Earlier in the year (might be last year actually) we threw away our deep fat fryer. We relied on it way too much for nice food that was quick to cook and decided that enough was enough and it was time for it to go. However, since then, I have really wanted an air fryer.
The air fryer is really easy to set up because all you really need to do is plug it in and work out which settings you need to use. There aren’t that many options either so there’s no risk of getting super confused about which to use. The mode button controls the temperature of the air fryer and you also have timer up and down buttons. If you press once it goes up by 1 minute at a time but if you hold the button down it goes up 10 minutes at a time. There is a call button which sounds a sort of alarm when the timer has finished and also on/ off buttons.
The air fryer does come with a very short user manual and it has a page of basic cooking times for a list of different foods. We decided to start off quite simple and make some fries for our first time using the air fryer. I chose to make fries rather than thick cut chips because I thought I’d be able to gauge the cooking time a bit better. The guide said to add half a teaspoon of oil and the fries should take between 12 and 20 minutes to cook, needing a shake in the middle.
For our first attempt, I don’t think the fries turn out too badly at all. I didn’t really realise that you should probably pre-heat the air fryer before cooking so this is something that I now know for next time. I also think it would have been better had I made sure the fries were evenly coated in the oil as some tended to cook a bit quicker/ easier than others.
Now that we have had a trial run with the air fryer I cannot wait to see what else I can use it for. I’m determined to use it to help out with Christmas dinner in some way so watch this space for some experimental recipes and fun ideas for ways to use an air fryer!
Disclaimer: We were sent the air fryer for the purpose of this post. All opinions are our own.