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Author:  Mimi [ Sat Jul 03, 2021 13:32 ]
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How is the air fryer, @Cras ?

Would you say they were a worthwhile investment/use of space in a small kitchen (not to suggest that you have a small kitchen, but I have a small kitchen :) ).

Author:  Cras [ Sat Jul 03, 2021 13:52 ]
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I do have a small kitchen. They're not small, but I do use it really quite a lot. It's earned its space on the counter for me, definitely

Author:  Trooper [ Sat Jul 03, 2021 15:05 ]
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It's perfect for frozen hash browns.

Author:  Mimi [ Sat Jul 03, 2021 15:23 ]
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Fab. I have a halogen oven on the counter at the moment, but now that I have a real oven I could potaentially put that away to swap out for an air fryer (my counter top space limits me to kettle, toaster and one other appliance. I use my Instant Pot a LOT but even that has to stay in the cupboard because I do not have room).

Can I ask which ones you folks have? Do you have one with the rotating paddle and if so does that help a lot?

Author:  Trooper [ Sat Jul 03, 2021 15:44 ]
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No paddle, it's this one...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Instant-Brands ... B08VDXMQ2P

£70 from the Amazon treasure truck.
I really like mine, it's basically a turbocharged fan oven, so anything you can cook in an over you can do in the air fryer, pretty much.

Author:  Findus Fop [ Sat Jul 03, 2021 17:14 ]
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Findus Fop wrote:
Mimi wrote:
I know a lot about cooking vegetarian food, but absolutely nothing about barbecues. Depending on the brand of sausage you are using they tend to cook slightly quicker than meat sausages in the oven/grill/frying pan. They only need to be hot all of the way through.


Cheers! That's helpful. Going to give them 10 mins indirect heat and I'll see if I kill anyone


Nobody died.

Author:  Mimi [ Sat Jul 03, 2021 17:24 ]
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…yet

Author:  Trooper [ Sat Jul 03, 2021 18:14 ]
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Trooper wrote:
No paddle, it's this one...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Instant-Brands ... B08VDXMQ2P

£70 from the Amazon treasure truck.
I really like mine, it's basically a turbocharged fan oven, so anything you can cook in an over you can do in the air fryer, pretty much.


As with all things Amazon these days, the listing is overloaded with different variants.

It's the 6L vortex in black. They do smaller ones, but you really need a 6l, as it's still a pretty small cooking space.

Author:  Mimi [ Sat Jul 03, 2021 19:01 ]
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Oh, that’s good. I couldn’t work out what the difference between the vortex and vortex plus was, so that’s handy.

I think I will get one.

If I made potato wedges (which I usually do in the halogen) could I add my spices, etc to the raw potato wedges before cooking them, or would that cause problems? I usually toss the wedges in a bowl with half a teaspoon of oil, then sprinkle my spices or seasoning on before cooking, but I don’t know enough about air fryers to know if that’d be a problem.

Author:  Cras [ Sat Jul 03, 2021 19:32 ]
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That's exactly the perfect way to prep them for an air fryer

Author:  Mimi [ Sat Jul 03, 2021 19:34 ]
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Then I am sold. Which one do you have, Cras, if you don’t mind me asking?

Author:  Cras [ Sat Jul 03, 2021 21:45 ]
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Exactly the same one Trooper linked above!

Author:  Mimi [ Sat Jul 03, 2021 22:01 ]
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Fab. Then there’s not even a decision for me to make :D

Thanks both. x

Author:  Findus Fop [ Sat Jul 03, 2021 22:15 ]
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Mimi wrote:
…yet


*Sharpens noose*

Author:  Grim... [ Sun Jul 04, 2021 22:08 ]
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Trooper wrote:
It's perfect for frozen hash browns.

I didn't realise it could make things cold.

Author:  GazChap [ Sun Jul 18, 2021 7:39 ]
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Second go at some brisket. About 1.7kg smoked over cherry and hickory for, in the end, just under 5 hours (+1.5 resting)

Must have used too much fuel in the first instance - my WSM sits out in a sun trap so was warm right from the off, and whereas often it struggles to get up to 250 with a full water pan, it kept topping out at 280!

Author:  Squirt [ Fri Jul 23, 2021 16:56 ]
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I saw this picture of a t-shirt, and it reminded me of this thread...

Author:  Goddess Jasmine [ Fri Jul 23, 2021 17:28 ]
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:DD

Author:  GazChap [ Fri Jul 23, 2021 17:53 ]
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Noice.

Relatedly, my new barbecue arrived today - Weber Mastertouch 57cm with the Gourmet Barbecue System! Haven't put it together yet, but it's huge compared to my existing drum barbecue!

Author:  Mimi [ Sat Aug 21, 2021 19:01 ]
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My brother sent me some of the menu options for the place he went yesterday, and one of the ingredients/components of one of the salads was ‘smacked cucumbers’ and when I looked it up it’s someone actually hitting a cucumber with a rolling pin until it breaks.

Author:  GazChap [ Mon Aug 23, 2021 9:59 ]
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Set everything up to smoke a brisket on Friday evening, with the intention of doing it overnight to give it plenty of time to rest before taking it to the social occasion we were attending that afternoon.

Apparently I was a lot more tired than I thought because I just flat out didn't wake up at any point during the night to check on it (I hadn't set any alarms, stupidly, on the grounds that the last time I did this I woke up pretty regularly anyway and I didn't want to annoy Jem and/or our neighbours with unnecessary alarms)

My cheapo BT thermometer app doesn't keep a full history of temperatures so I had no way of working out what it had got up to, but it was at 117(F) when I woke up having been at about 150 when we went to bed. I'm assuming it overcooked as it was as tough as boots, but I stuck it in the oven at 225 until it got back up to 203 to see if it just needed "finishing off" - no, still shite.

Fortunately it wasn't a huge joint so wasn't mega expensive. Think I'll stick to during-the-day smokes for now... ;)

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