Reviewed by Rachel Cassey-Holland
The Princess Digital Aerofryer claims to be able to fry or cook food (such as chips) without having to use hot oil. It uses re-circulating hot air with several different settings (known as modes) to help you pre-select the kind of food you want to cook.
On first seeing the Princess Aerofryer after taking it out of its packaging, you’d be forgiven for thinking it would be too big for your worktop. Yes, it is on the large side for a kitchen appliance, but you quickly realise one of the benefits of its size is the volume and capacity it can cope with (5.2l).
One small problem that delayed setting up and trying out the Aerofryer was it didn’t have any instructions included in the box. After much searching and double checking everything from inside the box, I found a PDF of the user manual on the Princess website. The digital interface is easy enough to understand and use and after a few minutes of figuring out what buttons did what I decided to try making some freshly cut chips.
I peeled some potatoes and cut them up into quite chunky chips and followed the instructions on the manual. That online manual could be easier to use, the design is hard to follow, but after paying close attention I understood what setting to start the Aerofryer on (you need to preheat the pan to 80 degrees for 5 mins) and select Chips from the different cooking modes (Chips – 18 min, Meat – 25 min, Shrimp – 8 min, Cake – 30 min, Chicken – 20 min, Steak – 12 min and Fish – 10 min).
A tip you are given is to put a little oil on your chips before putting them in the pan if you want crispy chips. I mixed the chips with a little sunflower oil in a bowl and popped them into the Aerofryer basket to start the cooking process. Another tip provided is to open the drawer and shake the chips before they finish cooking to achieve a perfect crispy result. Sure enough, after 18 minutes the alarm went off and the chips are cooked.
I took the pan out of the Aerofryer and then detached the basket so any excess fat drains out of the basket and into the pan before you tip the chips onto your plate. The basket itself features something called a Cool Handle which in effect means the basket handle never gets hot so you don’t have to worry about burning your hand when you take the hot pan out of its drawer from the Aerofryer.
I have to say, the results really were amazing, the chips that the Aerofryer produced were a beautiful golden colour with just the right amount of crispy edging to them. Sprinkle on a dash of sea salt, some vinegar and a dollop of ketchup and you have the perfect tea-time treat that no child (or adult) could resist.
The whole process was so quick and easy, the question we were left with was why would any family want to eat frozen oven chips ever again? But the Aerofryer is not just about chips. As mentioned above it can also cook everything from meat to cake so I think a nice fruit cake will be next on my list to try.
Cleaning the Aerofryer is also a doddle. All parts of the drawer and basket/pan feature a non-stick coating making them easy to clean, you can even put them in the dishwasher. This just adds to the air of convenience associated with the Aerofryer and as I mentioned earlier perfect for busy families with little time on their hands.
Overall, I have been really impressed with the Princess Digital Aerofryer. It would make an ideal Christmas gift for busy families due to its unique fuss-free and no-mess features. The fact that anyone can easily make such fantastic freshly cut chips without having to have a huge pan of oil is amazing and a real win for those currently using oven chips which are nowhere close to the chips that the Aerofryer produced. That it can do it fuss free and is simple to use is also a huge bonus.
You might want to check to make sure you have enough space to fit the Aerofryer into your kitchen as it is on the large side, but as I mentioned the larger size is also one of its strong points. I would highly recommend the Princess Digital Aerofryer, especially for busy families that want a fuss-free, stress-free cooking experience which produces fantastic tasting food in less time and with less fat or oil, making what you do cook a bit healthier too!
For more information or to buy visit princesshome.co.uk.