Air fryers have really started to come into their own as we tackle heart health and reduce our levels of obesity. These are the ultimate kitchen appliance and offer a convenient approach to high temperature cooking with minimal fuss and waste. It is a highly innovative device that offers some excellent solutions to the high-fat diet by the way in which it uses hot air. Here we discuss how.
We all love fried food because of the taste and mouthfeel but the rising issue of excessive weight coupled with high cholesterol, heart problems, metabolic syndrome and the like is seriously spoiling our enjoyment of what we would consider now as high-risk foods. It is possible though with an air fryer to reduce the risk of consuming high levels of fats which are normally added for frying.
Some of the best air fryers on the market are now designed to minimise the amount of fat and oil used with all of then using recirculating hot air to cook the food. In fact you can produce some great tasting meals with 90 per cent less fat according to the technical blurb. It must be borne in mind that this figures does not include the fat inherent in the food product at the start of cooking, just the amount of added fat needed.
Not only is frying possible but you can grill, roast and even bake with these machines. That is some versatility !
The airfryer by design is a small convection oven. It uses a mechanical fan to circulate hot air around the food. It tends to be quicker to use than a conventional oven which has been the method of choice for many years. It also helps minimise energy costs and is easy to clean.
The oil is often applied as a spray to the food.
Phillips produce some excellent models. They have a patented ‘Rapid Air Technology’ which produces high quality foods. It is also worth considering models from COSORI, Tefal, Power, Pro Breeze and Ninja although the list is by no means exhaustive.
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