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  • Premier Icon Cougar
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    My girlfriend is on a diet (quite why escapes me but anyway) and has been eyeing up these air fryer things, and I know nothing about them. Anyone have any experiences of them? Are they any cop or just a gimmick? The last thing I want is another unused gadget sitting next to the slow cooker, I’ve a small kitchen and very little spare storage space.

    They’re kicking out some no-mark branded ones in Iceland for like £35 quid and the supermarket are doing Tefal ones for £70+. Worth paying extra for a ‘good’ one or will an el cheapo be fine?

    Cheers.

    z1ppy
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    I want one, but the g/f won’t allow it, as we avoid frying anything (we have no space either).. m8 has one and made the best breaded chicken I’d ever had (not dripping with fat like normal). The advice seems to be, get the biggest you can, preferably branded.

    alanf
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    We have one – it’s spot on for chips, although they do take about 30-40 mins depending on how many your doing and how well done you like them. It uses about 15ml of oil, so hardly any in the grand scheme. You can also get a mesh tray to do other things that are more delicate and not suitable for being turned by the paddle.
    We have a Tefal if that makes any difference.

    Premier Icon sneakyg4
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    Middle ground – we have a Breville Halo, which is really excellent, we use it more than our cooker to be honest.

    butcher
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    They’re great for chips. Used to have an Actifry until it died. Didn’t use it for much else as that’s about as far as my culinary experience goes.

    stevextc
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    (we have no space either)..

    So I reckon, unless you have a massive kitchen it’s a question of what you have space to use conveniently.

    Somewhere we have a halogen oven (works well as an air frier), slow cooker, sandwich toaster, £300 juicer (really), bread maker …. probably a lot more and it’s all freakin great until you have to go get it from a cupboard and clear a space.

    flicker
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    My girlfriend is on a diet (quite why escapes me but anyway) and has been eyeing up these air fryer things, and I know nothing about them. Anyone have any experiences of them? Are they any cop or just a gimmick? The last thing I want is another unused gadget sitting next to the slow cooker, I’ve a small kitchen and very little spare storage space.

    They’re kicking out some no-mark branded ones in Iceland for like £35 quid and the supermarket are doing Tefal ones for £70+. Worth paying extra for a ‘good’ one or will an el cheapo be fine?

    Cheers.

    I had the same reservations when Mrs f wanted one, turns out I was wrong (it happens) it’s superb and we use it most days and a lot more than we use the oven.

    Don’t be tempted by the cheap ones, they’re cheap for a reason. Pick one that rotates and can tumble if you’re doing chips. Once you get used to the timings for different foods is just a case of throwing them in at the correct time.

    After a quick Google I can confirm ours is a breville halo plus.

    Premier Icon Tracey
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    We had a Tefal Actifry for years and used it regular for wedges, chips and cubed potatoes, eventually the lid broke so replaced it with their basic version which is still as good.

    Premier Icon drewd
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    We have a Philips Air fryer. it’s essentially just a very small fan assisted oven.

    I’m glad I only paid £50, as it doesn’t really do anything I couldn’t already do in the fan assisted oven we already have. It’s possibly cheaper to run, never checked.

    I’d probably buy the Tefal Actifry if I was buying again.

    Premier Icon timidwheeler
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    We have a Halo and it is brilliant, so much more than just a fryer. I use it to make everything from sausages, to roast veg to shepherd’s pie.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Really appreciate this.

    The Breville sounds good, it just doesn’t appear to exist. Discontinued?

    Premier Icon slowoldman
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    It uses about 15ml of oil,

    Ah so it doesn’t actually fry air then (or even in air)?

    alanf
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    Ah so it doesn’t actually fry air then (or even in air)?

    Depends what your cooking. It basically a fan oven so blows the hot air around the unit. For chips it’s best to add the oil, but you can do without although it’s like doing roasts in the oven with no oil/fat. Other things you don’t really need to add oil as per in a normal oven.
    The one (tefal) we have, has a paddle that turns the chips and allows the oil to be distributed while blowing the hot air around. You can use less oil if you think 15ml is too much.

    Premier Icon slowoldman
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    it’s like doing roasts in the oven with no oil/fat.

    Isn’t that more like baking?

    flicker
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    Ah so it doesn’t actually fry air then (or even in air)?

    Can’t comment for other makes but with the halo you spray a couple of squirts of oil on the chips/potatoes whatever and that’s it.

    flicker
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    Really appreciate this.

    The Breville sounds good, it just doesn’t appear to exist. Discontinued?

    Very good, I had to concede to Mrs f quite early on, she was almost unbearably smug about it all 🙁

    We don’t bother with oven chips in it, just chip/cube/wedge potatoes, no need to book them beforehand, couple of squirts of oil then let the fryer tumble them for 25-30 minutes then add veg, meat etc at suitable times (learning when to put different foodstuffs in so everything is finished cooking together takes a bit of practice) marinaded pork is a good choice job the grill above the potatoes as the marinade drops through and flavours everything, smoked salmon fillets are good too.
    We’ve cooked pretty much everything from chips to a full casserole (with dumplings) in it.

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    Another Breville Halo owner. I was also sceptical when Mrs Binners bought it. As usual, I was wrong. Its bloody brilliant!

    Between that and the slow cooker, the actual cooker barely gets a look in nowadays. The Halo gets used pretty much every day

    Premier Icon halifaxpete
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    We’ve got one, its ace. ‘Power air-fryer XL’ Same one they flog in the cheesy infomercials IIRC. Use it all the time for chips/sausage ect

    Premier Icon breadcrumb
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    A guy at work keeps banging on about his air fryer. I have enough unused kitchen gadgets as it is!

    Premier Icon kneed
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    We have a Breville – it’s fantastic at roast parsnips. Like WAY better than in the oven.

    But it only gets used at Christmas and gathers dust the rest of the time. It’s hard to recommend tbh.

    lambchop
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    Fantastic things. Perfect streaky bacon and fried mushrooms in 12 minutes.

    stevextc
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    Ah so it doesn’t actually fry air then (or even in air)?

    Yes and No … it requires very little oil and in many things what you are cooking has enough oil.
    As its such a small amount then it does fry in that the oil is on the surface and boils…

    fossy
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    We’ve got the Power Air Fryer XL – blimey didn’t realise it was that much – missus bought it.

    We’ve sussed out real chips – need a fair bit longer than a fat fryer, but you just use a small amount of oil – we tend to leave the skin on. The power fryer doesn’t turn anything, so it’s a quick shake part way through cooking. It’s great for sausages, as the fat collects in the lower pan. Also good for breaded foods.

    Premier Icon BigJohn
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    We borrowed an Actifry and used it a few times to make sure we were using it right. It made nice chips that tasted and felt like oven chips. Nice if you like that sort of thing.
    However, Mrs BigJohn (not big and doesn’t like fatty food (which is good because I get all the chicken skin and crispy lamb fat that she cuts off)) said Nah, prefer proper chips so we reverted to the deep fat fryer.
    We tend to double or triple cook the chips and they don’t really absorb much oil, looking at how little the level drops.

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