I like gadgets and technology quite a bit, but sometimes I find myself at least 2 to 3 years behind the latest trends on stuff. For example: everyone got into Netflix like 5 years ago, but we just switched over to streaming services in March. Seriously, I was probably one of the last people to actually rent DVD's from the Redbox at the grocery store. Admittedly, I still do every once in a while. It's like $2 to get a movie out of a the machine but $5.99 to stream it? Shouldn't it be the other way around?

Anyway, we finally got an air fryer. It showed up in the mail today and I'm REALLY excited about it. The packaging promises "8 easy-to-use settings" that can: "air fry, roast, reheat, custom, bake, rotisserie, dehydrate and rotate." Holy moly, that's a lot of options. This model came from Pampered Chef. My wife got roped into hosting a party somehow and swears that we got it "for free." It seems like we bought a lot of stuff to earn the "free" part, but I like their products and I like to cook so I'm not complaining. This one seems pretty fancy, with an iPod like push-knob to control most of the options, two removable racks and the rotating basket thing. I can't wait to attempt a rotisserie chicken. The included recipe booklet has some great idea-starters too, like beef jerky and coconut shrimp. Hello!? Yes, please.

Everyone is trying to eat healthier and I'm looking forward to testing the air fryer to see if I can actually duplicate fried food without a deep fryer full of hot oil. I'm somewhat skeptical, but if it comes close, that'll be good enough. Deep frying wastes so much grease, stinks up the whole house and makes a giant mess. There is a reason you order fried foods at the fair and at restaurants, instead of frying it up in your kitchen.

Tomorrows agenda: air fry random stuff. Got any good suggestions? Let me know in the Comments or message me on the free Hawk Mobile App Message Us button. And remind me to think about getting an Insta-pot one of these days too. I'm only like 4 years behind on that craze.

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