Like most people, I love all kinds of fried food. But I realize that these are extremely unhealthy. A few years back, there was no healthier alternative to these types of food but the creation of the air fryer has made it possible to achieve that same taste and same flavor associated with fried foods but without using oil.
The Gourmia GTA2500 Electric Roaster and Air Fryer is one such unit that claims to make perfect fried food that is far healthier than the food that is made in a standard deep fat fryer. As the name suggests, this is a multi-purpose device that is capable of roasting foods as well. I was offered the chance to test this and this is the reason that I have written this in-depth air fryer review. Let’s take a look whether the Gourmia GTA2500 stakes its claim for a place on my kitchen countertop.
This air fryer looks quite unique due to the sturdy and bulky design that has dome shape at the top. On the front, there is a control panel that includes the timer and temperature along with all kinds of settings. This means that you will have full control of the conditions that you wish to cook under.
The exterior of the unit is made from plastic but again it seems quite heavy and well built. When you take a closer look at the settings on the front, you’ll notice that there are separate buttons for rotation and defrosting settings. Furthermore, there are pre-set buttons for roasting and baking too. This further consolidates the claim that this is a multipurpose device that will be of more use to you than anything else that you’ve bought for the kitchen. Various air fryer reviews on the Internet show just how important this device has become over the last few years.
The idea behind the operation of the machine involves the use of a halogen bulb. This is fixated in the lid and this usually locks when the unit is activated for cooking. Once activated, hot air is produced from this cooking element in the lid and smothers the food and cooks it from all sides.
During the process, the interior lights will turn on and allow you to see how the food is progressing. Once this process is completed and the food is cooked, an alarm rings to let you know that the food is ready. I first tested this with French fries that I cut into shape myself. This meant that I wasn’t using any frozen products. I literally got a potato, sliced it up and added all the necessary ingredients like some salt and a tiny bit of olive oil.
After cooking within the included baking cage for about 25 minutes, I had the chance to eat French fries that were golden in color. Some of these were on the soft side while others were quite crunchy. The results were impressive enough as I literally had to turn this air fryer on and wait for the food to be ready. The baking cage I used rotated around so there was no need to flip the fries.
However, the results in general were quite similar to a normal oven in terms of the speed of the process and the taste at the end. But again, if you cook French fries in the oven, it will be associated with more hassle because you’ll have to flip the fries halfway through the process.
So my conclusion after testing out this unit was that it isn’t quite as good as some of the other air fryers around. It performs very similar to a standard oven and takes a similar amount of time as well. If you read a detailed Philips air fryer review, you’ll find that this unit is a lot better and a lot more versatile.