Iconites was kind enough to send me a fabulous airfryer to review and here are my thoughts.
For obvious reasons, you really shouldn’t be deep frying on a regular basis, but this is even more important for a disabled person. In addition to the added calories and cholesterol, it’s also rather dangerous. Hot oil can splatter and cause some pretty serious burns and this is more likely to happen if you have hand tremors or low strength. This is as easy to use as a toaster oven. In the coming weeks, I will be sharing some yummy recipes that I made in this handy little gadget.
Let’s start with the parts that are included :
The rack is used for bigger items like pieces of meat or pizza and looks like the rack that is usually inside a toaster oven.
The fry net and the fry net basket are made of metal mesh. They are handy for air frying because it helps the air circulate around all sides. The basket is better for a large amount of fries or chips, but don’t forget to shake it halfway through so the fries don’t stick together.
The fry pan/drip tray is perfect for collecting any drips. I also used it with a bit of parchment on top for baking cookies and cooking french toast.
In the above picture, these are labeled as a chicken fork and a fetch rack. They are used for roasting on a rotisserie.
Now on to the different settings:
It works like a convection oven. Fans circulate hot air around the food cooking it quickly and leaving the outside super crispy. The directions state that you can lightly spray the food with oil to flavor it, but I personally don’t think it’s needed. I’ve tried tater tots, shoestring fries, potato wedges, and sweet potato hashbrowns, but so far my favorite is homemade chips.
Dehydrating is completely different from air frying, but I have actually used this setting almost as much as the air frying one. Instead of frying with a high temperature for a short time period, this circulates warm air for hours. This sounds like a lot of trouble, but really wasn’t. I sliced up whatever fruit I had on hand and eight hours later I was left with little nuggets of intensely fruit flavored goodness that were shelf stable for weeks instead of a few days. So far, my favorite is cinnamon kissed bananas.
Some of the settings, like broil, seem redundant if you have a conventional oven. I didn’t think I would use it very often at first, but it turned out to be a lot easier than using my oven. N loves cheese toast and it was much easier to keep an eye on. Plus I didn’t have to waste energy on the big oven for such a small amount of food.
Again, it sounds redundant, but it’s really handy for small jobs. Cookies turned out crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. I also saved quite a bit of time because it only took 30 seconds to preheat. This might not be a big concern for some, but I live in a very warm climate so I was happy that it didn’t heat up my entire kitchen like the regular oven.
I did try out a few pieces of plain toast and honestly, using the regular toaster was easier. However, it was great for English muffin pizzas and French toast.
Since I am on a gluten free diet and I have not found a good alternative to regular ones, we don’t eat bagels. This setting is very similar to the “toast” setting so I’m sure it would work well for you bagel eaters.
I don’t eat meat very often, but I couldn’t resist trying a lamb roast. This was my first time using a rotisserie and I loved it. Beyond skewering the meat onto the spit, it practically cooks itself. The way that it slowly turns bathes it in its own juices while the excess fat drips away. The meat turned out so tender and juicy. I try not to serve meat too often, but I can’t wait to make a chicken or turkey breast.
I must admit that I am incredibly picky about pizza. I need a gluten free crust which can become a soggy mess if it’s not done right. I was pretty happy with using a pizza stone in my full size oven, but I am never going back now. In addition to a crispy crust, it’s a much shorter cooking time. The only downside is that a regular size pizza won’t fit as is. I simply cut it into slices before cooking. Trust me, it’s worth the effort. I’ve used gluten free and regular crusts and they both turned out great.
This is another feature that doesn’t sound like a big deal, but I found it helpful. I used it to keep biscuits, tortillas, and rolls warm until dinner. Unlike leaving them in the oven after turning off the heat, they didn’t continue to cook. It simply kept them warm and ready to serve without drying them out.
The last two settings are slow cook and ferment. Personally, I didn’t think these useful for me, but you may feel differently.
In the next several weeks I will be sharing some recipes and handy tips. If you are interested in buying your own, Iconites was kind enough to offer a discount code. Use the promo code OVEN20BG to save an additional 20%.
Line an 8″ square pan with aluminum foil and spray with non stick cooking spray. In a microwavable bowl, add the sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, cherry preserves and butter. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time until the chocolate chips are melted. Spread the fudge into the prepared pan and allow cool before cutting
This is one of the easiest things to make and it is so tasty as well as good for you. Roasted broccoli goes well with just about anything as a side dish. This is a much better alternative to ordinary steamed broccoli.
Seasoning of choice ( I use salt, pepper, garlic salt or lemon pepper depending on what I am serving it with).
Preheat oven to 425 degrees, place frozen broccoli on cookie sheet, pour olive oil over broccoli, just enough to coat lightly, season and bake in oven for 25 minutes or until browning and crispy. The darker the best the taste.
Saute onions and garlic in the butter until softened . Add broth, salt and olive oil and cook for an additional 45 minutes. Meanwhile, toast the baguettes and add them to the bowls. Ladle soup over the toast and sprinkle cheese over the top.
As many of you already know, our son has classic autism and is in a special class at school for children on the spectrum. A few years ago, he had a classmate who was very talkative and loved to ask a lot of questions. He was fascinated by my wheelchair and often said things like “OMG! Your legs still don’t work!” or “You can’t feel your legs. Can I touch them and see if I can feel them?”
For obvious reasons, the teacher tried to explain that it’s not really appropriate to focus on someone’s disability and encouraged him to make small talk like they practiced in their social skills group. The next time I visited he was prepared with a long list of socially acceptable questions. Some examples include :
Where did you go to school?
Did you play sports in middle school?
Did you play sports in high school?
Who are your parents?
Did they play sports?
What is your favorite section of the library?
After he quizzed me throughly, he asked my husband the same list of questions until he came to the part about his parents. Completely serious, he asked if my husband and I had the same parents. Of course, our first reaction was to laugh, but then we explained that we are married and N’s parents. He was very confused and got a little agitated.
“But my mom said, only normal people can get married and have kids,” he said sadly.
“When was this?” I asked.
“She was talking to my dad. She said I would never have a wedding or a real life because I’m not normal. Are you sure N isn’t your brother? ”
This broke my heart, because I have worried about the same thing. The world can be cruel. I know that my N is a wonderful person, but could someone see past his struggles and accept him as is? I decided that I would tell this child what I plan on telling N in the future.
I began “Honey, I think you misunderstood your mom. Sometimes it’s hard to find the right person, but when you do they won’t see you as different. They will see you as special and the perfect person for them.”
My darling husband continued with ” I have loved being married to GG and I wouldn’t change anything about her, including the wheelchair. You don’t have to get married, but that’s your choice to make when you’re older. You can do anything you want. ”
The moral of the story is that no one’s future is set in stone, but especially with kids. A diagnosis can be a stumbling block, but it doesn’t dictate what we can do. Also it’s important to remember that our children are always watching and our attitudes can affect them tremendously. Let them see themselves through our eyes and see how awesome they truly are.
Grease a 9″ square pan with 1 tablespoon butter. In a sauce pan over medium heat, add the granulated sugar, cornstarch, corn syrup, water and salt. Stir until well combined. Add 2 tablespoons butter and stir constantly until the sugar is completely melted. Do not stir after the sugar melts. Cook until the candy reaches 260° on a candy thermometer. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the flavoring extract and food coloring. Pour the candy into the prepared pan and allow to cool enough to handle. Remove the candy from the pan and pull until the candy is opaque and satiny. Pull the candy in 1/2″ strips. Cut into 1″ pieces and wrap in waxed paper.
Preheat the oven to 400°. Spray your cookie sheets with non stick cooking spray or use a silicone baking mat. Cream together the butter and granulated sugar. Add the eggs and beat for 3 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed to low. Add the baking soda, all purpose flour and 1/2 cup lemonade. Mix only until combined. Place 1 inch balls on prepared cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.