- Rapid air technology fries the tastiest food with no oil
- Adjustable temperature control
- Food separator to fry different dishes at the same time
- Dishwasher safe parts
- Intergrated air filter
All of us want to live longer, right? Healthy foods, exercise, regular meals… It does sound perfect. But because of full work days, we rarely find the time to prepare all these healthy meals, and resort to just throwing something in a pan, or getting take-out.
Then I got my hands on the Philips Airfryer. In the last month I have air-fried more food than I would normally attempt to dip in oil. Mostly because there’s up to 80% less fat* in this cooking method, and also because it’s just so awesome to be able to fry stuff, with hot air!
*It says so on the packaging… plus you don’t need any oil to cook with… and oil actually drains from the food you make in the Airfryer.
I have had a quite few people ask me how this works, and I found that I had to do a bit of research myself on this technology.
In essence, the Philips Airfryer has patented Rapid Air Technology – this allows you to prepare food with less fat in a shorter amount of time. Essentially it is like a mini convection oven. It has an element that heats up, and a fan that distributes the heat, and, well, cooks your food with hot air (this is how I understand it).
Yes, really. Hot air.
The Philips Airfryer comes complete with a cookbook, that allocates approximate times and temperatures at which different foods need to be made – however, you needn’t only stick to the recipe book. You can experiment with what you want to cook!
I found reviews of pigs in blankets, dim sum, and meat portions that were made in the Airfryer. In essence, you needn’t only air fry food that would normally be deep-fried – even things that you would normally oven bake can be made in the Airfryer – Especially if you are pressed for time, and cannot wait for an oven to heat up, or watch the food like a hawk.
The Cooking Demo
We made the following:
- Chicken and bacon burgers. The basket could take 2 chicken fillets (crumbed) and about 4 rashers of bacon. Unfortunately I had to make the burgers in 2 batches, because we wanted four of them, and all of the bacon didn’t fit either. Bummer. But they were delicious though – perfectly crispy on the inside, and not oily at all. The bacon, air-fried to crispy perfection!
- Our second attempt was chips. Something that the makers of the Airfryer punt, a lot. I admittedly had them in for too long, and we had thin fries resembling Willards crinkle cuts, not slap chips. *note to self: less chips mean less time* – this just had to be redone.
- The following attempts to make air-fried chips worked out better than expected, and they are totally yummy when they’re perfectly crisp. Especially when seasoned lightly… Yum!
- Battered fish (the frozen kind), normally oven baked, turned out perfectly golden in the Airfryer. And it cooked in less time than it would have taken to make in the oven!
- Beef burgers. Could fit 4 of them in the basket, cooked to perfection in just over 10 minutes. They were delicious!
Cleaning the Airfryer is hassle free as well. If you have a dishwasher, you can put the basket in there, if not, some soapy water and a soft cloth should do the trick. Easy.
I am scared of big pots of hot oil, and putting stuff in there (needless to say the Airfryer can also burn you, take note – it stung for a week!).
I did however wonder whether this would be worthwhile for bigger families, as you would have to make all your food in batches. Not entirely how I would imagine a family dinner. The basket is a bit on the small side for things like meat portions, fillets, and burgers, however you could comfortably make chips (or finger foods) in it for about four people (depending on appetite of course).
I am thoroughly impressed with the technology, and would love to use it, but at R1899, it’s a bit steep for some.
I do however think that if you’re living in a single household or a family of two, and you have the money to splurge, this would be perfect. Especially if you find yourself pressed for time, and in need of some alternatives to an oven.
It would probably save you some electricity too (and, it’s healthier than most take away joints one might frequent).
- Virtually fat free cooking/air frying
- Being able to make meals in 20 minutes (for one person)
- Not having to watch food like a hawk
- The price. At just under R2000 it doesn’t come cheap
- The size of the basket can be a wee bit bigger
- Oh, did I mention the price?