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Old 11-20-2019, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Once again, I'm trying to convince myself to get an air fryer. I'm just not sure what I can make in it and what the benefits are. I don't want to make breaded stuff. I don't fry anything (just saute) currently. So I guess my questions are:

- Can I make a piece of tenderloin or a steak in there? From frozen?
- Can I throw a frozen chicken breast (already seasoned) in it?
- Can I make fresh (albeit frozen) shrimp in it? (It doesn't take long to defrost so the frozen part isn't really of issue.)
- How about a frozen piece of salmon? Just toss that in there?

Also:

- What are your favorite things to make in your air fryer?
- What are the biggest benefits (aside from no oil and not heating up your kitchen) that you enjoy from your air fryer?

Thanks!
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Old 11-20-2019, 03:50 PM
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Honestly? I wouldn't get one. We have one because everyone ranted and raved about them and how wonderful they are, but I don't use mine very much. Of the 2, I think an Instapot would be a better deal.
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Old 11-20-2019, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Honestly? I wouldn't get one. We have one because everyone ranted and raved about them and how wonderful they are, but I don't use mine very much. Of the 2, I think an Instapot would be a better deal.
Interesting. I thought that I wanted an Instant Pot, I actually bought one, and then I panicked about the pressure-cooking aspect of it and returned it unused. It's just not my thing, but I know -- and totally understand why -- so many people swear by it.
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Old 11-20-2019, 04:38 PM
 
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I have both the IP and air fryer. I used to cook meat a lot in the air fryer. These days I use it to make breads and roast vegetables. It's an oven in smaller form. It's portable. I use it in the garage so there is no heat and food smell in the house. It's a good item to have.

I have never used it to cook frozen meat, so I can't answer your questions.

Why do I like it?

It's inexpensive, portable, uses less energy than a big oven, and cooks things in half the time.

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Old 11-20-2019, 05:03 PM
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I have both the IP and air fryer. I used to cook meat a lot in the air fryer. These days I use it to make breads and roast vegetables. It's an oven in smaller form. It's portable. I use it in the garage so there is no heat and food smell in the house. It's a good item to have.

I have never used it to cook frozen meat, so I can't answer your questions.

Why do I like it?

It's inexpensive, portable, uses less energy than a big oven, and cooks things in half the time.

It is cheaper than using the regular oven. I don't think it would work well to cook frozen meat. I would love to know how you make bread in it?
It does make french fries and other pre-breaded things well. I tried pork chops in there last week with a breading on it, that was pretty good, but I should have turned them halfway through. I really need to try to use it more.
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Old 11-20-2019, 05:04 PM
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Interesting. I thought that I wanted an Instant Pot, I actually bought one, and then I panicked about the pressure-cooking aspect of it and returned it unused. It's just not my thing, but I know -- and totally understand why -- so many people swear by it.

I have a friend who had a problem with her pressure cooker and refuses to use it again. My mom used to use a pressure cooker, but I was never taught how to use it, but I know a lot of people love the instapot for cooking the frozen meat faster in it.
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Old 11-20-2019, 05:49 PM
 
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Here is a video of how to make bread in an air fryer. This is not the recipe I would use, but the idea is you can make breads in an air fryer.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmZo1mE80ck
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Old 11-20-2019, 05:53 PM
 
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I have used the air fryer to cook those bread rolls in a can, it comes out fine. I cook things like fish or egg rolls from frozen. I cook meat & chicken in it also, but they are always defrosted. It makes breaded items such as fish, or shrimp, crispier than in the oven.
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Old 11-20-2019, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Here is a video of how to make bread in an air fryer. This is not the recipe I would use, but the idea is you can make breads in an air fryer.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmZo1mE80ck
I'm trying to eat LESS bread, David!

It's my favorite food group, though.
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Old 11-20-2019, 06:16 PM
 
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I'm trying to eat LESS bread, David!

It's my favorite food group, though.
If it's about too much carb, I use almond and coconut flours.
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