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Gadget guide: air fryers

February 23 2018
By Anna Davies

Gadget guide: air fryers

A countertop appliance that can make delicious fries using a fraction of the oil? While it sounds too good to be true, the air fryer claims to do just that.

The air fryer does exactly what its name says: it “fries” food with hot air circulated around the cooker. This process helps create that fried food texture we all know and love—crunchy and crispy on the outside, yet moist on the inside—without needing a skillet or deep fryer.

Most models come in around the $60 mark. To prevent the food from sticking and to help create a browned exterior, cooking spray* or a small amount of oil is needed—either option fits in with our healthy eating plan, called Food Optimizing.

Our famous Slimming World fries recipe is a perfect place to start with an air fryer: Cut up a few russet potatoes, lightly coat with cooking spray*, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and your favorite seasonings like rosemary or chili powder. Then pop them in the air fryer and let it work its magic (consult your instruction manual for exact cooking times).

Looking to take things one step further? Take a cue from Slimming World member Jaymie Brunswick, of Missouri: “It’s great for frozen foods, like my favorite broccoli, which comes out deliciously crispy,” she says.

*Up to 10 short sprays of any cooking spray are Free. After that, count ½ Syn for every additional five sprays used.