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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    I consider the immersion blender to be a minimalist must-have. It's smaller and easier to clean than a blender. I have a KitchenAid, but it sits like a ton weight behind my home office door. We rarely use it. I would also would never have an interest in a fryer. I never had a Cuisinart, either, nor any desire for one.

    I guess what you needs depend heavily on what and how you cook/bake.
    Love my immersion blender as well. I use it for soups and lately for mashing up soy beans for patties and chickpeas for hummus.
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    Thinking of buying a air fryer as have heard such good things about them. But don’t want it to be another thing I get rid of in a year.

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    Ice cream (even "premium") seems to have more and more gum-this gum-that. Even the expensive ice cream doesn't freeze to hard any longer. Yikes
    Haagen Daz, is one of the few that doesn't. Ok, I eat ice cream maybe twice a year, but it's a good brand. Not organic though - oh well. I've had homemade ice cream though, and nothing beats it for taste.

    I use my immersion blender much more than my real blender, as it's much easier to clean. A fryer, why would I need that? I know how to make oven fries or something if I wanted to though. I did recently have zucchini noodles that make a spiralizer somewhat attractive (I don't entirely shun real pasta though it's not something I eat that often). Enough to get one? Well *probably* not - they probably have this stuff premade that I could try at Trader Joe's or something first.
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    People on another forum were making all sorts of meals in their air fryer.

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    If I had something resembling a real kitchen, I would consider the Breville Smart Oven Air, which is a multi-use countertop unit with an air-fry option. Cuisinart offers one too; they're similarly rated. I like properly fried food, but oil storage/disposal is a pain. I briefly had a GoWise air fryer and returned it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaneV2.0 View Post
    If I had something resembling a real kitchen, I would consider the Breville Smart Oven Air, which is a multi-use countertop unit with an air-fry option.
    I snapped and got that one about a month or so ago. I haven't used my regular Viking wall oven since. It has accomplished everything I asked of it, with the exception of broiling thick steaks (it broiled them fine, but the countertop isn't a place to broil such things, if you don't want to scrub the cupboards above....).

    The main advantage it offers to me is that it preheats almost instantly, and seems to hold a constant good temperature, so it makes quickly using it an easy enterprise - the wall oven takes a looooong time to preheat.

    A secondary advantage is the large clear glass door, combined with the location in the kitchen, means I can put an ingredient in it to bake/cook off, and monitor it trivially while doing other things. In combination with the easy-to-use timers on it, I can, for instance, chuck a squash in it to bake, and just forget about it, and it won't overcook or turn into a blackened crisp.

    I am currently using the Viking to store cookware....
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    [QUOTE=bae;312891]
    Quote Originally Posted by JaneV2.0 View Post
    If I had something resembling a real kitchen, I would consider the Breville Smart Oven Air, which is a multi-use countertop unit with an air-fry option. /QUOTE]

    I snapped and got that one about a month or so ago. I haven't used my regular Viking wall oven since. It has accomplished everything I asked of it, with the exception of broiling thick steaks (it broiled them fine, but the countertop isn't a place to broil such things, if you don't want to scrub the cupboards above....).

    The main advantage it offers to me is that it preheats almost instantly, and seems to hold a constant good temperature, so it makes quickly using it an easy enterprise - the wall oven takes a looooong time to preheat.

    A secondary advantage is the large clear glass door, combined with the location in the kitchen, means I can put an ingredient in it to bake/cook off, and monitor it trivially while doing other things. In combination with the easy-to-use timers on it, I can, for instance, chuck a squash in it to bake, and just forget about it, and it won't overcook or turn into a blackened crisp.

    I am currently using the Viking to store cookware....
    I have it on my New House list. I figure the Breville and the Instant Pot would cover most of the things I cook.

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    Anyone uses bbq grill mat for bbq? I wonder if it is essential and how the taste of the meat and veggeis will be changed.

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