One of my Quaker Supermoms goals was to be more healthy with what we put in our bodies. One of the ways we worked towards that goal was with the way we cooked our food. From frying with cooking oil, we moved to using a Cuisinart convection oven or a Philips Air Fryer.
Some friends have asked me for reviews about the Air Fryer but I think I’ll take it a step further and compare the two. First some descriptions:
- A convection oven is like turbo broiler, only ours is rectangular and silver (haha, looks matter)
- It uses fans to help circulate air around the food unlike a conventional oven which doesn’t have fans (… I think … and that’s what Wikipedia told me)
- The Philips Air Fryer says it uses Rapid Air technology to circulate air around the food.
So essentially, they both seem to be modern day turbo broilers (we’ve been using these for years!!) so what are their differences?
- The convection oven fits the kitchen shelf more (quadrilaterals are cool!) and takes up less space
- The air fryer looks like R2D2 (maybe they should make one that IS R2D2!!) and has more modern features like a removable basket (modern ba yon? haha).
- Both can produce really crunchy food — chicken, liempo. However, I feel that food gets too dry in the air fryer. The convection oven retains the juiciness of the food.
- When it comes to chips and fries, air fryer wins! It can really make crispy camote or potato fries and chips.
- However, the convection oven has a toast function so you can also use it for bread.
- Reheating is best with the air fryer. Even lumpiang shanghai becomes crunchy again with the air fryer.
- The convection oven can cook 4 long slices of liempo at a time. The air fryer can only cook 4 half-slices. So that’s 50% less food.
- It takes longer to cook in the convection oven. Chicken gets cooked in 50 minutes whereas in the air fryer, it’s done in 25 minutes.
- It is way easier to clean the air fryer than the convection oven!!
- I wish the convection oven had something to catch the dripping oil so it wouldn’t go on the heating elements at the bottom.
- Since we got both (and we got both at the same time we lost our help), our electric bill hasn’t really gone up substantially so I guess consumption for both isn’t bad
- We bought both at almost the same price (around PHP12,000) only because the Air Fryer was on sale in True Value.
So what’s my reco when friends ask me? I say buy both. They each have their own uses and we use them both equally (Am I useless?? hahaha) but if you could only buy one, I’d say buy the convection oven or your trusty turbo broiler (but then again, what about reheating?? You’ll need an air fryer for reheating! And yes, we’re back to being useless…).
Since we bought both these gadgets, we’ve given away our microwave and haven’t bought cooking oil for 4 months. The downside is, I’m very sensitive to oil now. When I ate a McDo cheeseburger, a Shakey’s pizza and KFC chicken (not all at the same time!), I got a migraine within a few hours and immediately got reflux or heartburn (Tums is my friend). The idea of a migraine and nausea has made me choose not to eat from these fast food joints anymore (although the kids still like McDo). Hopefully, this means my body is becoming healthier — more picky but also more healthy.
I do hope I made sense for those on the fence on buying either.
For ideas on what to cook in the air fryer, check out #airfryerclub on Instagram. It’s another club I started along with the #bulletjournalclub (geek alert! uy, joke lang yung bullet journal club).