If you are thinking of buying a Tefal Actifry or the Philips Air Fryer, you will either be thinking about eating more healthily or about losing weight. Where these machines come into their own is because they can make a very real difference to the nutritional values of many foods. There is no doubt that these machines are a very useful piece of kitchen equipment, read on to find out why.
Both these machines sit on the worktop and can be stored away when not in use (although they do take up quite a bit of cupboard space). The primary reason most people buy one is because you can cook around a kilo of chips or roast potatoes using just one tablespoon of oil. Eating a low fat diet is essential in our fight against heart disease, obesity and other weight related health problems.
Everyone loves chips, especially children who can be difficult to feed at times. Asking them if they want chips will normally result in a ‘yes’ response. When you make them in an air fryer, you will have the added knowledge that you are not filling their bodies up with unnecessary fats. Egg, sausage, fish or ham and chips is usually a winner! As you will get very little food left on the plate, this will mean the money you are spending on food does not end up in the bin!
So, how do you make chips for your Tefal Actifry or Philips Air Fryer? First, peel (depending on your preference) and chip the potatoes into the desired size. You should make them of equal size, so if you have a chipper to cut them that would be ideal. Remember that the larger they are, the longer the cooking time will be. Soak the chips for at least half an hour beforehand to get rid of most of the starch. Dry them as thoroughly as you can, pour up to one tablespoon of oil over the chips and use your hands to coat the chips evenly. While the above is the recommended way to prepare your chips, don’t get too stressed about them being exactly equally sized, soaking them for precisely half an hour or being perfectly dry, you will still get great chips as long as you make some effort. Best Air Fryer in India
While many people say that these chips are just like the deep fried version, I have not found that to be quite the case. Yes, they are fluffy inside and look very similar, but they are not quite as crispy. They are however delicious and by far the best alternative to the deep fried variety. The taste is a great improvement on the cardboard tasting low fat oven chips we have all suffered for years!
Both the machines mentioned here cook chips that taste the same. The only difference is that with the Tefal Actifry, you can keep an eye on how they are doing through the clear lid, and do not need to do anything until they are cooked. With the Philips Air Fryer, you set the timer and give the basket a shake half way through the cooking time. You will also need to pull the basket out to check on them near the end. Not a problem, but something you should keep in mind. Both machines clean easily and most parts can go in the dishwasher.
If you think the only item you can cook in these machines are chips so they are not cost effective, then you are wrong. You can cook at great deal of recipes in them; it just takes a little bit of adaptation. Both machines come with their own collection of recipes and there are recipe books slowly coming onto the market. You should also keep in mind that some foods and recipes are more suited to Philips or the Actifry because of how the machines are constructed. For example, you can bake cakes and bread in the Philips as it doesn’t use a paddle, but the Actifry is better for anything that needs stirring.