Air Fryers / Health Fryers – a Buyer’s Guide & Review of What To Look For

Air fryers, or health fryers as they’re also known have been around for around 15-20 years, so it’s likely you’ll have heard of them. Perhaps a friend or family member has one and you’ve always wondered how they work and is it worth getting one yourself.

Well, this guide will give you an overview of air fryers and the option they give you to eat healthier meals.

If you love fried food then a health fryer gives you just that, but without the usual calorie hit that frying your food gives. They use up to 80% less fat than conventional frying so it’s no wonder that slimming clubs often recommend air frying appliances to their members, to reduce calorie intake, whilst still enjoying their favourite foods. Obesity is a growing problem in the UK, so anything to help reduce that and the burden on the NHS can only be a good thing.

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Health fryers work by circulating hot air (200 degrees plus) around the food, so it cooks evenly. Some machines also have a rotating paddle for even more thorough cooking. You typically find that machines come with either a basket or non-stick bowl. Which you choose is up to you, but I find that the non-stick bowl is easier to clean than a basket. Both basket and bowl are dishwasher safe (with most machines, check before you buy) so you can let the dishwasher take care of cleaning up.

A tip when cooking frozen food

Frozen food will have been coated with cooking fat/oil prior to being frozen so this won’t need any further oil added to the machine. As the hot air circulates around the food, the oil within the food will melt and combined with the heat, will cook your food.

So, if you’re keen on reducing your calorie intake but still want to enjoy fried food, an air fryer is the ideal addition to your kitchen.

Buying a health fryer does need some research as there are dozens of models available, ranging in size, power, features and style.

When buying an air fryer, we recommend you consider the following:

Features – as with most appliances, the more features a fryer has, the more expensive it will be.

Customer Feedback and Rating – It’s always a good idea to read what existing buyers say about their health fryer, including the good and bad. If you see a common report of defects or problems, then that’s not necessarily a deal breaker but you should weigh it up against the positive reviews and length of warranty and after sales support offered.

Which machines offer extra value – these include features that other manufacturers don’t offer, which could make one model the standout choice for you. For example, if you like ease of use then pre-programmed cooking settings is something that might be beneficial to you over other machines that don’t offer that.

This article is only meant to give you a brief of what to look for when buying a health fryer. Be sure to visit electrical stores to take a look at the various models available and read online reviews on sites such as Amazon.

Protect the Health of Your Family Through Food

There are many choices your family makes that won’t be left up to you. Every time they take a risk or choose something unhealthy, it may not be under your control.

If you’re the one who does the shopping and cooking in your family, then you can help your family achieve better health. Recently, there have been many books that teach moms and dads how to “sneak” healthy ingredients into meals, like pureed vegetables going into brownies, for instance.

What’s going to happen as your kids get older? They’ll just reach for a brownie – because they’re not being led in how to make healthier options. The problem for most families occurs when one member (usually the one who shops and cooks) declares some sort of health-fest for the family, resulting in groans and backlash.

Instead of making this a punishment, help your family make smaller tweaks to their diet that build up into lifetime better nutritional habits. For example, instead of having a platter of brownies on the counter, have a bowl of fresh, organic fruit.

If your kids want something fun, then find ways to make it fun, like creating a shish kabob with fresh fruit that they can dip into Greek yogurt, filled with probiotics. Or use special fruit-cutting tools to make shapes.

If your kids are used to eating a favorite meal, but you think it’s unhealthy, look for ways to improve the health of the meal instead of throwing it out for good permanently.

For example, if they love it when you make fried chicken, mashed potatoes and rolls, just make some basic swaps Take the skin off the chicken, drizzle it in olive oil and bake it instead with some fresh herbs and spices on it.

For the mashed potatoes, try sweet potatoes instead. Or, if they still want the Russet variety, substitute the whole milk and butter you normally mash with for fat free sour cream or yogurt.

If rolls or any type of bread are a mainstay at your dinner table, switch to hose made with whole grains. It’s best if you bake it from scratch – a bread maker can even do the job for you!

And add more to your meals, too. Add leafy greens to the mix so that your kids learn to enjoy the right kinds of vegetables. Sauté them in a little drizzle of olive oil and garlic and let the kids enjoy the flavor.