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18 September 2020

6 tips to get the best from your air fryer

Cutting back on oil needn’t be a recipe for disaster.

Using hot air to “fry” food cuts calories. Unfortunately, it can also be a way to cut taste and texture – and where is the joy in that? Here’s our advice to help you get the best from your air fryer.

  1. Ventilate: Make sure there is space around your fryer to give it room to breathe.

  2. Pre-heat: Turn it on before you start cooking to heat up the fryer and basket. That’ll get rid of any moisture and you won’t end up with a soggy, steamed mess.

  3. Reach for the oil: A thin coating will add a bit of flavour to your food and help it brown nicely. Avoid cooking sprays, though, as they may damage the fryer’s non-stick surface.

  4. Cook in batches: Don’t overfill the basket (the hot air needs to circulate). Also, shake the tray occasionally to redistribute the contents for more even results.

  5. Use breadcrumbs, not batter: Dip your food in seasoned flour, beaten egg, then breadcrumbs (pressed in foods they stick). Liquid batter will splatter in the air current.

  6. Keep it clean: Always clean the fryer thoroughly. Crumbs, splatters and drippings could catch fire and the smoke will ruin your meal, or worse.

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Katana K.
10 Apr 2022

Is the non-stick coating toxic? We have been led to believe that it is extremely so ... what's the verdict? Also, we are vegan, so quick toasted chickpeas and crunchy potatoes have appeal as a treat ... are there other vegan options that are winners? Cheers ;)

Lesley I.
03 Apr 2022
We love our air fryer

We have a Phillips air fryer and use it regular for small roasts, chips (frozen fries are great 10-12 mins), chops (good crackle) etc. For a single person or couple its easy to use and saves having to put the oven on. Haven't tried a toasted sandwich yet but will do that in the next few days.

Julia S.
02 Apr 2022
Don’t bother if you don’t like junk food

I try and eat healthy but though an air fryer would be easier to use.
Very disappointed. I used the same recipes that I would otherwise fry but they were far less tasty.
My son and partner now have it!