Product review: Is an air fryer for you?

Product review: Is an air fryer for you?
Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

My Gourmia air fryer arrived in a big bulky box. Not especially heavy but larger than I expected.

I unpacked it to find a rather attractive black space capsule shaped appliance that I could see would take up a large amount of counter space or require a very tall cabinet to house it.

I had heard that the air fryer makes great fried chicken. So that's where I started. airfryerchicken

Since the air fryer uses next to no oil--the calorie count is much lower than deep frying. I got out the instruction book, that came with the fryer, figuring there'd be a lot of preparation and a learning curve before I could use it.

To my surprise, it was extremely easy. After soaking the chicken in buttermilk for a few hours, I dipped it in a mixture of flour and breadcrumbs, pre heated the air fryer put in the chicken and presto--a short time later--dinner. I threw in a zucchini to see what would happen. It turned out black on the outside (pictured above) not pretty, but it tasted fine.

The chicken, itself, was very good. It was moist and juicy with a nice flavor. It just didn't taste fried. It lacked the crunchiness and rich flavor of deep fried.

In my opinion, if I waned fried chicken, I would go for the higher calorie deep fried recipe and eat two pieces instead of three if I wanted to save calories.

I also had heard that the air fryer makes great sweet potato fries. Once again, I was disappointed. The fries turned out soft with a spongy texture. They tasted fine but more like baked potatoes than fried.

At this point I was relieved. I would not have to find counter space for this behemoth of an appliance.

But then I tried cauliflower. OMG, so good. And so easy.

Air fryer cauliflower. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Air fryer cauliflower. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

I was on a roll. The next night I threw in some mushrooms, same result. Then I tried fried green tomatoes--added some hush puppies (they can be made in the air fryer, too) along with a  po' boy sandwich and I was “Grinning like a possum eating a sweet potato.” And I'm not even from the south.

Fried green tomatoes. Photo: Carole Kuhrt Brewer

Fried green tomatoes. Photo: Carole Kuhrt Brewer

It seems the big guy had won my heart--not to mention, my stomach. I decided he could stay. Because he's a looker, I found a home for him on my black granite counter with a black & white checked backdrop.

He's look'n good.

I'm sure they'll be failures and successes along the way but with the simple  prep, easy clean up and lower calorie count, I'm in.

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