Other Talk "Otterville" plus Religion/Politics

Air Fryer Talk - Tips & Recipes

Old 07-14-18, 10:32 PM
  #1  
Moderator
Thread Starter
 
TheBigDave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Florida
Posts: 10,667
Air Fryer Talk - Tips & Recipes

So who's got an Air Fryer?

I just ordered the
<b>Cozyna SAF-32 Digital Air Fryer (3.7qt)</b> Cozyna SAF-32 Digital Air Fryer (3.7qt)
at Amazon. I've been thinking about getting one for months. And when I saw this one on sale for $65, I grabbed it. I'm not familiar with the brand, but it has a lot of good reviews.

I hope it's not too small. I'm wondering if I should have gotten the 5.8qt model.

Anyone have some good tips or recipes? Are there any accessories I should buy? I was thinking of getting some parchment papers to help with cleaning, but I was worried they might block the airflow.
TheBigDave is offline  
Old 07-15-18, 12:05 AM
  #2  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: North Cacalaca
Posts: 8,432
Re: Air Fryer Talk - Tips & Recipes

Originally Posted by TheBigDave View Post
So who's got an Air Fryer?

I just ordered the Cozyna SAF-32 Digital Air Fryer (3.7qt) at Amazon. I've been thinking about getting one for months.

I hope it's not too small. I'm wondering if I should have gotten the 5.8qt model.
The 3.7 qt. size is plenty big enough for cooking for two people. That's the size air fryer my wife bought me for Christmas a couple years ago, and we love it. If you like chicken wings, that's something easy and delicious you can start with. Just as tasty, and definitely healthier than deep fried wings. I use a tasty dry rub called Char Crust. They make a bunch of different flavors.
http://www.charcrust.com
clappj is offline  
Old 07-15-18, 12:30 AM
  #3  
Moderator
Thread Starter
 
TheBigDave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Florida
Posts: 10,667
Re: Air Fryer Talk - Tips & Recipes

Originally Posted by clappj View Post
If you like chicken wings, that's something easy and delicious you can start with. Just as tasty, and definitely healthier than deep fried wings. I use a tasty dry rub called Char Crust. They make a bunch of different flavors.
When you cook chicken wings, do you need to have a single layer in the pan? Or can they be piled on top of each other?

Looks like the Char Crust rubs are sold at my local Fresh Market. I'll check it out next time I'm there.
TheBigDave is offline  
Old 07-16-18, 12:09 PM
  #4  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
DaveNinja's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Sacramento (The City of a Beer)
Posts: 6,897
Re: Air Fryer Talk - Tips & Recipes

I got one about half a year ago and posted in the InstaPot thread. I havent used it in months but i think my kids still use it for little frozen pizzas and waffle fries
DaveNinja is offline  
Old 07-16-18, 12:55 PM
  #5  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Chicago
Posts: 1,212
Re: Air Fryer Talk - Tips & Recipes

Throw a package of chicken drumettes in there. You can pile them up. Cook for 30 mins, opening up and shaking the basket every 5 minutes. Put in a bowl with wing sauce and shake. Easy and delicious.
Phodg is offline  
Old 07-16-18, 02:24 PM
  #6  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: North Cacalaca
Posts: 8,432
Re: Air Fryer Talk - Tips & Recipes

Originally Posted by TheBigDave View Post
When you cook chicken wings, do you need to have a single layer in the pan? Or can they be piled on top of each other?
You can definitely stack them, just try pack them in tightly, and stir them around a couple times, like every 7-8 minutes. Total cooking time will be 20-25 minutes, depending on how large your wings are. Worth noting here that I'm referrring to fresh or defrosted chicken wings, and not frozen ones.
The whole key to the air fryer "technology" is the convection (a.k.a. moving super-heated air), so you want to make sure the air can circulate around the food as much as possible.
clappj is offline  
Old 07-16-18, 02:29 PM
  #7  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Rob V's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: On the lake
Posts: 10,457
Re: Air Fryer Talk - Tips & Recipes

So has anyone used this for "fried" shrimp or chicken breasts? I hate wings (blasphemy, I know). I can't bear to eat real deep fried food and like the OP, I've been eyeing one of these for months.
Rob V is offline  
Old 07-17-18, 01:42 PM
  #8  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Rob V's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: On the lake
Posts: 10,457
Re: Air Fryer Talk - Tips & Recipes

I just got one... $42 out the door... almost half off at Amazon today.
Rob V is offline  
Old 07-17-18, 03:08 PM
  #9  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: North Cacalaca
Posts: 8,432
Re: Air Fryer Talk - Tips & Recipes

Originally Posted by Rob V View Post
I just got one... $42 out the door... almost half off at Amazon today.
Which model?
clappj is offline  
Old 07-17-18, 04:02 PM
  #10  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
tasha99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: the North
Posts: 5,840
Re: Air Fryer Talk - Tips & Recipes

We need a Cooking Talk forum. I got one . . . and a sous vide . . . and a Chinese cookbook (don't forget actual books over $20 have a $5 off code PRIMEBOOKS18).

Not working on amazon prime day proved to be expensive.
tasha99 is offline  
Old 07-17-18, 04:54 PM
  #11  
Premium Member
 
The Cow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Grazing in a field somewhere...
Posts: 20,815
Re: Air Fryer Talk - Tips & Recipes

Did you folks get the Philips or the Chefman? The reviews on the Chefman are a bit spotty, but it's half the price.
The Cow is online now  
Old 07-17-18, 05:26 PM
  #12  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
tasha99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: the North
Posts: 5,840
Re: Air Fryer Talk - Tips & Recipes

For me, the Chefman showed up as shipping in 1-2 months, so I passed, despite the reviews looking pretty good.

I got a Philips 9621. There's also a 9220 (the one showing up for me as the primeday deal). Both are $99 on sale and I spent way too long trying to decide which was better. I went with my choice based on only 5% hating it vs 10%.

I have no idea if this is for me, but I've realized I need to simplify dinner on days I work late.
tasha99 is offline  
Old 07-17-18, 08:16 PM
  #13  
Premium Member
 
The Cow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Grazing in a field somewhere...
Posts: 20,815
Re: Air Fryer Talk - Tips & Recipes

Thanks! Yeah the shipping time does scare me a bit, might have to lean towards the Philips.
The Cow is online now  
Old 07-17-18, 10:46 PM
  #14  
Moderator
Thread Starter
 
TheBigDave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Florida
Posts: 10,667
Re: Air Fryer Talk - Tips & Recipes

Originally Posted by TheBigDave View Post
I just ordered the Cozyna SAF-32 Digital Air Fryer (3.7qt) at Amazon....

I hope it's not too small. I'm wondering if I should have gotten the 5.8qt model.
My air fryer arrived today. I broke it in with some potato wedges tossed with oil and seasoning. They turned out nice and crispy. Then I did a batch of fresh chicken wings. They were perfect, just like from a restaurant. So far, I'm really happy with it.

Regarding the size, it's smaller than I expected. The interior pan is about 7x7 inches. It'll handle an entree and side for 1 person (fish fillet or chicken breast with vegetables). But you can't cook a family meal in it. Perhaps a side dish for a family meal.

It won't fit a whole chicken, maybe a cornish hen. I was able to do a dozen wings, no problem. It could probably hold up to 20. I think it might fit 5 full size drumsticks, or a package of brats. But if you're cooking big chicken breasts or fish fillets, it'll probably only handle 2 at a time.
TheBigDave is offline  
Old 07-18-18, 07:27 AM
  #15  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Rob V's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: On the lake
Posts: 10,457
Re: Air Fryer Talk - Tips & Recipes

Originally Posted by clappj View Post
Which model?
Chefman 3.5L

Amazon Amazon

I never paid attention to the shipping length when I ordered... it's not a big deal to wait until September.
Rob V is offline  
Old 07-18-18, 09:41 AM
  #16  
DVD Talk Hero
 
davidh777's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Home of 2013 NFL champion Seahawks
Posts: 41,612
Re: Air Fryer Talk - Tips & Recipes

Originally Posted by tasha99 View Post
We need a Cooking Talk forum. I got one . . . and a sous vide . . . and a Chinese cookbook (don't forget actual books over $20 have a $5 off code PRIMEBOOKS18).

Not working on amazon prime day proved to be expensive.
We asked for a Food subforum but it got nowhere.
davidh777 is online now  
Old 07-18-18, 03:26 PM
  #17  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
IDrinkMolson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: DE
Posts: 3,832
Re: Air Fryer Talk - Tips & Recipes

I have the Char-Broil Big Easy for outside use. I don't like it. It takes a long time, especially when dealing with wind, and cold in the winter months.
The best thing I've done in there is wings, and I recommend doing them in single layer, but I have an insert to get 2 levels.
I much rather use my oil fryer. I have much better control and results with it. I've probably done close to 30 turkeys in there and everyone has come out great.
The first one I did in the air fryer was under cooked in a lot of spots even though my internal temp check showed otherwise.
IDrinkMolson is offline  
Old 07-21-18, 12:45 PM
  #18  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
tasha99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: the North
Posts: 5,840
Re: Air Fryer Talk - Tips & Recipes

Well, we will try a few more things, but last night we made a mix of pre-made convenience foods and vegetables, and I don't get the hype.

Pizza rolls---these are not as good as I remember (I remember them being greasier and more delicious in a these are so bad for you way). They came out no better in the air fryer than the oven, which we used to make a second batch. You can cook more in the oven at once.

Pot stickers-- coated in oil then airfried. Coated in more oil, and fried some more. These were weird and baked-like. Husband made more in a pan the traditional way. These are better deep fried, pan fried, or steamed.

Egg rolls-- pretty much same as a hot oven. Been years since I bought frozen egg rolls rather than making them, and this reminded me why. Yuck.

Fried fish (large fishstick type): Okay, these were a little better in the air fryer than they would be in the oven.

Potato chips-- Okay, kind of like baked Lays. I make homemade chips every year or two and they are much better fried. But these were lower fat, so that's sort of an advantage, though I think when you're bothering to thinly slice a ton of potatoes, it's better to go all out and fry them. I think buying a bag of chips makes more sense than using an air fryer.

Roasted Brussels sprouts-- better in the oven because you can do more at once. They did come out okay, though.

So . . . I think it's a waste. We'll try some recipes (wings etc) and of course, oven fries, but I'm thinking it's not worth the price and the large footprint in my kitchen. I have a deep fryer that I rarely use, and two ovens, one of which has a convection setting, so I'm thinking this isn't unique enough to add to the kitchen--I can use the oven on convection for nearly the same results, or deep fry for special occasions when we aren't going to worry about calories.
tasha99 is offline  
Old 08-16-18, 04:17 AM
  #19  
Moderator
Thread Starter
 
TheBigDave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Florida
Posts: 10,667
Re: Air Fryer Talk - Tips & Recipes

The air fryer does a great job of cooking sausage links. I just dump in a package of Johnsonville Brats or Italian Sausage. Cook for about 15-20 minutes at 360 degrees. They turn out perfect. A nice snap on the outside and juicy inside.

Next time I might toss some onion and pepper slices in oil and add them during the last 3-5 minutes.
TheBigDave is offline  
Old 08-19-18, 02:11 AM
  #20  
Moderator
Thread Starter
 
TheBigDave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Florida
Posts: 10,667
Re: Air Fryer Talk - Tips & Recipes

There's a great article in this weekend's Wall Street Journal about Air Fryers:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/could-t...ven-1534433926

If you get blocked by the paywall, you can read it here:

https://outline.com/https://www.wsj....ven-1534433926
TheBigDave is offline  
Old 12-11-18, 07:14 AM
  #21  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 7,574
Re: Air Fryer Talk - Tips & Recipes

I'm wrestling with getting one of these. I'm not interested the zillion things you can do with it, just one thing, cooking stuff that would normally be cooked in a deep fat fryer. Junk you pick up from frozen section of grocery store. French fries, onion rings, corn dogs, various kinds of breaded chicken, country fried steak.
I ditched home deep frying years ago and have used conventional oven since. Of course the stuff never comes out leaving you satisfied. I'm not looking for an alternative to deep frying, but a better alternative to conventional oven for foods intended to be deep fried.

For these specific types of food is it:
"Wow! Just like Sonic"
or
"Don't see the big deal"
rw2516 is offline  
Old 12-11-18, 07:36 AM
  #22  
DVD Talk Godfather
 
DVD Polizei's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 52,442
Re: Air Fryer Talk - Tips & Recipes

They seem to hold small amounts. Get the largest capacity, but it won't be cheap.

Also, try deep frying in coconut oil.
DVD Polizei is offline  
Old 12-11-18, 08:55 AM
  #23  
DVD Talk Hero
 
inri222's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Posts: 46,865
Re: Air Fryer Talk - Tips & Recipes

Originally Posted by rw2516 View Post
I'm wrestling with getting one of these. I'm not interested the zillion things you can do with it, just one thing, cooking stuff that would normally be cooked in a deep fat fryer. Junk you pick up from frozen section of grocery store. French fries, onion rings, corn dogs, various kinds of breaded chicken, country fried steak.
I ditched home deep frying years ago and have used conventional oven since. Of course the stuff never comes out leaving you satisfied. I'm not looking for an alternative to deep frying, but a better alternative to conventional oven for foods intended to be deep fried.

For these specific types of food is it:
"Wow! Just like Sonic"
or
"Don't see the big deal"
I got one about two months ago and love it. Throw some frozen Ore Ida tater tots with a bit of oil and in about 10-15 minutes they're done and taste as if they were deep fried.
I would recommend getting an oil spray bottle and use it to give whatever you're cooking a light coating.

inri222 is offline  
Old 12-26-18, 11:08 PM
  #24  
DVD Talk Legend
 
whotony's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: ^ Kristen Bell
Posts: 19,091
Re: Air Fryer Talk - Tips & Recipes

We got one for Christmas.
It’s a B&D toaster oven air fryer combo.

Still working out the ways to use it.
Did some sweet potatoe fries and they were a little burnt on one side and still soft on the other.
Moved them around on the tray but not enough I guess.
whotony is offline  
Old 12-27-18, 04:32 PM
  #25  
Banned
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Posts: 86
Re: Air Fryer Talk - Tips & Recipes

Tossed in small chicken breast at 360 for 18 min. Way to long. Little chewy but great flavor with just salt, pepper and garlic. Need shorter cook time

Last edited by Redeyejoker; 12-27-18 at 05:11 PM.
Redeyejoker is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.