METROSEXUAL. [Noun] met·ro·sex·u·al \ˌme-trə-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl: a usually urban heterosexual male given to enhancing his personal appearance by fastidious grooming, beauty treatments, and fashionable clothes.
Thank goodness for my husband. As a bona fide metrosexual, he pays attention to things that most men don’t (or won’t, or can’t). He tells me when my hilites are due for re-touching and my wardrobe requires updating. He purchases moisturizer with the same finesse he uses to purchase power tools, and when my self-tanner is almost done, he knows to buy a replacement because he understands that the struggle for perfectly bronzed skin is real.
However, the most beneficial thing about being married to a self-aware man: he’s vain. Truly, it’s a GOOD thing! My husband helps me stay on top of my health and fitness; he’s often the “diet police” in the household, yanking carbs from a grip like an ogre snatches candy from a baby. I’ve accused him of raining on my junk food parade more than once, but in the end, I can’t fault him for being a better person, at least health-wise.
So, a couple of months ago, just in time for Father’s Day, I presented him with a small appliance that was near the top of his wishlist: the Philips Airfryer. Featuring Rapid Air Technology, the Philips Airfryer circulates hot air with speed and precision for perfect results with less oil.
Spoiler Alert: These chicken drumsticks were “fried” in the Philips Airfryer. DELICIOUS.
Let’s pause for a second. YES, even though it’s called the Airfryer, come on, you really didn’t expect to fry food with just air, did you? Remember the saying, man cannot live on air-fried food alone. (Or something like that.) The truth is, you do need a bit of oil to get the unit going, but, perspective please! The amount you use is only a tablespoon or two, and even that amount is drained from food while frying. What you’re left with is crispy, flavourful food that is healthier for you, too.
How does the Philips Airfryer work?
Inside the top of the Philips Airfryer, the Rapid Air Technology circulates hot air with speed and precision. The starfish design on the bottom of the Philips Airfryer facilitates air circulation, ensuring your favorite foods cook evenly. Load up the mesh metal basket, the perfect cooking receptacle to provide extra crispy results.
So far, we’ve tried shoestring french “fries”, zucchini wedges, chicken wings and drumsticks (pictured above), tempura shrimp and pork chops. And I won’t keep you in suspense… I know the one burning question on your mind is, “How does it really compare to fried food?” So here’s the uncensored truth.
For proteins like chicken, seafood and pork, I truly believe the Airfryer produces better results than a traditional deep fryer! The meat is incredibly moist and perfectly cooked, the skin (or breading) is crisp and non-greasy, and knowing that there’s a huge reduction in the total fat, I find I just enjoy the food more… because I can eat more of it without guilt.
For carbs and starches, however, it’s hard to emulate that deep-fried flavour. I’m not saying that the Airfryer’s shoestring fries weren’t delicious; it’s just that if I’m craving french fries, I want the greasy, salty, oh-so-bad-for-me real thing. Put it this way: I would absolutely delight in air-fried veggies as part of a healthy meal (think “spa food” dining), but if it’s game night, I’ll enjoy wings from the Philips Air Fryer and opt for traditional french fries instead. It’s all about the time, place and occasion.
So, worth the $249 investment? Absolutely, especially if you love the crisp texture of fried meats without all the fat. Or, if you live with a metrosexual. To learn more, visit philips.ca.