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February 18, 2017

Two Must Have Kitchen Appliances

Owning an Instant Pot or Air Fryer may seem like the latest craze, but trust me, these two small kitchen appliances are going to be around for a while. I highly recommend you jump on the bandwagon and get them. Everyday more and more quick, easy and delicious recipes are being shared on social media and in kitchens everywhere.

Instant Pot

This powerhouse small appliance boasts 7-in-1 functions: Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer and Warmer. My favorite is the pressure cooker function which speeds up cooking time and keeps meats moist, not dried out like they can get in the oven.

Instant Pot

You can find recipes that convert slow cooker or crockpot meals so you can make the same meals in less time with the pressure cooker function. While I loved my slow cooker, sometimes the house would smell like what I had cooked for days. The pressure cooker is quick and contains the cooking smells so it’s no longer a problem.

Clean up is easier with the Instant Pot. There’s only one appliance to clean. You know those recipes that call for a pan to brown the meat first, then move it to a crockpot to finish cooking? I can sear my meats in the Instant Pot, then switch it over to the pressure cooker function to finish cooking. Same thing with recipes that call for sautéing onions, garlic, peppers first, then transferring them to a crockpot. The Instant Pot has a saute function that takes care of that. Easy peasy!

Air Fyer

We had family over today and I overheard my husband raving to them about our Air Fryer. When I bought it he said, “What, another appliance?” Well, now HE’s the one who loves it and uses it the most. He practically lives off the Trader Joe’s breaded chicken tenderloins.

Air Fryer

The Air Fryer is quick to heat up. No more waiting 10 minutes for the oven to pre-heat to 400 to cook just three chicken tenders. Cooking time is reduced. The instructions for my husband’s favorite chicken tenders say to cook at 400 for 15 to 20 minutes. With the air fryer, it takes 3 minutes to pre-heat to 390, then another 10 minutes to cook. They come out crispy and perfectly cooked. No added cooking oil needed. You’ll find it’s the same with fries, mozzarella sticks and anything else you cook in the deep fryer.

And like the Instant Pot, it’s easy to clean.

I want to make one quick mention to my Mom. She’s the one who introduced me to the Air Fryer when we visited her over Thanksgiving. She made fries and told us all about the foods you could make in it. I thought the same as my husband at the time: I didn’t need another appliance. Sorry, Mom, you were right.

So there you have it folks. Let me know if you get them and what you think. Share your favorite recipes in the comments below.

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37 Comments on “Two Must Have Kitchen Appliances

Stacey Demrigian
February 19, 2017 at 1:47 am

two things that are on my buy and try list. I love cooking and i feel using different small kitchen appliance really helps your different flavors stand out! great post

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emmaandrose
February 19, 2017 at 2:54 am

Yes, I completely agree!

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Jessi Joachim
February 19, 2017 at 2:02 am

I have been contemplating buying an air frier. A friend of mine has one and loves it! The Instant pot seems really cool too.

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emmaandrose
February 19, 2017 at 2:53 am

Do it. You won’t regret it.

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Southern & Style
February 19, 2017 at 4:54 am

My husband and I have thought for a long time about getting an air fryer and I love how great your review was 🙂 Thanks for the info!

xoxo, SS

Southern And Style

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emmaandrose
February 19, 2017 at 10:33 pm

Thank you. I’m glad it was helpful.

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Gina Ritchie
February 19, 2017 at 3:57 pm

One of my friends keeps talking about her air fryer. The more I hear about it the closer I get to ordering one. I love that you can cook so many different things in it.

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emmaandrose
February 19, 2017 at 10:31 pm

I was doubtful at first, but was truly pleasantly surprised. I think we have ours out on the kitchen counter more than we have it put away.

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Kari
February 20, 2017 at 1:08 am

Interesting. I’ve recently been wanting to get a fryer. We’re waiting until we move though since we don’t have room here. And the all in one cooker looks like the perfect gadget.

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emmaandrose
February 20, 2017 at 2:26 pm

I had a rice cooker and slow cooker but don’t need them now because the Instant Pot has those functions. The air fryer is just a must-have. I’ve heard so many people say they love it.

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Leighanne
February 20, 2017 at 5:34 pm

I can’t wait to try them! xo

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emmaandrose
February 20, 2017 at 9:14 pm

Yes, disco kitchen needs them 😉

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Amanda
February 20, 2017 at 8:27 pm

I’ve been wanting an air fryer forever. They just look so awesome!

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emmaandrose
February 20, 2017 at 9:13 pm

I was doubtful at first, but they really are. You won’t be disappointed.

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Suzanne Spiegoski
February 20, 2017 at 10:39 pm

Oh wow! I would love to try the AirFryer! Sounds amazing!

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emmaandrose
February 21, 2017 at 2:10 am

It truly is. Tonights dinner was made in the air fryer. Quick and easy.

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Christina
February 22, 2017 at 2:03 pm

Oh my, I want both of these! I had heard all the wonderful things about the Instant Pot, but never even heard of the Air Fryer. Now I want both!

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emmaandrose
February 22, 2017 at 7:45 pm

You must join the cult following 🙂 Seriously, they are life changers. Imagine all the time we could have saved all these years without them.

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Emily @Sinful Nutrition
February 23, 2017 at 4:20 pm

I don’t have either in my kitchen now, but the instant pot popularity definitely makes me want to get one!

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emmaandrose
February 23, 2017 at 7:29 pm

Yes, you should do it! Thanks for reading.

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Abbey Sharp
February 23, 2017 at 9:07 pm

I can definitely see myself using these two appliances! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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emmaandrose
February 23, 2017 at 9:59 pm

Thanks for checking them out.

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Tee
February 24, 2017 at 7:51 am

My bf brought an air fryer home and then returned it because it was one of those on the fly purchases (before they were even popular) and he figured it didn’t really work. Now we wish we had kept it 😂 So it’s back on our list of kitchen appliances! Also want that instant pot!!

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emmaandrose
February 24, 2017 at 8:08 pm

Maybe it wasn’t a good brand? Yes definitely give it a try again.

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Helen
February 24, 2017 at 12:58 pm

I actually don’t own either of these! Clearly, I need to update my collection. Thanks for the recommendation!

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emmaandrose
February 24, 2017 at 8:07 pm

You’re very welcome.

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Brit Strawbridge
February 24, 2017 at 5:21 pm

Ah! I don’t have either of these and totally see the need for them! Maybe I can convince the hubby of some easter gifts haha Thanks for sharing!

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emmaandrose
February 24, 2017 at 8:05 pm

Haha yes maybe give him some extra affection to convince him.

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Rick & Marley
February 25, 2017 at 1:48 am

I have never heard of these products. I can definitely see myself using the Air Fryer since we are always frying food. The smell of oil always stays in the house and even burns my eyes, but with the Air Fryer, we would not have that problem. Great recommendations!

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emmaandrose
February 25, 2017 at 7:31 pm

We ate a lot of fried food growing up and the smell used to bother me. You’re right, the Air Fryer doesn’t leave that kind of smell at all.

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jill conyers
February 25, 2017 at 8:53 am

We just bought an Insta Pot. My husband is obsessed with it.

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Cait Weingartner
February 25, 2017 at 5:43 pm

So glad I found this post because I’d honestly never heard of either of these appliances. They both sounds wonderful. Now I just have to find room for them!

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emmaandrose
February 25, 2017 at 7:26 pm

Haha so many of us are in the same boat — no more room to put anything else. Thanks for visiting.

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Liz from lizwilcox.com
March 24, 2017 at 5:34 pm

I haven’t heard of the air fryer but let me tell ya, in the RV world, InstantPot is KING!!! We all use them!!

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emmaandrose
April 10, 2017 at 7:45 pm

No way! I didn’t know that. It makes sense doesn’t it? You can do so much with it and you don’t need to store all sort of different pans which is great because I know you have limited storage space in an RV.

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Janet Earling-Bencivenni
March 27, 2017 at 7:39 am

Both are great! I don’t have the “instant” pot brand, but I actually have 3 (yes really) 3 electric pressure cookers and an air fryer. I wouldn’t give them up!

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emmaandrose
April 1, 2017 at 11:49 am

Wow, three? Do you prefer to use one for different foods? I’d love to hear what your favorite recipes are for both.

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