giving it a shape. They have quite a bit of flex, so heavy items will need a rack to give it stability.
Certainly they will drip anything from the contents, but again, I’m smoking, so drips are handled just
Regarding them off-gassing at high temperatures - well, I’m smoking at 225°, so I have no experience.
I got these today… they don’t quite match the pictures, literally looks like plastic mesh with flex tape around it, even with the fiber strands on edges of tape… bit afraid to put these in the convection oven.