BY GUEST BLOGGER, SHARI ARCHINOFF
I love fried food. Chicken fingers, French fries, chips, chicken wings – if it’s GBD (golden brown delicious) then I probably love it. Unfortunately for me, due to some stomach issues I had to completely cut all fried foods out of my diet. Fortunately for me, Philips has me covered!
A few weeks ago I was invited to attend an event for the NEW Philips Airfryer where I watched food writer and TV personality Pay Chen do a cooking demonstration. As a thank you for attending, Philips sent me my very own Airfryer and let me tell you – I am in love! The Airfryer uses what they call Turbostar technology to circulate hot air around the food, giving the effect of being fried without all the oil and grease.
For my first test drive with the Airfryer, I wanted to recreate the Roasted Asian Chicken Wings that Pay made. A cookbook was included with the machine and the wings recipe turned out to be super easy to follow. Just mix garlic with some cumin and ginger, season the wings, and pop them in the basket. Thirteen minutes later and boom! You have juicy, crispy chicken wings that are perfectly GBD – without any extra oil!
The Airfryer is really easy to use and comes with a bunch of pre-set options to take the guesswork out of cooking time. If you’re cooking for a large family, you might need to get a second shelf attachment or cook in batches, but for one or two people it’s perfect. It actually takes up less counter space than a toaster oven so it would be a great choice for condos.
I love that I didn’t have to worry about my kitchen or clothes smelling of fried food afterwards, and because it’s all contained in the unit you don’t need to babysit it the way you would a pan of oil. It also means you don’t have to worry about overheating or burning the oil, which is extra good news if you have a really sensitive smoke detector like I do.
Another thing I really appreciate about the Airfryer is how easy it is to clean! I work from home, which means I usually eat three meals a day at home and since I don’t have a dishwasher, the dishes tend to pile up pretty quickly. With the Airfryer, I don’t have to worry about scrubbing any pans or dishes. The non-stick surface makes it a breeze to clean, and all you need is some warm, soapy water and a cloth. Of course if you do have a dishwasher it would be even easier since all the parts that need to be cleaned are dishwasher safe.
Admittedly, I have a tendency to buy appliances and only use them once or twice, but the Airfryer is so versatile that I can see myself using it all the time. There are so many ways to use it other than just “frying” food. I was given a baking dish accessory to use for desserts and casseroles and it’s also great for roasting veggies.
I’ve been looking around online and I’ve already found so many amazing recipes that I can’t wait to try out. It might even end up replacing my microwave! This relationship might be new but I’m fairly certain my Airfryer and I are going to be having lots of dinner dates together.