I bought an air fryer once and returned it the next day. One of the photos show a bunch of french fries nice and golden. If you try that, the spots where fries are touching do not get cooked. You would have to constantly stir them or have just one layer that is not overlapping. Don’t be deceived by the photo thinking it will work that way.
@Narwalt It might be good for other foods but I don’t know. I bought it for the sole purpose of cooking fries because I eat a lot of fries and currently cook them in oil. It does not work for fries as well as the picture shows unless you do a lot of work mixing them all the time. For me, it’s easier to cook them in the oven on a huge cookie sheet, the toaster oven, or in the oil.
@cengland0 We have an air fryer and the after the first batch or two of fries we were ready to get rid of the air fryer. Now, I am ready to get rid of the oil fryer. It takes more work than a oil fryer, yes. The way I look at it is I need to keep adding oil to the oil fryer, where does that oil go, in the food. If the food can taste as good then to me it is worth it. Side note on of the chicken strips we would buy did not do well in the fryer, it was flower coated.
Lastly to all the people that said a Pizzazz cooked french fry can taste as good as a fryer can go to hell.
@caffeine_dude I use peanut oil which is actually good for you so having some stay inside the fries is exactly what I want.
The PO [Moderate-fat – 1/2 fat from peanut oil] and PPB [Moderate-fat – 1/2 fat from peanuts and peanut butter] diets significantly improved total and “bad” LDL cholesterol levels, similar to olive oil, when compared to an AAD [Average American diet]. Cardiovascular disease risk was also significantly reduced by the PO and PPB diets, similar to the OO [Moderate-fat – 1/2 fat from olive oil] diet.
@Pantheist I don’t use unhealthy fat such as transfats or animal fats. My doctor has me on prescription omega 3 oil pills (1000mg each guaranteed 900mg of omega 3) x 4 pills. He said to put the good oils on everything. Specifically mentioned olive oil but my research shows peanut oil has similar benefits.
This is due to me being a vegetarian so my HDL is critically low. It was in the low 20s. He wants it to be over 50 but would settle for over 40. I can get it around 37 or 38 and very rarely over 40 but never close to 50.
With all that in mind, I have no problems consuming all the peanut oil my body needs. Makes the fries taste good too.
I have this brand, but a different model. Shake things about half way through for even cooking. You can’t do battered items, at least I had a bad time with breaded okra that was frozen and battered, but not partially cooked. I have made drumsticks with just a flour coating, they were good. I have cooked steaks in it, that was a lot of cleaning afterwards. I like it best for reheating. Fries, pizza, even steak tips all reheat very well in the air fryer. It makes the fries good again and the pizza crust is good. For frozen fries it’s a bit faster than the oven. I use it at least a few times a week.
@Lighter Same here in Indiana. I remember hearing a Planet Money or some similar program a while back about amazon adjusting prices depending on region but I thought maybe they weren’t doing that so much any more. Shrug.
Spoiler alert: I’m biased because this is my deal but I absolutely love my gowise air fryer and tested this one this weekend. (I had the 2.75 qt model in my apartment already). I love both of them and cook more in my air fryer now than my oven. No preheating and I prefer how it cooks protein. It makes some of the best salmon, chicken and steak and it’s fast and easy. Of course people automatically think of fries but if you do end up buying it, definitely try some meat or fish in it, you won’t be sorry.
Seemed very gimmicky but my wife bought a similar device during an after Christmas sale and I have tried cooking or reheating numerous things and always good results if you use common sense with time and temp. Doesn’t hold as much heat after like an oven to burn forgotten things. Seems great for a bachelor or in a dorm room (hide it) since single portions and more than one type of food could cook at the same time. So to those like me who expected a useless egg on the counter I quote the late John Pinette and “I SAY NAY NAY.” Next thing to try will be s’mores for the wife in his honor.
We have a different style of this, basketless and more of a convection oven plus halogen light. Haven’t had much luck with fries but it does make a decent grilled cheese on the rack and I burned some meat pies with it once.
I’m not very impressed with it yet although I haven’t given it much of a fair shake. Yet I’m still tempted by this style that mimics a fryer with a basket.
Got it a couple days ago, have used it 3 times so far:
First thing was chicken wings (from frozen). Came out slightly dry, and not as crispy as I like. Probably due to me cooking too many and at the wrong temp.
Second thing was bacon. Yes, I made bacon in the air fryer. 350 for 4 mins per side, and it was delicious. Next time I’ll probably do 5 mins a side for a little more crisp, but excellent either way. Had to cut it in half, and make in 2 batches.
Lastly, I had to try some fries. I used the pre-packaged Arbys curly fries. Preset has it @ 400 for 20 mins. I shook the basket after 8 minutes, and took them out with 5+ minutes left, and they were perfect. I think the full 20 mins may be too long.
Can’t wait to test some other stuff. Next up: Tater tots, salmon, chops, and maybe a steak just for fun.
So my package arrived today. Opened the top of the box - the package of parchment paper is laying on top with the side opened. rut row I thought. I took the top cardboard retainer off, and the inner plastic bag around the fryer has at least one hole in it.