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Air fryers
« on: August 29, 2016, 08:21:40 am »
I'm considering getting one for domestic small family use,especially for chips.I'd be interested to hear users experiences and opinions.I am aware Philips seem to be the (expensive) market leaders,but what about other brands?

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Re: Air fryers
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2016, 11:55:29 am »
I don't have one, but a colleague recently bought one (nothing expensive I think) and she thinks it's the mutts nutts.
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Re: Air fryers
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2016, 07:53:48 am »
We have one and it is brilliant. Seriously useful bit of kit and it does what it says on the tin - perfect french fries without the use of oil. Plus squid rings and other stuff one might fry. I think we just bought the one that sells most on Amazon.
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Re: Air fryers
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2016, 11:27:14 am »
Is this like the chip vending machine that someone installed in one of our university colleges?  Basically a souped-up hair drier?  It's only redeeming feature was the novelty of a vending machine for chips.
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Re: Air fryers
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2016, 11:35:52 am »
The redeeming feature is the absence of loads of fat or a deep fryer etc.  I have convinced myself the chips are therefore healthy! Anyway we use it loads, unlike other gadgets like the sous vide/food processor and so on.
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Re: Air fryers
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2016, 11:41:39 pm »
How does it differ from or compare to oven chips? What, really, is it?
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Re: Air fryers
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2016, 08:00:18 am »
Oven chips don't tend to come out as well as proper deep fried chips. I am sure you know the thing - unevenly cooked, burned or dried out, or soggy etc. They tend to be a substitute type of chip - nobody ever says mmm what lovely fries. You just know real fries are better...
The air fryer uses blown hot air forced through a basket and gets a result pretty much just like a good fryer, but does this without the use of a vat of oil that has to be changed etc or cleaned up.  And it doesn't make a smell, or hot greasy fumes. It is clean and extraordinarily easy to use.
You can whack a kilo of chips into the basket from the freezer, switch on and give it a shake or two and in 15 mins you have lovely perfect chips to accompany your steak!
I know I sound like a promoter but I have to admit the air fryer is a simply brilliant bit of kit.
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Re: Air fryers
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2016, 09:47:17 am »
We have a Philips air fryer which I bought in the hope that I could dump the oily mess that was our De Longhi roto fryer.

The Philips is clean and easy to use but I have to say that the chips are much inferior to those deep-fried in the De Longhi.  We don't use the Philips for chips any more - it is occasionally used for other things.   The De Longhi lives to fight another day.
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Re: Air fryers
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2016, 09:50:13 am »
Fat is good for you anyway, it's the spuds that'll kill you.
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Re: Air fryers
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2016, 01:48:08 pm »
Oven chips don't tend to come out as well as proper deep fried chips. I am sure you know the thing - unevenly cooked, burned or dried out, or soggy etc. They tend to be a substitute type of chip - nobody ever says mmm what lovely fries. You just know real fries are better...
The air fryer uses blown hot air forced through a basket and gets a result pretty much just like a good fryer, but does this without the use of a vat of oil that has to be changed etc or cleaned up.  And it doesn't make a smell, or hot greasy fumes. It is clean and extraordinarily easy to use.
You can whack a kilo of chips into the basket from the freezer, switch on and give it a shake or two and in 15 mins you have lovely perfect chips to accompany your steak!
I know I sound like a promoter but I have to admit the air fryer is a simply brilliant bit of kit.
We have a Philips air fryer which I bought in the hope that I could dump the oily mess that was our De Longhi roto fryer.

The Philips is clean and easy to use but I have to say that the chips are much inferior to those deep-fried in the De Longhi.  We don't use the Philips for chips any more - it is occasionally used for other things.   The De Longhi lives to fight another day.
This is what I'm wondering about. Without actually being fried in oil, can air-fried chips be much better than oven chips (which are perfectly good IMO but not as tasty as chip-shop chips)? Of course they'll be healthier etc than deep frying, but compared to oven ones? And what sort of chips do you cook in this device; oven chips, with their coating of oil, or is it just chopped up real genuine potatoes with no catalysts, lubricants, etc etc?
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Re: Air fryers
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2016, 06:39:23 pm »
I cook oven chips. In fact I am doing some right now. We are having some lovely Ginger Pig sirloin with french fries. In my opinion you have to use McCains though. They are better sized - you don't want a load of scrappy bits which is what the Ol and cheaper frozen cups are full of.
Frankly haven't bothered with chopping up potatoes since we got the air fryer. Life's too short.
My results are as good as I used to get with the fat fryer and real potatoes - it's very important to shake the chips quite often though.
But the best thing is the kitchen doesn't stink of chips etc.
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Re: Air fryers
« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2016, 12:54:52 am »
Could you use one for samosas?
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Re: Air fryers
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2020, 03:04:02 pm »
Necroposting here...

I bought a Philips last week because every time we did chips (bits of real spuds, unpeeled) in the oven MrsT would shove something ungodly like carrots in as well and the chips would come out soggy.  Quite liked the air-fryer result, certainly crisp.

I'm struck, though, with the limitations of the thing - certainly you can do a lot with it, but it's only good for one thing at a time. If you wanted to do chicken & chips you'd have to do them one after another, meaning one would be cold before the other was ready. Either that or get a battery of the things and blow the breakers (or set fire to the wall, depending on the honesty of your electrician).
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Re: Air fryers
« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2020, 04:08:35 am »
Necroposting here...

I bought a Philips last week because every time we did chips (bits of real spuds, unpeeled) in the oven MrsT would shove something ungodly like carrots in as well and the chips would come out soggy.  Quite liked the air-fryer result, certainly crisp.

I'm struck, though, with the limitations of the thing - certainly you can do a lot with it, but it's only good for one thing at a time. If you wanted to do chicken & chips you'd have to do them one after another, meaning one would be cold before the other was ready. Either that or get a battery of the things and blow the breakers (or set fire to the wall, depending on the honesty of your electrician).

In that case you can use a halogen oven, I find it has a similar result as an air fryer only bigger. Not quite as good bu not far off. Benefits being you can cook an entire roast in one.
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« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2020, 06:44:05 am »
If you wanted to do chicken & chips you'd have to do them one after another, meaning one would be cold before the other was ready. Either that or get a battery of the things and blow the breakers (or set fire to the wall, depending on the honesty of your electrician).

...or fry the chicken first, then leave the chicken in your oven at a very low temperature while you fry the chips.

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Re: Air fryers
« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2020, 08:32:57 am »
... you can use a halogen oven, I find it has a similar result as an air fryer only bigger. Not quite as good bu not far off. Benefits being you can cook an entire roast in one.

I didn't think of those.  I don't know much about them other that you can mod them to roast coffee.

If you wanted to do chicken & chips you'd have to do them one after another, meaning one would be cold before the other was ready. Either that or get a battery of the things and blow the breakers (or set fire to the wall, depending on the honesty of your electrician).

...or fry the chicken first, then leave the chicken in your oven at a very low temperature while you fry the chips.

Something like that.  Larger models than ours take dividers that allow you to cook a couple of things at once, but I imagine that shaking stuff up would be fiddly.

Our microwave has a couple of grill/convector functions I've never plumbed, mainly because ICBA cleaning up fat splatter inside, but they might be useful to keep stuff hot.
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air fryers: Are they worth it
« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2020, 01:56:11 pm »
I keep seeing references to air fryers in recipes and blogs.  Are they worth investing in?

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Re: Air fryers
« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2020, 02:19:45 pm »
Merged the last thread on air fryers to save you the trouble of looking too far...

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Re: air fryers: Are they worth it
« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2020, 03:00:15 pm »
I keep seeing references to air fryers in recipes and blogs.  Are they worth investing in?

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If you do, get a big model rather than a small one, then you can do much more.

Re worth it, by and large I'd say yes. Here are two of the more palatable videos on them (if you can stand people who say baysil and oRIGano). This guy uses real ingredients rather than proprietary stuff:

https://youtu.be/OtGBQw_UIQg
https://youtu.be/qdWhFjmuGmM

So far I've just done chip and chicken parts, separately.  The chips have always been good, although they could do with a bit more oil on them at the end - they come out dry. I have an oil spray on the way.  The chicken was excellent once and bleh the second time because I put too much basil & pepper on and burnt it when I bumped up the temperature at the end.
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« Reply #20 on: February 22, 2020, 03:53:24 pm »
Thank you to the mergers and to those who responded. 

we are tending to eat more and more healthily so small piece of chicken and steamed vegetables or similar.  So the inability to cook two things does not really worry me.  I think we will invest.

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Re: Air fryers
« Reply #21 on: February 22, 2020, 04:17:59 pm »
Have fun! Let us know how you get on.
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Re: Air fryers
« Reply #22 on: February 23, 2020, 08:05:46 pm »
Isn't that funny? 20 minutes ago I had never heard of an air fryer and now I NEED one.
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