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Hello YouTube. Today I have the Phillips HD9230. This is a Phillips hot-air fryer. This is not a deep-fryer and it is not a microwave. It uses hot air to fry like you would a deep fryer, and we’re gonna go ahead and we’re going to cook some nicely tasty treaty things here and we’re going to give our opinions on whether this is good or not. Short, quick answer, it’s pretty freaking awesome.
So with that, let’s go ahead, plug this bad boy in, get some stuff deep air frying, let me just say “air frying” because deep frying is not the correct term. And I will give you my opinion on this awesome air fryer.
We begin by grabbing the handle and pulling the frying drawer out. It comes all the way out so you can remove it and set it down on something. I use a heat plate. You can remove the fryer basket by simply pressing the little gray eject button. It’s much lighter this way and you can shake your food and empty it out much easier. You can see down inside there, there’s a spiral pattern in the metal. This re-directs the hot air up into your food to help cook both sides. Although I do recommend shaking half-way through cooking for even cooking.
Let’s take a look inside the actual unit. It’s basically a convection oven. You can see a heat coil there, very similar to one you’d see on your oven. As well as some metal fan blades up above it there. This blows the hot air down off the coil, onto your food.
Taking a look around the backside of the unit you can see there’s a hot air vent and on the top hot air vents out as well, so it’s recommended you don’t have anything directly above or behind it when cooking. I always pull mine out to the middle of my counter so there’s plenty of free room.
The power cord also tucks neatly away inside the unit. You can see this little clear gromit here and you just pull it out. Unfortunately it’s not spring loaded or anything, so it doesn’t wind itself back up so you have to spend a few minutes kind of tucking it back in there. But it does make it nice for storage.
Okay. So. We have our Phillips fryer, air-fryer plugged in. We’re going to go ahead and start with some of these mozzarella sticks crispy seasoned breading from Costco. I’m going to put about eight or seven of these into the air fryer. I’m going to guess, let’s see here, it says that you should cook them in a convection oven four to six minutes, so I’m going to aim for about seven because I like mine a little crispier and what you have to do with this air fryer is you have to pre-heat it for three minutes, and then it will beep at you. And then you just pull this thing out, put your stuff in, and put it back in. I’m going to walk you through step by step as I do it and show you how to do that, so let’s go ahead and get this sucker pre-heated.
So the first step is to press the power button. It will beep to turn on and show us the temperature that it is going to be set at. At this point, you can set the temperature, but we’re going to go ahead and leave it at 390, since most frozen foods cook at that temperature in this particular fryer. Now that we have the temperature set, we press the play button. This starts the pre-heating of the fryer. As mentioned before hot air will ventilate out the back vent and out the top, so make sure you have room around it when using it.
So we’ll let this pre-heat for three minutes and come right back.
Okay, our Phillips Air Fryer is now preheated so we’re going to go ahead now. We’re going to put seven of these bad boys in here, so what we do is there’s no button here. You just pull this out like that, you can leave it running, that’s fine. I have this little portable hot plate made out of stone here that I use, and I’m going to set it down on there. And you can either just throw it in there, but I like to just kind of to set mine in here. I like to put it so there’s a little bit of space between them if possible. But you can also just cook them, you can throw a whole bunch in there and cook tons. There’s a fill line here but you can’t see, but it’s right here and it says maximum. So you can fill this whole thing up full of french fries or chicken nuggets or whatever you want.
I don’t tend to cook that much, so I’m only cooking for one or two people at a time and oftentimes we’re not too gluttonous with the food we’re eating. So as you can see, I’m only cooking about seven of these bad boys and I’m not filling it up all the way. So now, we’re going to take this, we’re going to put it back in here, and now over here on the far left, there’s a button that shows a little thermometer and a timer. You press that once and it will beep and it will show minutes, which is empty. I’m going to set this, like I said for about seven or eight minutes. I’m going to set it for eight and then I’ll watch it. And then you gotta press play again.
Now that thing is going to cook for eight minutes. After eight minutes, let me say, when it gets to the last minute it will start ticking down in seconds. You’ll see it go 59, 58, 57. When it reaches the bottom, the last second, it will beep like it did before, beep beep three times and it will turn off. So if you happen to have to run out or you’re in the garage, you’re upstairs and you miss it, it will turn itself off and your food will not overcook and burn.
Now one of the things it recommends is while you’re cooking your food it says sometimes when you’re cooking a big basket full of them, fries, chicken whatever, they recommend you pull it out, you dislodge the basket, and you shake it up a little bit and you put it back in because it kinda stirs the food up a little bit. Some people, or some recipes will say to spray a little oil when you do that or whatever. I just shake it up and put it back in so every side gets equally cooked. So for this, when it reaches and if you can see on this here it’s alternating between eight minutes, now it says seven, and it shows me the degrees 390. Every few seconds it alternates. When this is at about four minutes I’m going to take it out and roll those little mozzarella sticks around to make sure that they get evenly cooked.
You possibly don’t have to do that if you don’t care that every side is evenly cooked, you can probably just leave it in for seven minutes, run out to the store, whatever, come back and this bad boy will have shut itself off automatically. There is a pause button in the middle. You can press the pause button and it will stop the fan, as you can hear. Some people like to pause it when they pull it out and shake it up, but the instructions specifically say to just pull it out, shake it up, put it back in. They don’t tell you to use the pause button, so I don’t do that.
Anyways, we’re going to let these guys cook for about four minutes, three minutes. I will come back and show you how I shake it up. Not a lot to see. Put it back in, finish up, and then I will give you my take on how these mozzarella sticks turn out.
Okay it’s been about four minutes so let’s go ahead and open this up and see how they look, and these are looking really good. Just going to give them a shake, a couple of shakes, just to roll them around a little bit and I’m going to put those back in there and I might check them every minute or two. Cheese sticks are temperamental because once the cheese kind of pops and starts to leak out, you can get nothing but a shell of a cheese stick if you’re not careful. So please keep in mind that cook times vary.
Okay here we are at the last few seconds, it’s going to beep at us when it’s done. And as you see it’s turned itself off. Things are still sizzling inside but the heat and all that cooking is turned off, so I’m going to go ahead and pull this out. As you can see our cheese sticks are looking very good, bulging with cheese but not to much. So I’m going to set it down here. I’m going to press the little eject button, that’s how you get the tray to separate from the cooking grill. Going to give it a little shake so they break free, and I’m going to drop them. Ooh look at that. Oh boy. Whoo. And as you can see we’ve got some loose cheese, I’m just going to pull that down here. I’ll have to clean a little bit of that off, but those things right there look really good.
So I’m going to let those sit for you just about a minute because if I eat those right now they will burn my mouth. And we will come back and we will see how those taste.
Okay we’ve got our mozzarella sticks here. We’re going to try these out and see what happens with them. They’ve been cooling for about a minute and a half so hopefully they won’t burn my tongue, but let’s see how they are.
Oh, we got stuck there.
Oh. Can you see that steam? They are magnificent. I don’t know if you can see that, but nice and crunchy and crispy on the outside and gooey and stringy on the inside. This is how a mozzarella stick should be. When you go to the restaurant, this is how they are. Now, they aren’t like 100% like deep fried. You don’t get that kind of gush of oil, but they are better than anything I’ve fried or baked in the oven by far. They’re tasty, they’re crispy. Awesome.
All right so next up I’m going to try to do multiple things at once. Now this can be hit or miss, sometimes some things will take four or five minutes or six or seven while other little things might take less time. I’m going to do it just as an experiment. I’m going to cook some mashed potato four cheese bites. I’m going to cook some franks in a blanket from Costco. And I’m going to cook some State Fair mini corn dogs. Now, I’m going to put them all in and I’m going to watch them diligently.
If there’s thing I have as a complaint against this air fryer, is the fact that after you cook something and the timer counts down and it beep beep beeps and it shuts itself off, when you turn it back on by pressing the play button to preheat it again or get it going, it resets the timer that you last used. Now if you do it right away, that’s not so bad, but if you need those 3 minutes to preheat, you’re going to lose 3 minutes off that time. So you can see here I’ve got nine minute and I artificially inflated it to 10 or 11 minutes to try to get that time set up.
It’s kind of a pain in the butt. It would have been nice if when it hit the bottom it just re-set, you press play and it just preheated again. Now again, I don’t even know if it’s preheated because it’s counting down the timer, It didn’t beep at me. It’s been on about three minutes. The way to alleviate that is to simply pull the plug, re-plug it back in and start from scratch. Kind of annoying, but if you’re just cooking one thing you don’t care. If you’re cooking multiple things like we are tonight, that can be a bit of a hassle. And sometimes you’re going to want to cook your potato things separate from your chick or corn dog things and you’re going to cook two things, so plan accordingly. You know, put the timer up an extra three minutes to get it preheated again.
Now that being said, we’re at about eight minutes, I set it for about 11 so we should be preheated. So I’m going to go and pull the basket out, assuming it’s preheated, and I’m going to go ahead and add some corn dogs. Let’s see, maybe two, maybe just four of these little corn dogs. I’m going to add some of these glorious pigs in a blanket. These are great, by the way. I’m going to add about six of those. And then I’m just going to add a couple of potato wedges, now these I’m just going to go ahead and pour in. I’ve got, you know, six or seven in there. Not a ton.
And as you can see, I’m going to go ahead and put these guys in. And now it’s set for seven minutes, just by happenstance. I’m going to leave it on that because most of these things only going to take six to eight minutes at max to cook. So I’m going to pull this thing at about four minutes. Check them, make sure nothing is browning or anything, put it back in if they look good, maybe shake it up a little bit.
One of the things about using an air fryer is you kind of get a sense for things. The bag on this, or the box, might say in a conventional oven or deep fryer to cook in a deep fryer it says three to five minutes, but in a conventional oven it says 12 to 14. The air fryer falls somewhere in the middle of those, so it’s not quite three to five, but it’s not 12 to 14 either. It’s going to be closer to six to eight. And it just kind of takes a feeling. It also matters how many you put in. If you put in 15 of these it’s going to take a little longer because it’s a solid mass of cold. If you’re just going to cook four to six of them, it’s only going to take you six minutes or seven minutes, so as much food as you had is how much it’s going to increase the time on it.
And as you saw, I didn’t even have my basket half full and that thing goes, the max line is that tall. I could have poured all of these in there and had a giant mess of corn dogs, pigs in a blanket, and potato wedges and been shaking that thing up, and it would’ve taken 15 to 20, 30 minutes or something like that. It would’ve taken a lot longer than the six to eight. But if you’re just cooking for one or two people, this thing is going to be real quick. So we’ll come back when it’s at about four minutes and we’ll see how they’re looking.
All right, we’re back and as you can see we’re at about the three minute mark, so I’m going to pull this out and take a look and see what we got inside here. As you can see things are looking pretty good. I’m going to shake those up a little bit and kinda free them up from the grill. I’m using my finger. I don’t recommend that. Sometimes they get stuck. I’m going to put that back in, let them finish up there in three minutes. One of the things that you can use to keep them from sticking like that is a little bit of Pam spray. Dettatch your basket from the bottom. Put it over the sink, spray a little bit of Pam on there, just a little bit, then put it back in and when you put your food in it won’t stick quite as much to the bottom.
Some people also like to spray just oil on their food to help it brown a little more. I don’t do that, I like to keep the calories backed off and the fat as much as I can, so I just cook them straight as the way they are. But I will use a little Pam to keep them from sticking to the grill. We’ll be back in about two minutes and see how they look.
Okay we’re back now and the timer is ticking down, we’ve got about 10 seconds left. We’re going to pull it out and see how they look. I’m hoping pretty good. As you’ll notice it beeps, turns itself off. So we’re going to go ahead and pull this out. Ooh, look at that. That looks great, doesn’t it. You can see that our wieners have a nice browning to them. Our potato wedges are looking pretty good, so let’s go ahead and disconnect this. Shake it up a little bit. And we’re going to go ahead and pour these on our plate here. Be careful because they will go flying if you’re not careful. Whoops. Whoa. And you can see that there’s a little bit of crumbs left over, it’s not that bad. It’s pretty easy to clean. I’m going to put that back over there, and you can see our food is still hot and crispy, nice browning marks. We’re going to go ahead and give these a taste, we’re going to see how they are, we’re going to let them cool off for about a minute or two because they’re very hot coming out of there. You don’t want to just bite into them because you will burn your tongue. So we’ll be back in just a minute to see how they are.
All right, we’ve got our nicely cooled off food here, we have little corn dog bites, we have little pigs in a blanket, those look amazing, and we have some four cheese potato bites, let’s give those a try. Nicely done. Little bit crunchy, but soft in the middle and still moist. Now let’s try one of these little pigs in a blanket. As you can see, they’re very well done. I’m going to dip it in my little ketchup and mustard mix here. Just the right amount of crunch. Very moist inside, you can see still juicy. Amazing. And lastly let’s try just a little corn dog bite. Same mixture. Can you see it? It’s still juicy. It’s amazing. But it’s crunchy on the outside.
It is better than any oven. The oven will leave it a little soggy, it won’t be quite crunchy, but it’s not quite the level of deep fried in oil. If you were to put deep fried in oil here and oven here, it’s somewhere right about here. It’s not quite deep fried because you don’t have the oils seeping through and increasing that flavor, but at the same time you cut way down on the fat, you cut way down on the calories and it’s way better than you. But it tastes significantly better than just cooking in the oven and it’s like twice as fast.
These little corn dogs they take, like, you know five minutes or seven minutes. In the oven they’re like 12 to 15 minutes. I mean look at that, it is just, it is fantastic. You dip that in a little of your sauce here.
My recommendation is thumbs up. If you like little frozen foods or you like to entertain friends, games night, whatever and you want to have these kind of things, you can throw a whole bunch in here. The max line is right here. I was filling it up just barely on the first level, but you can fill this thing all the way up, put it in there, set it for 10, 15, 20 minutes, whatever the number is. Shake it half-way through. Bam you have nice crunchy good food that’s not deep fried in oil, you don’t have to constantly monitor it like you do an oven or a deep fryer. And the food tastes really good. And these are all frozen foods and they taste really good.
Like I said, if you’re expecting deep fried level it’s not quite there. It’s just a little bit less, but way better for you, way quicker and pretty awesome. You can also cook like baked potatoes in here, like chicken and other meats. I haven’t done those things yet, but I will do some and get back to you later on those. But for frozen foods, this thing is frigging amazing. I really like it. Now I got lucky and found this at a thrift store for $80. These things new are like $200-250 bucks. But even then they’re still worth it. They are a convection oven, they cook with a fan and heat, but they crisp it way better than any oven can, and you don’t have to clean lots of big pans and things like that.
You can just, you just have to clean this little thing and it’s not that bad. And the bottom of this, this is that non-stick stuff, I’m just going to rinse that out a little bit of soap and water and I’m done. This I’m just going to use a scrub brush on this for like a minute or two, and then I’m done.
It’s easy clean-up, it’s easy cooking, and the food tastes significantly better than the oven. I say two thumbs up. These air fryers, the bomb. Get one. All right guys, I’ll catch you next time. Thank you for tuning in.
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