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Philips Air Fryer Review

Having opted for the Philips Air Fryer over the  Tefal Actifry myself, I thought I’d give a quick review on the Philips model here. I’m not going to go into how it works as you can find that elsewhere on this site. First off, I’m pretty happy with it!

The single most important thing to a lot of people is whether it actually does cook chips that taste like those from the chip shop. To be brutal, the answer is no, it doesn’t. But what exactly do you expect from something that doesn’t use all that oil?! That said, IMHO the chips it does produce are by far the closest ‘diet’ chips you will get to the real thing and are head and shoulders above low fat oven chips.

If you cut your chips thinly, like french fries, the 800gm basket will cook these in about 15 minutes. If you are using the air fryer to capacity, I would suggest you shake it more often than just once or you may find some anaemic looking chips at the bottom! Thicker chips and wedges take longer but in my experience, there is still no need to par-boil.

I have used the 1/2 tablespoon of oil recommended and also use the one-cal type spray oils with similar results. I have also tried frozen oven chips without additional oil and they are probably crisper but don’t taste as nice as the real chips. Roast potatoes and parsnips work well too without par-boiling, but do remember not to make them too big.

Roasting peppers and other veggies works well but as we are vegetarian, haven’t tried cooking chicken etc. I have tried the brownies out of the recipe book though and they tasted really good although I don’t think they needed as long as suggested. The pan for making these is a welcome addition to the fryer as is the food divider. Both of the these came as standard in my machine. Heck, I’ve even melted chocolate in it by covering a heatproof bowl and switching it on at the lowest setting for a short time. Not such a worry as putting it in a bowl over boiling water or over doing it in the microwave so it’s unusable!

philips air fryer

Jacket potatoes work better than in the microwave as they get the crispy skin you associate with cooking in an oven. Make sure the potatoes aren’t humungous ones and are evenly sized and pricked. Also remember to turn them and they will be ready in about half-an-hour. To see how to give jacket potatoes the air fryer treatment watch the video on this Philips air fryer page.

Yes, the Philips air fryer was a bit more expensive than the Actifry but I decided the pros outweighed that (it is often now a bit cheaper, currently at just £84). The Philips looks nicer and takes up a lot less room (in my kitchen that was a huge bonus). This machine is also very convenient to use; no hot oil making it safer, quick to heat up, easy to clean and versatile.

The cheapest available Philips AirFryer Healthier Oil-Free Fryers are available in white and black and are heavily reduced and worth looking out for!  Just follow the link or click on the picture for more information.

If you are looking for air fryers from the USA, try HERE.

The Low Fat Air Fryer vs Other Hot Air Fryers

Even if you already own a low fat air fryer, you may still find this site useful as there are several decent recipes and ideas that will help you make the most of your new kitchen aid. If you are thinking about getting one, you will find this site really useful in helping you to decide whether to get one, or which one to get!  If you have arrived here as you are trying to lose weight or for medical reasons you have to cut down on your fat intake, don’t go away! These machines are ace for low fat cooking (especially chips!)  So, you may have guessed, there are two types of low fat fryer – a combination more ‘standard’ type and then the low fat air versions such as the Philips AirFryer or the Tefal Actifry which are both well supported.

Where traditional deep fat fryers will require you to submerge the food in hot oil, the Tefal and the Philips circulate very hot air heated up to 200c to heat the food and provide a crispy outer layer. The air is pushed around the food, albeit chips, fish or chicken to brown them off making this type of frying a much healthier option. Food is cooked quickly and cleanly with handmade thin cut chips taking from as little as 12 minutes depending on the model, and frozen oven ready French fries taking a little less time as they are partly cooked.

Philips Air Fryer

Philips Air Fryer Now £84!

An air fryer is also useful for people who are nervous of traditional chip pans and deep fat fryers, which are well known to be the start of many a fire in our homes (including my mother-in-law who walked off and forgot it, resulting in a hefty insurance claim). In fact, there are around 12,000 chip pan fires every year in the UK alone and, as a direct result of these fires, about 50 people will die. They are also useful for people who find it difficult to grip pan handles or who tend to shake a lot, as they will not be involved in dealing with boiling fats.

Where the low fat air fryers benefit the most is of course the fact that they use much less fat when cooking. This can be as much as over 80% less fat than conventional types of fryer require to cook and brown your food. In fact, if preparing your own fries, you can get the fat level down to 1.5%.  Although the jury may be out on that one, it’s not rocket science to realise that there is an enormous saving in terms of the amount of fat you put into your body!  It has been estimated that in the UK, where chips are particularly popular, that we get through approximately 240 thousand kilos of this type of hidden fat each and every year.

If you happen to be trying to lose weight, then chips and chocolate are probably high on your cravings list. Obviously, air fryers can’t do much about the chocolate side of things, but by their very nature, they can allow you to still eat ‘proper’ chips and deal with that particular craving. So, if you have a dislike for the cardboard taste of some oven chips, this may be your answer, as manufacturer’s claim they taste just like the more fatty variety.

You can put fresh or frozen products in Tefal and Philips Airfryer which of course work independently of any oven, so you can get a meal on rapidly if you’ve been out all day. A bonus for many!

NOTE.………..  And The Best News – The Tefal Actifry is NOW REDUCED TO £94.99.  if you follow the links on this page the Tefal ActiFry FZ700015 Low Fat Electric Fryer. The Philips AirFryer (pictured above) is currently reduced to £84!! (The deals can vary from day to day so you may need to check all of the models.)

If you are looking for air fryers and you live in the USA, please try here as the links on these pages are mainly for the UK.

Low Fat Air Fryer Recipes

Please check back here regularly for air fryer recipes, or add your own recipes for others to try.

There are many people who are put off hot air fryers as they think they can only do chips in them! Oh how wrong………. If you have poked around this site, you will have already seen the Chicken Tikka Masala video so basically, all you need is a little imagination to adapt some (but not all) of your favourite recipes. Of course there will be some that just won’t work because of the design of the fryers, but I’m sure you will be able to come up with many delicious ideas.

Use even less oil in your chips!

Hot Air Frying

If you want to get rid of even more oil when cooking your chips, try just spraying them with fry-light or similar. This is only one calorie per spray!

If you are familiar with the Slimming World diet, they advocate parboiling chunky chips and then putting them on a tray, spraying them with oil and turning them over half way thru cooking. You can do these in the Actifry or Philips Airfryer without parboiling or turning over (still need to shake the pan halfway through in the Philips though).

Don’t forget your roast potato and parsnips in the Actifry as well…  Oh Yes, if you freeze your own Yorkshire puddings or buy them ready frozen, you can throw them in your Philips Air Fryer for a couple of minutes instead of putting the oven on. Give them the usually shake and watch you don’t over do them – it’s quick!

Give this a try in your air fryer today and see what you think!

 

Stir Fry With Actifry

Variations on Chips and Wedges

You can jazz up your chips and wedges with the simple addition of some extras.

Try crumbling an oxo cube (any flavour) in the oil before you pour it over.

Or, add any of the following to the oil to vary the taste.

Crushed garlic
tsp mixed dried herbs
tsp paprika
tsp cracked black pepper

 

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categories Air Fryer Recipes | September 7, 2011 | comments Comments Off on Low Fat Air Fryer Recipes