Philips HD9641/96 air fryer review; Why I bought it

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Philips 9641 Air fryer (Recommended)

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Why Use an Philips HD9641/96 air fryer?

Join the Air Frying Revolution

So many people are ditching their old oil fryers and switching to Philips HD9641/96 air fryers, that it is actually being called an air frying revolution.   It is easy to see why people would want to ditch their old oil fryers now that this new technology is readily available. In this review, you will see that Philips  air fryers are cleaner, safer, healthier, and easier to use than an oil fryer, not to mention that they take up less space in most instances.   If you are the kind of person who likes to be the first on your block to have the newest technology, now is the time to join the air frying revolution before every kitchen around the world is using this outstanding new technology.

The Health Benefits

Right now it is important to touch on the topic as the health benefits are an important reason to choose a Philips fryer. For most recipes, you will not need to use any oil at all, and for the few that you do the amount of oil is only minuscule percent compared to traditional oil frying.

There are also benefits like more thorough cooking, the option to bake instead of fry, and inherently lower calorie meals.   Imagine deliciously crisp fish without the guilt of deep frying or crispy vegetables that retain their nutritional value.

Built to Last

Philips is a well-established company that is always trying to do right by its customers.   This product is made to withstand daily use and all of the washable parts are dishwasher safe.   Philips has a limited one -year warranty on all of their products which covers any malfunction during proper use.   If there may be an issue due to deviation from the proper use, there is always the option to purchase replacement parts on the internet.   As long as you use the product the way it is intended to be used will last a long time even with fairly regular use.

Health Benefits of Air Fried Food

Uses Little to No Oil

This is perhaps one of the most confusing points about an  air fryer, so we will break it down a bit for you.   An air fryer inherently does not need hot oil to cook because it uses hot air to cook the foods.   air fryers work by rotating super-heated air around the food, essentially cooking foods in their own oils instead of having to coat them with extra oil.   This machine would only need to use oil with specific recipes and in these cases, you can use a low- fat oil like olive oil and only brush the foods.

The fact that it does not use oil in a traditional sense goes far beyond the calorie count, but that is a consideration.   Most fryer manufacturers agree that air frying your food can lower the calorie count of fried foods by up to 80%.   That is a staggering number which would be easy to see on a scale within only a couple of weeks.   Apart from the calorie count, there is another health concern that has been become increasingly important in the past few years.   As we learn more about the world we live in people are becoming increasingly aware of their food allergies and sensitivities – oils and fats being near the top of the list—no need for oil means no need to worry about these concerns when enjoying your perfectly cooked foods.

All the Crispness with Fewer Calories

One of the main draws of fried foods is their crispy outside and soft inside; which up until this point has never been able to be reproduced.   Now you get all of the crispness and flavors of fried foods with only a fraction of the calories.   Not only does this make enjoying fried foods less guilt-full, but it also makes it easier to stomach healthier foods without worrying about losing their health benefits.

Cooked from All Directions to Ensure Thorough Cooking

Any seasoned cook will tell you that there is nothing more frustrating than following all of the rules and still ending up with undercooked food.   This can happen in almost any cooking method including oil cooking.   Cooking in oil is not an exact science and you could always hit a pocket of oil which is under heated for whatever reason causing uneven cooking of your food.

With air frying, there is never a worry about under cooking, because the method is so precise.   Food is cooked at an even temperature from every angle which means that—as long as the basket is not overfilled—all of the food cooks evenly every time.   This means that there is no need to worry about any kind of food- borne illness that could come from undercooking.

Safer than Oil Frying

Aside from the calorie count the biggest negative factor of oil frying is that it is downright dangerous.   How many times have you half placed, half thrown something into oil and then ran the other direction to avoid the hot oil splatter?   If there is even an ounce of moisture on that food you are looking at a 4th of July display of hot oil all over the kitchen—and probably your skin.

If there is one concern more important than burning your skin it may be burning your whole house down.   The lack of oil frying means no oil to start kitchen fires which could eventually lead to a house fire.   This may not be a selling point to buying an air fryer but it is definitely a big benefit.

Food Keeps its Nutrients

One of the biggest health benefits besides fewer calories is that food actually keeps its nutrients.   In almost any cooking method food—especially vegetables—loses any nutrients it may have through the cooking process.   Since air frying cooks by sealing the natural juices in instead of cooking them out it naturally seals in all of the nutrients as well making air frying one of the healthiest ways ever to cook vegetables.

No Trans Fats or Other Potentially Harmful Food Additives

When you are not cooking with oil you are not cooking with any trans fats either.   These fatty oils have been condemned in recent years for their harmful effects on the body.   The fact that you only need hot air to cook foods in this machine means that you don’t need to add anything at all in order to produce delicious meals without harmful byproducts.

Ease of use review: How to Use your Philips HD9641/96 air fryer

This section will explain how to use your Philips air fryer to its maximum potential.   It will not offer any recipes, but it will tell you the basics of frying, baking, cleaning, and more.   Before you even put anything in your fryer there are a few things you are going to want to do.   First of all, you want to make sure that your fryer is on a flat and stable surface, even though it doesn’t use oil it can still get very hot and you don’t want it falling on you or any kid or pet that may be around your feet at the time.   It is equally important that you place your fryer on a burn resistant surface for obvious reasons.   Make sure that the fryer is plugged in and attach the basket to the device.   From there, you are ready to cook some of the most delicious healthy food you have ever had.

How to Fry

You wouldn’t have bought a Philips air fryer if you weren’t looking to air fry food, so this is a pretty good place to start.   Start by placing your food in the basket, be careful not to overfill it as it could hurt the machine and cause uneven cooking.   Next, you can set your cook time and temperature manually using the digital display.     If you are frying using a cold basket add 3 minutes onto your cook time, if you have the time you can preheat the basket by setting the appropriate temperature and setting the time to 4 minutes.   When it is ready, the “heating up” light will turn off; it is not uncommon for the light to turn on and off during cooking, this indicates that the heating element is turning on and off to maintain the set temperature.

For some foods you will want to toss the ingredient while cooking.   Simply pull the basket out (the machine will pause) toss the ingredients, then return the basket.    As long as you follow these simple steps you will end up with perfectly air fried food that will be a hit with the whole family.   When the cook time has been reached the machine will automatically shut down to avoid overcooking.   Pull the pan out and place it on a heat- resistant surface; be careful when tipping the pan or removing food as the natural oils from the food will collect at the bottom of the pan.   As long as you follow these simple step you should come out with perfectly air fried food every time.

How to Bake

You probably didn’t buy aair fryer to bake cupcakes, but the idea is intriguing now that you know you can.   The cooking procedure is pretty much the same as frying with a few minor adjustments.   The biggest difference is that you are going to want to bake your foods inside of a baking tin which you place in the basket.   As with any baking the temperature changes depending on what you are baking, but here is a short list of ballpark baking ranges.

Cake: 320 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes
Quiche: 360 degrees for 20 – 22 minutes
Muffins: 390 degrees for 15-18 minutes

Timer and Temperature Control

Philips embraces the technological world we live in with a digital timer and temperature control.   Using the interface could not be any simpler with only four buttons on the face.   First, you turn it on, then select the time or temperature (one button toggles both), scroll to the desired time and temperature, and let it go.   The timer will beep to inform you when it is done and the machine will automatically shut off to prevent injury, damage, or burnt food.

Important Basket Considerations

The basket is not extremely complicated, but as one of the most important parts of the machine it deserves a bit of attention.   Make sure to never over fill the basket or put anything in the basket that is not supposed to be there.   Not only could you ruin your dinner, but you could also ruin an integral part of your machine.   Also, never touch the basket anywhere other than the handle as the basket can get hot enough to burn your skin.

When your food is done cooking you will remove the pan and the basket from the machine and place the pan on a heat safe surface.   To remove the basket from the pan, slide the button guard on the basket handle forward and press the button to release the basket from the pan.   From there, you can toss your ingredients or empty them onto a plate.   Once you return the basket to the pan you will hear it click back into place.

If you choose to use a utensil to remove your food instead of pouring it out, make sure to use a utensil that is not metal or abrasive in any way as it could damage the non-stick coating of the basket.

How to Clean and Maintain your Philips HD9641/96 air fryer

Your Philips  air fryer should be clean after every use; make sure that it has sufficiently cooled before you take it apart to clean it.   The outside of the fryer, including the top and screen, can be wiped down with a moist cloth as it should not be getting very dirty.   You can clean the pan and basket just like any dishes with warm water and soap; again make sure that you are using a sponge that will not damage the non-stick surface of the basket.   If manual labor is not your cup of tea, the basket and the pan are also dishwasher safe.   To clean the inside of the machine, use a damp cloth or sponge, be careful not to get the inside of the machine too wet.   If there is any food debris on the heating element it can be cleaned using a cleaning brush.   As long as you clean your machine thoroughly and often it should continue to produce great tasting food for quite a long time.