Product Type: Philips fryers
Newest Review: ... chips do require a very small amount of oil coated evenly over the cut up potatoes. Philips recommend using around a tablespoon, however I... more
A LOAD OF HOT AIR?
Member Name: Redmond
Date: 06/11/11, updated on 06/11/11 (451 review reads)
Advantages: Healthy fried food
Disadvantages: Not big enough for a large family
If you are at all like me and love the foods that are labeled as bad for you. Or don't even appear in that dreaded food pyramid. You may frequent the odd fast food restaurant. Or they may come knocking on your door once or twice a month baring delicious greasy gifts. Or as it used to be the case for me, twice or three times a week.
Being single I'm not the most domesticated of people and therefore I didn't always make the best choices when it came to meal time. More times than not I would take the easy option and order in.
I got this as a gift from a kind family member. Unlike most of these novelty appliances i started using it straight away mostly out of curiosity as to how good the food would taste. At first glance you wouldn't think it's as heavy as it is 7kg is a sup rising weight for a product of it's kind.
Is this a sign of quality?
It was securely packed within the large box, cocooned with in a thick wall of Styrofoam and a see through plastic bag along with the accessories, instructions and a recipe booklet.
The fryer it's self is more like a baby bottle warmer in appearance than a deep fat fryer.
This is quite funky looking, it has an almost nineteen sixties space age style to it.
With its night black edgeless design it's definitely one of the strangest looking appliances i own. Its fitting that it looks space age as what it claims to do is quit out of this world. It claims that it can fry your foods with hot air. Sounds far fetched to me. Yes it may well cook them but will they taste bland and dry. For this to be worth buying the food has to taste good. After all you can put a lot of food in the microwave and it WILL cook it, but it tastes anything but good.
This airfryer comes with a handy little recipe book / booklet. It has 30 simple recipes perfectly suited for the appliance. These include the predictable such as chips down to the surprisingly strange such as chocolate brownies (definitely not something I expected to see)
The fryer basket can be accessed by pulling the long centrally located Handel towards you the Handel blends seamlessly in to the time and temperature dial above. This design is quite unusual for a fryer and looks more suited to a safe than a kitchen appliance, i like it as its not your bog standard design. Both the drawer and food basket are removable and dishwasher safe, I was happy when I first read that as cleaning contraptions by hand is never enjoyable.
As you'd expect you simply place the food in to the basket close the drawer turn the dial to the allotted time and off it goes. It's very quiet as it does it's job then a gentle ding alerts you to get your taste-buds ready.
A handy food separator is provided so you can cook two or more different foods with out the flavours mixing.
Now to the taste it's self. I cooked the obvious thing that 90% of people will use this for.
Wait for it.
I made a small single batch, just enough for me and they turned out great. They didn't necessarily taste fried but the did taste good. Crispy, dry not greasy. Golden brown not burned at all perfect little French Fri style chips. I should add that these were frozen French fries that have an added coating to help them cook. They took around twenty minutes at 200c.
When cooking chips made from scratch using fresh potatoes you need to add a tiny amount of oil. They recommend half a tablespoon of oil for five hundred grams of potatoes. That's tiny compared to totally submerging them into a vat of oil. Plus you can always use olive oil that is actually beneficial to your health as it's a good fat.
The full cooking capacity is eight hundred grams, that's plenty of room for me, more than enough. but for a medium sized family you'll find yourself having to cook a few batches to guarantee everyone gets their fill.
Another thing I noticed about the airfryer is that as foods cook there is very little odour coming from it. That's because of the integrated air filter, this successfully reduces offensive food vapours and odours, preventing them from filling your home with the smell of food, appetising while you're cooking, revolting once you've eaten.
***Key features include***
Patented Rapid Air Technology - combines hot air with grill component to 'fry' food
In-built timer - pre-set cook times of up to 30 minutes
Adjustable temperature control
Food separator accessory.
Integrated air filter.
The recipe book includes chicken and potato dishes. Simple pigs in blankets, Quiche and American style meatloaf. There are lots of party finger food recipes perfect for Christmas, these include Prawns wrapped in ham, ricotta balls with basil, salmon croquettes, Thai fish cakes, empanadas with chorizo, Mediterranean chicken nuggets, garlic mushrooms and more.
Integrated on/off switch
***Weight and dimensions**
Weight of the appliance: 7.0 kg
Product dimensions (W x H x D): 287 x 315 x 384 mm
Power: 1425 W
Voltage: 230 V
Frequency: 50/60 Hz
Cord length: 1 m
Capacity: 800 g
Capacity: 2.2 l
The food I have made in this special little fryer is great. As I said it didn't taste fried but that's a good thing it tastes healthy and full of flavour.
It's quiet, it holds in food smells and is easy to clean.
It's a great alternative to a deep fat fryer. But if you don't need a deep fat fryer you don't really need one of these.
I'm not going to make out that this Philips airfryer has changed my life and that I never even look at a takeout menu anymore. But it has definitely reduced the number of times i order in significantly. And instead of cooking deep fat I now cook low fat.
And because of that my health will benefit in the long run.
Summary: Healthy and delicious.
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