We’ve talked about small appliances here before, and experience has taught me that a lot of you really love them. It was because of you we settled on a toaster oven instead of a microwave, a decision I’m still patting myself on the back for because there isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t make use of it in the kitchen. So thank you for that!
I recently had the chance to test drive a new Philips Airfryer, and well colour me surprised because I was super impressed with the results! The promise of golden, crispy food minus the use of fat was intriguing to say the least, but I have to admit I had my doubts. I mentioned it to a friend, who mentioned it to her friend, and she reported back immediately to let me know the Airfryer delivered on its promises and more.
When it arrived we had to test-drive the machine with the ultimate taste test: homemade French fries. Perhaps what it’s most well known for, I was legitimately curious to see if just a tablespoon of oil combined with the Rapid air technology could really yield crispy-skinned potato slices. The result was a platter full of the restaurant-style fries you see in the photos above, so now you know why I’m impressed. The kids were smitten, naturally, because let’s face it: what teenager doesn’t like French fries? Sadly for them, this mom doesn’t like them eating those fries as often as they may like and I feel like the Airfryer will offer us a happy compromise. Plus, it’s simple enough for them to use on their own, not that I hesitate to let them use them the stove (side note: Jackson perfected his béchamel this past summer!), of course. But sometimes it’s easier to plug the Airfryer in than to preheat the oven just to cook a potato. It also cooks much quicker, thanks to that aforementioned Rapid air technology, which will appeal to all home cooks, I’m sure of it. To make the potatoes I used the recipe that comes in the enclosed recipe booklet. It calls for 800g of thinly sliced potatoes, one tablespoon of olive oil and salt; so simple and completely satisfying for all who ate them.
In summary, here are a few of the things I liked best about the Philips Airfryer:
- It creates healthy, homemade meals in minutes with less fat. The Rapid Air technology results in crisp and even results, and fries, bakes, roasts and grills with little to no oil, making it a perfect solution for creating fast, tasty, and healthy meals and snacks for the whole family.
- It’s easy to clean: The removable drawer and food basket feature a non-stick coating that is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
- Bonus features include a variety of accessories for purchase including Fry Grill Pan, Baking Pan, Double Layer Rack and Variety Basket allowing users to get creative with what they make in their small appliance.
I’m always a little suspicious of reviews that only heap loads of praise on a product so I’ll tell you the one thing that doesn’t work well for me when it comes to this machine: it’s too small to make a meal for my whole family. Granted, with four boys living in the house, two of whom are teenagers, I probably cook bigger portions than the average home cook, but that platter of fries in the pictures filled the entire basket in the fryer yet only fed two people; something to keep in mind when making food, for sure.
I have a few more recipes to share with you using the Airfryer that you won’t want to miss. Here are a few hints: one is a salad and one is my boys’ new favourite food. How’s that for anticipation?
This post was produced in partnership with Philips, and as a result I was provided with an Airfryer at no charge to me. Thank you for supporting the companies that keep Family Bites up and running!