I don’t deep-fry a lot of food. I’m not too worried about the fat that comes with deep-frying. I just don’t like the idea of using a ton of fat and then just getting rid of it. While it is possible to reuse the fat before getting rid of it, I still feel like it’s a waste. So, after reading several Philips air fryer reviews, I thought I’d give it a try and see if I can save on the oil and the fat whenever I cook.
Like deep fryers, air fryers come with a basket that you can place food into. That’s about as far as their similarities go, though. Instead of dipping food into hot oil and fat, you will coat your food with just a little oil or none at all before placing it into your air fryer and letting it blow hot air all over it. It basically works like an intense convection oven.
The very first things that I cooked in my air fryer were French fries. I think this is always a person’s first choice the minute they get an air fryer since they are very easy and hassle-free to make.
Generally speaking, the results didn’t come up exactly the way that French fries would look when cooked in oil, but they definitely came pretty close. They were crispy on the outside and soft in the inside. After several attempts, I came to find that soaking the French fries in water and drying them before cooking them at a low temperature for a while and then cooking them at a high temperature until done gave the best results. This might sound complicated, but a lot of people actually cook French fries this way.
I also tried cooking fries without soaking them, cooking fries without drying them, and cooking fries without changing temperatures, but when doing those methods, the fries didn’t brown evenly. When I soaked, blanched and then browned them, though, their color and texture came out perfectly even.
On the subject of potatoes, I also tried cooking some potato wedges with the skin on. I actually liked them better than the French fries. I also tried cooking frozen onion rings, which were easy to cook and ended up becoming really crispy even without any oil in the mix.
I didn’t just fry side dishes, either. I fried a few chicken wings, too, and drizzled some oil on them along with some seasoning. To see the real difference, I cooked half of them in an oven with a regular recipe and the other half in an air fryer.