IF you don’t have any air fryer in your kitchen, what are you waiting for?
Here in the UK sales of air fryers have rocketed, with superstore Asda reporting a whopping 320 per cent rise in the past year.
From crispy fries to fakeaways and fabulous desserts and even perfectly-cooked steak, the popular product can cook it all.
With the cost of living crisis at its peak, one woman has taken air frying to a whole new level and saved an absolute fortune on her energy bills.
50-year-old Hilary Steel from Kent is Britain’s biggest air fryer obsessive and cooks every meal using the trendy gadget.
She bought her Ninja Foodi back in 2019 and hasn’t touched her oven since.
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“Last month I spent £2 on gas, all because of my life-changing air fryer,” she confesses.
“I’ve saved hundreds of pounds on my monthly bills and never turn my oven on.”
Hilary’s always loved cooking to help her relax and unwind, and her beloved gadget has cut dinner preparation time in half.
“It’s made me cook smarter and even helped me stop drinking so much wine while I wait as it’s so fast,” she reveals. “I never expected to love my air fryer as much as I do. People must think I’m mad – I even hug it.”
Last month I spent £2 on gas, all because of my life-changing air fryer
Hilary’s been with her loving wife for 16 years and admits her patient partner is used to trying her latest air fryer creations without fuss.
In recent months, the savvy cook has rustled up crowd-pleasing canapes, mouth-watering fish and chips and a whole roast chicken with all the trimmings.
“I’m a top entertainer and love hosting Christmas parties at my house. Of course, it’s the air fryer that does all the hard work,” she explains.
“I treat guests to finger food like vol-au-vents – they look so retro and are barely any effort to make.”
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Hilary even packs up her air fryer to use on holiday and saves hundreds of pounds by rustling up meals instead of eating out at pricey restaurants.
“Last time I went camping I hooked it up to the electric supply and made an entire roast dinner. The roast potatoes were so crispy and fluffy and the towering Yorkshire puddings beat Aunt Bessie’s by miles.”
Her air fryer has even enjoyed a trip to the coast for a girls’ weekend away.
“My friends and I went to the beach and drank too much prosecco, so I plugged in the air fryer at our beach hut and whipped up chips and garlic bread to sober us all up,” she says.
“I think we made other holiday makers jealous – it smelt incredible.”
I’ve been known to return home in the early hours after a few drinks, fire up the air fryer and make a kebab
And Hilary’s foodie feats don’t stop at garlic bread, either. She’s perfected a classic takeaway dish: the doner kebab.
“I’ve been known to return home in the early hours after a few drinks, fire up the air fryer and make a kebab,” she confesses.
We’ve all had one disastrous dinner in our lifetime, but not Hilary. Every air fryer meal she’s prepared has been a success, and her friends and family have never complained.
“I don’t want to blow my own trumpet, but I’ve never had a disaster. My creations work beautifully and guests say every meal is delicious.”
Hilary’s made it her mission to convert everyone she meets into an airfryer obsessive.
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“I’ll even stop people on the street and tell them about it.
“What’s more, I’ve massively reduced my carbon footprint and hardly any of my food goes to waste. I love my air fryer and I don’t know how I’d live without it.”
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