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Philips Airfryer Fatless Fryer: Hot Chips or Hot Air?

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The Philips Airfryer No Fat Fryer can help you make healthier versions of your favorite foods!

The Philips Airfryer No Fat Fryer can help you make healthier versions of your favorite foods!

A No-Fat Frying Method

Air fryers have rapidly become the "must have" home kitchen gadget! With dozens of recipes being shared online, it's a no-brainer if you want to use it for a variety of exciting new meals as well as cooking healthy versions of dinner table staples and your old family favourites.

Philips Airfryer: Healthy Chips in Minutes

Imagine if you could cook your chips without using any fat whatsoever. That'd certainly make losing weight a lot easier! Well, you (almost) can.

How does the unlimited chips diet sound to you? It sounds good to me.

The Philips Airfryer uses just half a spoon of oil to cook fresh chips. Instead of boiling chips in hot fat, it uses super-heated air, producing a fabulous-looking brown and crispy finish. Apart from the obvious savings in calories and fat, this is actually a major safety benefit in the home. More house fires are caused by chip fat than by any other source. So, not only are you saving your family's waistline, but potentially their lives as well!

The Philips Airfryer uses a combination of a fan and a grill, blasting super-heated hot air around the food at high speeds. There's a scientific name for this: the Maillard Effect. The chips brown and crisp in the same way that toasting works.

Since the release of its first air fryer, Philips has released different models with different features and sizes.

How the Philips Airfryer Works

It takes just three minutes for the Airfryer to heat up to the required temperature. With many foods, you won't even need to add any oil. They will cook simply by the hot air process.

The Airfryer works a bit like a coffee maker. You slide out the cooking compartment and drop the food inside, although, for a large family, the space is limited. However, the good news is that it doesn't take long to do a second batch!

In the top half of the Airfryer, you'll find the grill and the fan. The bottom section contains the pull-out food basket that has two separate compartments. Fill them both with chips, or perhaps put chips on one side and nuggets on the other!

The total capacity for chips is 700g of frozen chips—enough for a family of four. This means filling both compartments with chips, so if you're going to cook something else with the chips, then it's going to produce a meal for two at a time.

The maximum cooking temperature you can set the Philips Airfryer to is 200 degrees Celsius. There's a timer, which can be set up to 30 minutes. One safety feature of the Philips Airfryer is that if you're cooking chips late at night, it's on a timer, so if you do nod off, you won't set fire to your house!

The Philips Airfryer will (quite happily) cook chips from frozen in under 10 minutes. It's much quicker than going to the chip shop. Although the Philips Airfryer used to be quite expensive, prices have dropped considerably—and if it saves you going to the chip shop once a week for your family, it can easily pay for itself in chips alone!

What Can You Cook in the Philips Airfryer?

It's not just chips that you can cook in this fab new gadget. While the Airfryer was invented to cook chips without fat, it's got a whole host of other uses.

The Airfryer comes with a recipe book, but here are a few ideas of things you can cook with the Airfryer:

  • Frozen chips, fresh chips
  • Frozen chicken nuggets
  • Chicken wings, chicken legs, chicken breasts
  • Steak, hamburgers, beefburgers
  • Pizza, cheese sticks
  • Cakes! Yes, even cakes, which take 25 minutes to cook.

And a lot more...

Cooking Steak in an Air Fryer

You might not think of cooking a steak in an air fryer, but it is possible. The steak will be slightly different from pan-fried steak, but you might even prefer it. You'll need to use a small baking tray in the air fryer—preheat the tray for 4-5 minutes. Then place the steak into the air fryer and cook for 3 minutes; turn and cook again for 3 minutes. After cooking a steak in an air fryer it will still need to rest for 3-4 minutes. Timings will need to be adjusted to suit your personal preferences—personally, I love my meat very well done. So experiment with timings to cook the perfect steak for your tastes.

It's an Ideal Christmas Present

A fat-free chip fryer would make a fabulous Xmas present. At a time when everybody's thinking about losing weight in the New Year, having a present like this means it's possible to start straight away on the healthy eating resolutions.

The Philips Airfryer is a great gift at any time of the year, though—maybe gift it to yourself, or a friend who is moving. What about that person that's difficult to buy for because they're always on a diet? Or you could give it as a surprise wedding gift.

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