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For Christmas this past year my daughter got me an Instant Vortex 4-in-1 Air Fryer. I had been wanting one for such a long time. Here I will explain why I use and enjoy it so much.
While following a Keto diet I had discovered so many different air fryer keto recipes that I couldn’t wait to try. And when I heard that you could cook bacon and other meats to perfection I was instantly interested!
One of the reasons I was wanting one so much, is that because I follow a keto diet and I eat a good amount of meat and vegetables. Plus, many times I am just cooking just for me. So, an appliance where I could cook food quickly, without a big mess and create a healthy ‘fried’ taste was definitely worth checking out.
Of course, once I got the Air Fryer I realized that I could cook so much more than just bacon or individual meals in it. I have cooked everything from seasoned chicken thighs, sweet potato fries, fried pickles, to Brussels sprouts. So good, tasty and so good for you!
One of the reasons that it is so good for you is because you get that frying ‘taste’ & effect without using all those oils that are not good for you.
These oils are industrial seed oils, also called vegetable oils, created from genetically modified plants, such as corn, soy, cotton. These oils are never good for you and you should rarely use them because they cause so much inflammation and may increase the risk of cancer.
The air fryer makes avoiding them very easy to do.
Things I really like about my air fryer – benefits
- Easy to operate – I figure it out and was cooking bacon in less than 5 minutes!
- Color – the muted black color is very nice looking when sitting on your counter and it doesn’t show fingerprints and such.
- Clean up – the inside of the pan and the outside of the fryer are easily wiped clean with a damp cloth.
- The ‘reminder’ beep – I really like that the sound of the beeping for when to ‘add food’, ‘turn food’ or ‘food is done’ signal is loud enough to hear from a different room.
- You can cook – a wide variety of foods with little prep. I usually just season my meat and place it in the tray and push a few buttons – so simple.
So, more about my Instant Vortex Air Fryer.
Instant Pot is the maker of this air fryer. I have already been lucky enough to have the pressure cooker made by them and so I know the quality of their products.
Instant Pot pressure cooker – (I actually have one of those too! Perfect for making my Bone Broth!)
I also love how fast this fryer cooks the food! Plus the clean up is so easy. I just wipe the drawer with a paper towel and it comes perfectly clean!
When cooking bacon I just put down parchment paper so that makes clean up super easy. The bacon comes out flavorful and cooked to a crisp that I prefer.
With vegetables, I use an egg wash and almond flour with crushed pork rinds as a coating. I use this with chicken strips as well. These ‘breading’ ingredients make the perfect ‘keto’ fried vegetables and chicken fingers!
Save Your Bacon Grease On a side note – I usually do save the bacon grease. That is a good-for-you grease that is perfect for greasing my cast iron pans and cooking vegetables on the stove in. Plus, some keto recipes I use call for it!
Features of The Instant Vortex Air Fryer
The display is very clear and easy to use! I actually took it out of the box and within 20 minutes had crispy bacon for lunch!
It Can be used to air fry, roast, bake and reheat! This makes it good for small spaces. You can do all of these in one appliance.
It Crisps food perfectly! the vortex air fryer circulates super-hot air around your food. This assures that your food cooks evenly and it keeps the moisture in so it tastes better.
It looks nice on the counter. I really like the finish and design. It looks very neat on the counter and I don’t notice any fingerprints. And believe me, it gets touched a lot!
Large capacity – This was a big factor when I was looking for an air fryer. This air fryer basket could fit a 2-pound bag of french fries or a 4-pound chicken. I don’t eat french fries but, my family does.
That fry taste! Let’s face it, there is a taste that frying gives food that most people love. Air frying gives you all the flavor of conventional frying. But, it is a lot less of a mess and a lot better for you.
One thing I wasn’t aware of was that you have to preheat the fryer. It does this automatically and then lets you know when to add the food on the display. It simply reads ‘add food‘ – really hard to mess up!
What would I change
Honestly, I wish it were bigger… I have a lot of mouths to feed!
There is an Instant Vortex Plus 10-quart one available and I may consider that one in the future. Especially for a bigger chicken. And it has some more features that would come in handy.
It does take up counter space – Yes you can do different cooking options in it. But, the dimensions are 15″ X 15″ – that is a lot of counter space if you don’t have much to spare. My husband has asked me to please find another place to store it. But, honestly, I use it every day. So, it makes sense to me to leave it where it is.
The instructions were not very detailed – luckily it was easy to figure out. I assure you that if I can figure it out, anyone can!
The cost is reasonable $79.95 and you can get Free Shipping with Prime on Amazon. Which is pretty good for a high-quality air fryer. Plus, if you are a member of Rakuten you can earn cashback on your purchase.
Now you know why I am so happy with my air fryer! If you have any questions, please let me know. But, I would say that I do recommend the Instant Vortex Air Fryer. Especially if you are following a Ketogenic diet or just want to prepare food in a healthier way.
Because dinner time is such an important part of our family life, I really appreciate an appliance that makes food tasty, cleanup easy and life more simple!