The air fryer was introduced in 2010 by Phillips and immediately began to grab a lot of attention in the cooking press and community. It promised deep fried taste with hardly any oil, healthier, cheaper and cleaner than deep frying.
An air fryer is essentially a countertop convection oven. It circulates very hot air around food, both cooking and crisping it. Its’ footprint is about equivalent to that of a slow cooker. There are now very many models to choose from with prices ranging from about $60 to over $300. If you watch for sales you can sometimes pick up good bargains. And don’t forget to check our numerous thrift stores, as some may have decided to do without this innovation.
As with most appliances, its’ usefulness depends on your needs. Most have a limited capacity, so if you need to make heaps of food at a time you will need an expensive large model. But if you are cooking for 1-3 people, the more modest sized ones will be good. If you are someone who never turns on their oven in the summertime an air fryer may be just what you need as it does not heat up the house much.
It is surprising what an air fryer can do. In addition to making crispy potatoes it can do tasks from minor baking to making kale chips.
These videos will give you some idea of what the air fryer can and can’t do:
Air Fryer Tutorial
Be sure to look at the comments, she answers LOTS of questions.
Things You Can Do With an Air Fryer
This Week’s “Make it Yourself”
Try these to save yourself some money and to know exactly what’s in your food.
- Seedy Faltbread/Crackers
- Nut Butters
Seeded Flatbread Crackers
Nordic Seed Crackers
Make it yourself, easy and delicious, and you know what’s in it.
Sales This Week
Fry’s—Pawsome savings for your pets, spend $45, get $15 off. (Could be useful if you have large hungry dogs.)
Safeway—$5 Friday on 2/14. A whole page of Clip or Click coupons.
Sprouts—Buy One Get One FREE on hundreds of items.
Valentine’s Day Merchandise on sale now:
Flowers—LIve Orchid $17, Dozen Roses $20, 15 stem Rose Bouquet $25, Tulips growing in glass container, $15 (long lasting)
Sweets—Dipped Strawberries, 6 ct. $8.49. Assorted Chocolates (in box) $5, Ferrero Rocher Heart Collection $10, Hershy’s Kisses $3.50
Other—Plush Animals 50% off
Strawberry dipping station open Thurs Feb 17, 4 pm to 8 pm and Fri Feb 18, 11 am to 7 pm
Flowers—Orchids $20, Dozen Roses $20, Bouquets starting at $13, 10 Stems Tulips, $10
Flowers—Dozen Roses, $17
Recipes for the Week
Air Fryer Chicken Thighs (Paleo and Keto)
This is why. Chicken thighs in 20 min, minimal oil, maximum flavor.
Oven Roasted Chicken Thighs
Without the glaze would be Paleo and Keto
Pork Chops in the Slow Cooker
Healthy Brown Rice Pulao
Click on SEE MORE below video to see recipe with ingredients.
Use whatever cooked Veggies you like.
Simple Persian Salad
And of course, something chocolate...
Chocolate Lava Cake in the Air Fryer
Who Knew? Happy Valentine’s Day. Click on SEE MORE below the video for the ingredients.
Chocolate Lava Cake in the Oven
Best Bargains This Week
FRY’S—Large Haas Avocados only $.77/each
$.99/lb, Pork Shoulder, bone in, whole in bag
50% off, Beef Rib Steaks, bone in, super value pack, shelf tag reflects sale price
$.97/lb, Chicken, bone in, parts or whole
$.99/dz, Eggs, Kroger brand
$2.49/lb, Fresh Asparagus
$1.99/lb, Grapes, red, green
$.99/pkg, Oreo Cookies (with digital coupon)
$2.99/carton, Ice Cream, Bryers 48 oz or Ben & Jerry 16 oz or Klondike, 6 pk
$1.49/each, Kroger Cream Cheese 8 oz or Sour Cream or Cottage Cheese 24 oz
SAFEWAY— $.12/dz, Eggs, Lucerne, With Digital Coupon, Limit 1
$5/lb, Beef New York Steaks, boneless, value pac, Friday Only
$.97/lb, Chicken, bone in parts or whole
$5/each, Whole Rotisserie Chicken, Friday Only
$5/lb, Krescthmar Lunch Meat, London Broil, Angus Beef of the Bone or Swiss Cheese, Friday Only
$.99/lb, Russet Potatoes
$1.49/lb Broccoli Crowns or Green Beans
BOG2, Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries
$2/8 oz box, White or brown mushrooms
$.88/each, with Clip or Click Coupon, Duncan Hines Brownie Mix, Hunt’s Pudding Packs, Chef Boyardee, Hunt’s, Ro-tel, Banquet Pot Pies. Limit 4
SPROUTS—$.98/lb, Honeycrisp Apples
BOGO, Pork, boneless or bone in, select varieties, ABF Pac, excludes Meyers
$6.99/lb, Beef, New York Steak or Sirloin Fillet
$1.77/lb, B/S Chicken Breasts
$8.99/lb Sea Scallops or Sea of Cortez Shrimp
$1.67/box, Berries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries
$2.48/lb, Asparagus$3.99/lb, Cheese, Hot Pepper Jack, Fresh Cut or Sliced
BOGO, Jonny Pops novelties or Alden’s Organic Ice Cream, Kettle Brand Potato Chips, Westbrae Organic Beans, Imagine Foods, Birchbenders Pancake or Waffle Mix or Frozen Waffles, Packaged Coffee-Boyd’s, Jim’s Organic, Jeremiah, Kicking Horse or Cameron’s Coffee