Ever find yourself wishing for delicious fried chicken cooked in its natural juices with crispy skin and succulent, moist tasty meat but minus all the oil? Well, I do and quite often too!
Most people love tasty and flavorful fried food. Most are put off by the unhealthy high fat content and the work involved though.
Air Frying Machine
Well, oil free deep frying is now possible in home kitchens thanks to the hot air fryer, a kind of oil free fryer or deep fryer without oil. Hurray!
Actually, I wouldn’t really call it a no oil or greaseless fryer, it’s more of a low fat fryer; usually just a tablespoon of oil is used.
Previously, I didn’t really enjoy deep frying in my kitchen. Just imagine all the tedious cleaning up, what with oil vapor all over the counter top and even on the surface of the walls. The oil smell permeates all over the house, not just the kitchen.
Then, you have the unenviable task of cleaning the oily pot or wok used for the deep frying.
Your whole place will smell of fried food too, not just the kitchen. Uugh! Horrible!
And not to mention the excess oil left behind, to reuse or not to reuse? Yes, a lot of time and hassle involved, just too tedious for that piece of delicious fried chicken.
After all the cleaning up, then you start to worry about the unhealthy effect of too much oil. Weight gain, bigger waistline, heart and digestive problems, the list goes on.
How does an air fryer work?
With the hot air deep fryer and its oil free or very minimal oil technology, you get to eat delicious fried food minus the soggy fat by as much as 70% to 80%. No more guilty feeling after a meal of fried food.
Frozen food or raw meat with fat do not need additional oil added. They cook in their own fat.
Raw French fries taste best with a tablespoon or less of oil added.
Excess oil is drained out during the cooking process.
Air Fryer Technology
An air fryer uses the Rapid Air technology or Actifry technology whereby food is cooked by extremely hot air circulating around the food inside the fryer.
The air is heated up by a heating element and blown around by a fan. This keeps the hot moving air at a constant temperature and food gets cooked fast.
The temperature can reach as high as 400 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll end up with food that is crispy outside and moist inside.
Who needs the airfryer?
Busy moms will love the air fryer machine as you do not have to watch over the fire. Put in the food, set the timer and you can even go for a quick run on your treadmill! You spent less time in the kitchen and yet still serve delicious healthy meals.
All moms would like their kids to have a healthy diet. How to prepare a healthy meal in the fastest time possible is no doubt one of their many priorities in life. Yes, moms will love the hot air multi-cooker.
Fast and hassle-free with hardly any cooking involved on your part. This translates into more healthy home cooked food and less eating out. You can even invite friends over more often and serve them food cooked in the air fryer.
You do not have to worry about getting splattering hot oil burns. Even your teenage son or daughter can easily operate the air fryer. Most young people are very health conscious these days. They will also love the healthy hot air fryer.
Need some tea time snacks? How about crispy and tasty French Fries? Well, all you have to do is just put in some frozen fries and turn the timer. That’s all, serious!
Frozen chicken wings work the same way too. Now your teenager can cook.
This means that your college-going child can have healthy meals with minimum time spent in the kitchen.
It is very convenient if you just want a small batch of fries etc. In fact, the home air frying machine is meant for cooking in small batches. It’s smaller compact size makes it more energy efficient compared to the bigger convection oven. It also cooks faster.
It is so easy to use, even the elderly will be able to cook healthy meals using the air fryer. The elderly will need a less oily diet.
Those who are on a special diet such as a vegetarian diet or are prone to food allergies tend to eat at home more. They will love the air fryer as it offers easy to use, easy to clean as well as healthy low fat fuss-free cooking.
Weight watchers will love the air fryer. You do not have to worry too much about high fat fried food with the low or no fat air fryer. You do not have to worry about the lack of varieties at meal times as the highly versatile home frying machine can be used to cook practically every thing.
Reheating Fried Food
Reheating your fried chicken or just warming your croissants will still maintain the crispy outside skin.
The downside seems to be its size. It is more suitable for couples or small families. For large families, food needs to be cooked in batches.
Another downside would be that air fried food seems to cool down faster compared to those fried in oil. However, not exactly a problem as you can always eat the food immediately right after cooking.
The airfryer is indeed a great addition to your home kitchen.
My Air Fryer Reviews
I started this site because I believe in the air fryer. I write my reviews as thoroughly as possible. Reading through the manuals, checking out customer reviews, videos and watching demos at nearby stores and asking lots of questions and finally writing the reviews.
You’ll find honest, accurate information in my reviews that you can use to compare models and research your options until you’re satisfied that you’ve chosen the best air fryer for your home.
Yes, I bought the Tefal Actifry, tested it with all kinds of food and most of the time am happy with the results. However, food with a lot of moisture such as soup based meals are not so suitable. Neither are meals with homemade wet batter. A way around this would be to pan fry the wet battered food before putting into the air fryer.
Update : Feeling very satisfied with the Tefal hot air cooker, I also bought the Philips hot air cooker with its many accessories. There are differences between these 2 hot air fryers and the type of food that are best suited for these fryers.
With an air fryer at home, even your teenagers can cook healthy meals at home instead of just grabbing some junk food on the way back from school or sports practice.
So easy to use, the hot airfryer would be a excellent gift for teenagers, the elderly or practically anyone who loves to cook.
Comfort food such as crispy french fries and juicy chicken wings cook the fast, simple and healthy way makes the air fryer appealing.