As a foodie, I love kitchen appliances and I cannot lie. As soon as there's a newbie on the market - something innovative, time-saving, ultra-special and life-improving in some way, I'm there, lusting after it almost immediately.
Without question, having a kitchen full of the latest gadgets makes life easier and it certainly makes the task of feeding your family faster, simple and more pleasurable. We could all do with a whole lot more of that in our modern, time-poor world!
For many, barriers in the battle toward healthy eating include a lack of time, inspiration and finally, reluctance at the thought of facing the unpleasant task of cleaning up afterwards. Then there's the concerns many of us have regarding fats and oils, as well as the juggle to make a meal that every family member wants to eat.
It can seem like a monumental effort for so many of us, just to get healthy food onto our plates at each day's end and this is precisely where the Philips Airfryer comes into its own. It will make your food faster, healthier and the clean up minuscule. Life gets a whole lot easier with one of these in your kitchen.
|The Philips Airfryer XL. A new kitchen essential.|
I was so excited when I was asked to try out the amazing Philips XL Airfryer in our busy household. Keeping in mind these earlier points, you can bet the airfryer was already rapidly ticking boxes for me, before it had even been arrived.
The Philips Avance Airfryer XL has a 1.2kg capacity designed to cater to families as well as passionate cooks of all skill levels. (It will even excite you if you lack enthusiasm about food preparation altogether - promise!)
In a nutshell, an airfryer uses little, to no oil to heat foods, making healthier, tastier meals possible. Air is rapidly circulated to really penetrate the food. This technology retains the moisture within and browns the outside of foods quickly and to perfection. In simple terms, this means fantastic results not unlike traditional deep-frying methods, but without the unhealthy fat-factor.
Airfryers are faster, more efficient and cheaper to run than larger, conventional ovens and the results are truly amazing. Food actually tastes better when it has been air fried!
The Philips Airfryer itself is sleek and attractive on the kitchen bench and it is so simple to use that it is getting a daily workout by most family members in this household. (Independence - another huge tick!)
The Philips XL Airfryer is very easy to operate. The touchpad digital display has you up and going within minutes, ready to prepare your first meal. It also arrives with a comprehensive cook book to get you started on the inspiration-front. While there are some great recipes within that I will definitely try, I felt confident enough to begin without the guidance of the cook book and jumped right in with our own family favourites in mind. We were eager to compare the results. (Conventional versus air-fried.)
Using the Philips Airfryer is as easy as setting the temperature, time and opening the easy-glide drawer to access the fryer basket. Just place your food inside and shut the drawer and you're good to go. The fryer will do the lot. Preheating the fryer takes a few short minutes only, making it a time-saving and energy efficient cooking method over the traditional way. There's even a smart pre-set button for your favourite dish (the star button). One press only and your favourite meal is on its way.
You can check the progress on your foods at any time during the cooking process just by sliding the drawer out. Give your food a quick turn with some heat-proof tongs if you wish, but generally speaking, the Rapid Air Technology leaves nothing within, uncooked. This means you can forget about loitering in the kitchen while you wait for meals to heat - yet another bonus in its favour.
|The fryer basket allows fats to drip through to the pan and both lift right out for easy cleaning. |
This can be washed with a gentle dish brush and water in your sink or pop it into the dishwasher.
We prepared a basic crumb mix which we spiced with herbs and seasonings. The chicken was coated in egg (with just a drop of olive oil added to the egg mix) and then tossed in the crumbs.
The chicken was baked at 180 degrees for 20 minutes in the Philips Airfryer and the results were sensational! The chicken was golden and crispy on the outside and the meat was moist and piping hot inside. Natural fats from the chicken had dripped into the bottom of the pan, meaning a healthier meal had resulted. Our kids definitely approved. They ate the lot, plus seconds!
Verdict: Meat comes up brilliantly in this appliance.
The Philips Airfryer is not just for meats and roasts. You can bake or grill anything in one of these: from macaroni cheese, to cannelloni, shepherd's pies and apple pies.
Next in my trial was a lemon ricotta cake. My cake recipe makes a large cake and this would mean it would have to make two cakes within the smaller confines of the airfryer. Two cakes are not a problem! Overall it took less time to bake two cakes in the airfryer, than it normally does to bake one in my oven.
I used a small round baking pan and a loaf pan to divide my cake mixture. Many cake pans and casserole dishes you already own will fit into the Philips XL Airfryer or you can buy an additional lift-out pan built especially for this purpose by Philips if you prefer. (Plus a range of other accessories.)
A Lemon Ricotta Cake Recipe (Baked in a Philips Airfryer.)
1 cup of caster sugar
250 grams margarine or butter
1, 1/2 cups of SR flour
550gm ricotta cheese
Juice of half a lemon
Grated rind of a whole lemon.
Preheat the Philips Airfryer to 160 degrees.
Line two cake pans with baking paper, grease and flour. (Check that the pans fit within your airfryer first!)
Beat the sugar and butter (or margarine) with electric beaters and add the eggs one at a time.
Add the ricotta cheese and the juice and rind of the lemon.
Fold in the flour by hand and mix until everything is blended well.
Pour the cake batter into each pan and bake each cake for around 25 minutes or until golden and a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake, comes out clean.
This cake came out beautifully in my new airfryer! It was really moist with a golden crust and a strong, lemony cheesecake flavour. It seemed like so little work to bake in the Philips and I saved time too, not needing to wait for my oven to preheat. I will be baking many more cakes and desserts with my airfryer. Stay tuned for more recipes for this appliance here.
Find more information on the Philips Avance XL Airfryer here. The Philips Avance XL Airfryer retails for RRP $469 and you can find it at all good home wares and electrical retailers and major department stores Australia-wide or online. View the full range of Philips Airfryers here. Consider one of these, as a superb gift this Mother's Day.
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