Should You Buy An Air Fryer? – For Sure!

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Newfangled Kitchen Appliances

Who has room for more appliances in the kitchen? I don’t need another appliance taking up space! Go back and read my post about how long it took me to use my new KitchenAid mixer. I’m picky about what gets left out on our counters, as kitchens are generally never big enough for one person it seems.

Creators of new kitchen gadgets keep coming up with brilliant products, and frankly, I’m a sucker for new ways to prepare food. I have always loved being in the kitchen making new things. Much like my love/hate relationship with my KitchenAid mixer while it was still unopened in the box, the same scenario happened when I acquired an air fryer. If you read my above post on the KitchenAid, you’re probably rolling your eyes in disbelief that I didn’t learn my lesson from that experience.

I Do Enjoy New Things

Really, I do. I like getting new appliances, gadgets, or products. Generally speaking, if I purchase something, I’m all about using it right away. The excitement of saving for something and then being able to purchase it is a great feeling. However, something is different when given the product as a gift. Something inside of me tells me that I need to just keep it all packaged up and kept in pristine condition. If I ever need to use it, I’ll just take it out of the box and return it to its shelf or closet when I’m done with it.

A quick example; I just purchased a Canon camera. Read about it here. I spent 8 years deciding on which camera to buy. I now have one and when it arrived, I couldn’t open the box fast enough! I was far too excited to use it finally! If you read about my experience with my KitchenAid, you know that I received it as a gift and it took me forever to get it out and use it. Now that it’s unboxed, I use it all the time!

Guess What?

I didn’t learn my lesson. I’m a quick learner. It’s a quality that I’m proud of. However, admitting that I still didn’t learn my lesson from the KitchenAid hurts my pride a little! You see, I received another gift for Christmas last year. My wonderful parents gifted me with an air fryer. Amazing, right? (My mom just knows what I need. She’s got a knack for it.) It’s amazing, yes. However, do you think I used it right away? Unfortunately, you know the answer.

It sat. It sat in its original packaging. It sat in its original packaging in its original box. It sat in its original packaging in its original box in my garage. For. Six. Months. I have zero excuses, so I’m not going there. Coincidentally, my sister received the same air fryer and she told stories of all the things she made in it. Her family loved the product and they used it all the time. I would even overhear my mom say she needed one for her house! Still, my little air fryer sat all bundled up, lonely and alone, for months. I only felt slightly guilty; I knew the time would come and I would use it.

Seeing Is Believing

What made me un-package this new gadget? I saw it in action! I witnessed the amazingness of this appliance and I knew I couldn’t wait another day. I was able to see it in use and taste the goodness that came from it! One crispy onion ring was all it took! I was sold. The second I got home, I unwrapped my air fryer and have used it just about every day since. No lie! It’s my new best friend! Let me tell you why.

What Sets It Apart?

First of all, let me tell you that I have a toaster oven. I dragged my feet on the air fryer partly because everything I would have made in the air fryer could be made in the toaster oven. I liked the convenience of the toaster oven, although it took up a permanent space on my kitchen counter. Once I saw the benefits of the air fryer, I ditched the toaster oven, freeing up space in the kitchen for my new appliance.

Top three reasons you should grab one for yourself…

1. Quickly Cook Frozens. Throw some frozen french fries in the basket and let the air fryer work its magic. In less than 13 minutes, they’ll come out perfectly crisp! We use the air fryer for most frozen snacks and entrees. Some of my favorite frozen items to cook in the air fryer are tator tots, breaded okra or green beans, pizza pockets, and my kiddos’ favorite, corn dogs. The air fryer makes our favorite treats within minutes, allowing us to save time when we would have had to preheat the oven.

2. Meats, I Say? Yes!! My second favorite way to use the air fryer is for foods that are not already frozen. For example, I’ve made hamburgers, steak, chicken, and bacon in our air fryer! It’s so quick to prepare and within minutes, the meat is cooked to your desired preference. I enjoy vegetables from the air fryer as well! Recently, I threw in some cut potatoes, baby carrots, and onions. After I seasoned them, I cooked them in the air fryer. When finished, we had a great side dish that everyone loved! Try peppers or zucchini! You’ll love the outcome.

3. Convenience. I say it’s convenient for several reasons. First of all, clean up is a breeze! Our air fryer basket can even be placed in the dishwasher. You should know though, I’ve never had to put it in the dishwasher, as it’s so easy to clean by hand! Sometimes, to make clean up even quicker, I’ll place a layer of tin foil in the bottom basket to catch some grease. If you are out of tin foil, no worries! Any droppings will wipe right out. I can’t tell you how often we’ve taken our air fryer to a friend’s house to use! It’s lightweight, and because of its quick and easy way to prepare food, we like to share it! (I need to also mention that you can use your air fryer without oil, which makes your snacks that much healthier!)

Where Can You Snag One?

I’ll get you a link to one that I recommend. However, I need you to know that there are several options out there. Each brand has its own theory about what makes it the right choice for you and may overwhelm you. (That’s why I’ve chosen to promote this one.) The sizes and colors vary. Basically, it’s all about your preference. If you go with a different one from the one I recommend, please check the reviews, check for convenience, and all its fancy options. I wish you the best of luck in your search. Check out the air fryer of my choice below. (It’s an affiliate link, so if you purchase this exact one, I’ll receive a commission on it, at no additional cost to you.)

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Final Thoughts

I would like to tell you that I will have thoroughly learned my lesson from here on out. However, my past practices have not shown that pattern of behavior. I will try to do a better job of unwrapping any gifts in the future. If you take away anything from this post, please take this advice: If given a gift, use it. The person who gifted it knew it would be just right for you. Trust them. Trust the product. Go grab yourself an air fryer and see all the benefits there are. If you have one already, please leave a comment below detailing why you love it and what your favorite dishes are! We love trying new things, so we’ll take your advice!

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12 thoughts on “Should You Buy An Air Fryer? – For Sure!”

  1. Daniel says:

    Hello, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. I am glad I stumbled upon this text as I really would need one air fryer but I never get time to actually research about them. I enjoy eating meat so I think that air fryer will serve me well, in the end, it’s not expensive at all compared to its features. Thank you for sharing.

    1. admin says:

      Hey, Daniel!  Go grab yourself an air fryer and stop back to tell me all the amazing things it does for you!  You will not be disappointed!  Cheers!

  2. Michel says:

    I think that I need an air fryer, especially if the food cooks quickly and cleaning it is a breeze. Unlike you, I don’t particularly enjoy cooking, and only do it because we have to eat. I am very uncreative in the kitchen and try and get my meal done as quickly as possible so I have time for all the other interests in my life.

    Does an air fryer brown the meat or food as I see it doesn’t use oil? I would also love to know how the taste compares to cooking the food via more conventional methods.

    1. admin says:

      You will absolutely LOVE an air fryer, especially since you don’t enjoy cooking!  It is quick, easy, and as I mentioned,  cleaning it is simple!  As far as the meat, I prefer it to be cooked in the air fryer. It browns the meat and cooks it thoroughly in a short amount of time. I season it as I normally would. You will enjoy it!  

  3. Pentrental says:

    Kitchen gadgets are the best! Food is almost always a great topic and so are appliances. Air fryers are something that I’ve had my eyes on for a little while now back keep pushing buying one to the back burner, no pun intended. I’ve heard some good things about air fryers and I’m glad to see that you’ve confirmed those good things here. I like the idea that it will help reduce kitchen clutter by eliminating things like a microwave. I’m a fan of fried food but the health reasons have always been the biggest deterrent from eating it often. I’m so glad they invented a healthier option and I think it’s about time I looked a the air fryer a little more closely, and so I’ll do so through your link here, thank you!

    1. admin says:

      Of course!  Thank you for stopping by!  I certainly love ours and now that we have one, I can’t imagine not having it. Just last night, I enjoyed some perfectly crisp french fries!  Deep fried flavor, but no oil!  It is a much healthier option!  You are going to love your new air fryer!  Cheers!!

  4. Carol5162 says:

    I too have a fetish for new kitchen appliances. I am always amazed at technological input that goes into kitchenware, something that I never imagined could ever happen.The main reason I would go for the air fryer would be because it can use little or no oil. This is one way to stay healthy, which I am really trying to. Another reason would  be for the meat. I love to have my meats ready in no time.

    I also love that it is easy to clean. Thank you for the tip on on using a tin foil.

    1. admin says:

      Thanks for commenting,  Carol!  I’m glad this article helped you. I would recommend grabbing one of your choice so you can experience the many benefits!  Blessings to you!!

  5. Nazmun Nahar says:

    Hi,

    Great review about should we buy an air fryer. I am glad that you explain everything very well. In our daily life, we are getting so busy that we have to reliance on technology and for kitchen appleiance must. Because it’s not only save our time but make our life easy .And if you asked about air fryer,I will say-definitely I need. Becsuse it make me hassle-free when I cook or fry. I like your recommended air fryer. I was thinking to buy one new, I will look at it. Thanks for this review.

    1. admin says:

      Thank you for stopping by!  The best things about air fryers are that they’re cost effective,  simple to use, and easy to clean!  We really love ours. You’ll be glad you purchased one!  Cheers!!

  6. Heena says:

    Air fryer was on my list last year But I was not convinced to buy it as I do have toaster, Oven. Reading here I am thinking to get Air fryer now. Thanks for sharing.
    Heena.

    1. admin says:

      You really won’t be disappointed! You can make so many different things in an air fryer…in just a fraction of the time! Best of luck!!

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