My husband has rarely met a tool he hasn’t wanted. He has electric drills, saws, and sanders along with countless hand tools and some things he has fashioned himself(a tool to clean the gutters without getting on a ladder.) I, on the other hand, have never met a small kitchen appliance without immediately realizing that, though I have never heard of it before, I MUST have it.
Hence the new air fryer, pictured above, now stored in my dining room since my kitchen is too full to keep it there. No one is coming over because of the pandemic, so no one is around to ask why it is sitting in the dining room! Originally these devices seemed to be made for people to heat frozen french fries and frozen chicken nuggets, so I had no interest in them. But recently I read a review and learned that they were excellent for roasting vegetables with less oil and reheating food while keeping its crunch(unlike a microwave.) In essence they are tiny convection ovens that fit on the counter(if your counter isn’t already full!), and neither take time to heat nor warm the kitchen. There are only two parts to wash, so clean up is easy.
So far I have roasted brussels sprouts, little potatoes, corn on the cob and zucchini. I reheated chicken cutlets with a crunchy topping. Everything came out perfectly, and the kitchen remained cool on the hot summer days I was cooking.
Now about that Sous Vide contraption presently consigned to the basement. I guess I can’t win them all!