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1 hour ago, palo said:

High fan speed would probably conducive to dehydrating, all you have to be concerned about is a low temp (95 - 160F) those baskets Chimayo Joe referenced up thread will fit the Instant Vortex and give you about 192 square inches of drying space

 

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It’s all those little pieces of dried fruit being blown about that gives me the heebie-jeebies. 

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1 hour ago, ElsieD said:

 

It seems to me that high fan speed would not be conducive to dehydrating anything that is light as whatever one is trying to hydrate would blow all over the inside of the machine, although that would probably not matter for say, beef jerky.

Sorry, Elsie I didn’t read this before I posted a similar comment. 

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Over here @Dejahshows us yet another take on an air fryer oven. Quite interesting. 

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4 hours ago, Anna N said:

It’s all those little pieces of dried fruit being blown about that gives me the heebie-jeebies. 

 

I called the Instant people earlier today.  When I asked if the fan speed was reduced on dehydrate mode he said no.  So, if I put a flower petal in there, the fan would not move it, I asked.  That's right, he said.  To make a long story short, I still don't know what happens to the air speed on that setting.  He kept assuring me that whatever was in the fryer "would not blow up".  Huh?

 

I ended up ordering the Instant Vortex with the window and odor filter.  My decision came down to the Instant or the Cosori and the Instant won by a hair.

 

I did do frozen fries last night at 400F for the recommended 15 minutes but they weren't all crispy so I gave them another 5.  Still some not so crispy ones but better.  I think my basket was too full.  Doing plain chicken wings ronight.  

 

 

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9 minutes ago, ElsieD said:

I did do frozen fries last night at 400F for the recommended 15 minutes but they weren't all crispy so I gave them another 5.  Still some not so crispy ones but better.  I think my basket was too full.  Doing plain chicken wings ronight.  

I spent my afternoon watching videos about the ninja air fryer oven that @Dejahjust bought. I was astounded to note that the one thing it did not do well was frozen french fries! This is a very different appliance. I was quite fascinated.

Will be interested to see how your chicken wings turn out.  

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One of the biggest mistakes people make when using an air fryer is overfilling - forget all the pictures showing the basket chock filled with fries or whatever - want to allow for air circulation - even shaking halfway through won't properly cook a full basket.

 

@ElsieD - I would take the Instant guy's assurances with a grain of salt - I tried grilled cheese last night in the AF and checked online for time and temp - three different sites all suggested using toothpicks to anchor the bread if it was thin so it wouldn't blow off - I did a little experiment I have the Vortex - I placed 2 pill bottle caps (2 inch) on a rack to simulate almost dry apple slices - chose dehydrate @135F - the fan came on at a very low speed and I thought I would have to come back and rewrite this post - after about 1 minute the fan speed increased to "normal" and I could hear the caps bouncing around  one had completely left the rack and ended up sideways between the rack and basket - for dehydrating the Vortex is a fail - might do jerky or fruit leathers but your petal will be in the wind - mind you I wouldn't consider using it for dehydrating because of its limited size ( i doubt you could fit a single apple sliced in it even using the stacked racks mentioned above) A purpose-built dehydrator does the job much more efficiently with a much larger capacity. btw the default setting for dehydrate was 8 minutes @135F - I doubt if anything would dry in that length of time, usually you're talking hours  - I might be wrong as I assumed it came up as 8 minutes and not 8 hours - I didn't wait to see it change just the increase in fan speed - my bad☹️

 

A good accessory to ease clean-up, fits the Vortex:

 

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B095P4525X/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1

 

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Last night I was sleep deprived, over tired, and braindead from work.  I did not trust myself around hot oil.  I did my Alexia fries in the APO instead.  Very disappointed.  Like eating salty cardboard.

 

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9 minutes ago, palo said:

I might be wrong as I assumed it came up as 8 minutes and not 8 hours

I did watch a video today of an air fryer used as a dehydrator and for an apple the time was eight hours!  I am pretty sure it was the Ninja 9 in 1 air fryer oven. With a 13 x 13 surface area it supposedly could handle one apple. 

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1 minute ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

Last night I was sleep deprived, over tired, and braindead from work.  I did not trust myself around hot oil.  I did my Alexia fries in the APO instead.  Very disappointed.  Like eating salty cardboard.

 

Frozen french fries seem to challenge just about every model of air fryer. And most other ovens. 

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51 minutes ago, Anna N said:

I did watch a video today of an air fryer used as a dehydrator and for an apple the time was eight hours!  I am pretty sure it was the Ninja 9 in 1 air fryer oven. With a 13 x 13 surface area it supposedly could handle one apple. 

Yeah, if you want to dehydrate get a dehydrator - time may not change but capacity is its strength

 

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21 minutes ago, palo said:

Yeah, if you want to dehydrate get a dehydrator - time may not change but capacity is its strength

 

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Nothing wrong with the APO as a dehydrator.

 

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On 6/6/2022 at 6:45 AM, ElsieD said:

 

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.

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.

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I did up chicken wings last night with nothing more than salt, pepper and a touch of oil.  I did these at 400F for 20 minutes with a couple of turns.  We thought they were just about perfect.  Nice and brown and crispy.  I had made some Buffalo sauce and even after I sauced them they stayed crispy.  That is a definite winner.  I have tried chicken wings in the BSOA and they never came out crispy, plus they stuck to the basket.  I am now trying to decide what I can air fry for dinner.

 

I spent a lot of time Thursday looking at air fryer videos.  Those videos are time gobblers but I did enjoy looking at them.  I came across a couple of bloggers who blog about them.  That needs further investigation.:)

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11 minutes ago, palo said:

Nope, I got mine in November of last year ☺️

 

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What I meant was, I already had them before you suggested it.:)  

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Just cooked a hard "boiled" egg in the air fryer.  I was going to use @Anna N's setting which is 275F for 15 minutes but the fryer I'm using only adjusts the temperature in 10 degree increments.  I set it for 280F for the same 15 minutes which was a couple of minutes too long as the yolk had that band of blue around it.  Sure is a handy way to get a hard "boiled" egg.

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52 minutes ago, ElsieD said:

Just cooked a hard "boiled" egg in the air fryer.  I was going to use @Anna N's setting which is 275F for 15 minutes but the fryer I'm using only adjusts the temperature in 10 degree increments.  I set it for 280F for the same 15 minutes which was a couple of minutes too long as the yolk had that band of blue around it.  Sure is a handy way to get a hard "boiled" egg.

That is too bad. I have never come across that doing eggs in the air fryer. 

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3 hours ago, Anna N said:

That is too bad. I have never come across that doing eggs in the air fryer. 

 

It could also be that the problem lies with the egg.  I am lucky enough to get eggs directly from a farmer.  Since they are not sorted by size, I  get a variety of same.  My eggs range from 45 grams to over 80.  I had one that was 93 grams.  A bruiser, that one was.  Once I get my own air fryer (tomorrow Amazon tells me) I will experiment by size.  I am glad you mentioned doing them this way, it is just such a no-brainer.  I really like hard boiled eggs so it's no hardship.

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47 minutes ago, ElsieD said:

 

It could also be that the problem lies with the egg.  I am lucky enough to get eggs directly from a farmer.  Since they are not sorted by size, I  get a variety of same.  My eggs range from 45 grams to over 80.  I had one that was 93 grams.  A bruiser, that one was.  Once I get my own air fryer (tomorrow Amazon tells me) I will experiment by size.  I am glad you mentioned doing them this way, it is just such a no-brainer.  I really like hard boiled eggs so it's no hardship.

 

To me this is the "when you have a hammer, everything is a nail" syndrome.  

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1 hour ago, mgaretz said:

 

To me this is the "when you have a hammer, everything is a nail" syndrome.  

I have to politely disagree. If you can hard boil half a dozen eggs without dirtying a single pan I think that’s a win-win!  YMMV. 

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1 hour ago, Anna N said:

 If you can hard boil half a dozen eggs without dirtying a single pan I think that’s a win-win!  YMMV. 

While I totally agree with your general concept, I have never dirtied a pan boiling eggs; simply removed eggs, emptied boiling water into the sink and upturned the pan to air dry.    No washing involved.    How does your method vary?

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4 minutes ago, Margaret Pilgrim said:

While I totally agree with your general concept, I have never dirtied a pan boiling eggs; simply removed eggs, emptied boiling water into the sink and upturned the pan to air dry.    No washing involved.    How does your method vary?

No water. 

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