By: Shaun BairdIf you ever wanted someone to help you, Shaun would be your man. He has spent most of his life helping others, often without realising, and used this passion to drive the 10 Warriors brand forward.This unnerving dedication to always help people has become the seamless channel for Shaun to dedicate his efforts to helping a wider community.
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Chicken is one of the mainstays of many a home in the Uk, and with the rise of the air fryer more and more people are wondering how best to marry the two for some wonderful meals. Well never fear, using your air fryer for chicken snacks or meals is ever so simple.
Sometimes you want to go all out and create something worth looking forward to, and other times you want to be able to just “shove some chicken in” and eat it as soon as possible.
Here then is a round up of some of the best chicken recipes we’ve come across.
I wanted to show recipes that could be done fast and others that took longer. Trouble is most chicken if cooked from fresh will take at least 30 minutes so you need to factor this into your cooking schedule.
Crispy air fried chicken – 70 minutes total cook & prep time
This recipe looks utterly DELICIOUS! It’s a case of mixing together some flour, egg, cajun seasoning etc.
Cooking time including prep: 70 minutes (10 minutes prep, then 30 minutes on one side, turn the chicken and cook for a further 30 minutes).
How to do this:
(Please refer to the above link for specific step by step instructions), but in a nutshell you will be mixing 1½ Tablespoons of Old Bay Seasoning, a cup flour, and 1 teaspoon seasoning salt. Then whisking an egg separately in another bowl.
The next step is to drop a chicken piece into the flour, then into the egg then back into the flour. Repeat for a few pieces of chicken and finally give them a spray all over with some spray oil.
Then you can pop them in the air fryer. Looking at about an hour cooking, and you can turn them over after 30 minutes.
A definite one to try out.
KFC Chicken recipe for your air fryer – omg…! – 40 minute cook and prep time
If you can demolish a KFC time after time, it’s no wonder. Their secret recipe for the Chicken coating is what has entertained people for many years.
Cooking time including prep: 40 minutes approximately
So I’m just going to let the video below do the talking. If you’re a fan of KFC then give this a whirl!
In the video she outlines a list of all the ingredients that go into it – and they are all easy to find ingredients that are stocked at most supermarkets.
She cooked the KFC copycat chicken for 18 minutes however it did look a bit raw when finished, so I’d personally look to add an extra 10 minutes on, and see for yourself if you are happy. As long as it’s steaming hot and White you can adjust to suit your own personal taste. Some chicken might be bigger too, so this is one recipe that comes with an approximate cooking time depending on the size.
Chicken strips – 15-20 minutes total cook & prep time
Cooking time including prep: 15 to 20 minutes (5 minutes prep, then 3 minutes on one side, turn the chicken and cook for a further 3 minutes – an optional 2 extra minutes right at the end for reheating if you are cooking a large number of chicken strips).
How to do this:
(Please do refer to the link above for this excellent fast recipe).
The recipe simply involves preheating your air fryer as usual. Then creating a breadcrumb based mixture you will use for coating the strips and finally cooking.
The mixture uses a “seasoning salt” (1 to 1/2 teaspoons), 1/2 cup of plain breadcrumbs and 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.
You essentially mix the ingredients, turn your chicken strips in the mix (aim to do 4 to 5 pieces at a time in the air fryer – It’s best not to cook too many at once as you really don’t want each piece to be touching the next one, so that a good all round finish can be achieved when cooking).
Spray the wire tray in the air fryer with a spray oil and pop in the chicken, cooking for about 3 minutes each side.
Serve and enjoy!
Orange chicken – minutes total cook & prep time
Not the fastest of meals but utterly delicious!
Cooking time including prep: 30 to 40 minutes
How to do this:
(Please do watch the video to the link above for this recipe).
The recipe essentially involves the mixing of flour, corn starch, salt and black pepper into a food bag and popping this to one side. You will be using this to coat the chicken pieces in a moment.
Whisking an egg in a bowl, then popping in some cut up pieces of chicken in the bowl to coat them, before popping the chicken into the coating you mixed together previously in the bag. Don’t forget to season the chicken at every stage with salt and black pepper.
Once the chicken is coated in the flour mix, pop it out of the bag onto a plate or tray and a quick spray of oil will help at this stage to give it a nice crispy coating.
Pop the chicken in the air fryer at 370 degrees for about 10 minutes… turn it over, another spray of oil then cook again for a further 12 to 15 minutes.
Add the sauce ingredients as per the video and when it’s all thickened up , add in the chicken and serve!
Cooking frozen chicken – 10 to 15 minutes defrost time, then 20 to 30 minutes cook time depending on size of chicken
Cooking time including prep: 30 to 45 minutes.
How to do this:
(Defrosting meat PROPERLY is really important, and needs to be done thoroughly. If you are at all unsure then defrost the meat overnight in your fridge.
The main takeaway here is that you should check that the meat is soft right n the middle (after the defrosting part of your meal has been done).. If it feels firm and hard then it’s probably still frozen in the centre.
In the video above the guy is seen cooking the chicken on both sides for between 6 and 12 minutes per side. That will give you some sort of idea on how long to cook each piece for.
If you’ve enjoyed these chicken air fryer ideas then you might feel compelled to go get an actual air fryer? We’ve got you covered with our list of some great models. Take a look.
Why use tripod ladders ? – a Henchman tripod ladder review
Tripod ladders are used where ordinary ladders will not be safe. Like a milking stool, the tripod ladders have three legs to ensure their stability. With three legs, it is impossible for a tripod ladder not stay in contact with the ground.
Basic tripod ladders usually have one adjustable leg but the more professional ones have three adjustable legs. This makes them much more suited for uneven ground or for use on a sloping surface.
Unlike a normal ladder, Henchman tripod platform ladders have a special 7 inch (18cm) wide platform step to stand on. This step supports both feet leaving the remaining three feet above the step to lean on. There is room in the top part of the ladder to tuck your legs in so improving your stability.
The triangular footprint, which gives you much more stability than a standard ladder, is almost certain not to wobble. Having just three legs also allows for greater access in difficult areas which is why tripod ladders can be used for hedge trimming, pruning, topiary work as well as fruit picking.
They are often used by house painters and the shorter versions are ideal for maintenance in and around the house for little jobs like changing a light bulb.
The feet have gripping claws built in. A rubber foot kit (pack of 3) is available as an extra.
The Henchman ladders are designed with your safety in mind. There is a handy top rail you can use to support yourself which you can also use to lean on if you are working with both hands and a handy platform to stand your tools on.
There is also a safety chain to stop the legs from spreading too far.
The waist working height is 1.8m and the shoulder working height is 2.2m.
This Henchman tripod ladder is very stable, even on sloping ground. The adjustable leg, with a wide footprint, means that the tripod ladder can be used on the roughest ground or the steepest slope (without wobbling) in complete safety.
You will be completely safe and comfortable working at the top of this tripod ladder even if you are afraid of normal ladders.
Henchman Professional Tripod Platform Ladders All of the Henchman professional tripod ladders have three fully adjustable legs with an 18 inch variation in height. This means they will be ideal for use on sloping ground and different levels like stairs.
The Henchman tripod ladders are made from quality aluminium and are fully welded to the appropriate British Standards. Henchman tripod ladders are made with your safety in mind.
The three adjustable legs (46cm (18” adjustment) enable the tripod ladder to be set so the top is level and remain stable. The single leg allows you to work in tight spaces and could even be placed inside the edge of a hedge to give you more reach on wider hedges.
The tripod ladders come in four different heights: 1.8m (6Ft), 2.4m (8ft), 3m (10ft) and 3.7m (12ft), and are suitable for many different jobs around the house and garden.
The tripod ladders are weight tested and will support a 150kg (23 stone) load safely.
The extra wide 7 inch platform rung enables the user to stand safely and comfortably while working. This allows you to lean against the top rail leaving both hands free to work.
All Henchman tripod ladders have a safety chain to stop the legs spreading too far apart and claw feet to stop the tripod ladder from sinking into the ground or slipping on the soil.
Sets of rubber feet (in packs of 3) are available for use on smooth surfaces and to protect carpet and wood flooring if the tripod ladders are used indoors.
The Henchman tripod ladder is very stable, even on sloping ground. The adjustable legs, with a wide footprint, means that the tripod ladder can be used on the roughest ground or the steepest slope (without wobbling) in complete safety.
You will be completely safe and comfortable working at the top of this tripod ladder even if you are afraid of normal ladders.
Protective Rubber Feet for Henchman Tripod Ladders
Although Henchman tripod ladders have non-slip claw feet there will be occasions where you want to use the tripod ladder on a smooth surface or indoors.
Henchman sells sets of rubber feet (in packs of three) for their professional range of tripod ladders. They will stop the built in claws from slipping and protect surfaces such as carpets and wood flooring.
Air fried Oreo cookie recipe with our own Orange twist.
If you’ve ever been to a fairground or carnival recently you may well have come across stalls offering you deep fried Oreos. Essentially it’s the same as a deep fried donut but using Oreo’s as the middle piece. Not only that but our Air fried Oreo cookie recipe makes it ever so slightly healthier.
I have seen a few of these online, and wanted to re-create the recipe, but adding in a bit of a twist. The twist is quite literally Orange.
By mixing in some Orange essence, and sprinkling on some Orange pieces on top, we get something quite unlike anything you’ve seen before.
In brief, how to make our Air fried Orange infused Oreo cookies
Prepare pancake batter according to mix, or make from fresh
Mix into this some Orange extract flavouring
Pre-heat the Air Fryer for 3 minutes at 200 degrees
Dip your Oreo’s in the batter mix and lay in the air fryer
Sprinkle the Orange chunks on top then pop them into the air fryer
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Keyword: Cookie, Oreo, Snack
Author: Shaun Baird
1PacketPancake MixEvery packet is different so choose according to how many you'd like to make
1ServingIcing Sugar (or any other topping!)To gently sift over the top of the cookies once they have been cooked
1EachEggFor the pancake mix
1 UnitMilk (if the mix requests this)For the pancake mix
1tspOrange flavouringTo mix into the pancake mix
The first step is to create your batter. You can sometimes find pre-made batter mixes, or part-made batter mixes that contain only flour and milk. If the mix is read to go then great! If it says on the packet just add an egg and water then add in the water and 1 egg as mentioned on your batter mix packet. This is usually the case in pancake mixes pre-made.
Open the pancake mix, pour it into a bowl. Add 1 egg and water (as per pack instructions). Then add in around a teaspon or two of Orange essence or flavouring.
Mix all the ingredients together until it is a gloopy mixture, using a whisk.
Pre-heat your air fryer to around 200 degrees.
Take an Oreo biscuit, and push a fork into the filling. Dip the Oreo into the batter mix, then pop straight into the air fryer. Alternatively you can do it with a spoon or your fingers!
If you are using Orange chunks as per this recipe, sprinkle some on top of the Oreos, then close the Air Fryer drawer and start cooking for 8 minutes. If you are using icing sugar on top to dust the Oreo's, then sift the icing sugar over the top once the Oreos are cooked.
So, first up, take out an hour to pop to your local Supermarket.
It’s a very inexpensive recipe costing under £5 for the ingredients.
You are going to need some sort of batter to dip the Oreo’s into. There are a few options – firstly you can buy strips of dough already made. These are a bit less messy and can simply be wrapped around each Oreo, but these tend to turn into pastry as opposed to a batter.
Here’s our ingredients (we also used an egg in our mix as well):
So first of all, we decided to use half a bag of pancake mix, and made the mix up according to half of each choice.
So we mixed in 75ml of water, 1 egg and 3 capfuls of Orange flavouring extract.
Once all the ingredients were mixed it was time to dip the Oreo’s.
I tried to push a fork into the soft bit of the Oreo at first, but it forced the Oreo to fall apart, so soon gave that idea up and just used my fingers.
At this point I had switched on the Air fryer for about 14 minutes. It needs about 3 minutes of warm up time before any cooking should begin.
Once dipped, I placed the sticky gloopy Oreo’s into the Air fryer drawer, then sprinkled some of the Orange chunks on top.
I then closed the drawer and left it to cook which was around 8 or 9 minutes.
A metal spatula makes it easy to remove.
One thing I should note is that it may be better to cook them in the bottom of the drawer and not in the wire mesh inner tray as the batter ran through the mesh into the tray below, leaving the underside of each Oreo uncovered.
So, if you ever fancy making a kids favourite treat – Oreo’s with an Orange flavoured sweet tasting batter around it then please give this a go – and let me know what you thought in the comments below!
When he is not up mountains rescuing stricken mountaineers from danger, Bruno loves nothing more than getting comfy in his bed. Find out more about how dogs like Bruno need the right kind of bed.
Here is a quick run down of what we feel is the best dog bed for a St Bernard dog. We’ve taken into account dog weight, sizes and length to pick the right ones.
In list order, our top rated St Bernard dog beds are:
The Kuranda dog bed – chew proof and rock solid
The Dogs bed – an Orthopaedic memory foam supportive dog bed
The LEO4Dog XXL dog bed – just like a sofa
Kozipet XL dog bed – simple and affordable
Let’s talk bed sizes first, shall we?
As I’m sure you can appreciate a big bed is going to be needed with a very comfortable base.
Your St Bernard will grow to be a huge dog that is considerably heavy.
A thin layer of fluff from a £5 bargain store really isn’t going to cut it for more than a few hours, and will amount to nothing more than an old towel being placed on the floor. Neither you nor your dog would find it comfortable.
When choosing correctly, the best dog bed can either be a thick large piece of material (going for the likes of a memory foam bedding material will make it an even better place) that sits on the floor like most dog beds, or you could opt for a raised bed – known as an elevated dog bed. These are handy to help cool air circulate on hot days, and also help the dog if it suffers from any joint issues (which St Bernard’s are known for).
Size wise you need a dog bed that allows for your dog to lay in various positions.
Your dog will at times enjoy curling up, laying in his or her back, and at the other extreme he or she will like to lie at full stretch with both sets of legs pushed out (the front 2 paws out to the front, and the back 2 out to the rear) making them take up twice the space you’d think.
During hot Summer days, a cool material will feel better for them, whereas on cold days they may prefer a more box type bed that they can really get snuggled up into, unless you opt for constant heating on where the dog lies.
So to summarise what sort of size, consider this: If A St Bernard can grow to 90cm tall, their length can easily reach double that when stretched out full, so this is why we suggest you go for the biggest size bed you can.
The BEST dog bed for a St Bernard therefore should really big a simple big wide flat foam type that sits on the floor (in most situations)
This allows them to choose any sleeping position they want – and at full stretch they could lie from corner to corner across the bed, or even have their paws outstretched over the edge of the bed if it is not quite big enough.
Doggy facts and statistics for St Bernards.
Most St Bernard dogs grow to between 70 and 90cm tall if a male dog, and 65 to 80cm tall if a female St Bernard, and their weight can fluctuate anywhere from 64 to 120kg (that’s “way” over 100 lbs!), so we need a dog bed that can comfortably accommodate these figures and keep the dog well within its comfort zone.
They live anywhere from 8 to 10 years on average (typically).
They’re not great in the heat.
They’re not designed for high energy and high impact exercise (so not really great for accompanying you on your morning run or cycle ride).
They do need regimented regular exercise – not a lot of it, but it must be consistent. You need to do this to help protect their joints, elbows etc.
They are some of the most adorable, laid back loving dogs you will ever come across. You will fall in love with your St Bernard without fail.
They will appear a little bit wary whenever you have strangers to the house, but once in, they’re usually fine. You might find that they bark a little bit at first.
They are normally easy to train on the lead and around kids. You don’t want them to be out of control with small kids who could easily get knocked over due to the enormous size of your St Bernard.
They were originally bred to be used in the mountains as rescue dogs, but the vast majority no longer do this and are simply kept as pets. So even though their bodies were designed for these duties, they won’t be in the same environment, so this is why it is important that you take special care with exercise. Very little as puppies, but around an hour a day as an adult. You do need to be strict with this to try and minimise health issues down the line.
St Bernards slobber a LOT, especially after eating and drinking, so we need to think about this when choosing a dog bed. Something you can clean fairly regular is a must. So either a wipe easy surface, or one with a cover that can be popped in the washing machine once a week.
Due to their protective coats designed to help them keep warm when rescuing people off of mountains, St Bernards do shed a lot of hair, so a dog bed that cleans easy would also be of use. That said with regular daily grooming this can be kept to a minimum.
Health issues to consider.
Not all of the scary list items below will be an issue, but it’s just a list of possible issues that “could” arise – note that many dogs are usually prone to certain ailments as time goes on, so it’s not intended to scare you off, but just something you can possibly think about when looking at a good dog bed (hint: super comfy and easy to get on and off).
Bone Cancer (sadly common in a St Bernard)
Ectropion and Entropion (a condition where the eyelids droop inwards or outwards) (not really relevant to a dog bed by the way)
Being a large dog you have to be careful not to over exercise your St Bernard – it can cause issues later on in life if you do so. This is important as you are raising your St Bernard from a young age. So the key thing here is to listen to your Vet’s advice on the matter. Some exercise but not too much. Plus, plenty of comfortable rest.
As a puppy you must not over exercise your St Bernard
As an adult around an hour a day is the maximum
So what are we up to now?
What we want is a super comfy, strong and large bed that is also easy to clean.
Out of the hundreds of dog beds available we only found a few that we thought would suit “a large heavy dog”. These had to be REALLY thick with plenty of foam filling or support to ensure it would hold the dogs’ weight easily.
Let’s take a look below at the dog beds we recommend.
It comes with a waterproof inner that helps protect the bed.
Price wise, it’s middle of the road, roughly around the £100 to £130 mark give or take.
It has a strong foam base with a thick 5cm memory foam topper and waterproof properties.
These beds are some of the most popular beds for larger dogs available to buy online.
What we like about it:
We actually LOVE THIS BED. It is our favourite in so much as it covers all of the requirements of a bed for big heavy dogs.
It’s going to be SUPER COMFORTABLE due to the thick foam base AND the memory foam topper.
It’s easy to clean
It can help with joint issues due to the memory foam topper helping to provide extra cushioning (and this is what St Bernard dogs are known for)
There is no way for it to protect from draughty areas, but you could easily remedy this yourself by making sure the bed is in a warmer area free from draughts, or pop a couple of pillows on the bed to shield your dog from draughts.
There’s no doubt about this. It’s a brilliant low-cost entry
BUT the weight limit may put you off – it’s claimed a maximum of 60 kg which is around the weight of a small St Bernard
Typically around the £30 mark for an elevated bed is unheard of! If you have a smaller dog this would be ideal.
Choose the XL version of this dog bed (it’s about the same size as the Kuranda bed above) for a St Bernard.
What we like about it:
Truly, it is CHEAP AS CHIPS and will help keep your SMALL St Bernard cooler on hot days.
The bed itself isn’t really cut out for many St Bernards sadly due to it not being able to hold the weight of most of them. Only the smallest ones would benefit as long as they don’t exceed 60 kg. It would do as a basic bed for growing puppies.
We like this bed because of its simpleness. It’s a simple basic foam dog bed at the right price.
It allows your dog to lie in whatever position he or she wants to
It’s flat, so no falling into dips or recesses that come with a funky design
It is cheap at way under £40 (typically closer to £30 though).
A simple velcro attached cover can be removed for easy cleaning.
The only negative we find is that its width is only 136cm – which is fine for almost all St Bernard’s but bigger dogs would benefit from the extra 20 cm or so to allow for that extra stretch. Most of the time they would be ok to stretch from corner to corner (if they can figure this out).
It’s just your basic foam bed, so it’s simply a matter of time before it begins to compress down however you can probably live with it if you’re happy to replace every few months – so that your dog can enjoy firm cushioning to get a quality rested sleep.
There is no protection from draughty areas, so you may want to address this issue with room draught excluder’s or ensuring the heating is at the right setting for comfort.
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Getting the best dog bed for a St Bernard is as simple as making sure it’s a big comfy bed, and then looking at your own budget. Extra features come into play if you have a draughty room (so choose one with sides and backs on), or if your dog suffers with joint issues – then an elevated one makes the most sense. You will also need one that is easy to clean and can hold a lot of weight.