It’s an idea that has got to appeal to keen cooks everywhere – deep-frying without the bother and danger of large volumes of hot oil, to say nothing of the health risks. With the Philips Airfryer, the problem appears to be solved.
The fryer works by directing a heated stream of air over and around the food which is contained in a basket. The basket is held in a drawer which slots into the front of the appliance – so no more lowering of food into hot oil. You set the cooking temperature with a simple thermostat, and the time with a rotary timer. The fryer turns itself off at the end. To cook more than one food item, just use the basket divider.
All the usual fried foods can be cooked with great success. Even cakes and brownies can be cooked in the Airfryer – not things that you would expect to cook in a fryer!
This underlines the versatility of the machine. It’s actually like a convection oven, set up with a basket to allow it to handle foods that would normally go into the deep-fryer.
However, it’s probably true to say that chips (or fries if you’re in the US!) will be the food of most interest to most buyers. Here the Airfryer is actually very impressive. So long as you take a bit of time to research the best way to use the machine – the best type of potatoes to use, the exact cooking time and so on- you’ll be more than happy with the results. It’s worth remembering that you do actually have to use a bit of oil – you’ll need to add around half a tablespoon of oil each time. The cooking time is around 15 – 25 minutes depending on quantities and compares well with deep frying or oven baking. what are the best foods to cook in an air fryer
It occupies little more space than a normal sized food processor, and looks very impressive and futuristic. Because all the parts that contact the food are dishwasher-safe, it’s easy to keep clean.
It comes with a quick start guide to get you going, as well as a comprehensive recipe book with 30 different recipes for you to try – as referred to earlier, you might be surprised at the range of unexpected foods that you can cook in the Airfryer…
The Philips Airfryer definitely performs as it should. The benefits to health of using less fat in cooking cannot really be denied. This versatile fryer will enable you to achieve that – and produce great-tasting food as well.
Stephen Bailey is a keen cook and contibutes extensively to online product review and information sites.
ofu is old… Originating in China, it has been around since roughly 200 B.C. As tofu has traveled the globe and been adopted into cuisines everywhere many exciting twists on the timeless classic have emerged, but perhaps none as exciting (and frankly… delicious!) as deep fried tofu.
There are several different varieties of tofu (including firm, silken, flavored, dry and many more) and with the exception of silken tofu (which is very soft) any of the varieties can be used to make fried tofu, each with their own flavors and textures. The majority of fried tofu is of the firm tofu variety and is generally cut into slices about half an inch thick.
The process of frying tofu is much like frying other foods. Most fried tofu has bee deep fried in oil (sesame works great!) until the desired effect is achieved. By removing tofu from the fryer at the right time, you end up with a delicious piece of fried tofu that takes the shape of a fried ball. After cooling, the excess air will find its way out leaving behind the perfect piece of gold brown and delicious tofu.
One of the strong points of tofu is how good it as at absorbing flavors of other foods. Because of this, fried tofu takes on many exciting flavors from the frying process. You can actually taste the difference from a high quality frying oil so don’t go cheap and don’t be afraid to play with different types of oil such as olive, vegetable, sesame, etc as they all result in different tasting tofu.
Fried tofu is not normally called for in tofu recipes though there are several recipes out there to help you create your own. If you decide to make your own, stay away from soft tofu as it will normally fall apart in the fryer and I’d also recommend avoiding any sweet tofu as the sweet taste normally doesn’t go well with friend food (for me at least!) – Keep in mind that when selecting your tofu to deep fry, your normally best off looking for the words “firm” or “hard” on the packaging and purchasing a high quality oil to along with it. During the frying process, some recipe’s call for spices and herbs so don’t be afraid to mix things up!