As a busy mum and also a die hard foodie, I am always on the lookout for things that will make cooking quicker and easier for me. I love cooking and trying new recipes but when I’ve got a toddler clinging onto my leg and yelling for ‘cake!’ it doesn’t exactly make for an enjoyable time in the kitchen. When I was asked to review the Halowave Aircooker Deluxe, I immediately said yes because I had heard such excellent things about Aircookers and I knew that this was one of the best on the market. For the last couple of weeks I’ve been trying out a few recipes and I am now ready to share my thoughts with you all. I’ve also included a couple of my favourite recipes just in case you have one of these beautiful beasts and are looking for some inspiration.
My Initial Impression
When I took the Halowave Aircooker Deluxe out of the box, I was immediately struck by it’s size. It’s much bigger than I anticipated however when I realised that it can literally do everything that an oven or microwave can do, I was actually amazed that it didn’t need to be twice the size. I opted for the Black version purely because it would go nicely with the rest of my kitchen appliances but there is also a gorgeous White version which I was hugely tempter by. The design of the Aircooker is sleek and modern. It combines functionality and practicality and is also a great bit of eye candy to have on your kitchen side.
What’s In The Box?
The Deluxe comes with the necessary add ons to create an impressive variety of dishes.
The box contains:
Halowave Aircooker Deluxe
Rotisserie Spindle and Forks
Air Frying Basket
Basket and Hook Stand
I haven’t tested all of the cooking methods yet but the ones I have tried have all worked perfectly. My favourite has got to be the rotisserie function. I won’t even pretend I wasn’t amazed when I used it for the first time; I actually just stood in the kitchen staring at it for longer that I should admit. One of my favourite recipes to make in the Aircooker has got to be a Lemony Rotisserie Chicken which I’ll share the recipe for below. The recipe book has a great range of dishes, each one looks incredible and I am greatly enjoying working my way through them.
Roasted Chicken with Lemon & Thyme
1 Medium Roasting Chicken
2 tbsp Olive Oil
4 Garlic Cloves (3 crushed for stuffing, 1 minced)
3 Fresh Thyme Sprigs (1 for stuffing)
2 tsp Sea Salt
1. Cut one lemon in half and stuff one half inside the cavity of the chicken along with 3 crushed garlic cloves and 2 sprigs of thyme.
2. Juice the other half of the lemon and mix together with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, chopped thyme and sea salt. Rub all over and inside the chicken.
3. Place the spindle inside the chicken and secure with the forks. Place inside the cooker.
4. Set the temperature to 180’C and cook for 60 minutes.
500g Maris Piper Potatoes (scrubbed and cut into 1-1.5cm thick chips)
1 tbsp Olive Oil (optional)
1 tsp Paprika (optional)
Sea Salt & Pepper (for seasoning)
1. Toss the potatoes and oil together with the paprika.
2. Place in the basket and lock securely.
3. Set the temperature to 225’C and cook for 30 minutes on the high fan setting.
4. Remove the basket from the Halowave Aircooker Deluxe and toss with sea salt and cracked black pepper.
I honestly loves this piece of machinery! Unlike a conventional oven, you don’t have to wait for it to heat up and there is no guesswork with the cooking times. If the recipe says 60 minutes, you can guarantee that the food will have reached perfection in the time.We don’t have a microwave and this Aircooker really makes my life easier as it really reduces cooking time. It is so easy to use and, most importantly to us time-poor mums, it is a doddle to clean! You can also choose to be super healthy and remove oil from your cooking entirely. Personally I will always choose to use a little oil, but it has to be said that when using the Aircooker you really don’t notice a huge difference if you skip the oil.
I can wholly recommend the Halowave Aircooker Deluxe to anyone thinking of investing in a new gadget for the kitchen. It is such a versatile piece of equipment that I’ll be enjoying trying new recipes in it for a long while yet.