You may be asking, do I need a Turbo Roaster? What about an "Air Fryer"? Can't I just purchase that as it is more accessible to purchase from any brand?
Our answer is... The biggest difference between the 2 products is size, capacity, fan placement, and material used to make the product.
First, size and capacity. The air fryer comes in many different sizes, small to big. Despite the variety in sizes, even the biggest air fryer is not capable of cooking a whole chicken. While as a Turbo Roaster usually comes in 1 size and an extension to cook bigger food.
The size of the product matters as it depends on how often you may need to cook, how many servings it is capable of serving and what sort of recipe it can cook. A smaller air fryer can probably cook a handful of nuggets and 2 people serving of fries.
Next, fan placement. An "Air Fryer" fan is located at the bottom. As such, it is directly heating your food like how you cook on a stove. While a "Turbo Roaster" fan is located at the top.
The last difference is the material. According to the Academy of Culinary Nutrition, "an air fryer is mostly made of plastic, with a metal basket inside. Plastics contain chemicals that disrupt our endocrine system (and plastics are destroying the environment, too). When we cook food in plastic, those chemicals leach into our food. While some air-fryers use plastic that is free of bisphenol A (BPA), one of the main hormone-disrupting chemicals in plastic, unfortunately, evidence is emerging that the BPA-free alternatives are just as damaging". While as a turbo roaster is made with a body of double glass wall insulation with minimal plastic.
So, does that mean turbo roaster is a better choice? Maybe if you consider the plastic and chemical used in materials. As we are not experts, we can't say for sure, but on the surface, it looks to be so.
Is using a turbo roaster or air fryer healthier than frying? If you are looking at the amount of oil used in cooking the food. Generally, all food is acceptable to eat in moderation, fry food is no exception to the rule when using a device that reduces the hassle of having to check on our food.
What can I do to cook with a turbo roaster? Based on our personal experience, You can roast (air fry) and bake. We tried frying, it definitely can fry, but the outcome may not be what you prefer. The Youtube below shows our cooking in a video and a written recipe will follow as you scroll downwards.
1. Pre-marinate the pork in salt and black pepper and leave it to marinate overnight (in the fridge)
2. Place the pork inside the turbo roaster with aluminum foil as a base.
3. Set the timer to 1 hour and temperature to 250 degrees celsius, and leave it to cook.
4. Once it is cooked, your meal is ready to be served!
The video on YouTube is based on following the ingredient from a premixed packaging. The timer for this was set to 20 minutes and the temperature to 250 degrees celsius. If your premixed instructions say otherwise, you may set the timer and temperature accordingly.
1. Pour a thin layer of oil on the surface into the turbo roaster.
2. Place the sausages into the turbo roaster. Make sure to spread with a good amount of space like the video.
3. Set the timer to 1 hour and temperature to 250 degrees celsius, and leave it to fry.
4. Once it hit the 30 mins mark, pause the frying and flip the sausages to ensure all sides have been cooked.
5. Once the timer is up, plate your sausages and your meal is ready to be served.
If you like to purchase some of the sausages seen on the video above, check out the website under "Lily's Homemade" or just click the link provided below:
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