Air Fryer cooking

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I got to watching a lot of air fryer cooking because a friend of mine said she loved hers. And has all but stopped using her oven and frying food in oil. Curiosity finally got the better of me, so I watched a lot of video's of tutorials on cooking my favorites. Friend chicken, stuff jalapeno's and a few others.
I rarely ran across a bad review. Or seen many bad comments about air fryer, so I bought one.

Yesterday, I cooked for the first time on it. 8 stuffed jalapeno's and batter fried chicken. I ended up eating 7 of the jalapeno's before the chicken was ready. They turned out so darn good.
The chicken, needs a little detail in describing. It was very good. But the first couple of bites weren't exactly as I was expecting. Normally, I season the flour, drop my chicken in milk & egg, then drop it into the zip lock baggie, with the seasoned flour. Then put it into a hot cast iron skillet and fry it like that. I did the same exact thing, only put it into the air fryer. The taste was very good. The difference was I could actually taste the seasoning. Where as when you skillet fry chicken, the seasoning taste isn't near as noticeable. I suppose the oil taste overrides the seasoning, or something to that effect. But in the air fryer, I could clearly taste the seasoning. And the chicken was still very juicy.
Now, FYI, I LOVE the taste of chicken fried in oil. It's what I grew up with.

I've going to try a sirloin steak in it this week. The tutorials i've watched on those also show the streaks coming out very juicy.


Anyone else use an air fryer?
 

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Boy PT I thought you fell off the wagon... Glad we didn't run over you...

No I dont have an air fryer but have been considering something similar combined with a microwave. JUst had a lot extra bills and that water heater I installed this week took a lot more than I expected. It a bad of the years for extra bills to hit all at once.
 

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Boy PT I thought you fell off the wagon... Glad we didn't run over you...

No I dont have an air fryer but have been considering something similar combined with a microwave. JUst had a lot extra bills and that water heater I installed this week took a lot more than I expected. It a bad of the years for extra bills to hit all at once.

Just been dealing with a lot of back problems and trying to get insurance. I think those are worked out now. Oh, and had a water heater problem myself, last week. Actually it was just a bad water connection, turned leak. Who ever made that connection, put some stupid fitting in between two pieces of pex pipe. In the center of the two connections, was a piece of gray pipe like maybe 1.5", to connect two pieces of PEX. Ridiculous. Lucky thing, I'm renting from some very nice folks. She had the plumber come out on a sunday and fix it. And he put in a shut off valve.

But yeah, this air fryer that I got, is big. And very in expensive. I paid like $70 for it. It's not digital. But I can still set it the same as one, using the dials. +

The ONLY thing I think they would do to improve this, is for the drip pan to be teflon coated. It's a bit had to clean after a lot of grease cooks to it.
 
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Bought a cheap one 5 years ago for the workshop because it is the old farm house which had to be made "unliveable" so the stove was removed .
I found it great and use it a lot .
So I bought a better one for home with a rotissery basket as I am rather too fond of chips.
First thing we noticed was the electricity bill dropped a lot as we almost never use the full size oven any more .
Note I make a lot of different types of chips using sweet potatoes, sweedes, turnips, carrots , parsnips etc.
She makes a lot of pizzas and it makes a better pizza than the oven ever did and the same for cakes
Usually we cook them in the microwave then pop them in the air fryer for 3 to 5 minutes to dry the surface & form a crust .
 

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Just been dealing with a lot of back problems and trying to get insurance. I think those are worked out now. Oh, and had a water heater problem myself, last week. Actually it was just a bad water connection, turned leak. Who ever made that connection, put some stupid fitting in between two pieces of pex pipe. In the center of the two connections, was a piece of gray pipe like maybe 1.5", to connect two pieces of PEX. Ridiculous. Lucky thing, I'm renting from some very nice folks. She had the plumber come out on a sunday and fix it. And he put in a shut off valve.

But yeah, this air fryer that I got, is big. And very in expensive. I paid like $70 for it. It's not digital. But I can still set it the same as one, using the dials. +

The ONLY thing I think they would do to improve this, is for the drip pan to be teflon coated. It's a bit had to clean after a lot of grease cooks to it.
I had to give on getting insurance they all wanted at least 3x what I make monthly. I finally work through most of my back problems. Hips still raise cane every so often. But my most serious health issue is high blood pressure. I wa out meds for nearly a month because the doctors keep refusing the see me unless I did blood work. But a secret stash of meds that got me by and now I just to rebuild that stash. Going Monday to just for an office charge so I can get a yearly prescription. What ripoff $160 just to write a prescription.
 

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Bought a cheap one 5 years ago for the workshop because it is the old farm house which had to be made "unliveable" so the stove was removed .
I found it great and use it a lot .
So I bought a better one for home with a rotissery basket as I am rather too fond of chips.
First thing we noticed was the electricity bill dropped a lot as we almost never use the full size oven any more .
Note I make a lot of different types of chips using sweet potatoes, sweedes, turnips, carrots , parsnips etc.
She makes a lot of pizzas and it makes a better pizza than the oven ever did and the same for cakes
Usually we cook them in the microwave then pop them in the air fryer for 3 to 5 minutes to dry the surface & form a crust .

Clarification on potato chips. Our chips are very thin, crispy and round. My UK friend describe their chips as more of an American french fry.

This model I got has a rotisserie. This interests me. As I can see a chicken going around and round in it. But the cost of whole chickens is more expensive than chicken breasts here. The prices of chicken, are just stupid in the US.
I can get chicken leg quarters, in a 5lb bag (frozen) for like .80cents per lb. But chicken wings, which used to be the junk part of the chicken, like like $8 per lb.
Whole chickens are about $5 to $6 each.

But, none the less, I'll spend the $5 just to learn how to use the rotisserie.

One thing about cooking fried chicken in the air fryer. You need a little spray bottle with something like olive oil in it, to lightly spray the batter after it's cooked 1/2. Otherwise the the flour will still be white in some places. Kind of weird.
 

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I had to give on getting insurance they all wanted at least 3x what I make monthly. I finally work through most of my back problems. Hips still raise cane every so often. But my most serious health issue is high blood pressure. I wa out meds for nearly a month because the doctors keep refusing the see me unless I did blood work. But a secret stash of meds that got me by and now I just to rebuild that stash. Going Monday to just for an office charge so I can get a yearly prescription. What ripoff $160 just to write a prescription.

For ever, I've had problem with my knee. (accident in 1998 and arthritis for many years) But it's nothing compared to back pain. With the knee, I could use a cane or crutches. But with a bad back, laying down was about the ONLY relief, if you can find a comfy position.
 

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For ever, I've had problem with my knee. (accident in 1998 and arthritis for many years) But it's nothing compared to back pain. With the knee, I could use a cane or crutches. But with a bad back, laying down was about the ONLY relief, if you can find a comfy position.
Oh I dealt the same thing for about ten years then one day I went to get up off the floor where I laying in mild pain my back made a very loud pop. Hurt like heck so I thought I broke my back but 15 minutes later all the pain was gone. All I can figure is that I had a vertebra out place and it finally went back in place. The last joint problem is the shoulder that I nearly dislocated falling down a flight of steps.

And UK chips are basically our french fries. As for the chicken cost you got to go by the price per pound. Even then it can be expensive. Just stay away from the organic ones. To me it is all organic as I don't rubber chickens. That is clown food. I work the sales and put surplus buys in the freezer. This week it is boneless pork loins at $1.77 per pound. It is the same meat as the boneless pork chops and breakfast chop with the expense of the meat cutter slicing it up. Just place in the freeze until just starts to freeze and slice up like you like the chop to be thickness wise. Now of course I got a razor sharp 12" knife to do this. I usually just roast a half loin with spices.

But yes chicken can still be reasonable considering when you buy it. I recently got bone in chicken breasts for $0.99 /lb. which normally is closer to $2.50 - $3.00 /lb lately. Just got to use your smarts to out wit the grocery stores.

Boston butt I recent was only $1.29/lb and boneless Ribeye roast was 6.99/lb. Beef is always more expensive. One store I went to it was $18/lb for the same cut.

As chickens to grill or roast I prefer around 3 pounders birds and not a 5-6 lb bird. Of course they have well roast since I support to be on a no-salt diet. I have to have some salt so they are lightly salted just to get rid of some of the watery taste.

Of course this Covid thing has been good for me as it finally put me on a diet that I actually lose weight on. I current down about 17 lbs. Even at 248 lbs I am still too heavy, I shooting for 220 lbs which what I weight when I was in my 20s. But losing weight has it drawbacks. One is my pants keeps trying to fall off. You know plumber butt is cold. Another is like today the cold wind just goes through me ie I was shivering hard after a short walk to the neighbor house and again on the way back even with a coat on. And the weight is a lot harder to get off when you are older. I have been on this diet for a year now.
 
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