Air Fryer Review – can fat free french fries taste as good as the real kind?
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I first heard about the concept of an air fryer a couple of months ago, and was kinda intrigued. But as Hanukkah approached, and frying is weighing (hehe, excuse the pun) on people’s minds, loads and loads of my more health conscious readers have been asking what I thought of air fryers. Do they work? Is air-fried food as good as fat-fried food?
Well I couldn’t answer these questions without testing one for myself, could I? Luckily, the kind folks at Versonel sent me an Air Fryer to try out. And they’re going to be sending one to a lucky winner of the giveaway! (Scroll to the end of the post for your chance to win!)
First Impressions: The machine is surprisingly light, and really cool looking. I decided to start with something pretty fool-proof, and immediately started peeling and cutting potatoes for fries.
What I liked: First I compared the cooking time of the machine to a fat fryer, and it takes a little longer. But I never fry – and compared to the oven – the air fryer cooks much faster! Roasted potatoes or baked fries take 40 minutes or more, but in this machine, they’re done in less than 20. (Don’t forget – you don’t have to preheat your oven or heat up your oil with this machine!) And they totally look and feek like fries! It’s really cool.
And now for the big questions: Do they taste like oil-fried potatoes?
The short answer: Yes!
The long answer: between 90-98% as good as oil fried potatoes. I discovered that overcrowding the basket really doesn’t work, but that potatoes cooked in small batches have that amazing – oil fried quality: crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. Toss the fries with a little extra oil before air-frying, and you’ll really feel the authentic experience!
It’s interesting to note that while the fries lose their crispness as they cool (as do regular fries) the air fried variety don’t seem to congeal and turn gross. I ate the butternut squash fries cold and they were really delicious!
What I don’t like: My biggest complaint about the Versonel Air-Fryer is actually in the size of the basket. It’s not really big enough to make a big batch of fries, so if you have a big family, you’ll have to make multiple batches. As mentioned above, a batch takes 20 minutes, which means that it would take a while to make fries for a big crowd.
Overall: this machine is super cool, and I’m excited by the possibilities. I’m excited to try it on some new things (so far I did potatoes, sweet potatoes and butternut squash, and all were delicious!) including pita chips (I was hoping to try them before writing this review, but alas, I ran out of time), chicken fingers, and lots of new veggies! If you’re watching your weight and looking for a healthy alternative to frying, you should seriously consider the Versonal Air Fryer. (Can anyone say Chanukah Gift?!)
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- 1-2 red potatoes
- 1-2 sweet potatoes
- spray oil (pam)
- salt and pepper, for sprinkling
- parsley, for sprinkling, optional
- Peel the potatoes and cut into fry shapes. Soak in water until ready to fry.
- Dry the potato wedges well and spray with oil, tossing so that they are all coated in a little spray.
- Place potatoes in the basket of your air fryer - be careful not to over fill it. (There should be enough to have about a single layer of potatoes in the basket.)
- Place the basket in the air fryer. Set it to 356 degrees and put ten minutes on the timer.
- Remove the basket, shake to stir the fries, then put back in the fryer at 356 for another 8-10 minutes, depending on how full the basket is and how big the wedges are.
- Remove the fries from the fryer and sprinkle with salt, pepper and parsley, if desired.
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Giveaway Details! For your chance to win a Versonel Air Fryer:
Please note: These are different entries than previous giveaways, so please read carefully. Each entry requires its own comment. Multiple entries in one comment will only be counted once! You can do any or all of the following: Entry #1 – Leave a comment on this post telling me what you’d like to try air-frying! Entry #2 – Sign up for Overtime Cook Email Newsletters and leave a comment on this post telling me that you did. Note: This is a new list- if you are signed up for the old list your entry will not be counted. Entry #3 – Join the Overtime Cook Recipes facebook group and leave a comment letting me know that you did. Note: this is different from the Overtime Cook page on facebook. Note: if you already signed up/joined that’s fine. Just leave a comment letting me know that! Giveaway ends at midnight (eastern time) on Tuesday, December 23rd. A valid email address must be provided. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond. Prize can be shipped within the continental US. Giveaway is sponsored by Versonel.
Thanks for stopping by – feel free to comment if you have any further questions on this machine! Make sure to come back tomorrow for some exciting chanukah goodies! -Miriam PS: Make sure to follow me on your preferred social media channels to stay updated! Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest| Instagram
Disclosure: Versonal sent me a complimentary Air Fryer for my review, and they are sponsoring the giveaway. I was not compensated for this review, and my opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate link(s), which means that a small percentage of every purchase made through that link goes to help support this blog.