How often do you fry your food?
My husband and I used to fry foods, especially french fries, many years ago. We stopped frying our french fries not so much for health reasons (although eating fried foods is not good for you), but for our kid’s safety. When our kids were little, we worried one of them would grab up at the pan and spill it on them.
Many decades ago, when I was around ten years old, my mom was frying food on the stove (I forget what she was frying). The pan caught fire. She asked my sister to hold the front door open so she could throw the burning pan out the front door, to avoid catching the kitchen on fire. As she ran down the hallway to the front door, the flames were burning her hands and arms. She couldn’t handle the pain anymore, so she threw the pan out the door. Unfortunately, my sister wasn’t completely out of the way and got hit with the flaming hot oil. Both my mom and sister suffered from horrible, painful burns as a result and were left with bad scars.
It was this situation that made me not trust frying food. We stopped frying things and switched to baking things instead.
I have heard about air fryers. I have seen them advertised on television as well as online. I’ve watched many YouTube videos about air fryer, and I’ve been impressed by the outcome.
I was fortunate to receive an air fryer to review from NewAir. They sent me their Magic Chef® 3.7 Quart Digital Air Fryer.
The Magic Chef® 3.7 Quart Digital Air Fryer cooks up crispy, delicious snacks without added oil, making it the perfect companion for your healthy lifestyle. Intuitive digital controls and presets make it a snap to use, and the included recipe book will take your cooking way beyond basic french fries. Trust Magic Chef® to make air frying safe and simple enough for everyday eating.
To be honest with you, I couldn’t wait to try this out. Just the thought of air frying our favorite foods without cooking them in oil, as well as baking our french fries, sounded too good to be true.
The Magic Chef 3.7 Quart Digital Air Fryer has a large cooking basket. I have seen other air fryers that had baskets that looked way too small to cook a meal in, especially dinner. The cooking basket for this air fryer is one of the largest I’ve come across. I believe there might be larger ones, but for me and my husband, the 3.7 size works just fine. It even works well when one, or both, of our children are home for dinner (they have various work/school schedules.
The basket, as well as the inner part of the basket (where you place your food), can both be fully removed from the unit to be cleaned. It’s even dishwasher safe.
The inner basket (cooking surface part) is non-stick. So far, with everything we’ve cooked in the air fryer, nothing has stuck to the basket. It’s so easy to clean, more so than trying to clean a pan.
This air fryer is super easy to use. You don’t even have to worry about trying to figure out the proper time and temperature settings for most foods. This air fryer comes with several presets, such as steak, fries, fish and chicken, to name a few. Simply select your option, press start and let the air fryer do the rest.
My husband and I like to stop the unit about half way through it’s cooking time to move around the fries, or to flip the meat. It’s not that the air fryer doesn’t cook both sides of the foods (it does!), we just like to give each side equal amount of time to be close to the heating source.
We’ve even baked in the air fryer, like the delicious “breakfast bombs” my husband made for me a few times. They are made with scrambled eggs, cheese and sausage and/or bacon (it’s up to you). They cooked perfectly in the air fryer. He did place a piece of parchment paper on the bottom of the basket (I guess to prevent them from oozing all over the place until they cooked).
Look at how perfectly baked the breakfast bombs are. Yummy!
The Magic Chef 3.7 Quart Digital Air Fryer has a digital control panel that allows you to easily select the food you want to air fry, or change settings (heat, time) to suit your needs. You can cook things up to 400 degrees.
This air fryer beeps to let you know when your food is done, so you can go on and do other things while it’s cooking.
You can also pull out the basket while it’s cooking to check on your foods progress or to flip/shake foods around, and when you put the basket back into the air fryer, cooking resumes exactly where it was when you took the basket out. You don’t need to reset anything. Plus it actually turns off when the basket it out, which is a great safety feature.
I didn’t think we’d use this air fryer as much as we do. I thought we’d use it from time to time. I honestly thought we’d use it to “fry” our french fries, which we have once a week. The truth is that we use the air fryer almost every day. So far it’s mostly at dinner time, but my husband does make the breakfast bombs frequently, and I’ve used the air fryer to cook fish sticks or warm up left over foods for lunch.
Personally, I think the air fryer cooks steak better than in a pan. In a pan I feel like it dries out the meat too much. The air fryer cooks steak meat perfectly (for me), and it stays moist.
We haven’t tried to cook two different foods in the The Magic Chef 3.7 Quart Digital Air Fryer as of yet.
Some of the other foods we’ve cooked in the air fryer include breaded pork chops, pork cutlets, potatoes, zucchini fries, chicken cutlets and fish filets. I want to try “baking” a potato in the air fryer too. Baking potatoes in the oven seems to take forever. I am hopeful that the air fryer will cut down the baking time while giving us the same baked potato result.
The The Magic Chef 3.7 Quart Digital Air Fryer comes with a cookbook as well with several delicious recipes inside.
A great addition to this air fryer (or any air fryer) is the cookbook, The Easy Air Fryer Cookbook: Healthy, Everyday Recipes for People with Diabetes, the newest collection of recipes from writing and cooking partners Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss. You DO NOT need to be diabetic to enjoy the recipes in this book. I have diabetes, but no one else in my family does. We’ve tried some recipes in this book, and everyone in my family enjoys them.
There are 80 recipes in this book. I’m not kidding when I say you can cook A LOT of things in the air fryer.
This recipe book features recipes for meat, vegetables and even desserts. Some of the recipes in this book include;
- Sunday Morning French Toast
- Diner-Style Pork Chops (these are the pork chops that we’ve made in the air fryer)
- Crisp Parmesan Broccoli Florets
- Pecan Baked Apples
- Southwestern Egg Rolls
- Nashville Hot Chicken
The book starts off with tips on a healthy lifestyle, followed about more information about what air frying is all about.
The book has recipes for appetizers, desserts, snacks, meat, seafood, side dishes – even vegetarian meals.
I love mushrooms, and there is a mouth-watering recipe for stuffed mushrooms in this cookbook (yes, cooked in the air fryer). I want to try this recipe, but I’m the only person who enjoys mushrooms, so I haven’t made it yet.
There is a recipe for stuffed potato skins that I’m looking forward to trying.
From this cookbook we’ve made the pork chops, zucchini fries (“sticks” in the cookbook, my family calls them fries), and the herb marinated chicken.
I have half of this cookbook “dog earred” with recipes we want to try. And like I said, just because this is a “diabetic” cookbook does not mean it’s only for diabetics. The recipes in this book are for anyone who enjoys cooking with an air fryer, as well as for those who want to eat healthier.
The book features many great tips, as well as a few photos. I wish there were more photos. I love to see what food looks like when it’s cooked.
There are plenty of recipes in this book that would be great for the holiday season, like these Pecan Baked Apples. I haven’t tried them yet, but I am looking forward to making them one day.
You can find this book on Amazon (linked above – NOT an affiliate link), or do a search for The Easy Air Fryer Cookbook: Healthy, Everyday Recipes for People with Diabetes, by
This air fryer is large in size (due to it’s large capacity basket), but it doesn’t take up that much space. We keep ours on top of the pantry. It’s not one of those appliances that gets pushed into the closet, like our blender and popcorn maker, because we use the air fryer so often.
The air fryer measures 14.00″D (w/handle) x 11.25″W x 11.80″H and weighs in just under 10 pounds (my cats weigh more than this!).
I’ve totally jumped on the air fryer bandwagon. I am totally hooked on air frying, so much so that I am collecting more recipes to try in our NewAir Magic Chef air fryer.
NewAir carries several different size air fryers, as well as ice makers, portable air conditioners, wine fridges and more.
The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.
An air fryer would make a great gift for people who love to cook, college students, senior citizens or anyone who wants healthier alternatives.
Are you into air frying? What is your favorite food to make in an air fryer?
*I received a free product to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.