Monday, July 1, 2019

Reviewing the NuWave Brio 10 Qt Air Fryer

Reviewing the NuWave Brio on Review This! 
Just this week I purchased the NuWave Brio 10 qt air fryer. And I am immediately in love with this way of cooking. I had to immediately review my new kitchen appliance.  If I find that over time I become disenchanted with this air fryer, I'll update this review. But right now I cannot imagine changing my mind about this machine.


NuWave Brio 


I bought an air fryer due to a recommendation from a co-worker. My co-worker had a cardiac event at a very young age. Thankfully, he recovered fully and returned to work. Not only did he return to work he clearly was losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle.  I asked him what his secret was. He said that he was using an air fryer. And if I was interested in losing weight and/or becoming healthier, I should definitely get one.

After looking at video reviews and comparison shopping in the stores, I chose the NuWave Brio 10 Qt machine. I made this choice for three main reasons.

  • similar pricing to the other machines
  • 1500w (double the power of some of the other machines)
  • a larger cooking space than some of the other machines

The NuWave advertising lists the highlights of this appliance as:

  • digital controls
  • evenly distributed heat
  • dishwasher safe parts (the parts - not the machine)
  • program functions - program your favorite recipes
  • stage functions - create up to 10 stages of time/temp adjustments
  • rotisserie - adjustable forks and rotates 360 degrees
  • sear function 
  • reversible wire rack (to adjust the height of your food and/or make room for up to an 8 lb chicken)
  • built-in "safe start" sensor
  • precise temperature control from 100F - 400F degrees. 

My Skepticism and Hesitation


That initial air fryer recommendation came to me close to two years ago. When my co-worker suggested an air fryer, one of the reasons I was very skeptical is that I didn't believe that I'd use one regularly. After all, I never deep-fry foods and I already often bake my meats/french fries rather than fry. 

Since then, a second co-worker has had a cardiac event (she is fully recovered also - thank God!). With my friends having major health scares, my own increasingly health problems, and after watching a movie of a young man who controls his Multiple Sclerosis (MS) symptoms via diet and exercise, I decided to take the plunge and purchase an air fryer. 

(No, I do not have MS, but his story about healthy diet was so motivating I decided to focus on cutting out even more carbs, sugars, and junk foods. If you would like to see my review of Living Proof by Matt Embry, click here).


The Past Week with the Brio Air Fryer


Since I have bought this machine, I have had a wide variety of cooked vegetables (broccoli, asparagus, green beans) that I normally would not have unless I was eating out. For some reason, I have never been able to stir-fry or saute vegetables and have them turn out appealing in any way. The one vegetable I cook well is summer squash, but I was frying them in a small amount of oil. Now I'm air frying them with only a dusting of cooking spray.

I've made chicken livers in this machine and they turned out GREAT.  I did not expect them too. The light flour coating browned and crisped. I was amazed. Another perk was that cooking the chicken livers in the machine greatly decreased that cooking liver smell that permeates the apartment when I cook them in the frying pan!  

I've also made a beef and broccoli Chinese food recipe that turned out GREAT. This is something I've never been able to cook successfully previously. 

I have made both lightly floured chicken nuggets and BBQ chicken chunks that looked and tasted as though they were grilled.

But the best thing about this appliance has been cooking great foods, foods that I often would pop into the oven for 30 - 45 minutes. But this apartment is hot and we've been having a heatwave. Without the Brio, I would either be on the verge of heatstroke while making dinner or I would forgo a real meal. With the NuWave Brio, I have been making great meals during this heatwave and adding very little, if any, extra heat in the kitchen. 

I am really pleased with this purchase and I'm very glad I finally acted on my co-worker's recommendation.







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12 comments:

  1. You have me convinced! Sounds like a great way to cook and eat healthier. Unfortunately, living on solar power precludes me from using high wattage appliances that draw too many amps for my system to handle. Wish I could use this air fryer. Maybe I'll buy one for a family member and use it when I visit. Thanks for introducing me to a new way of approaching cooking. I send you wishes for ever greater health and many delicious meals with your NuWave Brio.

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    1. Well... I have had thoughts that I'm going to get really used to this and then possibly move to The Shack with solar and not be able to use it! However, I think I've decided that I can't be completely off-grid. So it'll work out.

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  2. We bought a very small air fryer last year (an Amazon Prime Day special) and haven't used it as much as we'd like to. I'm looking forward to playing with it more, especially now in the hot summer weather. If we start using it as much as I hope we will and decide to upgrade to a larger air fryer, I'll definitely consider this model. Thanks for a great review!

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    1. You are very welcome. If you come up with good ideas or recipes in your air fryer, I hope you share them. I'm not the best in the kitchen and need all the tips I can get.

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  3. I have seen ads for this air fryer and have considered getting one. Now with your review, I'm thinking even harder about it. I like fried foods, but not the greasiness and the added calories. I've been trying to change the way I cook and this air fryer would offer me more choices and a healthier way of cooking & eating. Thanks for your helpful review, Dawn Rae.

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    1. You are very welcome. Tonight I'm cooking a turkey burger in it! I'm definitely eating better with it.

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  4. I looked at the air fryers myself last winter while Christmas shopping and questioned their value. The woman at the department store didn't really know much about them. It sounds like a fabulous cooker now that I have read your review. Does the cooked food taste deep fried?

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    1. I'm the world's worst person to ask how things taste. But I'll give it a try. So far, I think things taste better than deep fried. Typically things taste greasy to me when they are deep fried and I don't like that (even before I got the machine). The chicken livers tasted fried without the greasy taste. So, I'd say yes. I do need to try some french fries in it and see how they turn out. I haven't tried fries yet.

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  5. I am a fan of the air fryer too! I was skeptical and surprised how well it works :) - too!!!

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    1. Yay ! Isn't it amazing - how well it works ?! I'm glad you like yours too.

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  6. This sounds like an appliance that would fit into my apartment too. Our place is air conditioned in the summertime, but I still don't like spending lots and lots of time in the kitchen. So this sounds like it would be a great addition. Thanks for a great review.

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  7. I've never owned one or used one, but would love to give this a try. Good to have a recommendation if I jump in and give this way of cooking a try.

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