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%.
I am incredibly frugal, possibly a full blown cheapskate. Despite the expense, I used to get deep tissue massages on a regular basis. It helped a great deal with my pain and reduced my muscle spasms. Since I can no longer stand after my last pregnancy, I can’t get on the table without assistance. My husband has positioned me a few times, but it was rather awkward for the massage therapist.
I have been looking for an alternative, but it’s harder than I thought it would be. The first problem is that most things that are labeled “massagers” are actually “marital aids”. There’s nothing wrong with those, but I am already well stocked in that department. Others were weak and practically useless. Some were dangerous for someone with limited sensation. In particular, the shiatsu style mats can dig into sensitive areas like the spine or pinch nerves.
I have read rave reviews about the new massage guns, but I was concerned about the price. I found a very good deal, but for the regular price of this one I could buy four mid range massagers. Could it really be worth it? I’m thrilled to report that it is.
Even before I used it, I was impressed by the case. It’s an expensive piece of equipment so I like that the designers recognized right away that it needed a case. It’s handy for keeping the attachments and charger together, but it is also well cushioned. On the off chance that you drop it, it will be as good as new. I think the case is a must if you plan to travel with it.
It comes with 5 different attachments and they all have a specific purpose. My husband’s favorite is the 2 pronged one that is designed to go down the spinal column. It’s not appropriate for me around and below my injury level, but most people would not have this problem.
This firm, yet not too dense ball is amazing on large muscle groups. The percussion action gets into the deep muscles like the many layers of the glutes.
I think that where this particular brand shines is in the multiple levels of power. Most of the brands that I researched had 5 speed levels. This one has 30! This might sound like overkill, but I found it very helpful. My husband is a big man and used a moderately high level on most areas, but there’s still quite a few levels that he could grow into at some point.
I needed the lower levels at first, but I was quickly able to tolerate a little more. For those of us with limited sensation, it’s incredibly important to start off slow so our bodies can adjust. This is not available in most massagers so it was great to see such a wide range in this one.
Some various odds and ends that weren’t crucial, but still nice include the long battery life, the ability to recharge it fairly quickly, and the easy to read LED display.
Does it completely replace the skin to skin contact and human connection that a traditional massage delivers? No, but it’s a very close second. It’s also a lot easier for someone with mobility problems to manage on a regular basis. For the price of one deep tissue massage, this provides hours of easily accessible massage therapy in the privacy of your home.
Sunba Youth was kind enough to give me a sample to use for this post, but I was not paid for the review or influenced in any way. If you would like to purchase your own, here is a link to the product listing on Amazon.