DO NOT PUBLISH To air-fry or not to air fry

Lou Collobert

DO NOT PUBLISH UNTIL ISSUE 15 – AB

Recipe will become an info-graphic. – AB

Crispy fries, chicken tenders, burgers, hot dogs and pizza rolls without any oil? This is the promise of the air-fryer, a weird shaped device that sits on counter tops. 

We have all seen kitchen fads come and go, and some have stayed longer than others. I remember in the early to 2000s when bread machines were the hot gift. In 2020, most of those bread machines are in our landfills.

Is the air-fryer a fad or are we entering a new age of cooking?

I hope air-fryers stay on our kitchen counters. These little fryers are essentially convection ovens with an air blower – an extremely hot air blower.

Cooking time can be saved – less oil and fat collection on food – these are the two biggest advantages to owning an air-fryer. There are multiple health benefits, but let’s be honest, it all comes down to taste. Food that has been prepared in air-fryer tastes better than when it’s oven-baked, and let’s not even talk about deep fat fried food. You can tell the difference.    

There are several types of air-fryer manufacturers out there. Instructions for cooking times vary, sometimes wildly.

I recommend doing an internet research before making a purchase of an air-fryer. When you bring home your new air-fryer remember not to overfill the basket as it leads to poor air-flow around the food, and unevenly cooked food.

Edited by Adam White, Jada Johnson, Jason Morrison, Wesley Tabor

STOP here. The recipe below will become an info-graphic.

I have found this steak recipe.

Super easy air-fryer steak

What meat eater doesn’t like steak?

12 oz Rib-eye Steak (around 1in thick)

Salt and Pepper to taste 2 tablespoons of butter (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

If your air fryer requires preheating, preheat your air fryer.

Set the temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Season your steak with salt and pepper on each side.

Place the steak in your air fryer basket. Do not overlap the steaks if you are cooking more than one.  Set the time to 12 minutes and flip the steak at 6. Serve with vegetables or mashed potatoes. This should give you a steak that is medium rare.