I recently purchased the NuWave 3-qt. Digital Air Fryer to learn what all the air frying fuss was about.
To cut to the chase, I don’t know why it took me so long to buy one of these miracles. I love it. Here’s my complete air fryer review as well as a bonus recipe. For the bonus recipe, scroll down to the bottom of this article.
What is an Air Fryer?
An air fryer works by moving air around the entire unit while heating up the unit. There’s a grate in the basket where your food sits and is evenly cooked on all sides making it crispy on the outside. No oil is needed. However, some people choose to brush a little oil on their food to add crisp and flavor prior to air frying.
You can cook healthier versions of french fries, as well as enjoy formally fried food like fried zucchini, jalapeno poppers, egg rolls, taquitos, and grilled cheese. I know this because I made all of these during the first few days of having my air fryer. Wings are on the list, but I haven’t purchased them yet.
Many air fryers do more than air fry. They also grill, roast, steam, and bake. Check your manual to find out if the model you prefer has these functions.
Air Fryer Features
The NuWave 3-qt. Digital Air Fryer has a 3-qt capacity basket, digital LED, pre-heat feature, digital LED controls and a safety feature that requires the basket to be in place before it operates. The temperature ranges from 100 to 390 degrees and can increase in 5-degree increments.
Digital LED controls ensure accuracy and consistent results.
You’ll find similar features with other air fryers. The most popular air fryer on Amazon is currently the GoWISE USA 4th Generation Electric Air Fryer. This model has seven recipes pre-programmed for Chips, Meat, Chicken, Steak, Shrimp and Fish. It can also cook up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Air Fryer Not-So-Great Points
The problem area for most of the air fryers is the lack of space or the lack of the second rack. You’ll have to purchase extra accessories if you want to bake or increase the amount of food you cook. I think a second rack should be standard in every box. Making air fried zucchini would take half the time if I had a second rack.
All in all, I highly recommend the air fryer. I wouldn’t wait to get it for a Christmas present if you don’t have to. That’s why I didn’t put it on my must have list for Christmas. It is a must have, but It’s perfect for yummy snacks now and through the entire season.
Which Air Fryer is the Best?
That depends on your needs. If you have a large family, you’ll want to start with the brands that have the largest capacity. Like the Power Fryer XL which has a 5.3 qt capacity basket. For two people, the NuWave 3 qt capacity air fryer works just fine.
Next, you’ll need to decide on price. Price was a huge factor for me. I wanted to try air frying out without a large commitment. I picked up my Nuwave air fryer up at Kohls with a 30% off coupon and $10 cash back. You can’t beat that deal. Well…actually you can. Use Ebates to get a $10 gift card if you’re new plus a cash back rebate as well. This is on top of any credit card rebates you have outside of that program. If you use my referral link, I’ll get a small referral commission, which helps support my website. Thank you!
If you don’t have a Kohls or don’t like the hassle of their cash back programs, Amazon is the next best place to get a lower priced model. The GoWISE USA 4th Generation Electric Air Fryer is the most popular air fryer listed under $90.
Finally, you’ll want on that has the functions you need. I’m a plain kind of gal. So I don’t need the functions. I just need the ability to control the temperature and cook time. I’m happy with my purchase. If I were to buy another one, I’d probably go larger.
Air Fried Zucchini Recipe
This air friend zucchini recipe serves 4 people at 3 SmartPoints per serving.
- 2 Sliced zucchini or summer squash will work too
- 1/2 egg
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- Slice the zucchini about 1/8″ thick. You can slice it thinner or thicker per your preference. Too thin and you have a zucchini chip. Too thick and it will be too soft when you bite into it.
- Crack the egg into a bowl, beat it and save 1/2 of it. If you don’t reserve 1/2 of it, you’ll end up throwing it away. The egg is only used to coat the zucchini and help the bread crumbs to stick.
- Dip the zucchini into the egg mix and then coat each slice with the bread crumbs.
Place slices into the air fryer. You can see that I’m using summer squash too. It works just as good as zucchini and that’s what I had on hand.
- Cook in the air fryer at 360 degrees for 15 minutes. No turning is necessary unless you piled them on top of each other. Then you’ll need to shake them half way through the cooking process.
Do you have an air fryer? What do you make it in it? I’d love to hear about your favorite recipes in the comments below.