What is Mealthy?
The Mealthy MultiPot is a programmable slow and pressure cooker similar to the Instant Pot® and Mealthy claims to be the number 2 selling electric multipot after the very popular and most recognizable brand. Honestly, I do not need another multicooker but if I did, the Mealthy would be a good choice as it comes with an extra gasket and silicone mitts. It does everything that I want and need, including making yogurt.
Introducing the Mealthy CrispLid
In just a few weeks, the Mealthy CrispLid will be released to the public in the U.S. I was lucky enough to get one to test and review (yes, they sent it to me for free).
The Mealthy CrispLid works with any 6 or 8-quart electric multicooker or pressure cooker with a stainless steel insert and is a tool that turns the cooker into an air fryer. The lid fits the pot well and is easy to use. Mealthy has thought of most everything; included in the box with the CrispLid is a tall trivet, the basket for food, tongs with which to lift out the basket and a silicone trivet on which to place the very hot lid when you lift it off the pot. Just to let you know, when you lift the handle the heat source disengages. Also, please note that your electric cooker must be unplugged when using this device. You plug in the CrispLid only.
I must admit that I am new to air frying but I am familiar with what the fryer does. I figured that I didn’t need another appliance and could live without it. And likely I can. However, once it was in my hands, I needed to give it a test run.
How I Used the Mealthy CrispLid
The first test was air fried potatoes and sweet potatoes which were crispy and yum. I followed up with half a cooked artichoke and asparagus. They both turned out great.
Next, I made marinated crispy tofu. I marinated the tofu in tamari, rice vinegar, and sriracha barbecue sauce, although my usual is tamari, vinegar, ginger, and garlic. As you can see, there is NO OIL. I put it in the basket which was perched on the trivet. I cooked it at 400 degrees for 7 minutes on one side and then I carefully removed the lid and set it down on the trivet and turned the tofu. I cooked the tofu for 5 minutes on the second side. It was oh so tasty!
Finally, after cooking the tofu, I added onion slices and zucchini strips and cooked those at 425 degrees for a total of 8 minutes. I loved how the zucchini turned out. The texture was not mushy at all and the skin kind of puffed out. The onions, as onions will do, became sweeter.
My Thoughts on the CrispLid
I can see myself using this handy lid to crisp things up after they are pressure cooked or just to get things crispy for a change of pace. I haven’t yet had the chance to test out more food but want to see how it does with desserts, and I can imagine winter squash slices being incredibly sweet.
The one downside of this lid is the size of the basket. You cannot make a lot of food at once at one time. Another reviewer was complaining because they couldn’t get enough chicken wings in it. You certainly won’t have to be concerned about that, but you might want more crispy tofu. I made 12 ounces at once and it will last me at least a few days. I hope to be able to check out tempeh and other foods very soon.
The Mealthy CrispLid comes with an easy to read and use instruction book and a little recipe book which seriously lacks plant-based recipes that would be of interest to my readers. They plan to have it available for Canada next and then Europe. It will retail for around $50.
It is the smartest appliance I have seen in a very long time and I think it was very, very smart of Mealthy. It is definitely a game changer for those wanting to experiment with air frying without the hassle of another large appliance. Congratulations to Mealthy!
The Mealthy CrispLid will be released on June 24, 2019 and is available for preorder here.
The new Mealthy CrispLid comes with a much deeper fry basket.
Brenda Erickson says
Instant Pot makes an air fryer lid now too that fits on most of their 6 quart cookers.
Jill Nussinow says
Yes I know about the Instant Pot lid but haven’t yet had a chance to check it out. Since they were bought by Corning, they no longer keep in touch with me to let me know what they are up to.
I will stick with my Mealthy CrispLid as the company has great customer service and seems to care a whole lot about its customers. They are young and hungry (well they do have food).
Linda Key says
I have read yours and others reviews re the CrispLid and considered it because of storage and ease of use. We do not have counter space for a Foodi although I would love a third EPC! The CrispLid seems to be “easy to use” with good results. I would love to try your onions and zucchini, the black bean, wild rice and Millet burgers, and the tofu! We love roasted veggies but I do not make them. CrispLid to the rescue! Thank you for this opportunity to win!!!
Jenny Hibschman says
These space saving lids are a fantastic idea! I am in the midst of applying minimalist ideas to my life and have desired to try an air fryer for over a year now, but just couldn’t justify taking up the extra kitchen storage space/expense of another appliance. The very reasonI switched to an Instant Pot was to downsize appliances. However, one of my sons (out of State) has one, as does a distant friend, and a neighbor. They all LOVE their air fryer.
I think the healthier and less messy alternative of it to traditional frying is a game changer!
I would enjoy air-frying just about anything we already love, such as eggplant, asparagus, squash, veggies like onions, peppers, broccoli, and cauliflower. Also, you’ve talked me into air-frying veggie burgers! I love to experiment with food and recipes, and the addition of this lid to my kitchen/lab would enhance my experimentation!
Anita Hill says
I would love to have a Mealthy Crisp lid as I currently do not own an air fryer but do have. 6 quart Instant Pot. I would like to air fry cauliflower and then finish it up by making a cauliflower bisque. Would also like to air fry potatoes instead of just roasting them. I am sure there are lots of possibilities.