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What do you cook in your airfryer?

edited 10 September 2019 at 11:33AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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edited 10 September 2019 at 11:33AM in Old Style MoneySaving
I bought an airfryer. It arrived yesterday and to be honrst it looks a bit scary. I am going to get a cookbook but in the meantime has anyone got any tried and tested recipes and tips?

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  • FarwayFarway Forumite
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    I have an Actifry, which may not be same as you have as it has a stirring paddle


    Chips and sausages are my limit to date
  • PollyWollyDoodlePollyWollyDoodle Forumite
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    Do you mean an Actifry, or a halogen oven type of thing?

    I use an Actifry - brilliant for chips, sausages or chicken. I understand you can make risotto in it but I haven't tried yet.
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  • YorksLassYorksLass Forumite
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    I bought one earlier this year for two reasons:
    1) There are only the two of us and it saves putting the big oven on, so it saves on the leccy :D
    2) Trying not to eat too much fried stuff ;)

    I haven't used it much over the summer due to hot weather and holidays but I can see it will be pressed into use again soon as it seems to be cooling down as we approach autumn.

    From memory, I've used it to cook frozen stuff (eg breaded fish fillets, fish fingers, scampi, chips, potato croquettes etc); jacket potatoes; to heat up ready-cooked things like pasties and part-baked mini baguettes; bacon and sausages; breaded mozzarella sticks and arancini.

    Tips:
    • Any food that can be cooked in a conventional oven or a microwave can be cooked in an air fryer (yes, even desserts).
    • To give food a crispy texture, spray or rub cooking oil over the ingredients before placing them in the basket.
    • Smaller ingredients will generally take less time to cook than larger ones.
    • Shake contents halfway through the cooking time to ensure they cook evenly.
    • If you're not sure something is cooked or not, don't be afraid to pull out the pan to take a look. If it isn't, you can always put it back in for a bit longer. It's trial and error at first. :cool:
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    I have heard differing opinions about these gadgets. Some love them; personally I don't find dry, hard oven chips even vaguely tempting so would rather have triple-fried twice a year (max) as a treat.
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  • happydays89happydays89 Forumite
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    I have a power air fryer,anything that we used to put in the oven we now put in the air fryer.

    Bake in the oven rolls
    Ready meals that can’t be done in the micro (if it has a plastic tray I transfer it into a dish or metal one.
    Any meat
    Reheat pies and sausage rolls
    Oven chips
    Salmon
    The temperature and minutes are very controllable
    We rarely use the oven now.

    There great if you live on your own,it saves a fortune on electric, no preheating the oven or the fan running for ages after you have turned the oven off.
  • SayschezzaSayschezza Forumite
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    I have an Actifry with a paddle. Can I take the paddle out to do things mentioned above
  • PollyWollyDoodlePollyWollyDoodle Forumite
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    Yes, you can use it without the paddle. I cook sausages or chicken with the paddle in but breaded fish is better without the paddle, just turn it over halfway through. I think happydays is possibly referring to a halogen oven?
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  • happydays89happydays89 Forumite
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    Yes, you can use it without the paddle. I cook sausages or chicken with the paddle in but breaded fish is better without the paddle, just turn it over halfway through. I think happydays is possibly referring to a halogen oven?

    Hi,it’s an air fryer we have not a halagen.If you google high street tv you can watch a video of how it works,they are also a shopping channel on the tv.They have just started showing a new air fryer which looks amazing.

    We are a very busy household with family in and out at different times.Its used about five to six times a day.
    Food tastes much nicer than microwaving,it’s one gadget that hasn’t been used a couple of times then sits in a cupboard for years.
    It has saved us a small fortune on electric and time.

    I don’t normally take out an extended warranty but as it was only £9.99 was three years coverI didn’t think that was too bad.
  • PollyWollyDoodlePollyWollyDoodle Forumite
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    Thanks happydays, I am still not sure if an Actifry and an air fryer are the same thing. The Actifry that I have only has one temperature, you can’t vary it. Still very useful though and I might try some of the things you’ve mentioned above.
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  • SayschezzaSayschezza Forumite
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    Thanks PWD. I will give it a try. Mine only has one temperature so limited use I expect but I still love it.
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