There’s no doubt that deep-fried food smells and tastes deliciously good. But we can’t also ignore the fact that the process of deep-frying often uses more oil than is necessarily healthy for the average person. Not to mention that there’s always the unlikely possibility of the oil spilling over and starting a fire. So is there a solution to this unending crossroads of pros and cons? Maybe not, but the recent developments in the culinary world are proving otherwise.
Enter the electric air fryer. The air fryer ( just as the name suggests) is a kitchen appliance that cooks food by circulating hot air throughout the equipment chamber and around the food. Philips, a global electronics manufacturers, produces the best example of such a device – the Philips Air Fryer. And as you guessed it – it is responsible for an excellent taste but while using less oil. If anything, Phillips claims that their airfryer cooks food with 80% less oil than that used by conventional deep fryers.
That aside, there’s no denying that the airfryer is still a unique piece of technology.
Therefore, in this short but comprehensive review, we will pan our cameras to this piece of innovative technology and ask the following questions.
Table of Contents
- 1 How Does an Air Frying System Work?
- 2 The Interior – Dissecting The Air Fryer
- 3 Is Using an ‘Air Fryer’ Healthier than ‘Normal’ Deep Frying?
- 4 Is Cooking Necessarily Faster While Using an Air Fryer?
- 5 What About The Cooling System?
- 6 The Bottom Line
- 7 Other Fingerlicking Fryer Recipes And Ultimate Reviews
How Does an Air Frying System Work?
Air Fryers ( a good chunk of them ) utilize Rapid Air Technology to cook/fry food. This new technology works by circulating hot air throughout the food after it is convectionaly heated up to 200 degrees Celsius or more. Rapid Air Technology used in the Philips’ model, for example, has pioneered a new generation of quick, time-saving cooking methods.
Arguably, the greatest perk of using an air-fryer ( as opposed to conventional electric fryers ) is that you can brown off previously/partially deep fried food quickly and conveniently while using less fat.
The Interior – Dissecting The Air Fryer
A typical air fryer has a cooking chamber in addition to the heating point. Now, the central cooking chamber allows enough room for the radiation of heat from the heating point to throughout the food. It is worth noting, though, that the heating point is usually located close to the food being cooked to allow easy, correct and thorough heating of the browning fish, fries or chicken.
Delving further, an air fryer has an exhaust that it usually located just above the cooking chamber. It promotes an efficient flow of air throughout the cooking appliance thus ensuring that all parts of the food are heated evenly.
Is Using an ‘Air Fryer’ Healthier than ‘Normal’ Deep Frying?
An air fryer has an array of operational features that give it an edge over your ordinary electric deep fryer. For instance, the fan and grill units assist the air fryer in blasting ultra-heated air throughout the food while cooking. In one way or another, this helps in improving the browning and crisping process thus resulting to healthier ( less oily ) food.
Other than that, the air fryer has a chunky removable tray with a shape similar to what you’d find in an electric rice cooker. Now, thanks to this tray, you can fry food completely under less than 12 minutes. What’s more, the food is usually crispy and well-browned – all of which are attributes associated with food of lower calories.
And this applies to almost any kind of food, from chicken wings to chips and not forgetting chips. On top of all of this, the air fryer will use less oil than the conventional deep fryer. Which, of course, implies that you’ll be consuming less fat but for the same delicacy.
Is Cooking Necessarily Faster While Using an Air Fryer?
Air fryer ordinarily uses less oil but coincidentally, in the process, takes fewer minutes to cook food. Frozen chicken meat, hamburger, french fries and steak will all cook faster when using an electric air fryer. Interestingly enough, you’ll be pleased to know that you can bake a cake faster using an air fryer than while using an ordinary oven.
But there is an explanation for this. An air fryer has an exhaust system ( as discussed above ) that controls not only the temperature but also the pressure. Therefore, the internal pressure in an air fryer is several times higher than that in an ordinary cooker. This makes the food to brown faster and attain a better taste of crispiness.
Also worth noting is that the exhaust system mentioned above emits the extra air in the frying chamber only after it has been sufficiently filtered.
What About The Cooling System?
You don’t have to worry about scalding yourself with super-heated air while using an electric air fryer. Most commercially produced air fryers meant for use in domestic kitchens are fitted with inbuilt cooling systems. To make it clear, a cooling system is essentially an array of a combination of a fan mounted on a rotating axis/shaft and a sizable air chamber. The motor shaft rotates the fan hundreds of times per minute to circulate the air thoroughly and throughout the air fryer’s central chamber. As a result, the air exiting the appliance is several times cooler than the internal cooking temperature.
Apart from that, the air fryer cooling system also ensures that the used hot air is passed and directed through a set of filters. Therefore, in addition to promoting the airflow, it also ascertains that the air exiting the main chamber is clean and environmentally friendly.
The cooler air also keeps the appliance’s operating parts a lower temperature ( than the working temperature), something that improves its durability. So, in other words, you have no reason whatsoever to worry about the healthiness of such an appliance.
The Bottom Line
If you always enjoy a plate of well-browned fish or home-baked pastries or french fries but fear the likelihood of starting a fire in your kitchen while using a traditional frying pan, then the airfryer is worth checking out. At least, if not for the crisp, well-browned food that it churns out, then for its speed, convenience and frying oil economy.
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