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I got a Philips Airfryer today...

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DK
I got a Philips Airfryer today...
March 20, 2014 11:27AM
... and I love it!!!! Tonight I cooked a sirloin steak and roasted capsicum and carrots all at the same time. No oil added AT ALL! It all came out beautifully. I heated the Airfryer for 4 minutes while I was seasoning my steak and hacking up my veges (I used ready-peeled baby carrots because that's what I had in my fridge). Chucked it all into the cooking basket and it was all cooked in 8 minutes. No cooking spatter, minimal dishes, minimal cooking smells (I'm in a small flat with no rangehood so cooking smells tend to linger). Also, all the fat from the steak had drained into the pan below the basket.
I was then still hungry and really wanted to try it with homemade chips. The instruction book recommends soaking the cut potatoes in water for 30 minutes and then coating them with a bit of oil. I couldn't be bothered doing this so, as per a blog I read, I just cut a potato in half and then sliced the halves into 3mm slices and put them directly into the Airfryer. They came out crisp and golden and delicious. No oil added at all. It was literally like magic.

Noel Leeming and Farmers have it on special at the moment for 25% off ($299.99). It wasn't cheap but it addressed ALL the issues I have with my tiny kitchen, using my oven to cook small amounts of food, and the health issues associated with deep-frying. I adore deep-fried food and although I can do oven baked versions of a lot of deep-fried dishes, I found I was resorting more and more to deep-frying them because it was quicker and easier. I was a really bad habit to get into. I would say that I am very nutritionally savvy and know how to eat healthily, but deep fried food is my Achilles heel.

I read numerous, mostly very positive, reviews on Australian, American and UK websites and read various food blogs that were really helpful about the practicalities of it. The only negative is that it might not be practical for family of more than 4 people. However, I read a few Australian reviews where people with large families bought multiple Airfryers to use! I also see that there is an XL version newly available in Australia. There are some great ideas on what to make with it on various blogs and I'm really excited to try them out.

Apologies for the long post but I just want to share my enthusiasm!!!!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/20/2014 11:27AM by DK.
Re: I got a Philips Airfryer today...
March 20, 2014 10:36PM
I appreciate the long post thanks DK. Hubby saw something on TV (possibly a shopping channel?) and I tried to see if there was something available in NZ at the time via retail, and couldn't find anything. Then some of the reviews for the TV model said it was a waste of time.

So I certainly will be looking into this Philips model - although the one hesitation I have is bench space. I have very little as it is - will have to look at a physical model and check it out.

So don't apologise for the long post - it was of interest to me!

Cheers
DK
Re: I got a Philips Airfryer today...
March 21, 2014 05:46AM
@ Irene Field - I have minimal bench space as well; certainly not enough to store anything on. I keep my Airfryer on a set of shelves. It weighs 7kgs so for me is not to hard to lift down. It's very compact - the basket locks in and the cord pulls in and out of housing at the bottom so there is nothing flying around when you carry it. Quite a few reviewers have mentioned using it in campervans so it's definitely designed for portability. My alternative option was to buy a little benchtop oven but I realised that many of them would be awkward to keep getting out and putting away. Plus the one I was looking at buying would only fit sideways on my benchtop!

Lunch today after work was 2 pastizzi from the freezer - I heated up the Airfryer for 5 mins and the frozen pastizzi took 15 minutes to cook perfectly. In a conventional oven you are meant to heat the oven to 250 degrees C (my decrepit old oven takes AGES to do this) and cook them for 20-25 minutes.

The reviews on the NZ Consumer magazine and Australian Choice magazine websites give the Airfryer a low score but they don't mention many of the benefits of it. Whereas if you read reviews from actual consumers they are pretty detailed and sensible and generally positive.
Re: I got a Philips Airfryer today...
March 21, 2014 10:42PM
I have heard lots off good things about these - especially the XL in Aus. We are a family of 4, so think I'd definitely need the bigger version.

Have read great things too about getting kids/teens to cook their own food/snacks. Tempting for in a few years time - DS is nearly 7 and already eats a fair bit, but I know when my teenage nephew & preteen niece come to stay, I just can't keep them fed!

Our oven does a fairly decent job of crisping food up, so it's not too high on my wishlist, but will be keeping an eye on pricing etc, especially if the XL comes here.
DK
Re: I got a Philips Airfryer today...
April 21, 2014 05:43AM
I've now had my Philips Airfryer for a month and I have to say it is the single best piece of cooking equipment I have ever come across. I use it most days, sometimes twice a day. I've bought all the accessories for it from Amazon because you can't get the accessories

I don't know why Philips haven't publicised this product more in New Zealand - I guess we are just small fry in the world market. I would not be without it.
Re: I got a Philips Airfryer today...
September 07, 2014 07:04AM
I would so like to have one of these. Briscoes have the cream one on special for $250. There is a black model which I am surmising is later version. Is there much or any difference between the two. Please talk me into buying one of these. lol.
Cheers
Nellie
DK
Re: I got a Philips Airfryer today...
September 21, 2014 10:40AM
@Nellie, sorry for the late reply. I ticked the 'Follow Topic' box but was never notified of any additions to the thread. There is only one model of the Philips Airfryer available in NZ and it comes in white/lavender or black so I would say the black one is just a colour variation. The newer models available in Asia are bigger and with digital controls and I'm pretty sure they're not available in NZ yet. It is more popular in Asian countries such as Hong Kong and Singapore as many people there don't have kitchens that are large enough to house an oven.

I would tell anyone to buy one because I think any size family would find it useful. My best advice is to research, research, research. I looked at countless reviews and blogs before I bought mine. Read reviews on Australian websites such as [www.productreview.com.au] because NZ cooking habits and households are more similar to Australia's than to any other countries that have the airfryer.

I don't think there is any question that it is a good quality product, it's just whether or not you will get use out of it. As you see from the date of my original post I got mine about 6 months ago and I still use it at least 4 days a week, usually more and usually more than once a day.
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September 22, 2014 09:32PM
I too am now interested in buying an air fryer.Can you cook roast vegetables instead of putting them in the oven dish next to the meat as we do?I am looking to lose so much fat in my diet.I wish i had its manual what else can it do?
Re: I got a Philips Airfryer today...
September 23, 2014 12:07AM
How does it differ (besides clever marketing) from a conventional convection oven?
Re: I got a Philips Airfryer today...
September 23, 2014 02:06AM
Marylew, you can download the manual and recipe book from Phillips website [www.p4c.philips.com]
Regards,
Dawn.
Re: thumbs upRe: I got a Philips Airfryer today...
September 23, 2014 02:59AM
Thanks Dawn I have been to the Phillips site that you gave me(so easy thanks to you) . I am a little bit more leaning towards buying one but i think i would like to hear more from other users as they are not cheap and will i use it as often as DK or will it just be another one of these gadgets at the back of the cupboard.
DK
Re: I got a Philips Airfryer today...
September 30, 2014 09:36AM
@marylew - yes, you can do roast veges in it. Basically, any thing you can do in the oven you can do in the Airfryer. It's just a lot quicker and because of the circulating air, you don't have to lay things out in a single layer.

@Chrisd - I've seen it described on a UK review website as a very small industrial-strength convection oven. Most households couldn't afford and wouldn't even bother buying a full-sized industrial convection oven.

I love it because it heats up in 5 minutes and cooks so quickly. For example the other night I cooked two thick pork cutlets that were on the bone and had skin on. The Airfryer took 5 minutes to heat to 180 C and the 2 cutlets took about 10 minutes to cook. They came out succulent and caramelised and the rind was crispy. Usually if I cook pork chops with rind I have to either separate the rind off and cook it separately and for longer to get it crispy.

In the same week I also made a pasta bake, some polenta chips (crunchier, faster and healthier than deep-frying them), homemade spring rolls filled with leftover stirfry (I just spray them with oil and they come out ultra crispy). The polenta chips are the best and so easy because I cooked a big tray of polenta, cut it into large rectangles and froze the them separately. Whenever I want polenta chips I just defrost a rectangle, cut it into chips, spray them with oil and airfry them for about 10-15 minutes at 200 C.

The timer also means that it switches off automatically and lots of parents on different review sites like that feature because they can happily let their kids use it to make snacks.

To get the best use out of it you have to be keen to try things out and not be restricted by the thought that it is just for healthy chips!
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