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In 2019, I was addicted to stylish cooking appliances and bought the Vermicula Rice Spot Mini, BRUNO Compact Hot Plate, MyBistoro Pie Maker, etc. to my delight.
In 2020, I was forced to "stay home" unintentionally, and this is the year when I cooked for myself more and more.
This year, the cooking appliance that I am most happy to have bought is, without a doubt, the Recolte Air Oven. It is a cooking appliance of the so-called non-fry oven genre, and is perfect for me, who loves fried foods but does not want to clean up after the oil. It is available on Amazon for 9,900 yen.
The Air Oven can also be used as an oven for grilling and roasting as well as non-frying foods. The most useful feature was the reheating function for prepared foods.
Ready-made food becomes freshly made and crispy
Because the place I moved to was a Japanese restaurant that also offers take-out, and they were frequently selling tempura Tendons on sale, so I frequently bought them as well. As it is, tempura tends to become soggy and has a lot of oil. By using the Air Oven, the extra oil is removed and the crispiness is restored, making it more delicious.
Squid ring fries also...
become crispy and crunchy.
Easy to make from scratch
The Air Oven is also very useful for finishing up large bags of fried foods and french fries that I purchased at the commercial supermarket. Until now, because I couldn't (or didn't) make fried foods at home, I had no choice but to eat out whenever I wanted to eat fried foods and french fries, but thanks to the Air Oven, I can now enjoy fried menu items at home as well.
Of course, it is also easy to fry the chicken from the raw state.
What is the structure of the Air Oven?
The Air Oven consists of three parts: the body, the basket, and the inner mesh.
The inside of the basket has a scale for maximum capacity. I was a little surprised to see how much you can put in there.
The unit has two dials and two LED lights to indicate the status. The bottom LED lamp is always lit orange when the unit is energized. The top one is green, indicating that it is being heated. When it needs to be preheated, the lights go off when it reaches the set temperature, which saves you from using extra electricity.
The left dial sets the temperature and the right dial sets the time; the temperature can be set from 80°C to 200°C and the time can be set to 60 minutes. However, if you want to set it to 5 minutes or less, you need to turn it back to 6 minutes or more. It behaves like an old-fashioned toaster, which makes me feel a little nostalgic.
However, when you're cooking fried food with oil, you can't even take your eyes off the pan, let alone leave it, but with the Air Oven, you can set a timer and be in the other room without a problem. In the meantime, you can make another dish or clean up the cooking area, which is a great time saver.
In addition, both the basket and the inner mesh are stain resistant and can be washed in the dishwasher. All you have to do is wipe off the large amount of grease that accumulates in the basket when reheating prepared foods, for example, and you can throw the rest in the dishwasher, which makes a huge difference in cleanup compared to real deep-frying.
Excess oil comes off so much.
At first, I was planning to purchase a non-fry oven or a convection oven of the "microwave oven type" manufactured by Sharp or Hitachi, but I was unable to take the plunge because of the price and size of the oven.
This air oven is as compact as A4 size paper, 21.2 cm wide and 27 cm deep.
Recently, a two-way rack for reheating twice as much food at once and an inner pot for making gratin and other soupy dishes have been released as accessories, so we can expect more development in the future.
I personally like the stylish design and the color I've chosen, which doesn't give off a household odor when left out on a steel rack in the kitchen. It is, without a doubt, my best buy of 2020.
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