I got a new toy and I couldn’t be any happier about it. Now, to be honest, I wasn’t sure that I’d get any use out of an Airfryer but a family member recommended getting one so I said what the heck and found a family-sized Air Fryer 2 quart Oven on Amazon for a price that I thought was fair while keeping in mind I didn’t want to go overboard price-wise in case it ended up sitting unused in my cabinet. It hasn’t.
The very first thing I tried to make in it was some baked potatoes. I love them for lunch and because I live alone I hate heating up my kitchen with a hot oven in the summer for baked potatoes. I never will again. I couldn’t find anything in the pamphlet that came with it to see if I could make baked potatoes but it did have a french fry emblem on it so I knew it was possible to cook potatoes.
First try: I jabbed my baked potatoes with a fork on each side, I rolled in olive oil and then sprinkled with salt and pepper. I was envisioning crispy potato skins and tender baked potatoes. And boy howdy, that’s exactly what I got. My Airfryer has a 30-minute timer on it and it goes up to 400 degrees. I selected both of these and while it was crispy and tender, I thought it could go another 10 minutes so I reset it for that when the 30 minutes were up. They were perfect. Absolutely melt in your mouth perfect.
After getting the baked potatoes right, I started experimenting with other foods I like for lunch, such as bacon for BLT’s. The first time I cooked bacon, I even made some BLT baked potatoes. After the potatoes cooked the full 30 minutes at 400 degrees, I added my bacon, just thrown on top of the potatoes, for 10 minutes on 400 degrees. The bacon was crisp on both sides and absolutely perfect.
I peeked in after 1 minute to make sure I wasn’t cooking the bacon too high. I wasn’t.
While the bacon was cooking in the potatoes for 10 minutes, I cut up my lettuce and tomatoes and had sour cream ready to plop on top.
I continue to be amazed by my new Airfryer and I can’t wait to create more recipes with it to share. The best part of all is that I can create full meals in it without ever having to turn my oven on during the hot summer months. Happy eating.