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Chimayo Joe

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  1. The stores here don't carry Superfries, but I've had lots of fries that fit that description. It may not matter so much if the fries are being deep-fried, but for the air fryer the manufacturer needs to get the right amount of crisping agent on the fries and the right amount of oil in the fries.
  2. Yeah, just for easier clean up. I only use them for certain things.
  3. You probably already have the things I consider essential -- instant read thermometer, tongs for nonstick, spatula for nonstick. I use parchment paper that I fold and punch holes in to make liners, but you already have the silicone liners. I wouldn't want to be without some kind of liner.
  4. I've been buying McCain products since they've shown up in my local Safeway recently. I've had the Quick Cook Crinkle Cut fries, Quick Cook Straight Cut fries, Quick Cook Waffle fries, Crinkle Cut Sweet Potato fries, Craft Beer Battered Onion Rings, and Baby Cakes. That's everything my supermarket carries. I'd rate each at or near the top of its type except the Baby Cakes. Those are mini-hashbrowns. I put those in the tater tots category and don't like the texture or flavor of them much. They're not bad. I just prefer other products for that type of thing. I'm not a big fan of waffle fries, but I'd still rate McCain the best of those that I've had.
  5. I cooked some of those yesterday, not many more than it took to cover the tray. I cooked them just to the edge of being over-browned, and they crisped well enough. I like the flavor of those better than the Alexia crinkle cut.
  6. I haven't seen video of dehydrating food in that particular fryer, but I've seen it done in fryers that don't go that low in temperature with limited success. Haven't ever tried it with mine. i'm not seriously into dehydrating food and doubt that I ever would be, but someting like this would probably give me enough capacity.
  7. That's my thinking, too. Possibly useful but I'm not sure how useful. Chefman has a few windowed models, too. The dehydrate function of the Instant Vortex interests me more than a window does. Here's a video of the model you're considering. It's compared to a couple of other windowed fryers. I don't really like that youtuber's rating system because much of it seems irrelevant or trivial, but at least you can that fryer in action.
  8. Make sure to give them a good shake halfway through the cooking. The sweet potato fries I've cooked have been stickier than other fries and take a little more shaking to get them to move. Nah, I don't use the presets either.
  9. I think we're talking about the same type of design--a drawer with a removable tray(grill) that sits in the bottom of the drawer. I've had Alexia and McCain crinkle cut sweet potato fries in the air fryer. They get crispy, but the problem with those is that the edges of the crinkles have a tendency to get too browned, and over-browned sweet potato doesn't taste as good as over-browned white potato. I haven't gotten around to trying straight cut sweet potato fries in the air fryer yet. I'm hoping those will be easier to get right. FWIW, I like McCain crinkle cut sweet potato fries better than Alexia. Alexia crinkle cut have garlic & onion powder, too much for my taste. I don't think Alexia straight cut sweet potato fries have that.
  10. I have this one. https://www.target.com/p/chefman-5qt-air-fryer-black/-/A-83469603#lnk=sametab I had no experience with air fryers before buying mine a few months ago. I wanted one that had a square cooking area (more usable space for the size of the appliance), decent wattage for the capacity, dishwasher safe parts, and I decided the lift-out tray style might be easier to clean than the lift-out basket style. I use it much, much more than I thought I would. It works great. The only reason that might make me not buy the same one again is that it's 5 qt., and I wouldn't mind having a slightly larger one. I've been happy enough with the brand and style that I'd probably buy this one. https://chefman.com/collections/air-fryers-1/products/turbofry-touch-air-fryer-1
  11. One of my local Safeway stores sells wedges of Black Bomber. It's great.
  12. You might give this one a try. I haven't made it, but it's in a baking book that has never failed me, Fearless Baking by Elinor Klivans. https://books.google.com/books?id=HYbl2tfICE4C&pg=PT261&lpg=PT261&dq=klivans+"fearless+baking"+pineapple&source=bl&ots=rTBtetjhC6&sig=ACfU3U29cago5htFz5o0b8cWaVmls5euKg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjRg7uKx5_3AhWaJzQIHUmiBbQQ6AF6BAgjEAM#v=onepage&q=klivans "fearless baking" pineapple&f=false
  13. Smashburger used to be my favorite semi-fast food burger, but there's no longer a Smashburger locally, and it's been many years since I've had one. My usual order was a bacon cheeseburger and a chocolate shake. I liked their fries (and onion rings, too, as I recall), but I was usually trying to limit the calories a bit, and since I didn't want to pass up the shake (made with Haagen Dazs ice cream) I tended to skip the sides.
  14. Guga Foods has quite a bit of burger content on youtube.
  15. Hmmmm. Thanks for the warning, but I've had Ore-Ida Extra Crispy Fast Food Fries and Extra Crispy Crinkles and thought they were pretty good. Those didn't seem too heavily coated and didn't fall apart. Maybe whatever Ore-Ida uses doesn't work as well with tater tots? Ore-Ida makes something called Crispers (crinkle cut) which I've avoided because the photo on the package makes me think those would be too coated for me. Grown in Idaho went too far with the coating on their Super Crispy Crinkle Cut Fries, but so far that's been the only one I've tried that has had enough of that to bother me.
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