How To Choose The Right Airfryer For All Your Cooking

How To Choose The Right Airfryer For All Your Cooking

Baking, steaming, dehydrating - you can do all that and more with the right airfryer

Sleek and just a little bulkier than your average rice cooker, the trendy air fryer created by Philips Electronics cooks your food with hot air via a convection current without the need for gallons of oil (remains of which are often found on your kitchen wall, counter and your new shirt after deep frying). 

From minimalist basket air fryers to full-on multicookers that seem to be able to replicate the functions of your entire kitchen’s worth of gadgets, how do you choose between air fryers? We’ve got it sorted below based on what cooking methods you use most – read on to discover the myriad of features you can unlock in your airfryer!

Just Good Ole’ Frying

When it comes to switching out to healthier fried food, you can’t go wrong with a reliable Philips airfryer, with its perforated basket and ergonomic handle to handle that hot serving of Airfryer Chicken with Kerupuk Crust or Lip-Smacking Crunchy Tahu Kriuk Kriuk. Their Daily collection has compact-sized, wallet-friendly airfryers for couples or small families and we love how simple it is to operate with the manual dial.

Basket air-fryers make it easy to toss your meat or vegetables in, and pre-heats faster than the oven air-fryers. However, you can’t see your food cooking (if you like that sort of thing), and has a more limited capacity compared to oven air-fryers, meaning you might have to batch cook for larger servings.  

Steaming and Slow cooking

Recipe: Har Gow

Recreating mouthwatering dimsum like Har Gow and Beancurd Prawn Roll usually means having a tall steamer set and a stovetop, but an all-rounder like the Ninja Foodi Multi Cooker lets you do that without even the need for a stove. Thanks to its good seal around the lid, heat is better retained versus traditional steamers and your food will cook faster as well. All you need to have is a steaming rack that fits into this 6 L cooking pot and you’re all set! 

Its large size and multifunction capabilities (8-in-1) also means its great for slow-cooking warming soups like Apple and Pear Pork Rib Soup or Chinese Spinach Soup, extracting more flavours over a shorter period of time thanks to its pressure cooker functionality. Of course, on top of it all, it also air-fries your chicken wings and fries, so it truly lives up to its Ninja name!

Baking

You might have seen videos or Instagram pictures unveiling a moist Durian Airfryer Burnt Cheesecake or Fluffy Banana Cake in an airfryer. Yes, for those who can’t afford the space for a traditional oven, a handy airfryer can be a lifesaver when it comes to appeasing that sweet tooth. As airfryers do operate in a similar concept to ovens when it comes to convection currents for cooking, cakes do exceptionally well in even basic airfryers. Simply preheat your airfryer for 5 minutes (this is much shorter than what a conventional oven needs), mix all your ingredients in a mixing bowl and pour the batter into a cake pan that fits into your airfryer basket. Depending on the size of your airfryer (and by extension your cake size), baking time takes between 20-40 minutes in your airfryer.

It might be good to choose a bigger airfryer if you need bigger cakes. Generally a 3L airfryer can accommodate a 6-7 inch cake pan, and a 7L airfryer can fit an 8-inch cake pan. 

Roasting

Set the air fryer to 180°C and cook for 20 minutes on one side. Recipe here

Love the sight of juice drippings from chicken or lamb as they are turning a golden brown on the rotisserie? You can now whip up a delightful Thai Lemongrass Roasted Chicken Recipe or  celebrate with a Herb Roasted Heritage Turkey with an airfryer that does just that. Convection oven air fryers work better for roasting, as they offer you more space to stuff that whole chicken or turkey in. Certain models like the Instant Vortex Plus and the Innsky Air Fryer comes with a rotisserie spit, and have a larger capacity, around 10 L to accommodate the whole bird. These larger models also come with many other functionalities beyond air-frying and roasting – you can toast your bread for Avocado Toast with Smoked Salmon or enjoy a Chocolate Brownies with Salted Caramel Drizzle after your grilled or roast dinner.

Dehydrating

For mums and health-conscious individuals who want to create better snacking alternatives to sugary biscuits and salty chips, having a dehydrating function on your airfryer is a huge plus. Investing in a larger air fryer like the Bella 10L Oven or ChefWave oven would be prudent here as you can dehydrate larger batches of fruits and vegetables to create power-packed breakfasts like the Protein Smoothie Bowl or a yogurt parfait. 

The dehydrating function would also mean you can crisp up your nuts, make your own fruit leather and even ferment your own Natto, a Japanese fermented bean paste that’s enjoyed with rice.

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