Avalon Bay AB-Airfryer100B Airfryer in Black
Nothing tastes as good as the crispy skin of fried chicken or perfectly deep fried french fries. But a diet that heavily features fast food or foods fried in vats of hot oil have a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Also, owning a deep fryer in your home can not only be cumbersome and awkward, it can be prohibitively expensive to keep draining and refilling those grease tanks. This is why so many people have turned to air fryers – cookers that use hot flowing air to produce a taste and texture quality similar to deep frying. Avalon Bay’s AB-Airfryer100B does all of this while adding some new features that distinguish it from all competitor fryers.
Controls – The setting for this fryer are basic yet still user-friendly. It only has two control settings – one to set the temperature and one to set the timer.
Safety Features – These include a non-slip base and a 30 minute time that automatically puts the cooker in standby mode when cooking time is complete.
Rapid Air Circulation Technology – By using a heating element at the bottom of the cooker with a fan, this fryer heats up food perfectly without having to use heavy amounts of oil.
Accessories– This is the type of air fryer that has the capability to not only fry food but to roast, bake and grill as well. The accessories that come with this model include a multi-use layer rack that enables grilling, roast and baking with the same device. In any mode, the basket is easy to remove and clean and put back in place.
Fried Chicken: This is similar to how you might prepare this entree for a deep fryer, but here you don’t use wet batter. That’s the beauty of air fryers – they can achieve the same texture without the greasy disadvantages. Instead, you lightly dust the chicken with flour or bread crumbs and a light film of oil and herbs and spices while keeping the fat on and cook it that way. The design of the heating element caramelizes every region of the fat and flour together to give it the same texture as deep fried chicken without being overly greasy. Make sure you shake the chicken in the basket halfway through to prevent the various piece for being stuck together and that you flip them over to cook each side evenly for 15 -25 minutes at 360 degrees.
French Fries: Here, you only need to either peel the potatoes or take then out of the freezer and dethaw. Lightly cover them with oil, and place them into the basket with a pair of tongs. Don’t just dump them out of the bowl you oiled them in, as the oil from the bottom of the bowl will go into the basket as well and cover the top of your fries, cooking them unevenly. Treat them just the same way you did the chicken and you should be good to go after 30 minutes at 360 degrees.
– Multi-layer rack for grilling, roasting and baking.
– User friendly
– Basic, simplified controls
– Versatile feature to allow for grilling, baking, and roasting.
– Not meant of high volume, you many have to make multiple batches feed more than two people at a time.
– Not as crunchy as deep frying food, but this can be helped with cooking meats with fat on and veggies with extra amounts of olive oil.
– Doesn’t come with a recipe book, though there are plenty of air fryer recipes available online.
This model is extremely easy to clean. All that’s required is that you wipe away any oil that has gathered outside the basket itself and wipe down the heating element surface with damp cloth. The basket and multi-layer rack are both dishwasher safe and easy to remove.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)
Q1. Does this model come with a manual and recipe book?
A1. It does come with a manual and cooking guide for various types of food, but no real recipe book.
Q2. How affordable is this model?
A2. It’s priced at around $109, which is cheap for an air fryer.
Q3. Can I make kebobs or other grilled meats with this fryer?
A3. As long as you use the multi-layer rack to do so, yes.
Q4. Can I cook meats with a lot of fat?
A4. Not really. Bacon, for example, would drip a lot of fat onto the heating element, so it’s best if you trim as much fat as possible that won’t seep into the meat itself. Chicken skin is fine, however.
Q5. How easy is this device to store when not in use?
A5. It’s about the size of a small blender, so you can store in on the counter if needed.
There are bigger models to be sure, and it would be nice if it came with a recipe book. But for any normal sized family, this one should be perfect for the amount of food you need to prepare with the easiest user interface for anyone in your family to cook with. Highly recommended for those who want to make medium-sized batches of fried food at once.