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
Great at frying, a little noisy
Member Name: DanB7290
Advantages: Cooks quickly, just like deep frying but without the health risks
Disadvantages: May be a little noisy for some
I got one of these as an early Christmas present, and have been using it most nights ever since. And I'll tell you what, it's brilliant!
It's a doddle to set up, you plug it in and set the temperature with a wee dial on the top. The other dial, halfway down, is a timer.
The appliance is made of plastic, but don't let that fool you; it still feels like a premium product. It is quite large in construction, so you'd best have plenty of room in your kitchen. And there's two colours available; black or white, so you can choose to best match your kitchen. It must be noted here, there are two different types of Airfryer. The one that I have has a simple frying basket as you would get in any deep fat fryer; the other has a tray type thing for making different treats as well as the frying basket; obviously this commands an extra premium.
The way it works is with a fan and grill element on top of the basket, and it uses the movement of air to heat the food. The fan is a little on the noisy side, but truth be told, not really any louder than a boiling kettle, and certainly not enough to be irritating.
The main reason people will buy this is for cooking home made chips, but without the artery clogging ability of a deep fat fryer. By using the movement of air, it creates the same effect as deep frying food, but without the oil. Most foods will need no oil whatsoever; cooking meat is a delight with this thing; in effect it grills the food rather than fries it.
Home made chips do require a very small amount of oil coated evenly over the cut up potatoes. Philips recommend using around a tablespoon, however I found that a little more than that is necessary. I simply put some oil in a bowl, and then rolled the chips around in it before putting them in the basket. Probably defeats the objective of healthy alternative to frying, but it's very effective. Over time I'll use less and less until I work out the right amount. But so far, I've not made a bad batch yet. They come out nice and crispy on the outside, just like you'd get in the chip shop, and nice and soft on the inside. Just perfect, but you'll need to experiment with getting the timing right based on how many chips you've put in and their sizes.
Frozen chips have something done to them prior to freezing which means that you don't need to coat them in oil prior to cooking. But they don't come close to making your own chips.
Either type of chips you choose to do, fresh or frozen, about halfway through the cooking program you'll need to take them out and give the basket a shake, just to even up the way the chips cook. Otherwise you'll end up with some overdone chips on the outside, and raw ones in the middle.
All in all then, it's a great thing to have in the kitchen, and just perfect if you fancy making chip shop chips at home, but don't fancy giving yourself a heart attack. It's better than the Tefal Actifry simply because it can cook even more things, such as sausages, without destroying them (I tried doing sausages in my mum's Actifry and they just broke up into little pieces because of the thing going round and round). As long as you don't mind a little noise while cooking, it's the perfect way to get healthy but tasty chips
Summary: Brilliant for making chip shop chips at home, without health worries
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