The holidays are coming, and that means one thing: FOOD! For some, it means sitting down and eating, but for many of us, it means doing a lot more entertaining, and that means, at lot more COOKING. There’s a new tool that can help you do some of that cooking quickly and easily, and yes, even in a more healthy way. It’s called the Philips Airfryer. and what it does is use a unique rapid air technology to fry, bake, roast and even grill, with less fat (much less) than a conventional fryer. Even better, it also means less smell and smoke than usual.
This appliance is so versatile it was actually featured on the television show, “Master Chef” starring Gordon Ramsay. The Philips Airfryer can do more than just fry things, but it is called a “fryer” for a reason –it is designed to fry good with literally just a tablespoon or two of oil. It also drains excess fat from food while frying so your food doesn’t sit in grease. When you are making all those yummy treats for your kids or for company, it’s a healthier way to serve them! is around the same size of most microwaves but allows you to grill, bake, or fry foods from scratch in far less time than a conventional oven. NO smoke, no odor and very little mess. Without going into too much tech-speak technology (you can watch the video, below), inside the top of the Phliips Airfryer the rapid air technology circulates hot air to help cook quickly and evening. the mesh metal basket helps keep food like fries, crisp. the starfish design on the bottom of the airfryer helps circulate the air so your food cooks evenly.
The fryer comes in two sizes. The big one can cook a lot more food, but the small one works well for a couple and it literally fits into a large tote bag so you can leave it on your kitchen counter without having to throw everything else out, or put it on top of your refrigerator (as I did) for easy access. I’ll sum up my experience in one three words: Easy, fast, yummy! My husband and I tried a few different things, initially. While he is not a fan of kitchen gadgets, he loved this one! It’s just so easy to use, so much faster than a traditional oven and frankly, the results tasted better, too.
I can talk all day long about technology, but perhaps photos and videos are worth a thousand words, so I’ll show the ones I took and a video first, then tell more about the Philips Airfryer.
There are some other bells and whistles I really like on this Airfryer. For starters, it’s digital and it is easy to program and use. You don’t need a lot of work to start using it. and it has a 60-miute timer with a ready signal (so you know you are ready to cook) and i also has an auto shut off–so nothing is going to burn or burn your house down. the adjustable digital temperature control is precise to “Fry” lots of different kinds of foods. A metal rack lets you cook more than one thing at a time, and since the smaller Airfryer is just that–small, that is a plus. The unit I tried had a 1.8 lb. caspacity. There is a larger version. the pull out baking tray and removeable basket are diswasher safe.
You can get a few more accessories to make life even easier.
The box includes a recipe book with 25 recipes, but you’ll quickly get the idea that you can make your own. more recipes created just for the Philips Air Fryer such as country fried chicken fingers, jerk chicken wings, cajum shrimp, even a vanilla souffle, can be found at www.philips.com/kitchen
At our event Philips Airfryer is partnering with America’s most watched cooking competition series MasterChef as it returns to FOX for its 5th season to inspire home cooks across America to create a variety of tasty meals using Philips Airfryer.Philips Airfryer is also teaming with a MasterChef season 4 winner Luca Manfé, for a series of cooking events and a media tour to bring the restaurant and home culinary worlds together like never before He made his mother’s meatballs for us at Williams Sonoma, and we got to sample them right then and there, thanks to the quick cooking Philips AIrfyer. And now I’m sharing his recipe via video, with you:
Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your Airfryer:
1. When making smaller items such as fries, wings and croquettes, shake the basket once or twice during cooking. This ensures the food is cooked evenly.
2. Don’t overcrowd the cooking basket. This impacts how well the air circulates around the food, increases cooking time and might cause less than perfect results.
3. Oil sprays and misters are excellent choices to evenly apply oil to food prior to cooking. They can also be used to spray the bottom of the mesh cooking basket to ensure food does not stick.
4. Preheat the Airfryer for 3 minutes. This is sufficient time for the Airfryer to reach the desired temperature.
5. To loosen any food particles that remain on the cooking basket after use, soak the cooking basket in soapy water prior to scrubbing or placing in the dishwasher.
6. When cooking foods that are naturally high in fat, such as chicken wings, occasionally empty fat from the bottom of the Airfryer during cooking to avoid excess smoke.
7. When cooking foods that have been marinated or soaked in liquid, pat food dry before cooking to avoid splattering and excess smoke.
8. For foods that require breading, coat in small batches to ensure even application. Press the breading onto food to ensure it adheres. If the breading is too dry, the pieces may become airborne causing excess smoke or becoming trapped behind exhaust filter.
9. A variety of pre-made packaged foods can be cooked in the Airfryer. As a guide, lower the conventional oven temperature by 70 degrees and reduce the cooking time by half. Exact times and temperatures will vary by food.
10. When using parchment paper or foil, trim to leave a ½ inch space around bottom edge of the basket.