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Top 10 Reasons to LOVE your Air Fryer

By June 24, 2019June 26th, 2019Air Fryer Recipes

Top 10 Reasons to LOVE your Air Fryer

If you didn’t know already, I am working away at writing Keto Air Fryer cookbook! AND I worked so hard on it, the book is releasing 2 MONTHS EARLY! You can pre-order it HERE.

If you have little children or grandchildren, hold them close and hug them every chance you get. My boys are growing up too fast. There’s a lovely children’s book called Tuck Everlasting where a family drinks from a magic well and they stay that age. If I could, I would have us drink from the “magic well.” I love the age Micah and Kai are at; they are 8 and 9. They are funny, we love to play board games together every night, they can help me in the kitchen, they are the light of my life!

When I finished my last book, Keto Instant Pot, my plan was to take a break and slow down so I can enjoy my family more and focus on my Keto Coaching students. But I’ve been told this many times, “if you want to hear god laugh, tell him what you have planned!” And it couldn’t be more true in many aspects of my life.

When Erich, my publisher, called to discuss an air fryer book, I couldn’t say no. I already use my air fryer almost daily so to be honest, a Keto Air Fryer book was a destiny!

If you would like to see the recipes in the book, check out @keto_air_fryer on Instagram!

If you want to see all the delicious recipes that will be in the Keto Air Fryer cookbook, check out @keto_air_fryer on Instagram! 


You are probably saying, “Air fryer book? I thought keto was high fat? Why not use a deep fryer”. This is a common misconception about ketogenic diets. If your body is already “High Fat” your diet doesn’t need to be. To understand this check out the Fat Flux chapter in my book Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet. 

TOP 10 Reasons to LOVE your Air Fryer!

1. Easiest way to reheat leftovers!

If you want to ditch using a microwave to reheat leftover, the air fryer is perfect! Never soggy crusts on Keto pizzas again!

AND if you love Real Good Pizza but don’t love how soggy the crust can be, put it in your air fryer! It helps the crust get crispier! Click HERE to get Real Good pizza delivered like we do (and use code: Maria for 10 % off)! 

2. Makes crispy veggies in no time!

I love charred veggies and the air fryer makes perfect veggies with a nice caramelized outside! My favorite is air fried Brussels sprouts!

3. Makes the juiciest hamburgers in an instant!

I love hamburgers! Many of you know I prefer to have one every day! I make a ton of hamburger patties (I’ve even frozen some). All I have to do is season with my keto burger seasoning and toss a few in the air fryer for an easy family dinner! TIP OF THE DAY: I don’t season until right before I cook the burgers because salt draws out moisture.

4. It makes amazing bacon without a mess!

My son likes his bacon chewy where I like mine crispy. I remove his about 90 seconds before mine and it’s perfect!

5. It doesn’t heat up the house on hot summer days!

My husband often jokes that I’ll turn my oven on to make keto bread when it is 99 degrees F out! But now it isn’t big deal because I use my Cuisinart Air Fryer! I love how it doesn’t heat the house up! We even use have one in Maui at the Keto Condo!

6. Saves TIME and ENERGY!

The cool thing about air frying is that you do not have to preheat the air fryer if you don’t want to; however, if you do pre-heat the air fryer, it only takes a fraction of the time to heat up compared to a large oven. Makes meal time even faster AND you save on energy!

7. Makes delicious steaks with crispy outsides!

Enough said…

8. You can easily make your favorite oven recipes in the air fryer.

No matter what you want to make, just about every recipe that you typically make in the oven can be made in the air fryer. The only thing I’m not a huge fan of making in my Cuisinart Air Fryer are cheesecakes. Since air frying is using a high-powered convention cooking method where air is being pushed around, it causes lots of cracking in cheesecakes. The fans dry out the top of the cheesecake and you want it to stay moist. Anything that contains a lot of eggs you need top to stay moist while interior is still rising and setting otherwise you will get the infamous cheesecake crack.


9.  Easy cleaning!

I once would fry some of the recipes that I now do in my Air Fryer in a cast iron skillet with oil and the clean-up was a hassle! Not to mention the smell of deep frying consumed my house for days! I had oil splatters everywhere including my hood range which was impossible to clean. With air frying, there is really no mess to clean up!

10. Kid Friendly!

My son loves to make bacon and my keto English Muffin pizzas in the air fryer and he can do it without my help! Kids can easily make my keto recipes in the air fryer. It’s a great tool to help get kids interested in making homemade meals!

I also love that my son can make his favorite snack of Real Good Foods keto Enchiladas in the air fryer! I love that we no longer use our microwave!

11. BONUS reason: You can pack it camping!

As long as you have a campsite with electricity, you can use your air fryer when you go camping! You know I love camping and prefer to go in a tent, but with Craig’s illness, we often go in our RV. What I love about RV camping is that I have an air fryer with me and it makes meal in an instant!

The BEST Air Fryer

I have tried MANY different air fryers and I started with a small basic air fryer which was fine however, more often than not, I was disappointed at how I had to work in batches because the air fryer was too small to fit enough for my whole family. So, if you are in the market for a new air fryer, I highly suggest getting the Cuisinart TOA-60 (click HERE to find). It is large enough to fit all my recipes however it isn’t heavy (I could move it from my pantry to kitchen with ease) and it looks cool! Cuisinart does not pay me to say this! In all honesty, I love the Cuisinart brand because if I ever do have an issue with one of their products, they are quick to respond and one time I broke my beloved Cuisinart Ice Cream maker because of overuse and they sent me a new one for FREE!


“Hi Maria! I want to encourage everyone to not give up!!!!! I’ve been eating Keto for 21 months and with good success. But the past 4 months my weight loss has stalled. I only have 20 pounds left to lose after a 215 pound loss, 135 of that eating Keto!

This morning I dropped another lb. I didn’t stress, I didn’t give up, I just kept doing what I had been doing. I your Protein Sparing Modified Fast and recalculated my macros. I’m really doing this for life, and the last pounds will come off in time!

Meanwhile I feel great, off all meds except for a lower dose of thyroid meds and looking like I did in 1988!” – Twila

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Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Laura says:

    Maria, the basket in the air fryer, is it aluminum or stainless steel? How hard is it to clean that basket after cooking on it?

    • Lisa Wodo says:

      I dont know what its made of but i spray it before use then after cooling, I wash with soapy sponge like normal dishes OR ocassionally i use a soapy brush. It really isnt hard at all 🙂

    • Christina says:

      Laura – I have this same model so I thought I’d answer. My experience is it depends on what you cook on it, if you spray it with any oil, and how soon after using it you wash it. If you cook without oil spray and then leave it sitting out before washing it, it does take more time to clean and a little more elbow grease. So I leave it sitting on the tray and fill the tray up with soapy water and then when I’m ready to clean up it’s pretty simple. I really like this air fryer, although I’ve not had any others to compare it to for ease of use or cleaning.

  • Nelson says:

    I have no idea why it is so hard to leave a comment on your site but if just leaving a comment is this hard buying your product and using it would not be worth it to me. I do wonder how long my comment will remain up.

    Laura, I am sorry I do not have any answers for you, I have questions of my own. Like how much is this product? How much wattage does it use? On what stages or levels? For example if I am using your product to cook a chicken dinner how long will I need to cook this dinner compared to a conventional oven?

    I am trying to establish the savings over a year for example. Will I be using your product more than I would let’s say a microwave? Or will it just become a display on a shelf? Are you going to be offering us different types of things to cook with your product? This way we are attracted to using it more often.

    What is the attraction to the use of your product?

  • Kiffie says:

    I LOVE my Cuisinart Air Fryer-I use it almost every day too! So easy to clean the basket and tray. I make wings in it weekly-super crispy and delicious!! Thanks for recommending-it was worth the money!

  • Ann says:

    I am also wondering if the basket AND inside of the fryer is stainless steel (my husband and I have SEVERE autoimmune so we are VERY careful about those things). P.S. THANK YOU for doing a dairy free cookbook, my husband is allergic to all dairy (even goat’s milk) and since I have cancer, I try to avoid dairy (for now) so we BOTH appreciate the dairy free recipes so much!

  • Linda says:

    Curious if an air fryer would re-heat a coffee???

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Probably but it would make the mug very hot. You would need to put it in a container and transfer to a mug.

  • Stephanie says:

    Hi Maria, I ordered the Breville Smart Oven based on a review by you last fall. I find it very difficult to clean the top of the oven after air frying chicken. Is the Cuisinart better in that respect? Did you have the same problem with the Breville?

  • Meg says:

    I am looking at the Cuisinart TOA-60 and the TOA-65 but leaning toward the 65 because of the larger size. Do you have an opinion on the 65? Besides size and digital readout, is there a functionality advantage to one or the other? Finally, do you have a referral link to the TOA-65? Thanks

  • Gladys O'Brien says:

    Well, I considered this blog as an ad for the Cuisinart oven. I am in Canada…everything is truly more expensive here. Then, I began researching. Your oven in Canada is $300.00. So, I turned to our fabulous store Canadian Tire, and their stunning housewares dept. reading this week’s flyer…this week they have the KITCHENAID air fryer/convection oven on sale for $129.99 (reg. $249.99) and it is just as powerful, with 1800 watts and offers all the same features and size of the Cuisinart oven that Maria loves. And if they are sold out, they will provide you, the customer with a rain cheque!

    The Bay on line also has the same Kichenaid oven as Canadian Tire for the same price. Surprising since the Bay is generally regarded as a more expensive store! So there you are, my fellow Canadians a real deal! Run, don’t walk…or go on line and buy an air fryer oven. I am sitting mine right next to my microwave…in my tiny (floor s.f. is only 24!) kitchen. So if I can find room, so can you!

    Sale ends at Canadian Tire July 4th.
    Happy 4th to all Maria’s American readers.

    Hope this helps!
    Toronto, Canada

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