Probably the main reason that many people consider buying a low-fat air fryer such as the Tefal Actifry or the Philips Air Fryer, is simply because they can prepare those much beloved deep fried chips but with very little or no oil. This obviously makes these machines very appealing if you are trying to lose weight! However, there are at least two things that stop people from making that purchase; can you only cook chips and do they really taste like the deep fried ones you really love?
In brief, both the two particular machines mentioned circulate hot air around the food that often cooks the food a lot faster than other conventional methods. However, the Tefal uses a paddle that pushes and turns the food inside the pan. In contrast, the Philips does not do this, so in the case of certain foods you will need to shake the pan half way through the cooking process. Best Air Fryers
In answer to the first question, yes, you can cook a great deal more than chips in your air fryer. However, just what you can prepare will depend on the particular model because of differences in the way these appliances work. In the Tefal you need to nothing until the machine ‘pings’ when the food is ready. In the Philips you often need to give the basket a shake half way through the cooking process depending on what you are cooking.
Returning to the quality of the chips. You will find that both the above models will produce a very similar end product. However, they are not the same as the deep fried variety. That’s not to say they don’t look and taste good as they certainly do. However, most people report that they are the closest thing to the original that you can get and far superior to low-fat oven chips. So, do you have to prepare your potatoes any differently?
Although you can also use frozen chips, to prepare them fresh all you have to do is chip your potatoes as normal. Thin French fries are the fastest to cook and only take less than 10 minutes. It is recommended you soak the chips in water for half an hour to remove most of the starch, dry them thoroughly and drizzle over half to one tablespoon of oil. Heat the fryer for a couple of minutes and pop in the chips.
The primary difference with the Philips is that it has a basket, a food divider and a cooking container. This means that it is probably more versatile for your kitchen. For example, you can bake brownies, quiches and jacket potatoes that you could not do in the Tefal. In contrast, it would be more difficult to make curries (but not impossible) in the Philips where the Tefal makes it really easy.
Obviously, this is just a quick overview of air fryers which has concluded that cooking chips in a low-fat air fryer does not produce chips that taste exactly like deep fried ones. It does suggest however that they are probably the closest you can produce and are of course much healthier.