Airfryers have been popular in Australia and Europe for quite some time. They are just now entering a boom in the US. I ordered my unit April 2nd and it just arrived as they were back ordered. Back ordered everywhere. Amazon included. Even Philips itself was back ordered.
The Philips airfryer is the top of the line as far as these things go and I ordered mine through Williams Sonoma during one of their many 20% off sales. This saved me $60.00. No small amount when the purchase price of this particular unit is almost $300.00 so I was willing to wait.
While it has a multitude of uses, my airfryer interest is mostly related to the plant based category.
This, larger than I thought it would be, appliance was waiting for me when I got home yesterday afternoon. 2 days ahead of schedule. I wasn't expecting it but I had to give it a go so I threw a bag of frozen french fries in and let her rip. Now frozen french fries are frozen french fries. None of them are great and some finish up downright gross. I wasn't expecting anything other than a vehicle to shovel ketchup in my gob with but what I got was surprising indeed.
Firstly, I live at altitude and oven baked frozen fries take anywhere from 45 minutes + to finish up. The airfryer had em done in 20 minutes. Not only were they done but they were crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and downright delicious. I have never before eaten home baked frozen fries that came close to the quality of these. I was blown away. Maybe this thing is worth the money after all.
There will be plenty of experimentation with this contraption so stay tuned.
This thing, this air fryer thing, is a useful gadget in my world and I use it often for no added oil stuffs.
I've found that I can make awesome beet burgers in the air fryer with no added oil in the ingredients and no frying oil. Can't tell the difference, but I've found I need to freeze the burgers first so they don't crumble and hold their shape. I throw them in the pre-heated air fryer for about 15 minutes and they come out great. Air frying actually improves the texture.
6 freshly made North Star cafe beet burgers ready to vac pack and freeze
Close up so you can see what's up.
Air fried beet burger, air fried potatoes, black beans, steamed asparagus and broccoli
Fake meat? Sorry, but I don't know what that even is other than meat industry insecurity.