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#1 Rose0426  OFFLINE  

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Posted Nov 8, 2018 - 4:00 pm

Thinking about picking up the Gourmia 6 qt air fryer from Best Buy. Anyone have an air fryer? Pros or cons, likes or dislikes.

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Posted Nov 8, 2018 - 4:04 pm

I don't personally have one, but my mom and sister both have one and love it!



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Posted Nov 8, 2018 - 5:58 pm

My sister swears by hers, but I don't get it.  Sounds like a convection oven to me.



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Posted Nov 8, 2018 - 6:07 pm

I got the power air fryer xl 5.3 qt from sams club that is normally $99 (I think it is 69 this weekend),   My wife hated the deep fryer and would always complain about it.  With the air fryer it is not quite as tasty and crisp as deep oil fry, but it is more crisp and tastes better than baking in over which my oven is a convection oven.


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Posted Nov 8, 2018 - 7:40 pm

We have had one for a few weeks and cooked all kinds of things. It is much like a convection oven, but heats up in 1/10 the time. Things are generally very crispy and healthier than deep fryer.

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Posted Nov 8, 2018 - 8:18 pm

We really like ours (got it on Black Friday last year Kohl's online). Great for crispy french fries, pizza rolls, grilled cheese sandwiches, grilled chicken, reheating pizza...ooh and newly discovered bacon wrapped tator tots topped with cheese and green onions. I like that it's quicker than using my oven.

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Posted Nov 8, 2018 - 8:38 pm

it also does not heat up whole house or take as long as oven, forgot to mention that part.


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Posted Nov 8, 2018 - 9:13 pm

Love my air fryer. I’m seriously considering upgrading to a larger one this BF. I mainly do fries, fish sticks and chicken nuggets/tenders in mine and they turn out well. Maybe not quite as crispy as a good deep oil fry but I don’t care. I hate the smell of fried food lingering in my house and then there’s the hassle of disposing of the old oil. Mine cleans up easily as well.

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Posted Nov 8, 2018 - 9:33 pm

Can you do things like homemade fried fish (dipped in a wet batter) in this?

I hate the hassle of using a deep fryer, but there are a few things like fried fish and zucchini that my family loves... I would make it more than a couple times a year if something like this worked well.

It seems like most of the reviews I read talk about reheating already cooked frozen items, not items from scratch.

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Posted Nov 8, 2018 - 10:20 pm

Can you do things like homemade fried fish (dipped in a wet batter) in this?

I hate the hassle of using a deep fryer, but there are a few things like fried fish and zucchini that my family loves... I would make it more than a couple times a year if something like this worked well.

It seems like most of the reviews I read talk about reheating already cooked frozen items, not items from scratch.

I think the batter would fall off of the fish before it had time to set. Breaded items (I've tried chicken) spritzed with a bit of oil would work.

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Posted Nov 9, 2018 - 2:22 am

Great for...grilled cheese sandwiches...

 

I CANNOT allow you to do this.  Butter both side and GRILL until golden brown.  Those are the rules.

 

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Posted Nov 9, 2018 - 3:36 am

I have the nuwave air fryer and I love it. No need to defrost items. Fried chicken whether breaded or naked come out awesome and taste good.

 

I've made fish, chicken, shrimp, meatballs and steak in mine. The family loves it, so I would recommend getting yourself one.



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Posted Nov 9, 2018 - 9:26 am

I have this one - we got it on a really good deal from Costco, it was under $60 a few weeks ago.  We love it!!!  I use my air fryer more than my microwave.  I got a small one last year on BF off Amazon, just to see if we would use it.  We decided we need a bigger one, even though we are two people, you need room for the food to be able to cook evenly.  

 

Don't hesitate on this one - it's really nice.


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Posted Nov 9, 2018 - 9:38 am

I am SO glad to be reading all the positive reviews - as my mom is giving us one for Christmas! :) It's just hubby and I at home now and setting up a deep-fryer seems futile - so I think this will be a great alternative (and a healthier one, too) for the 2 of us. :)



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Posted Nov 9, 2018 - 9:42 am

I think we are going to pick one up on BF also. Been thinking about it for over a year.



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Posted Nov 9, 2018 - 10:15 am

I CANNOT allow you to do this. Butter both side and GRILL until golden brown. Those are the rules.

:wife:

LOL I'm a rule breaker.
Crispy and buttery on the outside and ooey gooey cheesy on the inside.
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Posted Nov 9, 2018 - 10:23 am

I have 2 on my counter.  I started with a 3.6 (or there about) qt, decided that wasn't quite big enough so bought a 5.6.  I use them all the time. They are like a convection oven, in that they are cooking with hot air. But the shape allows the air to flow around the food (or something like that).  I "fry" chicken legs in it and they are better than my actual fried chicken legs. But I tend to overcook chicken legs because I'm so paranoid I won't get them done.  I do french fries, tator tots, fish sticks, any of those frozen convenience foods.  I've done a whole turkey breast (see picture), that came out awesome. But my favorite thing to cook in it is steak. Yes, steak. I do add about 3 minutes to the preset, because the preset is not quite done enough for me. d6d6e77d-494e-4a4f-8994-e70aa9181906-ori

 

The trick to crispy is, you DO still need to use oil. Just spray coat what you're cooking though, it's not like dropping it in a vat of hot oil. And the excess will drip off, so it's still healthier than real frying, if that's your goal.



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Posted Nov 9, 2018 - 11:09 am

I love doing steak in my air fryer.

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Posted Nov 9, 2018 - 11:17 am

Dang it guys, I DO NOT have room for another kitchen appliance!

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Posted Nov 9, 2018 - 12:57 pm

Dang it guys, I DO NOT have room for another kitchen appliance!


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Posted Nov 9, 2018 - 2:41 pm

I CANNOT allow you to do this.  Butter both side and GRILL until golden brown.  Those are the rules.

 

:wife:

Yeah, that is forbidden.


I ordered the $30 one from Best Buy.



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Posted Nov 9, 2018 - 2:58 pm

Love my air fryer! It’s definitely worth it!

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Posted Nov 9, 2018 - 3:17 pm

I like mine. I hate to say this but mozzarella sticks are the best!!! Lol it took me about three tries to get pork chops right but I love it. Quick clean up

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Posted Nov 9, 2018 - 5:20 pm

I too love mine and use it often. Might get a bigger one ( they have a oven one now ) 



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Posted Nov 9, 2018 - 6:21 pm

LOL I'm a rule breaker.
Crispy and buttery on the outside and ooey gooey cheesy on the inside.
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It does look good!



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Posted Nov 9, 2018 - 7:11 pm

I think I am going to buy one and try it out. We are trying to eat healthy but miss fried foods so much!

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Posted Nov 9, 2018 - 8:35 pm

LOL I'm a rule breaker.
Crispy and buttery on the outside and ooey gooey cheesy on the inside.
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That does look like it turned out really well!


I like mine. I hate to say this but mozzarella sticks are the best!!! Lol it took me about three tries to get pork chops right but I love it. Quick clean up

 

Yes!  Not a single one started oozing out and loosing the cheese. They were crispy and fully melted through!



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Posted Nov 10, 2018 - 12:17 am

seems like the consensus is  :g_thumpsu

 

can all the fanboys submit favorite make/model?  Op, can you tally these as an  update to the first post?  thanks all!



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Posted Nov 10, 2018 - 8:34 am

Thanks all. I did go ahead and order the Gourmia 6 qt from Best Buy for 49.99. Can't wait to try it.



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Posted Nov 10, 2018 - 9:13 am

seems like the consensus is  :g_thumpsu

 

can all the fanboys submit favorite make/model?  Op, can you tally these as an  update to the first post?  thanks all!

Mine are both Cook's Essentials, from QVC. I can't speak to any of the other brands.






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