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One of the questions we get asked most is whether busy home cooks need an air fryer? If you’re an air fryer fan, of course you’ll say, “Yes! You need this!” But, really, do we? Even if we have a high-quality toaster oven or a convection oven? This week, Meghan chats with air fryer aficionado Jess Dang about whether the air fryer is for certain cooks only, or all of them, and how anyone can optimize their air fryer for easier meals all day long.
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Not A Healthier Deep Fryer!
It turns out, the air fryer is different than a “healthier” deep fryer. While you’ll still want a deep fryer (or big pot of hot oil) for your fried chicken, an air fryer will give you the kind of crispy edged, caramelized deliciousness that you’d get from a convection oven in a handy-dandy countertop appliance.
From making sandwich melts to “roasting” vegetables, crispy tofu to zoodles without any sogginess, an air fryer can do so much more than you might expect. If you think about an air fryer in the right way — and we’re here to help with that! — it’s an indispensable tool of convenience.
Listen to this week’s episode to get all the cooking ideas, techniques, and buying tips, if you’re sold.
Links from this week’s conversation include:
Jessica’s meal planning service, Cook Smarts — tons of diet options (especially helpful for families with mixed diets) and a focus on reducing food waste
Instant Pot Vortex Plus 10 Quart 7-in-1 Multi-Use Air Fryer, Rotisserie, Roast, Broil, Bake, Reheat & Dehydrate (Meghan has this model!)
Philips Air Fryer (analog interface; Meghan also has this one!)
The latest Philips Air Fryer (digital interface; regular capacity)
Philips Digital Twin Air Fryer XXL (this is the bigger one that Jess has)
The “Air Fryer” highlights on @cooksmarts on Instagram
About Our Guest: Jess Dang
Jess Dang is the founder of Cook Smarts, an online meal planning service voted #1 on Lifehacker. She started Cook Smarts in 2012 to help families live healthier lives, feel empowered and inspired in the kitchen, and lighten the mental load of meal planning.
Prior to starting Cook Smarts (which you can also find on Instagram, btw, as @cooksmarts), Jess was a contestant on a Food Network cooking show and taught in-home cooking lessons around the Bay Area. She is a mother of three and host of the “In the Kitchen With Cook Smarts” podcast.
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