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chicken thighs tossed with smoked paprika, onion powder and garlic salt. Into the air fryer at 380°F for 20 minutes. I flipped them after 10 minutes. These were very small thighs and I think I could have cut a few minutes off the time. 

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Carrots tossed in olive oil, sesame oil, soy sauce and then roasted in the air fryer at 350°F for 18 minutes. 

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@Anna NI used your time/temp/pan recommendations for some Johnsonville bratwurst last night in the Cosori. They were perfect! I’ve done them many times before, but never at that low a temperature, and not in a pan. Loved the easy cleanup (no dishwasher here).

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Chicken Kiev (frozen, store-bought) 360°F for 18 minutes.   Works every time.  Also  posted In breakfast thread. 

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Not everything works in the air fryer! Forget broccoli — the texture is horrible. 

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Not everything works in the air fryer! Forget broccoli — the texture is horrible. 

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My sister is off cycling around Europe so I borrowed her Cosori air fryer.  If I really, really, really like it I will buy my own, make to be determined, but meanwhile, it's nice to be able to practice.  So far, I did up some chicken thighs, nice crispy skin but a tad overcooked.  Sweet potato fries, from frozen.  Fail.  A few were crispy, the rest a soggy mess.  A grilled cheese sandwich.  This one surprised me.  It was as about the same color coming out as when it went in.  I wasn't going to eat it but decided to run it under the broiler for some colour.  I may never eat a grilled cheese sandwich cooked any other way again.  Delicious .  Tonight I am going to cut some potatoes in small cubes and cook them up.  We'll rinsed, with a bit of oil and a very light sprinkling of  Dutch potato spice.  We are having smoked beef hash for supper and I thought I would do the potatoes this way and then mix them in with the rest of the stuff.

 

A couple of questions:  which air fryer do you have and would you get the same one again?  Do you use it as much as you thought you would?

 

I'm wary of buying another appliance.  I have a few expensive things that I rarely use and don't want to do that again.  Any and all suggestions are welcome.

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I have a Cosori and I would definitely buy it again. As far as appliances go it was not terribly expensive. As I recall it was quite a bit less than $200 although I don’t know what they are now. 
I use it a lot but that is partly dictated by some handicaps that make other methods of cooking challenging. 

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The Cosori I am using is really smaller one.  Tonight's spuds, while nice and brown, were not crispy.  I soaked them in water, dried them and tossed them in a touch of oil -a teaspoon maybe.  Cooked them using the root vegetable setting and shook them a few times while they were cooking.  They were Yukon Golds.  I don't think I'd repeat the exercise unless someone points me to a better way of doing them.

 

@Anna N Any suggestions for what I should try next?

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To me, frozen foods tends to work best (fries vs potataoes) - I have the Instant (Pot) Vortex - pleased with its size and price - "oven" types not reccomended

 

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9 hours ago, ElsieD said:

 

A couple of questions:  which air fryer do you have and would you get the same one again?  Do you use it as much as you thought you would?

 


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

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3 hours ago, Chimayo Joe said:

I decided the lift-out tray style might be easier to clean than the lift-out basket style.

 

My first air fryer was that type - after having it fall apart on to the floor I migrated to the type where the basket does not separate from the tray The tray is the basket - it has a removable grill in the bottom to catch grease and allow air circulation

 

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10 hours ago, ElsieD said:

 

@Anna N Any suggestions for what I should try next?

I would say my greatest success would be cooking Johnsonville brats!  So fast and so mess free. 

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18 minutes ago, weinoo said:

 

I don't think sweet potato fries are ever crispy. (nor ever any good, but that's just a personal thing).

 

 

 

I have had SP fries with a crispy coating of some sort.

With enough salt and black pepper SP fries are OK to me...never great though.

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2 hours ago, palo said:

My first air fryer was that type - after having it fall apart on to the floor I migrated to the type where the basket does not separate from the tray The tray is the basket - it has a removable grill in the bottom to catch grease and allow air circulation

 

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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.

 

1 hour ago, weinoo said:

 

I don't think sweet potato fries are ever crispy. (nor ever any good, but that's just a personal thing).

 

 

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.

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18 minutes ago, Chimayo Joe said:

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.

 

The sweet potatoes I tried were Alexia straight cut.  I have a few left, barely enough to cover the bottom of the tray.  I'll do those up to see if part of my problem was quantity.

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We did up some chicken wings from Costco, brand name Le Cage that we were happy with.  I want to get some fresh ones and see how those turn out.  Do any of you use the pre-sets?  I asked my sister about that and she says she never uses them.

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The sweet potatoes I tried were Alexia straight cut.  I have a few left, barely enough to cover the bottom of the tray.  I'll do those up to see if part of my problem was quantity.

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.

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16 minutes ago, Chimayo Joe said:

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.

 

Thanks.  I did shake them several times and as they warmed they were sticking togethe.  I tried to separate them a bit but they did not want to cooperate.

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I also have a Cosori. I don’t use it a great deal, and I do begrudge the counter space it takes up.

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3 hours ago, ElsieD said:

Do any of you use the pre-sets? 

I was about to answer and say that there were no presets on mine! That gives you an idea of how often I use them. I have had lovely roasted potatoes from my air fryer. It is theb larger one so perhaps that is the difference. I have also done them in a small non-stick pan which fits into the air fryer and that seems to work really well. I consider crispy sweet potato fries a figment of somebody’s imagination. 
I buy PC brand Chicken Kiev and find that 380°F for 18 minutes to work perfectly every time. One of those and a side salad makes a fine meal for me. 
I also happen to think that the air fryer is the easiest way ever to guarantee perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs. 

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1 hour ago, kayb said:

I also have a Cosori. I don’t use it a great deal, and I do begrudge the counter space it takes up.

They do not fit into everyone’s lifestyle. I know that for certain because when I was much more capable of taking advantage of many meal preparation options I gave mine away. Now that I am much more challenged physically I think it’s the bee’s knees and the cat’s meow. 

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18 hours ago, ElsieD said:

A couple of questions:  which air fryer do you have and would you get the same one again?  Do you use it as much as you thought you would?

 

I have a Holsem air fryer that I bought several years ago during an Amazon Prime sale. (It's this one (eG-friendly Amazon.com link), for those curious.) I don't use it much, partly because I have to haul it out of storage (it hasn't earned a permanent spot on the counter) and partly because of its design. It has the round basket that nests inside, and supposedly latches to, the bottom tray. As a couple of people have discussed above, the basket sometimes drops the tray when I'm pulling stuff out to shake it. I also find the round configuration to be inconvenient for most of my uses: too small a diameter, too tall; stuff needs frequent turning.

 

If I were to buy another air fryer I'd go with one more oven-shaped, but I'm not sure this does anything that the CSO or BSOA couldn't do at least as well for my uses. I know a convection oven isn't the same as an air fryer, but I haven't become convinced that an air fryer is useful for my cookery. YMMV.

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39 minutes ago, Smithy said:

I know a convection oven isn't the same as an air fryer, but I haven't become convinced that an air fryer is useful for my cookery. YMMV.

I agree with this sentiment. My Cadco 1/4 sheet oven provides an "approximate experience" to an air fryer, based on my limited experience with one (borrowed my sister's). And, of course, there is no comparison in capacity. Or in counter space consumed 😄

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