Philips HD9230 Digital AirFryer with Rapid Air Technology

Most people love deep fried food as it produces a texture and taste that we all find irresistible. But a diet that heavily features foods fried in vats of hot oil can increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Also, owning a deep fryer in your home can not only be cumbersome and awkward, it can be prohibitively expensive to keep draining and refilling those grease tanks. This is why so many people have turned to air fryers – cookers that use hot flowing air to produce a taste and texture quality similar to deep frying. Phillips Digital AirFryer, famous for being the original model that helped birth this market, does all of this while adding some new features that distinguish it from all competitor fryers.

Philips HD9230/26 Digital AirFryer with Rapid Air Technology

Features
Controls – The setting for this fryer are very simple and user-friendly. It comes with times and temperatures for different foods, a temperature gauge setting and a timer. These controls are mostly analog with no real digital readout, but this makes it very similar in operation to a traditional convection oven. If you can use one of those, this fryer should be a snap to use. for you.

Unique Starfish Design

This is referring to the air basket design, which is in the shape of a starfish. This allows you to cook food evenly over 100% of its surface area provided you flip it over midway through. This feature has been imitated and tweaked in other brand models, but nothing compares to the first time Phillips got this element of air fryers right.

Accessories

This is the type of air fryer that has the capability to not only fry food but to roast, bake and grill as well. The accessories that come with this model include a variety of baskets that enable grilling, roast, and baking with the same device. In any mode, the basket is easy to remove and clean and put back in place.

Recipe Book and Free App

Included with this air fryer is a recipe book with over 150 recipes. If you take your air fryer on the go with you and you forget this book, not to worry. Phillips provides a free app that has these same 150 recipes at your fingertips,

Cooking Methods
Fried Chicken:

This is similar to how you might prepare this entree for a deep fryer, but here you don’t use wet batter. That’s the beauty of air fryers – they can achieve the same texture without the greasy disadvantages. Instead, you lightly dust the chicken with flour or bread crumbs and a light film of oil and herbs and spices while keeping the fat on and cook it that way. The convection starfish design caramelizes every region of the fat and flour together to give it the same texture as deep fried chicken without being overly greasy. Make sure you shake the chicken halfway through to prevent the various piece for being stuck together and that you flip them over to cook each side evenly for 15 -25 minutes at 360 degrees.

French Fries

Here, you only need to either peel the potatoes or take then out of the freezer and thaw them out. Lightly cover them with oil, and place them into the basket with a pair of tongs. Don’t just dump them out of the bowl you oiled them in, as the oil from the bottom of the bowl will go into the basket as well and cover the top of your fries, cooking them unevenly. Treat them just the same way you did the chicken and you should be good to go after 30 minutes at 360 degrees.

Pros
– Easy to use
– Lightweight
– User friendly
– Unique Starfish Design
– Versatile feature to allow for grilling, baking, and roasting.

Cons
– Not meant of high volume, you many have to make multiple batches feed more than two people at a time.
– Not as crunchy as deep frying food, but this can be helped with cooking meats with fat on and veggies with extra amounts of olive oil.

Cleaning Methods
This model is extremely easy to clean. All that’s required is that you wipe away any oil that has gathered outside the basket itself and wipe down the starfish surface with damp cloth. The basket itself is dishwasher safe and easy to remove.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)
Q1. Can this fryer cook using butter?
A1. The air tends to blow the batter off the food you’re frying, so not really.

Q2. How affordable is this model?
A2. It’s priced at around $179, which is typical for an air fryer.

Q3. Can I make kebobs or other grilled meats with this fryer?
A3. As long as you have the right accessories.

Q4. Can I cook meats with a lot of fat?
A4. Bacon, for example, would drop a lot of fat onto the heating element, so it’s best if you trim as much fat as possible that won’t seep into the meat itself. Chicken skin is fine, however.

Q5. How easy is this device to store when not in use?
A5. It’s about the size of a small blender, so you can store in on the counter if needed.

Final Verdict
As this is the original model of air fryer that all other have based their designs on, it’s hard to improve upon perfection. There are bigger models to be sure, but for any normal sized family, this one should be perfect for the amount of food you need to prepare. Highly recommended.

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