Behold — the power of an air fryer.
Some of you may already have one, but let me tell you….if you don’t, you should probably jump on the wagon.
These things are game changing.
Think about how your Instant Pot changed your lifestyle and made things easier, faster, and tastier. Imagine being able to make crispy food in a snap, with the ease of the Instant Pot, and be able to almost eliminate oil from your diet.
That’s the power of the Air Fryer.
We recently purchased the Ninja Air Fryer. I’ll be honest, I didn’t do a whole lot of research on any of them but Ninja is a brand we grew to trust from our use of their coffee maker. Years ago, we decided to throw away K-Cups and switch to grounds — for many reasons — and haven’t looked back. You can check out our blog about this here.
The Ninja Air Fryer is hands down my second favorite kitchen gadget in our house.
Everyone hates soggy french fries. It’s just a fact of life that has been proven in our household numerous times. For whatever reason, we have found that sweet potato fries are the most difficult to crisp in an oven. We try to avoid using too much oil, but when we do we like to use coconut oil. Yes, coconut oil does add some flavor, which can be savory but can also leave you feeling guilty about eating them.
With an air fryer, oil is simply not necessary. And if you use it, you only need to spray a little bit. We have cut it out all together.
An air fryer also cuts the cooking time in half. Much like an Instant Pot, this can really make cooking those weekday dinners a breeze. Our kids love this particular brand of gluten free breaded fish. Normally it takes about 15 minutes in an oven that’s pre-heated to 450. If you add up the pre-heat time, this totals to about 30 minutes! In the air fryer, I set the temperature to 390, let it warm up for about 2 minutes, and then cook the fish for about 12 minutes. That’s a total of 14 minutes!
The biggest learning curve, and really the only learning curve, is to adjust your cooking times and check your food often. The nature of an air fryer is to cook quickly, and evenly, with little interaction. You do want to occasionally shake your food, much like you would in a traditional fryer, to prevent the food from sticking to the basket and to cook things evenly.
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