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Air Fryers

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With the cost of fuel rising so quickly, I'm sure we are all looking for cheaper/easier ways to cook.

A few months ago, when we were in Costco, my eldest son and I noticed they had air fryers on special offer, for under £40. Ours is a Gourmia model, we went for a basic one with the largest grid area, and decided if we liked it, we could upgrade.

It's wonderful. No.1 works shifts and is on call one week in two or three. The air fryer is a good back up if he is called out at the wrong moment. Within a few minutes I can have a simple meal on the table. It's especially good at chipolatas, I prick them beforehand and the fat comes running out as they cook.

Today,, both sons and grandson are out, so I'm in the house on my own, sewing. Feeling peckish, I decided to try frozen sausage rolls in the air fryer. They were absolutely wonderful, too good really.

Someone else happened to mention they cooked baked potatoes in their air fryer, so that's what I now have in mine.
For one person in a hurry, or lazy, or just can't be bothered to cook, an air fryer is wonderful.

We have now bought a more expensive all singing and dancing with bells on, a real waste of money. It's physically a lot larger but the container is slightly smaller. It will pressure or slow cook, but No.1 isn't keen on the end result.
BB,
My sister and I have both been debating these. Whether they are cheaper to run. S is tricky with carbs and only eats GF pasta, GF bread, potato waffles and oven chips ... Have been debating if it would work out cheaper for us than putting on the little fan oven.

Worth knowing the basic models are the best option.

Melly1
No.1 son and I both agree that the air fryer oven chips are absolutely the BEST of all.
Depending on where I'm shopping, we have either McCain or Aunt Bessie's, I think at the moment McCain are better.
Obviously it's a much smaller space, so should cost much less than the oven, and it's ready to cook in a couple of minutes, it tells you when it's ready for food. It takes enough chips for both of us, I only have a few, No.1 has more.
It's great for doing crispy bacon, grandson's treat. As I'm on my own this weekend I treated myself to a couple of lamb cutlets, they were as good as being on the BBQ.
A tip I found online was to put some strips of bread crust under the grid, they catch the fat and then at the end you just tip them in the bin.
Interesting. What capacity is yours?

Melly1
Tell us more. Considering buying one this year.
I think it is better to do your own research going through reviews to make an informed choice for your own needs and preferences. There are thousands of reviews out there.

I've been considering one but as we are mostly on salads just now it is on the back burner.

Some of these ovens claim to reduce the cooking time by up to 30% to 50% saving on time - the operative words being 'up to' and 'time' - but what about electricity - they have a fan running as well as the heating elements so that is more electricity while they are running.
Find out the KW hour for it and the time needed to cook x, y and z and make the comparisons to your mode of cooking for KwH and time taken - or watch your smart meter if you have one.

You can only fit so much in there, if you want to use the rotisserie you cannot do anything else in there. You would have to do them after when the meat is resting, so you are running it twice unless you use the stove - check your electricity tariff for which is best. If you want to do chips for 2-4 people there might not be room to do anything else in there.

One brand claims you could save up to 50% of your electricity as opposed to your normal oven.
Up to 50% so you might only save 30% or less.
Which electricity tariff are they using?
Define normal oven - is that the big oven or the small one with or without fan?
Considering the unit is smaller than your oven you might think it should save more time and costs but food still needs time to cook as we know and there is a fan running to circulate the hot air.

Sizes vary within brands and between brands, do measurements first because many find theirs won't fit in their cupboard or stow away on the worktop under the wall cupboards.
Breezey wrote:
Sun Aug 28, 2022 11:46 am
I think it is better to do your own research going through reviews to make an informed choice for your own needs and preferences. There are thousands of reviews out there. ....Find out the KW hour for it and the time needed to cook x, y and z and make the comparisons to your mode of cooking for KwH and time taken... One brand claims you could save up to 50% of your electricity as opposed to your normal oven.
Up to 50% so you might only save 30% or less. Sizes vary within brands and between brands,
and this exactly why I've thought about it and not bought one ... it's easy to get bogged down in all of this info ...and my time is limited.

Melly1
We also deliberated for ages, that's why in the end we opted for the cheapest in Costco, at under £40, something of an impulse buy, but we have been delighted with it. (Melly it's 5.7 litres, but really for chips it's the size of the grid that matters).
If it was a major appliance like a fridge or a cooker then I'd have done loads of research, but it's also important to consider the cost of turning the oven on while you are deliberating.