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.