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Airfryers (revisited)

Posted by Dawn 
Airfryers (revisited)
June 20, 2017 10:12PM
As I mentioned in another post on Foodlover's non-foodie chat I have had passed on to me an Ikon Airfryer 10L and I would be interested to know if other's experiences of using them.

I've looked on Foodlover's forum and 3 years ago DK mentioned having just bought a Phillips Airfryer and raved about it. [forum.foodlovers.co.nz] Three years down the track are you still using it DK and how versatile have you found it? Anyone else?

I'm just interested and excited to try one - because I'm darned curious and didn't have to spend any money to satiate my curiosity (and possibly my appetite). hot smiley This one didn't have an instruction booklet as such, so I need to watch it's DVD to learn how to use it. Ha, wish me luck!!
Regards,
Dawn.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/20/2017 10:14PM by Dawn.
Re: Airfryers (revisited)
June 24, 2017 05:36PM
I am enjoying using the airfryer. Have made kumara chips and potato chips - brilliant and yummy. Also stuffed Portobello mushrooms which were absolutely delicious. May try some scones today. Great fun smiling bouncing smiley till the novelty wears off hah!
Regards,
Dawn.
DK
Re: Airfryers (revisited)
July 10, 2017 06:27PM
Sorry Dawn, have only just seen your post. Glad that you're enjoying your airfryer. Yes, I'm still loving mine and using it just as frequently as when I first got it. It's no longer a novelty gadget for me - it's now the workhorse in my kitchen. Don't you love the fact that you don't have to preheat it and it cooks really quickly?

I don't know the setup of the Ikon brand one but my one of my regular favourites in my airfryer is meatballs because you can pile them up in the basket and the superheated air roasts them perfectly, giving them a perfect crust without overcooking; you just have to shake them around the basket a couple of times during cooking.

I've also just started making roasted peas as a snack. I coat frozen peas in a bit of oil and some salt and garlic powder and then roast them in the basket until crunchy, tossing them a few times during roasting. I want to try making crunchy roasted broad beans with dried broad beans...just going to put soak some right now...

The most deadly thing that the airfryer cooks perfectly is pork crackling. My weakness is pork scratchings and, unfortunately for my calorie intake, they are too easy to make in the airfryer.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/10/2017 06:27PM by DK.
Re: Airfryers (revisited)
July 11, 2017 12:32AM
No worries DK - and good to read you are going great guns with your air fryer. Thanks for that! Neat idea with the frozen peas, and I like your meatball idea too and I will try that as well.

I agree the basket is wonderful. I have cooked sausages in the basket and they were beautiful. I did cook some bacon on the lower rack and it was reasonably successful, although it was not a fatty cut and I thought I'd dried the meaty part out a bit much. Chicken legs were fab cooked on the lower rack, although I'd even consider cooking them in the basket. Um, what else? Oh yes, I made sultana buttermilk scones - fabulous, but at the end of cooking time I did need to turn them over to brown their little bottoms, but turning them over was easy with a very wide spatula because they were still in one piece but cut as in 'pull-aparts'. Very successful. I have also cooked bigger cuts of kumara, potato and pumpkin which went well. I want to do a mixed stir fry of vegetables in the basket too.

The pork crackling - I can believe would be delicious and you shouldn't have told me that!! I do want to cook a roast in the air fryer one day and apparently you can cook a casserole in it's own dish in the air fryer so I may try that as well. Great fun!
Regards,
Dawn.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/11/2017 12:47AM by Dawn.
Re: Airfryers (revisited)
July 11, 2017 05:07PM
You two, Dawn and DK, are making what I thought of as a waste of space gimmick sound like a necessity! Damn!
Re: Airfryers (revisited)
July 11, 2017 05:37PM
Hah StephanieT, we are about to go on holiday for a couple of weeks and it's taking me all my time not to put it in the luggage! Probably the only reason I'm not going to be would be my husband!! He would say you don't want to cook on holiday. Hello? I would want to!! thumbs up smiley
Regards,
Dawn.
DK
Re: Airfryers (revisited)
July 13, 2017 06:38PM
Oh Dawn, that's hysterical because I take my airfryer when I housesit for people! I agree, there's something different about cooking while on holiday that makes it more enjoyable. I'm not a baker so I haven't baked much in my aifryer. I'd be keen to try making scones because mine always turn out flat. My original model Philips has quite a small surface cooking area so I would have to batch bake. My advice for anyone buying an airfryer would be to buy the largest capacity available. I know what you mean about the bacon but I think that'd happen with any 'dry' method of cooking meaty bacon because it's not sitting in fat or oil to keep it moist. Hope you have a lovely holiday.

StephanieT - the beauty of the airfryer is that it isn't a unitasker; you can do so much in it. I personally use it more than I do my big oven, but it is also a good complement to existing cooking appliances.

My broad bean snacks were very successful. I soaked the dried, peeled broad beans overnight, drained them and boiled them for 7 minutes (any longer and they soften and break down too much), drained them and tossed them with some garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt and vinegar salt, and a tiny bit of oil. I roasted them in two batches in the airfryer because it was a huge amount . I tossed them around halfway through cooking. Don't know how long I cooked them for because I checked on them after 10 minutes, then added some cooking time and checked on them while cooking. Maybe it was about 20 minutes total?

I've done this with canned chickpeas to make a really quick, easy, crunchy snack as well. I'm going to try unpeeled, dried broad beans to see how the skin responds to roasting.
Re: Airfryers (revisited)
July 14, 2017 04:11AM
DK, did you know you can get frozen broad beans? Very nice they are too! Watties, of course. Look in your supermarket freezer vege section. They come in small 550g bags.
DK
Re: Airfryers (revisited)
July 17, 2017 06:52AM
Thanks Lorna, yes, I buy the Talley's broad beans. I always have a bag of them in my freezer and absolutely love them. I don't think I've seen the Watties ones.

The reason I used dried broad beans for roasting was because I had a big bag of dried peeled broad beans and I've also got a big bag of dried unpeeled broad beans. The dried ones are also cheaper than the frozen ones so I thought if I was going to make roasted broad beans a staple snack, I'd try the cheaper version first! I will try roasting the frozen ones some time just to see what the flavour difference is.
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