If you’ve been following me on twitter on instagram/flickr, you would have known I’ve been putting the new Airfryer through some tests.
The Airfryer was launched on April 1st 2011 – as a healthier alternative to deep frying. Whilst I had tweeted about receiving one for testing, a few suggested it was just merely an oven. So this had me thinking…. what is really just a small, good looking oven? Happily, after test #1 (pigs in blankets), I’m happy to confirm it’s not; it’s much better!
The Airfryer boasts the ability to cook great tasting food with 80% less fat. Making it easy to produce fast, convenient, tasty cooking at home, allowing you to enjoy simple fried foods without the hassle or mess. You can prepare some fries or wedges within 12 minutes – far quicker than oven roasting them.
You can use the pre-set cooking times of up to 30 minutes whilst you get on with other jobs, and should you wish to interrupt the cooking process to check out your food is going; you can do that too!
The key features of the Airfryer include:
Patented Rapid Air Technology – combines hot air with grill component to ‘fry’ food
In-built timer – lets you pre-set times of up to 30 minutes
Adjustable temperature control for different types of foods
Food separator accessory – lets you prepare multiple foods at once (e.g. fish and chips can be cooked all at once)
Integrated air filter – less vapours and odours
I’ll be honest, the thought of actually buying a deep fryer had crossed my mind a few times; but the thought of using so much oil and what to do with it when I had finished deep frying, let alone the epic mess that I would have been left with was enough to put me off. But with the Airfryer there is none of that epic mess. The removable parts are non-stick and dishwasher safe (if you are lucky enough to have a dishwasher…. and if you are… grrr I envy you!). Cleaning up took no time at all, and the most amount of oil I used was 2 tablespoons; hardly a waste!
So let’s see my results with recipes from the cookbook that comes with the Airfryer:
Test #1 – Pigs In Blankets
I’ve made pigs in blankets in the oven before, and they were fine, I didn’t know any better. Using the Airfryer made the puff pastry so amazingly crsipy, crunchy and more awesome than I thought puff pastry could be. I could only fit about 10 at a maximum at a time in the basket; 8 more comfortably so they crisped up without touching each other. Whilst an oven would be better for cooking a large quantity at once, I’d the rather Airfried version, even if it took twice as long.
Test #2 – King Prawns with Ham & Red Pepper Dip
Char-grilling capsicum is something I would do if our BBQ actually had a gas bottle attached to it…. we are too lazy to do something about that. And whilst you can do it in an oven, or carefully over a gas burner; 10 minutes in the Airfryer and it’s done! I couldn’t believe how easy it was. Usually when doing it on the BBQ I’m standing there monitoring it, turning it and giving it lots of TLC. YAWN… put it in the Airfryer and get on with preparing the rest of the dish. I was surprised how perfectly it cooked the prawns; I was worried they would be underdone, but they were bang on.
Test #3 – The French Fries / Wedges Test
Here is my first batch of wedges. I cut them fairly unevenly, so I think if I cut them more smaller they would have been better. They were still awesome. I tried again when I got home from work; I had a craving for airfried chips. It all comes down the variety of potato you use and how evenly you chop them. I know, I tried with two differently varieties and one toooootally didn’t work as well as the other. I think there is still a bit more experimenting to be done (longer cooking time, different types of potatoes), but I did achieve some crispy chips. Would like to try using a packet of store bought chips to see how they go as well.
* 24/5/11 Edit: I cut the potatoes into chip shape, par boiled them, then airfried them. MUCH better result, much crispier and they don’t look as dry as these ones. This is definitely the secret to perfect chips, as they were crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
Test #4 – Potato Croquettes with Parmesan Cheese
A bit more fiddly to make but well worth the effort. The crispy outer (looked better in the book but I’ll perfect my novice shaping), and gorgeously fluffy, cheesy, potato-y insides sent me to a happy place.
I would have really liked to have tried making the brownies in the Airfryer, but ran out of time. When I do, I’ll let you know 😉
Overall…. I totally love the Airfryer. I highly recommend it and will be whipping it out whenever I can to make my life easier!
The Philips Airfryer comes with a recipes book with 30 recipes from chips, to brownies; finger food to full meals.
It is available from leading electrical and department stores with RRP $329. But shop around, I’m sure you can find it cheaper, and it’s totally worth it.
For further information or to find an Airfryer retailer, head to: http://www.philips.com.au/c/home-cooking/viva-collection-800g-timer-temperature-control-hd9220_40/prd/
Iron Chef Shellie sampled the Philips Airfryer thanks to Philips and Fleishman-Hillard.