Just two short years when I voiced a commercial for the Cooklite Aero Fryer, if someone told me I would not only own an air fryer, but an Instant Pot too, I would have said…well, I think you know. The dish I knew how to cook best was “take-out.”

That was until the Pandemic.

I didn’t exactly go into panic mode, but after the first month, frozen pizzas and Marie Callender’s Pot Pies just weren’t cutting it. So, I had to take a drastic step and purchase some equipment to get the job done. Enter the Instant Pot and PowerXL Vortex AirFryer.

Dave Linden Voicing the Cooklite Aero Fryer Commercial Produced by Kingstar Media for EMSON.

Now, I’m cooking chicken, salmon, and hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot and chicken wings, steak and french fries in the air fryer.

Instant Pot Lux 6-Quart Red 6-in-1 Multi-Use Electric Pressure Cooker
Instant Pot Lux 6-Quart Red 6-in-1 Multi-Use Electric Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot

According to the maker of the Instant Pot: “Energy efficient and versatile, the  The  Instant Pot  Lux replaces 6 kitchen appliances, combining the functions of a Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, and Warmer. It features 12  smart built-in programs – Soup/Broth, Meat/Stew, Egg, Sauté, Rice, Porridge, Steam, Pressure Cook, Keep Warm and Slow Cook. Make your favorite dishes in a snap. Brunch lovers rejoice: the Egg Program prepares, soft, medium and hard-boiled eggs perfectly in just a few minutes. In addition to brushed stainless steel, the 6-Quart model is available in several colors and styles, including black, red, and blue.”

French Fries Made in My PowerXL Vortex AirFryer
French Fries Made in the PowerXL Vortex AirFryer


And from PowerXL Vortex AirFryer: “Want to enjoy the extra-crispy fried foods you thought were off-limits—without any of the added fat or calories? The PowerXL Vortex AirFryer rewrites all the rules. Innovative Vortex Rapid Air Technology cooks your food inside a whirlwind vortex of super-heated air for superior crispy-fried taste and texture on all sides—no butter, oil, or lard required.  Serve your family golden-brown onion rings, mac and cheese, fried chicken, pizza, chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, and more. Multi-cooking capability means you can even bake a pie or roast a turkey breast. Choose from 10 One-Touch Pre-Set Buttons on the easy-to-use Digital Touchscreen for french fries, chicken, steak, roasts, shrimp and baked goods.  Eating  responsibly with fewer calories and less fat never tasted so good. Your favorite fried foods practically cook themselves while your kitchen stays clean—there’s no messy pots and pans to scrub afterward. This appliance uses little to no oil to fry food! Superheated air creates a high-temperature vortex around your food, delivering crispy food with that fried texture and taste you love. If you want something to be extra-crispy, spritz it with a little oil before popping it in the Air Fryer. Otherwise, there is  no oil or lard required when cooking with the PowerXL Vortex Air Fryer.”

Ok, so I’m not exactly setting the cooking world on fire, but these items have definitely saved time and money over ordering out and doing the drive-thru.

Pandemic Cooking with Instant Pot and Air Fryer
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