I’ve been eye-balling these gizmos for the past year or so and am still not convinced they are worth either the price or the shelf space. And are they a total pain to clean? I mean, I like the idea (a lot!) that you can get nice crispy food without using lots of oil, but it almost seems like they are too good to be true. Also, why are they all so bulky and shiny black and ugly? Quite liked the look of this one in El Corte Inglés today. Anyhow, any advice?
Love my air fryer for the reasons you mentioned plus it means I don’t use my oven. In the 10 months I’ve had one, I’ve used my oven one time so it’s an energy saver plus you won’t be heating your kitchen – both important in Seville. Admittedly, I don’t bake but I know people who use their AF to bake. Ease of cleaning totally depends on the brand and model you choose so check the reviews carefully. Also, though I think you mainly cook for one, don’t go too small. You won’t regret having a larger capacity model.
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Probably my main concern is where I’d store the thing. They’re quite big. But I like the idea of not having to use the oven so much. Will have a think…
Deb Barnes said:
Mine just lives on my worktop as I use it so often. In fact I’m on my second as I ruined my first one using low calorie spray oils. It’s ever so useful for little things like warming (& crisping) up a croissant or a mince pie 😀 Chips are good in it, and I also use it to finish off jacket potatoes – I don’t like the taste or texture of microwaved ones but giving them 10 minutes in the actifry gives the middle more texture and crisps the skin. Plus as Donna said, you don’t need to put your oven on.
I think they vary a lot. Mine is the Tefal Actifry, it’s a kind of bowl with a paddle arm that keeps everything moving. This is removable so you can do things like the mince pie or jacket potato without squooshing it! It’s one temperature only. Others I’ve seen are more like a square jug with a temperature setting.
I wouldn’t be without mine. But I do like chips 😀
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I’ve just ordered a Cosori CP158 (there was a special offer on today at El Corte Inglés, so 25€ off). It’s got 5.5 L capacity, 1700 W, and it’s not super ugly. I’m not doing this to cut calories, so would never use a low-calorie spray oil (always extra virgin olive oil at casa az!) really it’s more to cut electricity costs. Hope I like it!
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