If you’ve looked into low-carb diet options, or even tried things like the Keto diet, you’ve probably been convinced that you need an air fryer. They’re literally everywhere right now. My husband wanted to buy one immediately, but I needed to make sure we would use it before I bought another appliance to take up my already dwindling counter space. So, are air fryers worth the hype? Or are they just another appliance that you buy and use a few times before it collects dust in your pantry?
I’ve been testing one for about a month. (Truthfully, I asked if I could use my mom’s for something and she won’t take it back .) So far, I’ve made lots of potatoes—home fries, regular and sweet potato fries, baked potatoes, “fried” chicken breasts, chicken tenders, smoked sausage and peppers, veggies. You can also put biscuits in there, steaks, bacon…seriously so many things.
Everything has been so delicious, and I really love the idea of it being “fried” without all of the grease.
After using it a few times, and really testing it to it’s limits, I’ve compiled a list of Pros and Cons for anyone who doesn’t own an air fryer and is still on the fence.
Air Fryer Pros
- I love that clean up is super easy. I just unhook the basket, take apart the two pieces, and throw them in the dishwasher.
- No Preheating! The air fryer doesn’t take forever to preheat like my oven does. Toss your food in, set the temperature and the timer, and it’s good to go!
- It’s a healthier option than regular frying in oil.
- It’s quiet, it doesn’t radiate a ton of heat outside of the basket, and it doesn’t create any smoke.
Air Fryer Cons
- I don’t like how small the basket is, I can only fit two regular sized chicken breasts in it at one time. Because of this, it basically doubles my cooking time (when I could just throw them all in the oven). They do come in Extra Large size, though, which I think may solve this issue for me!
Yes, you read that right. There’s literally one con. You can see that I’m a fan. I will always be a fan of anything that makes my life easier and keeps my food delicious. With a larger basket, I could fit enough food for everyone inside….thus completely eliminating my con list. So, spring for the extra large air fryer when you purchase, I know that I’m going to.
These Air Fried “Baked” Potatoes were delicious…I seasoned the skin with sea salt and garlic powder. The skin was crispy and delicious, and the inside was perfectly baked like your typical baked potato.
Overall, it’s definitely a purchase that I would make on my own (again this is my mom’s ), and we’d definitely get use out of it…probably not every week unless I got the XL option.
If you own an Air Fryer, what’s your favorite thing to make in it?
I’ve created a list of the top selling Air Fryers on Amazon, if you want to shop around and compare!