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.