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Why The Philips Air Fryer?

For those new to the Philips air fryer and the concept of hot air fryers, then you are in for a treat! Low fat air fryers suggest that you can have the taste of deep fat frying but without the fat and the resulting calories. Excessive consumption of saturated fats in particular are not good for your health, as you probably already know given the high profile importance of eating healthier over the past few years. So whether you wish to cut down on the fats in your diet for health reasons or because you want to lose weight (or both), then this type of cooking is something you may want to think about so read on.

For many, the biggest miss when switching to healthier cooking is chips or fries. This is where the Philips Air Fryer (or the similar Tefal Actifry) comes in as they claim produce deep fat fried tasting chips but with a maximum of one tablespoon of oil per kilo of fries. Although the jury may still be out on just how similar the taste is, there is no doubt from reports that they come the closest to the real thing that you can produce. However, chips are not the only thing you can cook in these and they also have other advantages over the standard deep fryers.

Firstly, a quick word on how air fryers work which is really quite simple. Basically, food is placed in a receptacle and hot air is constantly blown around the food from a heat source within the machine. While the Tefal Actifry stirs the food using a paddle, the Philips Air Fryer just requires a shake of the basket half way through cooking. This is why what you can cook in the machines differs but I’ll leave that to your imagination the cookbooks and other pages on this site such as these air fryer recipes such as the one below for jacket potato. I will say however, that transference of food flavours is avoided in the Philips given you can use a food divider in the basket.

You hear most days of someone leaving their deep fat fryer unattended and it catching fire. At worst, this can lead to a home fire and a possible loss of your home, at best, a nasty mess in your kitchen with a bad smell that lingers for some time. As you are not using boiling oils in an air fryer, this simply can’t happen. If you have an elderly relative who is a little forgetful but inserts on frying, then a Philips Air Fryer would make a good gift. As we age, our wrists naturally get weaker and dealing with hot deep fat fryers for cleaning, or simply moving them around with the oil inside or to empty it is dangerous. Children are also an obvious reason for caution with deep fat fryers. Although the air fryers do get quite hot on the outside, you would never have to deal with the catastrophic consequences of being burnt by boiling oil.

Emptying and cleaning these types of deep fryer is also a messy and more expensive business. Most people leave the oil in their fryer until it starts to taste bad on the food. Disposing of the oil (or solid fat) is not nice, neither is cleaning the machine. With an air fryer, most parts are machine washable and without the layer of grease, simple to wash by hand as well.

Space can be an issue with the Tefal Actifry as it has a large footprint and you would need a large cupboard to store it in! The Philips Air Fryer has a similar sized footprint to a traditional deep fryer, but is a little taller. If you are cooking for more than two however, go for the Tefal Actifry which has a larger capacity than the Philips and can be found for £95.

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Is There A New Air Fryer On The Market? The Breville Halo

So, finally there is a new kid on the block in the form of the Breville VDF065 Halo Low Fat Health Fryer. This new competition for the Philips and Tefal Air Fryer has recently been launched and is basically a re-vamped halogen oven with wings and bells for preparing your starters, main meals and desserts with the minimum of oil.

Now, I haven’t personally tried this machine, but it does seem to be gaining a fan base quite quickly. As it is usually cheaper than the Tefal or Philips if you go for the white version (black is quite a bit more expensive), it makes it an attractive proposition.

More similar to the Actifry, the Halo has a capacity of 1 kg and if you are cooking chips or wedges, you need just one spoon of oil just the same. There is a removable ‘rise and fall’ paddle that is placed in the non-stick rotating bowl to move the food constantly around the pan. With the overhead halogen heat source (useful, as it means there is no need to pre-heat the unit), the food will be browned and crisped up evenly.

breville halo health fryer

You can bake, fry, saute and roast a variety of foods and with the addition of the roasting rack, you can cook more delicate foods such as fish without it breaking up. You do have to cook everything at the same temperature though as there is no facility to change this.

The non-stick cooking parts are dishwasher safe and the unit has an automatic cut off and timer and also comes with a recipe book.

On the down side, a couple of reviewers have noted that the rise and fall paddle an get stuck because of food getting trapped underneath it.

The Halo is basically a great improvement on previous halogen type ovens and is top in the class. However, it is a bit bigger than the Actifry but is fairly light to move around. If you are cooking chips with the minimum amount of oil, these may take a little longer but the results will be similar to the Actifry and the Philips.

I’m not overly concerned about the lack of temperature control although others may be. The Breville Halo seems to have passed the ‘acid’ test of cooking chips but that these may cause the paddle to get stuck! Personally, I’m still for the Philips but when they sort out the teething problems with the Halo, it may be one to watch.

Go and check out the Breville VDF065 Halo Health Fryer now and see what you think.