It's not a new invention, but judging by my Insta feed, bloggers and foodies are acting like the air fryer just got invented; and I kind of want one now. Crispy air-baked carrot sticks are my (expensive) weakness so I thought I'd delve in a little to see if I absolutely NEED an air fryer. (Spoiler alert, I doubt anyone needs one, but they have some good perks).
If you like chips, sweet potato fries, crispy carrot sticks, those delicious bare apple snacks or healthier versions of donuts, you may find yourself wanting one, too! I took a look into a couple of different options, and I've collected 3 recipes that are great in the oven that I imagine would be phenomenal with the air fryer, too!
A) What is it? The air fryers are a little(ish) fryers that are plugged in, and involve easy prep and clean up to fry frozen foods or veggies; if you search online, the possibilities are endless. Also technically speaking they are tiny powerful ovens, but everyone calls them "fryers" so I'll use that term, too.
B) Why is it healthier? As you can tell by the name, it fried with air, like a super effective convection oven. A tiny bit of oil may be used to get more of a traditional fried look and taste, but it still uses way less oil than "regular" french fries and deep fried foods.
C) Are they worth it? As with most kitchen machinery and tools, there's a broad range of sizes and prices, but if you buy fried or air-crisped snacks on the reg, you'll save money and consume less oil. Recipes cook 3-5x's faster than in an oven, so it can save on time and energy too, though it's more time-consuming to clean than say, a baking tray in the oven. You'll save money though on all those packaged snacks, and trim your waistline if you regularly nosh on processed chips and oily snacks. If you're splurging on an air fryer though, you may want to consider a