Best Small Kitchen Appliances-Part I

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Storage Space Saver #1 – Power Air Fryer

(This is the first in a series of space-saving appliances and gadgets that I’ll be trying from time to time.)

I have a new favorite small appliance. It’s my new Power Air Fryer!  (An affiliate link)

Here’s the scoop. I was visiting my daughter and her family this past July and they had one of these Power Air Fryers.

Mostly, they prepared frozen fast food items…French fries, Tater Tots, egg rolls…you get the idea.

It was fast and kept the kitchen cool. No oven required. The kids loved it. Even nine-year-old Kate mastered this appliance. They could have a hot snack at the drop of a hat. I was impressed!

Great for snacks but…

I thought it was very cool. But I was trying to eat healthier and, although the recipe book that came with it had delicious looking recipes, I was kinda skeptical.

What the heck is an air fryer?

A small, portable convection oven, actually.

Well, according to Cooking Light, it’s a “miracle kitchen gadget that every healthy cook should have.

Essentially a small convection oven, an air fryer works by circulating hot air up to 400 degrees around your food, transforming it into crispy perfection without all the oil or butter you’d normally need.”

So it’s NOT just for snacks!

Well, it was my birthday while I was there and guess what?

My daughter, son-in-law, and grandkids gave me my very own Power Air Fryer.

Mine is the smallest of three sizes but just perfect for me since I’m single. Plenty big enough to prepare enough for two or three, though.

I live in Arizona. It’s hot in Arizona this time of year. You do NOT want to cook anything in an oven. You don’t even want to grill outside when it’s 100+ degrees.

Passed the healthy cooking test with flying colors!

So this week I plugged in my Power Air Fryer.

First, I made spring rolls. Delicious! Crispy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside. Perfect. No deep frying needed. And the house stayed cool.

The next day I prepared lemon-pepper cod with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. I served it with freshly sliced tomatoes from the farmers’ market and steamed broccoli and cauliflower.

Soooo good!

Yesterday, I found a website online with recipes for Air Fryers.

I made a delicious Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin from Wine Lady Cooks

Not kidding…the tenderloin was perfection! It took a little over 30 minutes from start to finish. The bacon was crisp and the tenderloin was deliciously moist and juicy. I’d even say it was better than when I prepare pork tenderloin in the oven.

The bacon fat drained onto the bottom of the fryer so the pork tenderloin wasn’t at all greasy. That’s healthy cooking, I’d say.

Joanne from Wine Lady Cooks served it with sauteed apples and onion. I love sauteed apples especially with pork but I didn’t have any apples. That’ll be next time.

I’ve bookmarked her website and have every intention of trying most of her creations.

It’s easy to clean. That’s a bonus!

When I cooked the fish, I just rinsed the fry basket and the outer basket with water and put them in the dishwasher.

The pork tenderloin with bacon left some baked on bits but I just filled the baskets with soapy water and a couple of minutes later, rinsed them both out.

More Air Fryer Recipes

There are dozens of recipes for the Power Air Fryer.

Wine Lady Cooks has a whole section devoted to air fryer recipes including hand pies, doughnuts, pretzels, focaccia, appetizers, cupcakes, and a recipe for Fresh Fruit Galette that looks amazing. So many recipes it’ll be hard to know where to start!

An online article from Cooking Light lists  35+ recipes including doughnuts, empanadas, French fries, pizza, wings, and much, much more.

Meredith Laurence, the Blue Jeans Chef also has a section on her website devoted to air fryer recipes. She also uses her for toasting nuts and bread (for croutons), cooking bacon, and roasting peppers for recipes.

She also is the author of Air Fry Everything: Foolproof Recipes for Fried Favorites and Easy Fresh Ideas by Blue Jean Chef, Meredith Laurence (The Blue Jean Chef)

Just three suggestions, of course. Dozens and dozens of recipes are out there. Just Google Air Fryer Recipes and you’re good to go.

Thanks for visiting. Please let me know in the comments if you’ve got a Power Air Fryer or would like to get one.

Stay tuned!

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4 thoughts on “Best Small Kitchen Appliances-Part I

  1. Hi Cheryl, THANK YOU! for your terrific post. I really appreciate you thoughts about the air fryer and linking to my blog. I signed up for your newsletter and look forward to your decorating ideas. I need a lot of help decorating. My sisters are great at it but I have a bit of a decorating ‘block’! We are still quite busy with my sister in law being in the hospital. Thanks again, and I’ll do my best to catch up every couple of days.

    • Well, thank YOU for stopping and commenting. I’m nearly finished with my first newsletter and you will be on the inaugural list! I just love my air fryer and your recipes are terrific. I’ll keep trying them, for sure.

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