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Combo air fryers/toaster ovens
« on: February 06, 2020, 08:14:48 AM »

Anyone have one of these?

I originally thought air frying was a bunch of bunk, but several coworkers report really good results with their air fryers, so I thought I'd give one a try as part of a toaster oven.
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Re: Combo air fryers/toaster ovens
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2020, 08:57:13 AM »

I was at a friend's house the other day and noticed one on their counter, a Ninja air fryer/oven/pressurecooker/etc. These friends are are gourmets, and they told me they now cook nearly everything in it, but I have no first hand experience with one.
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Re: Combo air fryers/toaster ovens
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2020, 09:15:18 AM »

There's one being hyped on TV a lot by "Emeril" that looks like it has enough capacity to make a meal for more than one person, but it's a pretty damn big unit for most kitchen counter tops. And like most toaster ovens, nearly the entire exterior gets HOT when it's in use.

Otherwise, I guess it depends on what kind of food you like.
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Re: Combo air fryers/toaster ovens
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2020, 09:23:33 AM »

We've been using an air fryer for a long time, probably a couple of years.  It's much lower fat than deep-frying or pan-frying.  It's awesome for reheating things that don't normally reheat very well like pizza or fries because it keeps them crisp, whereas a microwave just makes pizza a chewy gob.  We use it for everything from brats to tempura.  The one we've got is a PIA to clean though, that's my only complaint.
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Re: Combo air fryers/toaster ovens
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2020, 11:05:42 AM »

I've got those two appliances in separate units, and like them both.  My wife uses the toaster all the time for various things, and I'll use it for small bake jobs. (pot pies and the like)

We got the airfryer more recently, and really like it.  Cooks frozen stuff very well, makes awesome wings, good veggies, like was said above brats are pretty good.  I pretty much only charcoal grill and air fry at home now.  I fire up the stovetop maybe once a week when I'm at home.

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Re: Combo air fryers/toaster ovens
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2020, 11:08:09 AM »

So what does an air fryer combo do differently than a toaster/convection combo? I've never looked into them, but maybe I've got some room on the counter...
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Re: Combo air fryers/toaster ovens
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2020, 12:07:38 PM »

"So what does an air fryer combo do differently than a toaster/convection combo?"

Not 100% sure, but the impression I get is that an air fryer toaster oven moves a LOT more air than a standard convection toaster oven.
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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2020, 01:33:51 PM »

I like my air fryer. Pull some cod and fries out of the freezer and have them done by the dtim eep fryer would be hot enough to start cooking.
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Re: Combo air fryers/toaster ovens
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2020, 07:45:09 AM »

I'm rethinking the Cuisinart. A small, but troubling, number of users have said that their units have melted the knobs when in use.

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« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2020, 12:13:22 PM »

That just means it's got More Power
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Re: Combo air fryers/toaster ovens
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2020, 01:03:33 PM »

"Air Fryer" = fancy name for mini convection oven.

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Re: Combo air fryers/toaster ovens
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2020, 01:14:44 PM »

Here's a buying challenge: get one that's NOT made in China.
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Re: Combo air fryers/toaster ovens
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2020, 01:31:57 PM »

Not quite that simple. As I noted before, air fryer ovens move more air at a higher velocity.
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Re: Combo air fryers/toaster ovens
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2020, 01:33:27 PM »

Here's a buying challenge: get one that's NOT made in China.

Why? Worried that your Corona Virus Combo might not cook through?
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Re: Combo air fryers/toaster ovens
« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2020, 12:43:28 PM »

Here's a buying challenge: get one that's NOT made in China.

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Re: Combo air fryers/toaster ovens
« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2020, 01:18:55 PM »

I'm rethinking the Cuisinart. A small, but troubling, number of users have said that their units have melted the knobs when in use.



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Re: Combo air fryers/toaster ovens
« Reply #17 on: February 09, 2020, 08:39:52 AM »

Prius or Priui catch fire too, but people still drive them.

But I don't. I'm not particularly a fan of the "toasting marshmallows" optional package.
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Re: Combo air fryers/toaster ovens
« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2020, 09:31:11 AM »

Finally made a decision and ordered the thing.

This is what I ended up with, a Hamilton Beach.

It gets good ratings (only 18 at Amazon) but other places it also gets good ratings. It should come tomorrow.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VC3M4JQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Re: Combo air fryers/toaster ovens
« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2020, 07:53:28 AM »

Ran the air fryer for the first time last night.

Made sweet potato wedges and chicken tenders.

The wedges didn't really come out crispy, so I need to mess with the settings, apparently.

The chicken was very nicely done, but I think next time I'm going to spray the breaded chicken with a little oil so that it crisps a bit more.

I want to pick up a bag of either tater tots or french fries to do some experimentation, as I think it's going to take a while to dial this in to where I can really get the results that I'm hoping to get.


The unit itself is nice, but large. For the time being I'm putting it on the stove top when I use it because I still haven't figured out quite it will live. It's a bit too high to go on a kitchen counter (worried about scorching the cabinets) during a long cook, and I have a galley kitchen, so space is kind of limited. Hence the stove top for now.
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Re: Combo air fryers/toaster ovens
« Reply #20 on: February 18, 2020, 09:15:31 PM »

My dad puts oil on everything he cooks in his or mine when he is here. My frozen battered cod and the skinny best choice fries I do come out great without oil but you have to get the fish 3/4 done before adding the fries or they burn up.
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Re: Combo air fryers/toaster ovens
« Reply #21 on: June 23, 2020, 08:09:26 AM »

Thought I'd revisit this now that I've had a bunch of time with it.

Let's just say that... it's freaking brilliant!

I've made TONS of stuff in it, and everything I've done with it has turned out well.

The air fryer feature does a great job on prepackaged french fries, tater tots, and the like. I did fried shrimp a few months ago and they turned out really nicely.

The real surprise, though? Air fried baked potatoes. Crispy skin, light, fluffy interior, and not waterlogged/steamed as if you were to do them in the microwave.

All in all, it's turning out to be one of the best kitchen purchases I've ever made.
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« Reply #22 on: June 23, 2020, 12:15:05 PM »

If you like mashed potatoes air fry then peel and mash. The flavor doesn't get lost in the water.
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« Reply #23 on: June 24, 2020, 07:46:26 AM »

Yep, I figured mashed would be superior, too.

In the past I've steamed potatoes for mashed potatoes. That method of cooking also gives superior results because you don't end up with waterlogged potatoes.
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Re: Combo air fryers/toaster ovens
« Reply #24 on: June 24, 2020, 09:50:52 AM »

Welcome to the club. We have one of these.

https://www.target.com/p/the-ninja-foodi-digital-air-fry-oven-with-convection-flip-up-and-away-to-store-sp101/-/A-54637571

It does about 80% of our cooking now. Everything from home made fries done with peanut oil, to hotdogs that look and taste like they just came off of a gas grill. The things are awesome. I'm going to have to try the mashed and baked potatoes next. A buddy of mine swears by his for steaks too. He sears them in a pan, then into the air fryer to cook. He says they come out perfect every time.