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Fry in the Sky with the Optimum HealthyFry – Air Fryer Review

Optimum HealthyFry Air Fryer Chips

It’s a new year and I have a new piece of equipment in my kitchen. As a Froothie Ambassador, I get to try out innovative pieces of kit from time to time and this air fryer, the Optimum HealthyFry, is the latest. What a great way to Jumpstart January.

I like a plate of chips as much as anyone else, but I’ve never had or used a deep fat fryer. There are a number of reasons for this: I don’t like the mess or the waste of oil and I prefer my home cooked food to be as nutritious as possible. The Optimum HealthyFry is a rapid air fryer and uses pressure-cooking technology to cook food quickly and seal in the goodness. Hot air circulates to heat the ingredients from all sides to ensure speedy and even cooking at lower temperatures than you might otherwise use. It may not be frying in the sky exactly, but the fryer is raised a little which helps the hot air to circulate and heat the ingredients from all sides.

Optimum HealthyFry Air Fryer

The air fryer needs little in the way of oil to make fab chips. I’ve tried it, er, a few times now! A scant two teaspoons of olive oil for two bowls of, crispy on the outside fluffy on the inside, chips and only eighteen minutes from start to finish. CT reckoned they tasted as good as the chips at our local chippie and they make particularly good ones. You can also add whatever flavourings you like. Watch out for my upcoming post for rosemary chips. They are so good. I’ve made sweet potato fries too. Just don’t mention the acrylamide!

Unlike frying foods conventionally, this air fryer feels very safe to use. No spitting hot fat, or even worse, forgetting you’ve left the chip pan on a hot stove. Many a house fire is started by such an oversight. The timer switches off the appliance at the end of the cooking time and the heating element turns off automatically if the cooking basket is removed. I can safely get distracted by something else – phew!

I made a very quick video to show the digital display whilst chips are cooking. It’s my first youtube video ever, so please be gentle with me 😉

Don’t be fooled by the name HealthyFry, there is far more to this piece of kit than a means of frying food in a healthier way. It also acts as a mini oven. You can use it to defrost, grill, roast and bake. It even comes with a cake tin. Strangely, making a cake in it was one of the first things I did. The resulting chocolate banana cashew cake was one of the best cakes I’ve made and it was vegan too. Not having to heat up a large oven to cook small items is one of the main benefits of the Optimum HealthyFry for me.

Optimum HealthyFry Air Fryer Chips

It compares well with other leading air fryer appliances, although no recipes are included. As well as cooking foods quickly, the air fryer is easy to use and even I figured out how to use the touch screen digital display quickly. There are some pre-set programmes for such things as chips, but time and temperature can easily be adjusted or even set from scratch. 

Key Specifications

  • 2.5 litre cooking capacity
  • digital screen with touch screen interface
  • time and temperature control up to 60 minutes and 200℃
  • automatic shut-off
  • basket and drawer are aluminium with non-stick coating.
  • 1400 watts
  • dimensions are 310 x 270 x 326 mm and weight is 5.45 kg
  • includes easy to use manual and 15cm non-stick cake tin

I’m rather in love with my new Optimum HealthyFry air fryer. It’s not only easy to use, it’s easy to clean too. The inner basket detaches easily and can be washed in the sink or dishwasher along with everything else. The drawer can just be wiped with a damp cloth, unless any food has stuck to it. In this case, it can be soaked in warm soapy water for ten minutes with the basket inside it. The only downside I can find, apart from the lack of recipes, is trying to find some space for it in my kitchen. Like many appliances, it’s unlikely to get used if it’s not easily accessible. Having said that, it comes with an attached handle for easy portability.

Some recipes using the Optimum HealthyFry Air Fryer

So why not jumpstart into the New Year with the Optimum HealthyFry Rapid Air Fryer? Or if that doesn’t do it for you, Froothie has plenty of other appliances to make eating a healthier diet that bit easier. You can keep up with the Jumpstart 2017 campaign by following me and other Froothie Ambassadors via the hashtag #Jumpstart17 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

As a Froothie Ambassador, I can offer Tin and Thyme readers free P&P on any Froothie appliance. Add 2483 free ambassador delivery to the comment box when ordering to get free postage and packing. Delivery will be credited back onto your card. The Optimum HealthyFry is currently on offer at £149.

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37 Comments

  1. Jan Bennett

    25th January 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Oooh what a lovely health fryer! Great chips too.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      25th January 2017 at 4:12 pm

      Yes, it’s rather good Jan. i’ve perhaps been eating a few too many chips though 😉

      Reply
  2. Chris @thinlyspread

    25th January 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Oooh, I’m very taken with this idea and intrigued at the cake making bit, off to have a proper look at your recipe now too!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      26th January 2017 at 9:01 am

      It works really well as a mini oven and it does make the most amazing chips.

      Reply
  3. Dannii

    25th January 2017 at 2:53 pm

    I am obsessed with my air fryer. We make chips in it about 3 times a week and they always come out perfect.

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    • Choclette

      26th January 2017 at 8:57 am

      Haha, yes. I can see us eating chips rather more than we used to 😉

      Reply
  4. Elizabeth

    25th January 2017 at 4:27 pm

    This sounds like a rather fantastic appliance to have! All singing and all dancing, and those chips look FAB!

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    • Choclette

      26th January 2017 at 8:55 am

      It’s really useful for cooking small amounts of food and it makes truly amazing chips 🙂

      Reply
  5. Sarah

    25th January 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Sounds a fab piece of kit from Froothie. Those chips look like they turned out so well too – I’m craving now! 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      26th January 2017 at 8:52 am

      The chips really are quite amazing, so crisp and fluffy and well, chip like 😉

      Reply
  6. Andrea @ The Petite Cook

    25th January 2017 at 8:03 pm

    I absolutely love using my air fryer, and Im sure you will too 🙂 I remember I was super excited the first time I made chips, they were so crispy and tasty you couldnt possibly tell they where “airfryed”!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      26th January 2017 at 8:51 am

      The air fryer is a complete revelation. I’m looking forward to trying out a few more things now.

      Reply
  7. Janice

    25th January 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Wow your chips look amazing. I don’t use a deep fat fryer for similar reasons, but this method is ideal.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      26th January 2017 at 8:50 am

      The chips are so good, I’ve had them four times this week already – oops!

      Reply
  8. Dom

    26th January 2017 at 4:46 pm

    you see, the issue is that if we had one of these at home we would eat chips every night for dinner… I can imagine this would be great if you had kids or a large family but I just have to keep temptation at bay…. lovely looking chips nevertheless. x

    Reply
    • Choclette

      26th January 2017 at 4:49 pm

      Well the temptation is certainly there. I’ve eaten more chips this week than I did in the whole of last year (well maybe not quite that bad)!

      Reply
  9. Jacqueline Meldrum

    28th January 2017 at 12:23 pm

    I’m having fun with this air fryer too. I think I am going to try tofu in it next. Nice review.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      28th January 2017 at 6:46 pm

      Thanks Jac. Ooh, I’ll be looking out to see what you do with the tofu 🙂

      Reply
  10. Lorna @ Eat Myyy Thoughts

    28th January 2017 at 6:41 pm

    These chips look great!

    L x

    Reply
    • Choclette

      31st January 2017 at 9:27 am

      They are so good Lorna, I’ve been eating rather a lot of them 😉

      Reply
  11. Mina Joshi

    28th January 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Those chips look delicious. I like the idea of making them in the air fryer.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      31st January 2017 at 8:22 am

      Thanks Mina. The chips are too good – I can’t stop making them.

      Reply
  12. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    30th January 2017 at 11:36 am

    An air fryer is on my list of MORE kitchen appliance “needs” 😉

    Reply
    • Choclette

      31st January 2017 at 8:19 am

      Yes indeed Rebecca, it’s hard to know when to stop!

      Reply
  13. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    30th January 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Ooh, those do look like fabulous chips. I usually bake mine but it’s a bit of a faff having to stir them every ten minutes to make sure they cook evenly. These look great!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      31st January 2017 at 8:18 am

      I have made chips in the oven, but I find it a bit of a faff, so it’s been a rarity. This makes the process much easier, but they chips do need turning halfway through their cook time.

      Reply
  14. Ciara Attwell

    1st February 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Those chips look delicious. As good as deep fried any day!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      3rd February 2017 at 9:46 am

      I was honestly surprised at just how good those chips are Ciara.

      Reply
  15. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    1st February 2017 at 9:37 pm

    We were tempted to invest in an air-fryer a couple of years back, but weren’t sure how well they worked. Your chips look amazing though!
    How versatile are they? Can you do anything that would be deep-fried….. say doughnuts??

    Reply
    • Choclette

      3rd February 2017 at 9:45 am

      Ooh doughnuts, now there’s an idea. It’s still very early days for me at the moment but I’ve seen rosti made and I shall be trying falafel at some point.

      Reply
  16. Cathy @ Planet Veggie

    3rd February 2017 at 3:33 pm

    I love my airfryer. I’ve been using it almost daily!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      4th February 2017 at 5:10 pm

      I bet you’ll be frying up some real treats in in Cathy 🙂

      Reply
  17. Laura

    4th February 2017 at 9:07 am

    Argh, I really want one of these now – I love chips but not the fat!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      4th February 2017 at 5:01 pm

      They do make such good chips Laura, but I need to move on and try something else I think!

      Reply
  18. Nadia

    19th February 2017 at 11:18 am

    I love fries too 😀 but I usually roast mine. I would love to have one of these fryers for fuss-free healthier chips 🙂

    Reply
  19. Eb Gargano

    21st February 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Wow – sounds like an amazing piece of kit! And those chips sound yum!! Can’t believe you can bake a cake in it too – what a fab idea!! 🙂 Eb x

    Reply
    • Choclette

      21st February 2017 at 4:39 pm

      Luckily, the initial excitement of making fab chips has worn off a bit 😉 I’m onto falafels now.

      Reply

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