The air fryer is all the rage now and it’s no wonder why. Having an appliance that quickly, easily, and healthfully fries food for you minus any excessive or processed fats is a major win for a healthy lifestyle.
About Simple Living Products Manual Air Fryer
Simple Living Products Manual Air Fryer boasts advanced rapid air circulation technology. This technology removes excess fats and moisture from the food while subtly lifting the food to surround it with hot air. The result is crispy food with up to 80% less fat.
Food can be fried, baked, or grilled in the nonstick coated basket. The drawer-like pan slides out and the basket lifts up out of the pan with the press of a button.
After adding food to the basket, the temperature dial is turned to the desired temp and the timer dial to the necessary time.
The Simple Living Products Manual Air Fryer comes with these three handy accessories: a small recipe book, a cooking divider, and a cooking rack.
The divider is used to fry more than one food at a time while the rack makes it possible to cook a larger volume of food at once.
Simple Living Products Manual Air Fryer Review
I had been wanting to try an air fryer for quite some time when Simple Living Products approached me to review one of theirs.
The Simple Living Products Manual Air Fryer was a cinch to set up and get to using. Once I got past the typical removing of packaging materials and preliminary washing, figuring out how to use the fryer was a no brainer. It has two dials–one for temperature and one for time–which turn easily and do their job well. The manual has a basic cooking temps and times chart which helped me decide what to set it to for specific foods.
The food of choice for testing the air fryer was frozen sweet potato fries. Sweet potatoes are Trim Healthy Mama friendly so I decided to put them to use for several E fuel snacks (along with a can of tuna fish–can’t forget protein!). I followed the manual’s recommended time and temp for thin frozen fries, but the first try resulted in lightly burned sweet potato fries. I soon discovered that this was because I hadn’t shaken them as thoroughly as I should have halfway through cooking (the manual says to set the timer for half the time, shake, then set the timer for the remaining time).
The second batch, after thorough shaking, actually came out a bit too soft for my taste. They were no longer frozen and were, in fact, cooked through, but not quite crispy (this was using the maximum time setting recommended in the manual). So I gave them another shake and let them fry for a few minutes longer until they had crisped up nicely. It is possible that the fries are more of medium size than a thin size (and I don’t believe they were large enough to be considered thick) hence the minor learning curve (the manual has time and temp suggestions for thin and thick fries, but no medium ones). But once I figured this out, the third batch of sweet potato fries was perfect.
The perfectly fried batch of sweet potato fries were lightly crispy on the outside with a tender inside, just as any good fries should be. They tasted very much just like sweet potatoes I might have baked in the oven (no plastic or “appliancey” flavor). I love how it took less time and effort than it would if I had baked them in the oven.
Other things I enjoy about the air fryer are its attractive design, its light weight, the fact that it hums quietly and remains touchably warm on the exterior (no burns or damaged countertops or the like). I also love that the pan, basket, divider, and rack are all dishwasher safe.
What I don’t like about this appliance is the fact that it is a bit bulky (it is the XL version so I suppose this really isn’t avoidable, but it would be lovely if it could have a smaller profile especially for storage purposes). I also would prefer the basket have a ceramic nonstick layer as opposed to the lesser healthy nonstick coating (though this isn’t a deal breaker as I won’t be using it all the time, it just would be nice).
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