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3 Air Fryers Starting At P2,795 If You're Ready To Invest In One
  • A quick shoutout in our Smart Parenting Village Facebook group about feedback on air fryers garnered 148 comments. Air fryers have become popular in the last couple of years, but what exactly does an air fryer do? Is it a better way to cook food? Here's what you need to know about this coveted kitchen appliance.

    What is an air fryer?

    Literally, it's an appliance used to fry food like meat and potatoes. It also works well with frozen foods. Instead of using a ton of oil like you normally would, an air fryer circulates hot air around your food to give it a crispy, crunchy exterior.

    Is it healthier?

    Many believe that because you're not using as much oil as when you deep-fry chicken, for example, that it's a healthier alternative. Yes, you are not using that much oil, and It does cut the fat down compared to if you deep-fry something. But if you think about it, you're *still* eating fried food, which is generally higher in fat compared to if you bake, roast, or steam your meals.

    If you actually want to be healthier, the better move is to lessen your intake of fried food altogether. But there's no one in the world — not one child, at least — who doesn't love fried chicken, right?

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    Why buy an air fryer?

    It's convenient to use and easy to clean. Feedback from moms proved that having an air fryer is most beneficial if you have a baby. You can just use put the food inside, set the timer, and forget about it. No need to check it from time to time. You also save yourself from getting scarred by hot il splash.


    It's also versatile. You can cook all kinds of food with it: french fries, lumpiang shanghai, sausages, liempo, and chicken (of course!) — and not just to fry. Some air fryer brands also allow you to bake and grill, so it's indeed a worthy investment. 

    There are cheaper but great alternatives to higher-end brands if you're ready to buy an air fryer. Here are a few you can check out. These are mom-recommended as well!

    This one by Kyowa has a non-stick basket with a residue collector. Plus, it has an auto shut-off safety feature.

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    Stravan's has a heating indicator. Its frying basket has a "heat insulation" handle, and you can adjust the temperature.

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    You can air fry, bake, grill, and roast food in Midea's. (Plus, there's a one-year, full replacement warranty!)

    PHOTO BY Midea

    If you want to check out other brands that were recommended by moms, these are Ilo, Baumann, Tefal, and Philips.   

    This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

    *Edits have been made by the SmartParenting.com.ph editors.

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