Oil free fryer
Oil-free fryer: the essential accessory for your kitchen!
Tasty fries, crispy on the outside and melting on the inside, all with just a tablespoon of oil… impossible? Well think again! Oil-free fryers not only allow you to make healthier fries, but also all kinds of dietary preparations. So how do you choose yours? We give you all our advice to adopt it.
Are oil Free fryers any good?
Let’s get straight to the heart of the matter: the price! Air fryers cost between $150 and $250 depending on the brands and product features.
While it is obvious that these devices are more expensive than conventional fryers, they have many advantages that still balance the scales advantageously. Because sometimes investing a little more money at the start can save you a lot of time and money in the long run. Overview of the benefits of the air fryer.
A less dangerous device than a classic fryer
Many consumers are afraid to fry. And for good reason, with hot oil, a domestic accident can unfortunately quickly happen… Oil-free fryers considerably reduce the risk of splashes and burns. Even more so when they are equipped with insulating walls and automatic shut-off functions.
A healthier cooking method
In fryer without oil, there is “without oil”. And it is often the health aspect that motivates consumers to take an interest in it. In fact, the name of these devices is a bit misleading because it is usually necessary to add a spoonful of fat to its preparation in order to obtain a truly perfect result. But you will agree that it is still much less than the astronomical quantities necessary with a traditional fryer!
By limiting our consumption of fat, our diet becomes healthier and, overall, healthier.
The oil-free fryer, a multifunction device
Who says fryer, says fries… Yes, but not only! The new models of oil-free fryers obviously allow you to fry, but this is far from being their only specialty. Modern appliances can also be used to simmer all kinds of preparations: vegetables, meats, fish, starches, etc.
With its multi-functions and compact size, an oil-free fryer can therefore advantageously replace several pieces of kitchen equipment. A real good plan if you don’t want to invest in too many pieces of equipment, or if you don’t have a lot of space in your kitchen!
How to use an oil-free fryer?
As we have seen above, air fryers, also called hot air fryers, allow you to make all kinds of recipes. This is thanks to a system of infrared resistors that heat the air, coupled with fans that circulate it quickly inside the machine. To simplify, it is a cooking method that is quite similar to that of a convection oven.
Thanks to this technology, all you need to do is add a spoonful of oil to your preparations to cook fresh and even frozen food!
The latest generation appliances generally have a touch screen allowing you to program and start cooking intuitively. Too easy! And yes, you don’t need to be a starred chef to concoct good, balanced and tasty meals.
What about cleaning the fryer?
In terms of maintenance, oil-free fryers are much easier to clean than their traditional cousins. After use, simply wait for them to cool down, then wash the removable bowl with dishwashing liquid. Choose a dishwasher-safe model for even more convenience.
How to choose your oil-free fryer?
That’s it, have you decided to invest in an oil-free fryer? It only remains to know which one to choose! Here are 4 criteria to consider when buying your fryer:
The power of the device :
The more power your fryer has, the faster it will reach its maximum temperature. We would be tempted to opt for a powerful machine offering express heating in order to save precious time in the kitchen. However, high power is also synonymous with high consumption. If you want to save money on your energy bills, we recommend that you opt for an oil-free fryer with a power of around 1400W.
The original Tefal fz 7100 activery model is an excellent product with decent power to avoid unpleasant surprises on your electricity bill!
Fryer capacity :
It is up to you to define this criterion according to the use you will make of it. A single person will not need to prepare the same volumes of food as a family with several children. It’s logic. But it is one of the characteristics to take into account when buying your air fryer.
Generally, the devices offered on the market have capacities that vary between 600g and 1.7kg. Knowing that the recommended serving of starch per person is 250g, this should give you an idea of the capacity you will need.
Need an XL model to delight the whole family? At Delonghi, you will find very good devices with capacities of up to 1.7 kg!
Cooking programs offered :
Preset cooking programs are a real advantage of air fryers. They allow you to set the temperature and cooking time in no time. This is very practical if you want to vary the pleasures by cooking different types of food in your fryer. Because not everything is cooked at the same temperature and at the same speed… Otherwise it would be too easy.
So if you plan to concoct all kinds of dishes, opt for a model with several programs, adapted to your needs. Obviously, appliances with several cooking modes have a higher cost, this is an element to take into account in your final decision. But since these fryers can replace other equipment, you could be a winner in the long run.
To make the most of your fryer, we recommend the Actifry Genius XL 2in1 from the Seb brand. It offers 9 different programs and allows you to cook two preparations simultaneously!
Safety first :
We could have put this criterion in first position, as it is important. As we have seen above, if you choose an oil-free fryer, it is largely to limit your fat consumption, but also for safety issues. Without boiling oil, less risk of accident!
But the safety doesn’t stop there. To make sure your air fryer poses the least possible danger, make sure it has insulated walls that don’t get too hot during use. You can also take a model with an automatic shutdown function in case of overheating. Finally, some of them have a transparent lid that allows you to monitor the cooking. A real plus!