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Old 11-14-2018, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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The last thing I need is one more kitchen device, but I've heard so much good about air fryers I've been thinking about buying one but would like to hear any negatives too before I invest.

Is there anyone out there who hates their air fryer? Why? Badly cooked food? Hard to clean?
well I do not fit into the "hate" group as all. They are very easy to clean, and can replace a few other appliances. On my counter top all I have is my air fryer, toaster oven and coffee pot. Those are the only 3 things I used constantly, followed by a crock pot. We do not even use our skillets that much except for week end breakfast. In fact for Christmas I think I am getting one of the new multi pots which should really cut back on how much I will be using by stove.

As for bad food in the Air fryer, yes, we have had a few disasters like green beans and broccoli but it does a great job on cauliflower. And yes it takes getting used to. At first we had trouble getting things browned enough. We jut made some adjustments to some of the recipes. there is one minor problem and that is the chipping of the non stick finish. Someone mentioned chipping and yes, if not washed and dried properly this can be a problem but mine is 2 years old and just a few places have any chipping.

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Old 11-14-2018, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I had an "airfryer" back in the early 90's ~ it was such a disaster that I would Never consider such a gimick again. Poorly cooked food, impossible to clean (oil gets places that can't be reached, on parts that can't be washed) ~ maybe the design has changed, but I've not found a "miracle device" yet that actually lives up to the hype. This from the perspective of a very active home cook....



Funny thing about confirmation bias, everyone hates being wrong or to look foolish. So, whenever someone spends money on something, of COURSE it's going to be the best thing since sliced bread. Unless you're conscious of this natural tendency, it's easy to not even see it happening.
NOV3, nothing taste like plastic in it. We do both frozen and fresh cut fries, usually about once a week. They are crisp and very tasty. As for chefs not using air fryer, how many chefs have you talked to about this?

I totally disagree with that statement. I think most of us have purchased kitchen appliances and later regretted it. Most of us are honest enough to warn others about our mistakes. What you purchased 20 plus years ago is very improved today. BTW the news ones are very easy to clean and they get in all corners. What are you talking about, OIL? they use no or almost no oil. Most of what we cook in ours we simply use a little spray.
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Old 11-14-2018, 03:09 PM
 
Location: 76102
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Never wanted one. My electric oven has a convection feature. I use it for reheating pizza, cooking hamburger patties, etc.

Also have a Breville toaster oven with convection which I use all the time love it.
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Old 11-14-2018, 03:33 PM
 
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I didn't hate my air fryer but honestly found it worthless. It didn't do anything my oven doesn't except take up counter space.
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Old 11-14-2018, 03:53 PM
 
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And of course we have the pendantic complaint that "air" cannot fry anything.
No, not pedantic. Words have meanings.


Frying is cooking food by direct contact with hot oil. No oil? Not frying.


If you don't want words to have meaning then you end up behind the looking glass (or in the Marketeering Department.
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Old 11-14-2018, 08:08 PM
 
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I hate my air fryer
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Old 11-14-2018, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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No, not pedantic. Words have meanings.


Frying is cooking food by direct contact with hot oil. No oil? Not frying.


If you don't want words to have meaning then you end up behind the looking glass (or in the Marketeering Department.
Sometime using the generally understood term communicates well. Sure an air fryer does not really fry. But most of us understand what an air fryer is. Words are tools; they are used to communicate. Using the term air fryer communicates accurately to the majority of home cooks who post here. Calling it another thing would hinder understanding.

There are places for pedantry, but this is not one of them.
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Old 11-15-2018, 03:19 AM
 
Location: NYC
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If Air fryers are so great, the restaurants would've switched to them decades ago as they've been around for a long time. The problem is that food simply tastes better when it's fried in the right oil and temps. If you do french fries, it taste a lot better deep fried in peanut oil than other veg oil. When you use air to fry the french fries doesn't have a crunchy taste. It only tastes crispy on the outside but doesn't have a crunchy taste because the air fryers dry out the crust leaving it crispy but lacks the crunchy bite most people like.

Also air fried food doesn't sit very well because it uses less oil, the food becomes dry and hard if left out for awhile vs regular oil fried which tends to become soggy but doesn't dry out.
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Old 11-15-2018, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I didn't hate my air fryer but honestly found it worthless. It didn't do anything my oven doesn't except take up counter space.
Well for some this is true but you still use less fat unless you want your foods to be on the dry side and it is a lot easier to clean than an over even our self cleaning overs; or at least for me this is true, plus using less electricity. I don't use my over except for baking more than once a month anymore.

vision33: have you used an air fryer? I know a lot of people feel the way you do that have not had one. The food, if heated correctly is anything but dry. That is the advantage: most foods come out moist and nice using less oil, As for restaurants using or not using them, that is a different story altogether. As for them being around for a long time. Most of us are talking about the air fryer of today which seems to be perfected from those years ago. Like the micro wave: I remember our first one, back in the 70s, compared now.

I do think it is safe to say, air fryers are not for everyone, but I still love the idea of having tasty food, that cooks quickly and is a bit healthier than sitting in oil or grease. I will add, as I have said, nothing is perfect. This goes for air fryers

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Old 11-15-2018, 12:28 PM
 
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I hate my air fryer

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