Strict instruction to stay indoors as much as possible, coupled with the country-wide closure of our favourite eateries, means that we’re all having to do more home cooking.
But it can be tricky to come up with new recipes that are convenient, nourishing, family-friendly and save on washing up. If you’re getting tired of making the same old, same old in your kitchen, we’ve found something that just might help.
The cookware item, which costs just £29.99, comes at a fraction of the price of similar appliances that can set you back hundreds, and is designed to rustle up tasty meals using little or no fat.
Air fryers work by using hot air that circulates around the machine to bake the food, with most requiring you to add a small amount of oil, but usually no more than a teaspoon. While many rave about the appliance’s ability to make great-tasting chips, they also serve up delicious meats, fish, vegetables and even cookies and cakes.
Aldi’s special buy could be a serious gamechanger when it comes to improving your recipe repertoire, but don’t just take our word for it. The appliance already has more than 100 reviews online, with one customer calling it a “powerhouse” and many others saying they “couldn’t live without it”.
Ready to forget the frying pan? Here’s everything you need to know about Aldi’s £29.99 halogen air fryer.
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Ambiano halogen air fryer: £29.99, Aldi
Whether you prefer to cook, grill, roast or bake, this halogen air fryer can do it all. According to Aldi, the gadget has a 1.7l capacity, meaning it’s big enough to feed the whole family or, if you live alone, to batch cook dinners for your entire week.
The appliance comes with all the accessories you might need – including two racks, tongs and an extender ring, which creates another level for additional cooking – and also has a variable timer and adjustable temperature control.
Perhaps the best part is that it has a self-cleaning function, so scrubbing burnt frying pans could soon be a thing of the past.
While we can’t vouch for this exact model, the reviews speak for themselves: the gadget has a 4.5-star rating from Aldi customers.
As with all Aldi’s special buys, once they sell out, they are gone, so you’ll want to act fast. If you didn’t quite make it in time, you can find plenty of great alternatives in our guide to the best air fryers, where this Ninja model (£89.98, Ninja Cooking) won best buy.
The reviewer praised its ability to cook chips, chicken wings and drumsticks that are “to die for” with no oil at all, and its pre-set programmes take all the hassle out of roasting, reheating and dehydrating your favourite foods.
For more home cooking inspiration, read our guide to the best restaurant cookbooks