I have wanted an air fryer for the longest time but never bit the bullet until recently (June). I thought maybe they were a gimmick and would gather dust like many other kitchen gadgets I’ve bought over the years (hello egg steamer!)
After much research, I went with the Power Air Fryer XL 5 litre. I was watching one of those High Street TV ads and I was sold! Completely sold! I’m a telesales person dream as my OH tells me all the time 😛
They have two sizes a 3.2 litre or 5l basket. I had looked for a 5-litre basket with the more known brands like Tefal etc but had no joy, think the biggest was 4l. I paid £120-ish for it on Amazon which worked out at approx €135. Also, the reviews over there were good so I felt confident to buy it.
Inside you get the air fryer itself, an instruction manual, round baking tray, basket divider and also a nice little recipe book to give you an idea of what you can cook in it.
Let’s just cut to the main question…
Is it worth it?
Yes!!! Even himself who thought it would sit and gather dust loves it for crispy prawns and heating up jambons!
I use it A LOT more than I thought I would. See, I use it instead of the oven as it does food in half the time and it’s so handy for little snacks instead of heating up the whole oven. For example, I buy southern fried chicken breast from Aldi and they turn out so tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. It’s also great for sausage rolls for a quick snack for the kids after school, they come out nice and crispy in about 5 mins. That saves me heating up a big oven and they don’t come out soggy like they do from the microwave.
You don’t need to preheat the air fryer because it heats up so fast itself due to the compact size. It’s literally a mini oven. You can do a whole chicken in it which I tried once and it turned out very nice, it was a small enough chicken though that served about 4 people. Our favourite thing to do in the air fryer so far is rashers/bacon, they turn out so crispy and it only takes 8-10 mins!
Chips are hit and miss in it. Don’t get me wrong, they turn out grand but if you don’t get the temp setting just right and remember to give it a shake some of the chips on the edge of the basket will be slightly burnt, but if you get it right they’re fine. They are dryer than chips done in the deep fat fryer but that’s to be expected, a small compromise for health benefits. Baby pototoes are great in it too.
I sometimes put a baking sheet under the basket to collect the drippings off say the bacon; just because it makes clean up easier but, I’m just thinking as I type this; maybe a layer of baking paper in the basket might help stop the chips from getting the edges burnt.
As I said above, baking paper under the basket to collect grease/oil makes clean up very easy. Most times I forget though, but cleaning it is still very easy with this air fryer. I normally steep the inner and outer baskets in the sink, rinse and it’s done. For heavier dirt, both baskets can be popped into the dishwasher. Both much easier than cleaning over trays.
List of things I’ve tried and tested in the Power Airfryer
Baby potatoes cut in half (so crispy!)
Potato & Sweet Potatoe Chips
Puff Pastry items such as Jambons, Sausage Rolls, Prawns.
Southern Fried Chicken Drumsticks
Chicken Fillets (I wrap them in tin foil)
Have you got an air fryer? What one and what’s your fave thing to cook in it?