We enjoy cooking, but frying never ranked high in our repertoire until we were exposed to this apparatus. The notion that frying can be healthier aroused our curiosity.
The CliffNotes for those new to the air-fry concept: Similar to a convection oven, hot air circulates around food to produce a crunchy exterior and moist interior, but does it exponentially faster. Air fryers require substantially less (or zero) oil than deep fryers, dramatically reducing fat content, calories, and harmful compounds formed during the high-heat process. Baking, roasting, and steaming are additional features, and multiple foods can be cooked at once.
We still abide by the less-is-more rule when it comes to a diet with fried foods, but the air fryer is a handy alternative when one has a hankering for fish & chips, steak frites, country fries, or chicken wings. Ours came with instructions for pizza rolls, potato skins, onion rings, kale chips (!), and sliders. Super Bowl Sunday, anyone?