We made it to the middle of the week.
Anyone else feel like July is 652 days long? I think it’s the heat, but I swear there are more than 31 days in this month.
This is me. Every. Time.
Okay, today’s PART 2 about my airfryer.
Because I love it.
I never knew how much I needed one until I had one…but it is really one of my very favorite kitchen appliances (right after my coffee maker and my slow cooker!).
Let’s back up a bit, if you missed PART 1 where I first reviewed this little machine, you can catch it HERE.
The last time I reviewed the airfyer, I had only been using it a few months, but I was already in love. Now, that we’ve had it even longer, I thought it was time to share some more ways we use ours (and get even more ideas from you!). Even now, during this time when our house is upside down, I can plug this thing in at any outlet and bam, food is cooked! It’s not messy, it’s not hot, it’s just really fantastic!
We currently use THIS airfyer and can put 6 chicken breast halves inside the basket (they overlap just a bit, but it works). Andrew told me (and I didn’t know this earlier) that when he first started using an airfryer, he used THIS ONE because he was only making food for himself (it’s a bit smaller), but then he upgraded ours (after his buddy at the gym told him he needed this one instead). I never used the other one (he gave it to a friend at work), but Andrew says it’s great for smaller batches or if you’re not sure about committing that much to an airfryer.
Since the last post, we’ve tried many new things in our airfryer. Just this week, I put my Trader Joe’s egg frittata things in mine…
Here are some of the other things we’ve made since my last post:
1: crab cakes (so many!!!)
2: Andrew has made approximately 4 billion chicken burger patties
3: Turkey sausages
4: a chopped up onion (try it!!)
5: baked potatoes and sweet potatoes (you’ll never do it another way)
6: so much bacon!
7: I put sausage balls in there.
8: anything frozen (veggies, gnocchi, quesadillas, those little tacos from Trader Joe’s, little pizzas, chicken nuggets), whatever you get frozen is better in the airfryer
9: Shrimp and scallops are so good in there!
Here are also a few things I’ve learned/tips from using ours:
1: It does help if you lightly spray the basket before each use with a non-stick spray. I think this makes a huge difference when removing items.
2: I also think it makes a huge difference if you clean it out right away versus waiting until the next time you want to use it. We just hand wash ours in the sink with hot water and dish soap. Super easy!
3: I’ve learned that 325 to 350 is really the sweet spot when it comes to temperatures. I’ve played around with other temps, but honestly, that range works every time and keeps things simple.
4: When your have an item (like those mini tacos from Trader Joe’s) that’s already frozen and don’t know how long to cook it, I would start with 10 minutes. After the timer goes off, you can always do it a bit longer, but for me, 10 minutes is a nice place to start.
5: It’s okay to overlap! At first, I didn’t want anything in my airfryer to touch (thinking it wouldn’t crisp up properly), but now, I don’t worry about it. I’m totally okay with piling some things in there or overlapping others.
Now, you know I’ve tried to love this…
…my instant pot.
Sigh. I just cannot make myself love it. Every time I pull it out, I’m usually a little annoyed with it and wish I would have either used my slow cooker or just done it on the skillet instead. If you missed my post where I compare my slow cooker to my instant pot, you can see that HERE.
Okay, so today, I have a brand new airfryer recipe to share with you…
…you can see my Airfryer Lime Pepper Chicken HERE . It only has FIVE ingredients (including the chicken!)!! Also, don’t forget, I have these recipes too…
Okay, if you have other airfryer tips, please leave them in the comment section below!! Also, if you love your instant pot and want to give me extra tips to love that more, I’ll take those too 🙂 . Have the best day, friends! xx