In the past few years, a resurgence of slow cookers has emerged, making the once-tired wedding gift a coveted item for home chefs everywhere. It's proven to be incredibly versatile, with seemingly limitless recipe possibilities from pasta and curry, to tacos and soup (despite some bad press thanks to a tragic Crock-Pot incident depicted on the popular NBC drama This Is Us).
In addition to the slow cooker, the genius pressure cooker—the most famous of which is probably the ever-trendy Instant Pot—has also taken the cooking world by storm. It offers similar results, only in a fraction of the time—a win for busy home cooks everywhere.
Soon after Instant Pots got, new kitchen gadget making headlines: the air fryer. Its reputation first hit trendy levels back in 2018, as evidenced by the more than 166,000 people who joined air fryer tips and recipe groups on Facebook, according to Today. A device designed to cook food by circulating hot air at high speed, this appliance results in crispy creations that are far healthier than traditional frying methods which usually include submerging food in hot oil.
Ideal for cooking up dishes like breaded chicken, mozzarella sticks, and french fries, the air fryer is also a great option for reheating leftovers that were crispy in their prime. While the kitchen appliance is far from new, the well-loved Instant Pot brand recently unveiled its own version of the handy device. It's currently available to purchase from Walmart for $119.
Ahead, shop a few versions of the trending kitchen gadget so you can stay on top of the latest cooking revolution.
With seven built-in smart programs from air frying, to roasting, to baking, and even reheating, this 10-quart air fryer does it all. It comes with a drip pan, two cooking trays, and rotisserie accessories.
This Ninja air fryer is built for air frying, roasting, reheating, and dehydrating, all in a small 4-quart basket. It boasts the ability to fry food to perfection with 75% less fat than traditional methods.
The proud recipient of an Amazon's Choice banner, this air fryer comes in four different colors—black, red, purple, and white—and includes eight preset features designed to make using the device as simple as possible. Choice from options like steak, shrimp, chips, or fish based on whatever is on your menu for the night.
There's no need to sit around waiting for the oven to preheat if you have this nifty gadget from Philips. It's cleverly designed in a small size to fit even the most cramped of countertops and includes an easy-to-clean basket with a removable non-stick mesh and coated drawer that you can safely wash in the dishwasher.
An air fryer with a retro-inspired design, this kitchen appliance features a six-quart basket perfect for feeding a family or large groups. An auto-shutoff function prevents overcooking while a cool-touch handle keeps you safe while using the gadget. The fryer basket is also dishwasher safe for quick and easy cleanup.
Food With Less Fat? We Tried to See If An Air Fryer Lives Up To The Hype. Today. May 10, 2018.