I was recently asked if I’d like to try out the Philips Airfryer and share my thoughts on it. I was hesitant, not only because I don’t do a lot of reviews, but because honestly, I thought it might be a bit gimmicky. I have to confess though … I was curious. I mean aren’t you? Don’t you want to know if you can make great fried things without the deep frying?!
My review of the Philips Airfryer and learn how to make the best airfryer fries.
So I agreed and a few days later the Philips Airfryer arrived. I don’t thing I’m alone in immediately thinking about fries, so it was barely out of the box before I was cutting up potatoes to give it a whirl.
The first thing I learned is that air-fried fries are not necessarily quicker than deep frying. Fries will still take 24 minutes to cook. There was no denying though, that I definitely didn’t miss the smelly deep fryer and having to use a whole bottle of oil in it! The second thing I learned is that even air fryers require a little oil – about a tablespoon or so.
I made a few batches to get the hang of it, but after just a bit of experimentation, these beauties emerged from my Airfryer.
They were both beautiful and delicious. Perfectly satisfying. Done right, with the right potatoes, they definitely rival deep-fried fries. No kidding!
I found I got the best Airfryer fries using the following tips:
1. Use Yukon Gold or other yellow-fleshed potato. White potatoes would be a close second choice. Russets were good, but took longer to cook and produced a more limp fry.
2. Soak the raw cut fries in cold water for 30 minutes and then dry well.
3. Sprinkle about 1 Tbsp. of oil on the fries before putting in the Airfryer and toss well to coat. Sprinkle with some salt before frying as well, to flavour fries as they cook.
4. Toss fries well a couple of times during cooking to ensure even browning.
5. Don’t make too large a batch (don’t over-fill the basket).
I love fries and frankly, I was in love with the idea of easy, delicious and relatively guilt-free fries. Clean-up of the Airfryer was also dead easy and the cooking basket can even go in the dishwasher. I kept thinking that for fries alone, this device would be perfect for any household with kids (young or old).
That said, I think we all want appliances that are good for a number of dishes, so I was anxious to try it out with other things. That’s my plan for the next couple of weeks while I try it in my kitchen. I plan to try sweet potato fries, vegetables and chicken wings for sure. I’m sure I’ll think of more. Stay tuned for a follow-up post on how the Airfryer made out and let me know if there’s anything in particular you might like me to try.
Disclosure: Philips provided me with an Airfryer to try out in my kitchen, however all opinions are my own.