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  # 2276371 14-Jul-2019 16:12
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I have a cheap one.


It is awful. Nuggs are brown on the outside and still uncooked inside unless you seriously defrost them first.


Its much slower once going then the deep fryer, but has no appreciable heat up time so for a small single batch works out about the same time. But the deep fryer wins out with multiple lots going thru it faster. Or you can power on the deep fryer between games or in ads or whatever at one time, and then after the game or next ad's go use it.


Everything will stick together unless you constantly open it and move them so the soggy touching each other parts are moved out into the open so they also dry out. Prevents doing other things while its cooking.


Everything cooks unevenly because the air is blocked by other things, Again have to keep opening it and moving things around.


The non stick on the cheap one is that useless non stick that doesnt work, and all the holding together metal is just chromed steal so rusts.


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  # 2276380 14-Jul-2019 16:36
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I've got a airfryer and one thing I can tell you is that it's a waste of money.


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  # 2276741 15-Jul-2019 09:31
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I've got a airfryer and one thing I can tell you is that it's a waste of money.



I'm not a lobbyist for the TAC (Transnational Airfryer Conglomerate), but I'd suggest this isn't a particularly useful comment without more information - it's kinda like saying "I've got a waster blaster and one thing I can tell you is that it's a waste of money". 


Like what model you have, what you use it for, what you expected it to do, and how well it works would help the OP understand why you think it's a waste of money, as your reasoning may or may not apply to his situation etc. 


I've dug up that older thread on air fryers from Jan 2015 and, interestingly, it was started by the OP!


Will we be having the same discussion in another 4.5 years?!



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  # 2276760 15-Jul-2019 09:40
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It seems to me that its a baking machine, and while you can spray oil does it matter if you don't?

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  # 2276766 15-Jul-2019 09:46
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IIRC all the recipes etc do use some oil if you're 'frying' - there's no point using huge amounts of oil if you're doing, say, chips, as it will just flow to the bottom and do SFA. For those just use enough to coat the potatoes lightly. 


Our air fryer does shoe-string fries brilliantly (just have to watch them going too crisp), and the amount added by McCain's etc is perfectly ample. Hash browns work well, too - I put them in a toast rack.


But, yeah, they can operate as a standard oven as well - the cooking space isn't huge, but we've bought a cake tin that fits in it. I made a self-saucing pudding in it the other day that was fine - not as good as in the oven, mind you. 

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  # 2276769 15-Jul-2019 09:59
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We have one, it's a fancy model can't recall it as I am at work. We think it's OK, does some things better than the oven, like chips, nuggets etc. I am going to try some buttermilk fried chicken next weekend with waffles, so I can report back how it went.


Never tried pork belly, will try. We don't use it heaps, and it's huge, so I am unsure if we will actually keep it too much longer. Got it second hand off trademe for like $80 and it's RRP was $450.


It's healthier if not healty.

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