Love fried food but want to cut the calories? The VonShef Digital Air Fryer can reduce the fat used in cooking by up to 80%, but keeps all of the flavour.
We’re all trying to eat healthier these days, aren’t we? I know I’m always looking for ways to make my cooking healther, as well as quicker and simpler. But it’s not easy, especially when you have teenage sons who are still a bit suspicious of anything that looks too healthy.
So when VonShef asked if I’d like to try out their Digital Air Fryer, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to cut fat from my cooking without arousing the suspicions of my teens. They’ve wanted me to get a deep fat fryer for years, but I’ve never been keen on the idea. I remember using one a couple of decades ago, and wasn’t very impressed by it.
But the VonShef Digital Air Fryer is really simple to use. Air is circulated quickly around your food, which means that you need to add little or no oil. You can use it to cook everything from chips and wedges to meat and fish, and even doughnuts and cupcakes!
And you’ll be glad to hear that air frying your food can have several benefits.
Benefits of an Air Fryer
Helps to Cut Fat Intake
This is the big benefit for most people. If you’re thinking of buying an Air Fryer, you are probably interested in making your diet a bit healthier.
By circulating hot air quickly around your food, the Air Fryer cooks food evenly with a lovely crisp finish. And you only need to add a small amount of oil to your food, just enough to lightly coat it. Some foods will need no added oil at all.
You could cut the fat used to cook your meal by up to 80%, but without losing any of the flavour.
No More Nasty Smells
If, like me, you associate deep fat frying with the linger smell of fried food, then you’ll love the Air Fryer. There’s no more greasy smell and oily residue left hanging around after you’ve cooked your food.
Less Dangerous than Deep Fat Frying
I always felt a little nervous using a deep fat frier, because of the inherent danger of heating a large quantity of oil to a high temperature. I put it down to watching too many public safety films in the 1980’s!
But because you only add a drizzle of oil to the food in the Air Fryer, there’s no danger of cooking oil fires. The pan does get hot, so you need to be careful when adding and removing food. But it’s so much safer than a deep fat fryer – I’m definitely happy letting my teens use the Air Fryer.
More Economical than Oven Cooking
If you’ve tried replacing fried food with oven baked alternatives, you’ll definitely love the Digital Air Fryer. It has a powerful 1300W motor, and is more economical than a conventional oven.
Using the VonShef Digital Air Fryer
Using the Digital Air Fryer is incredibly easy. After putting food in the basket, you simply use the digital touch panel control to set the temperature and the cooking time. Then just leave the fryer to do its thing!
The frying basket has a non-stick coating, and it can hold up to 1kg of food. So that’s perfect for cooking family meals. If your food is overlapping in the basket, you should give it a shake mid-way through the cooking time. Just hit the pause button on the control panel, remove the pan and replace after shaking the food.
Both temperature and time can be easily adjusted. You just press one button to toggle between temperature and time, and then use the + and – buttons to set your preferences. The 0-60 minute timer will automatically shut off the Air Fryer when time is up.
The air fryer’s easy to follow instruction guide includes recommended cooking times and temperatures for chips, meats and frozen foods.
Putting VonShef Digital Air Fryer To the Test
I first tried out the Air Fryer using some oven chips from my freezer. After checking the manual, I added the chips to the frying basket, selected the recommended time and temperature, and hit the start button.
9 minutes later, I had a bowl of crispy oven fries. They were much better than when I cook them in the oven, and were ready to eat in the time it would normally take to heat up my oven!
Home Made Fries in the VonShef Digital Air Frier
Next I tried out making my usual home-made oven fries in the VonShef Digital Air Fryer. I cut two medium potatoes into thin fries, making sure to cut them as evenly as possible. I washed the fries in cold water and dried them, before tossing them in a teaspoon of rapeseed oil.
After adding them to the basket, I selected the time and temperature and waited for my lovely home-made crispy fries. Because the fries overlap in the basket, I gave them a shake half way through the cooking time.
I was really pleased with the results from the VonShef Digital Air Fryer. The fries were cooked more evenly than in the oven, and I didn’t have to deal with fries sticking to the oven pan like I often have to with oven baking. I think the results were much better than with my usual cooking method. The fries were crisp on the outside with a lovely fluffy middle.
I’ve also had great success with sweet potato fries (which I’ve never successfully cooked in the oven!) and with roast vegetables as well. You can cook all sorts of things in the Air Fryer, from steaks to cupcakes – I’m really enjoying trying things out!
The VonShef Digital Air Frier: The Verdict
If you are looking to reduce the fat in your diet, the VonShef Digital Air Fryer is a great addition to your kitchen. It’s easy to use, and does away with a lot of the downsides of a traditional deep fat fryer.
The Air Fryer looks sleek, is easy to use and simple to clean. And at £54.99, I think it represents great value for money.