The air fryer comes with a basket divider, which like the Black and Decker Air Fryer, is used to split the cooking basket in two so you can effectively cook two food items. This model also comes in a 5.3 qt and and a smaller 3.4 qt capacity. If you’re cooking for a family (3-4 people) then the larger size is a clear choice, though it is slightly more expensive.
“My new Della 5.8-Quart Air Fryer is my new go-to for a healthier alternative method of getting the crisp from the food I crave without the guilt. Chicken came out crispy and crunchy, with no oil! I did spray down the basket with olive-oil cooking spray and parboiled nine chicken legs in four cups of seasoned chicken stock for about ten minutes before cooking in my Della. The large size is perfect for my family of four … I’m honestly considering purchasing a second unit to roast veggies. It would be AWESOME to be able to have a complete meal prepared together, all made in the Della. Must-have! You won’t regret it. I’ve already recommended it to several people.”
Obviously, this makes it a cleaner and healthier cooking alternative, compared to deep frying or other traditional cooking methods. This is especially beneficial if you are on a low-fat diet. Does the air fried food taste the same as deep fried? If you ask me, I’d have to say no. But the food still tastes great and you may use 80 percent less oil using air fryer vs other cooking methods.
While all three specimens were reminiscent of special treats mom would make for my sister and me when we were kids and she didn't want to cook, they were in no way as good as real French fries. If a perfect paper cone full of Belgian fries eaten on a Brussels sidewalk is a 10 and excellent fries at your favorite bar are a seven, then the oven fries were a two, the convection oven version was a two point five and the air fryer a three. With a bit of tweaking, like preheating the sheet pan for the oven version, I guessed I could bring each of those home-cooked numbers up a point, but none of the fries I'd made were terribly compelling.
The HD touchscreen eliminates the uncomfortable and often confusing buttons, knobs, and switches a lot of air fryers have. This simple screen has icons that clearly state their function and eases the cooking process. Not only that, but eliminating the buttons gives this machine an elegant design, so you can keep it in the corner of your kitchen without it looking awkwardly out of place.
Of course, there's nothing wrong with treating yourself every now and then, in moderation. The issue with these fatty food options is that eating them too frequently can sometimes lead to health issues. And even if that's not the case, the guilt we feel after giving in to the temptation of a greasy meal was enough to send us searching for an alternative.
Obviously, you can cook roast beef in the oven to great success, but it takes a lot of tinkering with time and temperature to get that perfect medium-rare inside and, like, when was the last time you made homemade roast beef?! Air frying the roast gives you more precise control over the time and temperature and, if followed to a T per the recipe in my book, will give you perfect results in just 40 minutes flat, bringing yet another time-intensive and finicky dish into the world of easy weeknight cooking.
What is it that makes air fryers unique? The answer might be, "Nothing, really." Air fryers are convection ovens in a bucket, meaning that like a regular oven, they have a heating element and like a slightly fancier oven with a convection feature, they have a fan that circulates the hot air, keeping the temperature consistent throughout the cooking area. Thanks to faster-than-a-normal-oven heat transfer capabilities from that rapidly circulating air, convection ovens can shorten the cooking time of some foods, potentially giving them a crispier exterior that brand-conscious marketeers seem to consider to be similar to fried food.
We can thank the dual convection fans that circulate hot air evenly around the food. The fact that it is also a relatively small unit at a 2 pound capacity – don’t expect to cook for more than 2 people – also contributes to each piece of food getting the ‘air-time’ it deserves. Worried that your food might get burnt when your not around? Black and Decker have solved this tanks to an auto shut-off feature that turns the machine off when the timer expires. Check out this cool video which compares this unit to the very popular (and more expensive) Phillips XL Airfryer – the results speak for themselves.
The bottom of the Airfryer XL cooking chamber has fan-shaped grooves meant to distribute the airflow evenly. Our tests indicate that the design works – at least the food tests. Our temperature testing highlighted pretty big gaps in the temperature from one side to the other, but we were only testing surface temperatures, not the temperature of circulating air during the cooking process. Judging by the universal crispiness of every wing and french fry, this one does a practically perfect job of moving the air into every corner of the interior.
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