I don’t deep fry very often. I’ll do prawn crackers (noms), pappadams, and I think that’s about it. I occasionally eat oven chips, but I’m doing that less and less. So when I was sent the Philips Airfryer to review, I was looking at it more along the lines of doing my home made chips and the like in a quicker and more efficient way than heating up the oven for a single portion of chips for me.
So I decided to first give some homemade chips a go. Simple enough, and then if they’re leftover you can heat them up in the airfryer and the recrisp! (take that, microwave)
Then, a few nights later, I got all adventurous with the fish and chips. Coated some (half price! what timing!) cod fillets in egg and gluten free flour batter, then added some corn chip crumbs (the homebrand ones are naturally gluten free) and used the divider to cram the chips and fish in the airfryer all at once…
About 20 minutes later (I can’t remember, but it’s easy enough to give it a few more or less minutes) we had fish and chips all crispy and ready to plate up with salad.
Will have to say that the basket was a PAIN to clean the batter out of… may have not been its purpose, but I gave up, and Rish found he had to scrub a lot and got a fair bit of green scourer sponge stuck in the wire. The black part was easy to clean though, and I’m sure if we whacked it in a dishwasher (which we’re lacking in and I miss!) like the manual says you can it would come off.
Next, I tried something easy that’s been sitting in our freezer since a vegetarian came to a BBQ at our place, and the closest thing to chicken nuggets I had on hand..
Birdseye Vegetable Fingers, it was. I preheated the Airfryer to 200 degrees for 5 minutes (might have taken less time, but my house is freezing, so I popped it on till it pinged), then whacked a handful in for six minutes.
Look at that! That worked well. And I’m surprised at the amount of vegies in the finger :) With the amount of fish fingers I ate as a kid, this would have been super handy. Which is why I think its new home may be with my sister (if she wants it, I’m yet to ask), who has a toddler, and husband and a bub on the way, I’m sure it wold make chicken nugget cooking more energy and time efficient ;) And with the cost of electricity, and our time poor ways, it may be worth your while… For the rrp of $329 I would say weigh up your options though, it sounds like an expensive nugget cooker. (But who pays retail these days? Shop around, look at sales if you think this is for you, if you find it for say $150 and you do all the stuff that would be cooked in it then go for it, but personally I’m sticking with my regular oven).
Disclosure: I did not receive payment for this review, however I was given the Airfryer to keep and review. The opinions are mine or those of my awesome partner who had to do the washing up.