Thursday, 5 May 2016

Philips Airfryer Review (and Recipes) Plus Win a Philips Viva Airfryer Valued at $349! #SLHFeaturedThursdays

 
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.

Using the Philips Airfryer is so easy! Simple digital displays guide your selections.
A visual cooking guide printed on the front of the unit assists you to time your foods without the need to refer to the manual.
This handy tool works perfectly every time and is ideal for working out the cooking times on a variety of foods including those not covered in the included cookbook. Full versatility.
To try out our new appliance for the very first time, we chose to fry chicken. Chicken is always a staple for families and kids love it. Cooking chicken in the airfryer is a simple dish that can really demonstrate well, the perks of cooking with this appliance.

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.)

3 eggs
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.

 
WIN a Philips Viva Airfryer valued at $349!
 
Six Little Hearts in conjunction with Philips, have one fabulous Philips Viva Airfryer to giveaway to one lucky reader!
 
What's your signature dish?
 
We all have a dish we're famous for. Maybe yours is a wicked lasagne, an heirloom meatball dish, a tasty macaroni cheese or a delicious dessert. Whatever it is, we want to hear all about it here!
 
To enter this giveaway:
 
We'd love to see your signature dish and hear all about it.
Tell us how a Philips Airfryer would improve your cooking!
Please upload an image of your favourite bake to the
 
Look for the Philips Viva Airfryer pinned post at the top of the page and upload your image in the comments there. (Note: The pinned post will go live on Facebook from 10am AEST Thursday 5th May.)
 
In addition:
 
Please be a follower of Six Little Hearts on Facebook
and please follow Philips on Facebook.
 
Finally, fill out the entry form below. You must leave a comment and your name within your comment to enter this giveaway. This is a game of skill. Comments without names are unable to be matched and will be disqualified. Good luck!
 
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*Disclosure: Six Little Hearts were gifted the featured item in exchange for this review.
All opinions expressed are my own and genuine.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

66 comments:

  1. Chicken Parmigiana with cheesy garlic potato bake (drooling just typing this hahaha). The Philips Airfryer would definitely make the schnitties healthier and less oily.

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  2. Chunky sweet potato chips are my thang. And with an air fryer I no longer have to wait ages for them in the oven to cook, or fry them in fatty oil. They will be healthier and requires less time to cook!

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  3. Fave would be pizza. I usually oil the trays to get that buttery crispy base but this would be awesome. The kids get fed at different times so I have each of theirs ready to go before they get home.

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  4. Pork barbecue skewers!!! I know the air fryer can perfect this! - Jacq Paraguya

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  5. My signature dish is the good old bake dinner every Sunday night I'd love to try and whole roast chicken in the Philips Airfryer yum!! my mouth is watering just thinking about it.
    Karen Edwards

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  6. I am not much of a chef, hence why owning one of these would aid me cooking in the kitchen. I would be able to create healthy meals for my daughter. My one dish I can cook really well, and it tastes amazing...is Home-made Vegetarian Pizza - with Tomato Paste, Red Onion, Eggplant, Baby Spinach, Mushrooms, Olives, Pineapple, Cherry Tomatoes, Pine Nuts, Bocconcinni, Fetta , Mozzarella....I'm drooling now. I haven't got a photo of my Pizza...if I make one in the next week I will take a pic and post it :) Juanita Torr

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  7. Omg! I have wanted one of these for ages! I'm so jelly that you scored one! I actually stumbled on a recipe for air fryer butter chicken that I'd love to try. The one I usually make in the thermomix is pretty amazing but I'm wondering how that would go in pastry in the air fryer? The possibilities!

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  8. An air fryer? Are you kidding? That sounds AWESOME!!!!!! OMG.

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  9. Oh I would love this because I love potatoes and constantly crave hot chips. I do sometimes just bake potato in the oven but it's never the same.

    Plus I'm 60kg overweight so less fat would probably be a good thing!

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  10. Another fab giveaway!

    My signature dish is definitely my crispy skin pork belly. It's poached in milk, so I'm not sure it would work in this but how I would love to try. The 1950s oven in our new house is shocking. I haven't mastered cooking in the thing and sick of burning the bottom of things to ensure something is cooked through. I've taken to finding new ways to cook that don't involve the oven, so this would be perfect.

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  11. My dish is a beef gnocchi bake! It has layers of meltingly tender braised beef in a rich tomato sauce, fluffy,light gnocchi, all smothered in delicious oozy cheese, sprinkled with homegrown spring onions! It's Like a lasagna crossed with a beef casserole and it's certainly a favourite in our house! The philips air fryer would make this dish even better by giving the cheesy top an irresistible golden crust and inspiring my daughters to help out with cooking, as who doesn't love the lure of a new cooking machine, especially one this handy?! I would love to test out my recipe in it! Amanda Ree

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  12. Do you like to fry food at home, but dislike the downsides of a traditional fryer? Unhealthy results,hard to clean and nasty odors? The Philips Airfryer is the ideal solution. With the Philips Airfryer you can fry much more healthily… with air! where to buy kratom

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  13. I've heard so much about these but have been sceptical! I'm from the USA and I love Southern Fried Chicken but I never make it because I hate the smell of oil that lingers in the house. I would love to give it a go in the air fryer! Thanks for the opportunity (LuciaSaal)

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  14. I'd love to give fish fingers and calamari a try in one of these! They're always a bit of a fry-fail on the stove. I'll bet the air fryer would seriously up my game.

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  15. I'd love to make some home made fish and chips and salt and pepper squid. I'd put my own spin on it and ensure they are crunchy and nutritious cause I know excactly whats in it. Christina L

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  16. I love chips but know how bad they are for you so I would love to do them and sweet potato chips as well

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  17. Banana Bread is always a winner when I make it.

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  18. Bacon Turtle! I cook it as a special Father's Dad breakfast but then my kids wanted it for their Birthday Breakfasts! A Hamburger wrapped in Bacon with Sausages for the head & legs. I think this would come up a treat in the Phillips Airfryer, and a lot healthier too with no added oils & the fats being able to drain out...plus the Bacon would be deliciously crispy! Polly Pauline Stewart

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      Thank you to everybody who entered this amazing giveaway. We really enjoyed your culinary images on Facebook.

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  19. Deep fried chips with gravy and cheese.
    With the airfryer it would finally be slightly healthy!

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  20. Blake Haugen:)
    My signiture dish is Crumbed Chicken Tenderloins. yum!
    Sweet, succulent, delicious, they say its the crumb.
    I would love to try them in the Philips Airfryer
    Healthier by far, juicier and the praise will be higher!

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  21. Fish and chips would be a dream. My favourite dish without the guilt!! Louise T

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  22. I had no idea you could bake cakes in one of these! That's super cool. I Would love to try a chicken snitty!

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  23. My signature thing is my two way potatoes. I can't spill too much as it's my secret recipe of what I put on top of them but they are cooked both by pan and then into the oven to be crisp! It's a hit with everyone that comes over!

    I would be interested to try doing these in an air fryer being a health alternative person this would come in great hand for me.

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  24. When I let the kids choose dinner their usual wish,
    is my homemade potato chips and beer battered fish!
    Making it with the airfryer I've heard is less greasy,
    and no fry pans to clean up makes my life easy! :)
    (Cecilia Warrick.)

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  25. Cajun Chicken and Potato Wedges with fresh sour cream!

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  26. would love to create deep fried chicken for the entire family without the dripping fat

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  27. Back in the day, before everything fried was a no no, my signature dish was crumbed fried chicken and potato croquettes. Winning a Phillips Airfryer would mean we could enjoy it again without the guilt.

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  28. After visiting the south of the USA, I rediscovered my love for fried chicken KFC has nothing on some of the recipes I learnt. An air fryer will ensure I capture all the flavour without all the fat. Jade O'Shea

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  29. My signature dish is a chicken, sweetcorn and veggie pie with super crispy pastry. I like to do short crust pastry for the bottom and a nice puff pastry lid. I always use whatever veggies are on hand and my secret ingredient is a dash of soy sauce! It gives it a special boost! I usually serve with sweet potato chips or even sometimes spinach chips done in the oven for a nice crunch. An air fryer would make my dish better by giving me the ability to make my sides crispier, healthier and more adventurous! :)

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  30. My signature dish is Moroccan Lamb with Roast Sweet Potato and Couscous, and I'd love to see how I can make it less fatty with the Airfyer.

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  31. I love my fried chicken and having an air fryer would help considerably!

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  32. crispky skinned salmon, this would be even healthier if done in the airfry, and I could add chips to the dish without the guilt.

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  34. My lemon meringue pie is the most requested "what can I bring?" dish. Not sure that I could cook any stage in the Philips AirFryer but I would certainly try. However a roast dinner typically precedes the pie and I know that I would reduce cooking time and calories by cooking the vegetables in the air fryer. I have heard the fryer does a beautiful job!

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  35. My duck with cherry sauce is absolutely amaze-balls! Throw in some steamed vegetables and individual potato gratin's and this is a dish made in foodie heaven.

    Allira Akehurst

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  36. Sausage rolls are my speciality, and I'd be so interested to see the end result after being cooked in the air fryer! Anything that brings convinience to cooking is a must have in my household.

    Sarah ellwood

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  37. My signature dish is my crumbed chicken lasagne. I know it sounds weird but delicious and this air fryer would give it the extra crunch without the extra calories of oil!

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  38. My signature dish is soft shell crab,
    Deep fried in beer batter - it's absolutely fab!
    Perfectly matched with a Thai dipping sauce,
    To go with the lovely crunch of course!
    The Philips Viva Airfryer will surely assist,
    To save litres of oil off my shopping list!
    A healthier cooking option without losing texture and taste,
    It'll hopefully prevent more inches ending up on my waist!

    Christial Shea

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  39. I boobed my details. I guess the skill test is over for me.
    Still, my most popular recipe is crispy , spicy creole chicken wings. Although I bake them (I threw out my deep fryer years ago), I still use quite a bit of oil in the current recipe. An air fryer would be a very exciting addition to my kitchen.

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  40. I boobed my details. I guess the skill test is over for me.
    Still, my most popular recipe is crispy , spicy creole chicken wings. Although I bake them (I threw out my deep fryer years ago), I still use quite a bit of oil in the current recipe. An air fryer would be a very exciting addition to my kitchen.

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  41. Thai salmon cakes with Thai dressing, the airfryer would make the cakes keep their shape , while cooking healthy.

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  42. I was born in Portugal and my whole family are Portuguese heritage and one of my favourite things to make is Portuguese deserts passed down from generations in our family. One of my favourites is Pudim Caseiro which roughly translates to "homemade pudding". It's a custard style pudding made with condensed milk and caramel sauce. It really is amazing! This would really help to make the dish easier because it's quite a length process, well worth it though :P

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  43. My amazing lemon pepper chicken wings are easy and delicious and I dare you to stop at just one. They're domestic goddess material.

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  44. Paulina Batty, My husband makes the best pizzas ever, all from scratch but they take so long to cook in the oven. The Philips Airfryer would have everyone eating and sharing delicious pizza in a flash

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  45. The first thing I would make would be croquets and arrancini balls. Tasty morsels and a machine that you don't have to worry about messy oil and burning little ones.

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  46. My signature dish are cupcakes! Light, fluffy (like clouds) and iced to delicious perfection (if I do say so myself), all of my friends and family RAVE about them.
    The Philips Air Fryer would be the perfect opportunity to turn these in to miniature cakes (like you did with your lemon ricotta cake)!
    Aleisha Davidson

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  47. My dish would be crumbed chicken, stuffed with avocado, sun dried tomatoes and cream cheese...yum!

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  48. my signature dish is called tagliaterriblebestnotletmeinthekitchen hence why I NEED TO WIN A Philips Viva Airfryer! I'm a terrible cook, my husband may divorce me if I don't raise my game...our marriage depends on it ;-)

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  49. macadamia and brie stuffed chicken with panko crumb. A great mid week meal that is filling and everyone eats.

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  50. Laughed at (unfortunately) for always trying to make everything I cook healthy...I even bake my chocolate cakes with red kidney beans! I'm all about feeding my family healthy and would Love to make my kids favourite parmi's in the Phillips Air Fryer...a delicious Friday dinner...guilt free ;)

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  51. My signature dish is sweet potato fries, I know its simple but the airfryer would help because it would keep them crispy instead of oil logged and they would actually be a healthy treat made in half the time
    Belinda Moxey

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  52. The Philips Viva Air Fryer would make cooking my signature Choc Brownies with walnuts a breeze. With no need to turn on the oven and quicker cooking time I'd be saving time and energy. The Philips Viva air fryer would have my brownies moist and gooey on the inside and crispy on the outside. They'd be better than ever! Shannon Wotton

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  54. Butter Chicken: With all the trimmings: mango chutney, raita and cheese garlic naan (the latter which I'd love to try in an air fryer). Rachael Mazurczak

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  56. Seafood Basket, I can have my battered seafood without the fat but still crispy, that would be fantastic! Don't forget the chips!
    Eva Kiraly

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  57. Name - sapna sharma
    zuchini and chickpea fritters is my signature dish. Normally it is deep fried and has lots of calories in it. with Philips Airfryer i would be able to make it with minimum oil and it will be super healthy and packed with nutrition for the whole family

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  58. Chips and gravy! healthier chips would mean I could have richer gravy.

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  59. I love prawns (coated in chinese five spice, ginger and plain flour)and fried - served with fresh chillies and shallots :) We don't do them often because we don't own a deep fryer and I cook them in oil in a saucepan (dangerous and just too oily) would love to try a healthier version

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  60. I've been cooking healthily for years, so I miss out on lots of yummy foods like schnitzels, spring rolls and chips. Love pork belly, but I've never dared try to cook it at home (to hard to get it right, and if it's not cooked right, it's horrible). The airfryer would get me trying more dishes and being more adventurous.

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  61. A cauliflower and potato curry, to air fry the cauliflower would add a depth of flavour otherwise unknown!

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  62. My Philips Airfryer would take a BATTERING with my regular favorite homemade Fish and chips dish! Oh my COD, I'm so impressed with the teeny amount of oil the Airfryer uses to get as good if not better results than my usual deep fried naughtiness...I can see a long term friendCHIP between us happening! :)

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  63. I own a Philips AirFryer and use it often to enjoy French Fries, Fried Plantains, Chicken Wings, Chicken Fried Steak, Homemade Sweet Potato Tater Tots, you name it! IT'S AMAZING! Everybody should have one! Just saying...

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  64. Philips airfryer is one of the best airfryer in the market now and you will no dissatisfied after purchasing this. Philips has got its popularity in 2011. In that year they have launch revolutionary Viva Airfryer (http://www.fryerly.com/philips-avance-xl-digital-airfryer-review/). The consumers said that they liked to have an air fryer that would require no oil. Now the Philips has come to the point. They now invented a modern air fryer. This air fryer can cook food without using any oil. The oil inside the food helps to cook outside itself. The Airfryer has Rapid Air technology which circulates hot air. It cooks food eighty percent faster, and the taste of the food is very good. And also reduces the cooking time. It produces a crispier result as heat is lead to the cooking chamber forcefully. For its performance, versatility and capacity the AriFryer XL is the most popular air fryer to the people now.

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