It’s probably fair to say that most people are aware of the need to eat a healthy diet – one with less fried food and generally with less fat and oil in it. We’ve certainly been lectured enough on the subject – but it’s for our own good after all.
Of course, many people (including me) just love fried food – and it can be hard to cut it out of your diet – or even to eat less of it. Fortunately halogen ovens and air fryers make it possible for us to enjoy the food we love without having to worry too much about how much fat and oil we’re including in our diet.
You can air fry food using a standard halogen turbo oven, but some units – such as the VonShef Turbo Air Fryer, pictured above right, offer a couple of additional features.
In fact, many of the air fryers (the more reasonably priced ones usually), are just slightly modified halogen ovens. There are other designs available which don’t use halogen as a heat source – but some of these can run to rather high prices.
Here’s a quick review of what the VonShef Turbo Air Fryer, which is very reasonably priced, has to offer.
VonShef Turbo Air Fryer
Here’s a quick video review of the key features of the air fryer:
View the VonShef Air Fryer on Amazon.
As with a standard halogen oven, the VonShef air fryer is extremely versatile. Of course, most people will be interested in its air frying capability, but you’ll also be able to roast, bake, grill, steam and defrost a huge variety of different dishes – it’s far from a one trick pony.
You can broil steaks, steam fish and bake bread, brownies or cookies – when you’re not air frying of course.
The controls are simple to use. There are seven pre-set programs or you can choose to manually adjust the temperature from 120 to 450 F and set the timer for up to an hour at a time.
With a capacity of 10.5 quarts, it’s just a little smaller than the average halogen oven – and there’s no extender ring. However, that’s still plenty of room to cook a medium to large chicken, along with the vegetables to go with it.
Which brings us quite nicely to one of the distinguishing features of the air fryer – it has a rotisserie attachment which is absolutely ideal for cooking chicken and joints of meat. Your poultry will come out golden brown and your meat joints will have a uniform finish over the entire surface.
The second helpful attachment is the baking cage. This is perfect for French fries or chunky chips. You can just put frozen oven chips straight in and the rotating motion will keep them turning and ensure an even finish on all surfaces. If you prefer to make your own homemade fries or chips, then you can just put them in a bowl, add a spoonful of oil (that really is all that you’ll need), and cook them in the rotating drum.
You can cook French fries in a halogen oven of course, but you’ll have to turn them during cooking – if you want an even surface finish at any rate. The air fryer’s rotating drum really is a nice, and very handy, touch.
Here’s a list of the accessories supplied:
- Dual baking rack (inverts to vary cooking height)
- Rotisserie attachment
- Baking cage
- Instruction manual
In summary, the VonShef Air Fryer is a very handy kitchen appliance for anyone who wants to enjoy “fried” food, but who doesn’t want to consume too much fat and oil. It has many of the other advantages of a standard halogen oven including; fast cooking, low energy consumption, ease of use and ease of clean up afterwards.
It’s good value for money, being quite a bit cheaper than many of the other air fryers available on the market – and it looks quite cute too. It’s a bit like having R2D2 sitting on your kitchen worktop. May the fries be with you.