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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 one 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 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.
This is a new product and fresh to market, so supplies might be hard to track down. Presently, Philips only recently unveiled the Airfryer at the IFA Consumer Electronics Show in Berlin, Germany.
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 in one side and nuggets in 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 Airfryer
You might not think of cooking a steak in an airfryer, but it is possible. The steak will be slightly different to pan-fried steak, but you might even prefer it. You'll need to use a small baking tray in the airfryer - preheat the tray for 4-5 minutes. Then place the steak into the airfryer and cook for 3 minutes; turn and cook again for 3 minutes. After cooking a steak in an airfryer 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 Air Fryer 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.
Would You Buy a Fat Free Fryer?
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Vic Jackson on July 25, 2019:
My wife has for some time used the Fryer but she has now passed away. I wish to continue using it but cannot find neither the manual nor the recipe book.
Would you send me both please to:
6 Western Rd Hednesford Cannock WS124AS.
My e-mail is email@example.com.
Thank you so much.
Dedicated Content Curator (author) from United Kingdom on September 24, 2016:
They are appealing aren't they - but you do need to really have a use for them - and have the kitchen cupboard space for them. At least if you have to wait a few years before getting one you'll know you really wanted it and it won't end up as clutter.
Margie's Southern Kitchen from the USA on September 13, 2016:
I have wanted one of these for a long time! Does not fit into our limited budget, maybe I will receive it as a gift!
firstname.lastname@example.org on December 06, 2011:
can this product fry tempura prawns etc?
Maggie on November 28, 2011:
Argos now have them for £99. My children love the southern 'fried' chicken
Dedicated Content Curator (author) from United Kingdom on November 08, 2011:
The Philips Airfryer is becomng the top "must have" in the UK now - there are hourly TV adverts showing how it works.
It's really neat - and probably a great Xmas gift idea for alcoholics as it'll prevent them burning down their house when they come home and want to cook some chips (yes, that's a major cause of house fires).
Rog on November 06, 2011:
Dedicated Content Curator (author) from United Kingdom on November 01, 2011:
The Philips air fryer is definitely available through ebay UK, but you can't buy that and use it in the US as the voltages are different - so you'd need to check with a local electrician what the issues would be over importing a foreign electrical item of this nature and if it would be safe to use through an adapter.
Here is a link directly to the UK ebay search results for the Philips Air Fryer: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?...
Zee on October 28, 2011:
where to buy a philips air fryer...its not coming up on ebay or amazon?...is it available only online or in-store as well???
Lucy on October 28, 2011:
This is an amazing product. A day does not pass without using it. Freshen your croissants in the morning they will taste just like they have been just cooked. Healthy eating all the time. Even baking
Caroleanne on September 22, 2011:
I live In Brisbane Australia where can I buy one?
Dedicated Content Curator (author) from United Kingdom on May 14, 2011:
A Philips Airfryer costs about £100-150 usually at the moment, although prices will come down once they're not so new. Also watch out for the sales and even ebay.
rebecca ryan on May 13, 2011:
how much dose it cost
Chris Bate on January 03, 2011:
i bought the airfryer new years eve £132.99 its a great product. great chips and it has the edge in speed over the actifry. i will recommend it.
Lori J Latimer from Central Oregon on December 29, 2010:
This is an interesting and healthful sounding product. Thank you for the research and information on this Airfryer. Voted up.
Ian on December 18, 2010:
bought one today it is fantastic.....My sister has the T-fal hot air frier the philips frier is far more robust and looks better....both cook well But I feel the philips has the edge.
Hello, hello, from London, UK on September 11, 2010:
Thank you for writing about this latest invention. It sounds great.