Unbiased Mealthy Crisplid Review! Turn your Instant Pot into an Air fryer

Unbiased Mealthy Crisplid Review! Turn your Instant Pot into an Air fryer

August 22, 2019 93 By William Morgan


Mealthy CrispLid review–
here’s the Mealthy. I’m Urvashi, my blog
is TwoSleevers.com, and today, we’re going to review
this Mealthy CrispLid, which is an air fryer lid. I want you to know
that I won this lid. I never win anything, and I
was 1 of the 100 first food bloggers to win this one. So I’m super excited. You’re wondering why I have
all of these appliances, if all I’m going to do is
review the Mealthy CrispLid. I’m not just going to
review the Mealthy CrispLid, I’m going to compare it to
a few of the other options that you have on the market. A Ninja Foodi is an example. I’m going to show you how it
fits with the Instant Pot. Here is the Mealthy. I’ll show you how it fits with
the Mealthy electric pressure cooker. And then I have a Gourmia
that I’m going to show you, so that we can look
at relative capacity. Before I start, there’s a good
reason why you should trust me. I’m the author of this
book, Everyday Air Fryer. It’s sold over 50,000
copies, and it’s gotten really good reviews. I’m also the author
of Air Fry Revolution, which is going to be in
Costco pretty soon in October. So I actually do know
what I’m talking about, when it comes to
air fryer recipes. So this is the lid. The beauty of this
list is that it fits onto any 6 or 8-quart
electric pressure cooker. Yep, you heard that right. It will fit your Instant Pot. It will fit a Mealthy. It will not fit a 10-quart
Power XL Pressure Cooker, as an example. Here’s everything
that comes with. It comes with a trivet. You could use this in
your pressure cooker. It comes with a basket. It comes with a set of tongs
that are actually really nice, because they’re short. They’re not these
ginormous tongs. And then it comes with a
very, very important piece of equipment, which
is a silicone trivet. So basically, you have on the
lid of this thing a heating element and a fan. When the lid is hot and
you’re going to take it off, it must go on the
silicone trivet. Unless you like
burned countertops, you absolutely want to do that. Let me talk really,
really quickly about how air frying works. I have a whole series of videos
on the science of air frying– what works well, what doesn’t. You might want to watch those. I will put a link in
the description below. In conduction cooking, what
happens is something gets hot, it transfers that
heat to the object next to it, and the
object next to it, and the molecules next
to it, and next to it, and things get heated that way. So heat comes in
from the outside, and it just kind of
transfers inwards. In a convection oven,
the one major difference is that there is a fan
circulating hot air. You ask me why this matters? It matters because that fan
crisps the outside surface of the food. It applies this hot air directly
to the outside of the food, and that makes it a
little bit crisper, and that’s why it’s
called air frying. OK, so let me tell
you something upfront. People ask me, which is
the best airfare for me? And there is no such thing,
and I will do a separate video to tell you why. But I currently have
reviews of the Ninja Foodi. I have a review of a
Ninja Air Fryer, a GoWISE, a Gourmia on YouTube. So you might want to watch those
to understand how those work. All of them will heat
and turn on a fan. So if you’re asking me, can I
cook chicken wings in there, can I cook– yes, you
can, in all of them. That isn’t the issue. That is the wrong
question to be asking. The real question to be asking
is, what is the capacity, how convenient is it, and
how easy is it to clean? Those are the things
you want to worry about. So let me show you how
this fits, and then I will talk about those things. So here is my Instant Pot, and
here, by the way, is a Mealthy. So these things, as you see,
are approximately the same size. Now, most of you probably
have an Instant Pot, so I’m going to show
you how this works. So here I am. I finished pressure
cooking in my Instant Pot. And now, most wondrous thing,
I can take this Mealthy lid, and I can put it on here. I’m just going to turn this on
so you can have a quick look to see how it does and also
highlight one of the features that I love about this,
which is this glass lid. So let me just do
that real quick. So you’ve got temperature,
you’ve got time. You can turn those up and down,
and a start and stop button. So let us start with– ha. OK, this brings me to my other
thing that I love about it. You see how I was
futzing around, couldn’t get it to turn on? It’s because when
this lid is up, it is a security measure
that it won’t come on. In order for this pot– this
lid to come on– the CrispLid to come on, it has to be
plugged in right there. It has to be all the way down,
and that’s a safety measure. See, now I have temperature
here, and I can add, and on the time, I can subtract. For almost every temperature,
except the highest you can turn it on for 60
minutes, and it will work. If it’s 450 or higher,
to prevent yourself from burning your
food to a crisp, it only works for 10 minutes. And after that, you’ve
got to let the lid rest, you’ve got to let
everything cool down, and then you can go again. And then let us press
start real quick. Oh, a light came on. More than the light coming on– I don’t know if
you can see this. I can see inside. And I cannot tell you guys
how important that is, because for every other air
fryer I have, to pull it out. I have to pull the basket
out and I have to look. And it was really frustrating. With this, I can see
straight in and I understand what’s going on. OK, so let me turn this off. Let me lift this,
and let me unplug this, because I’m clumsy. And now, we will see the
silicone lid in action. It’s going to go here. OK, let’s talk about
some of the alternatives. This is a Ninja Foodi. I love my Ninja Foodi. There is one problem with it– it is huge. It is a ginormous thing,
and I have two lids– the air fryer lid is built
in, and I have this lid. This Mealthy will not
work with your Foodi. It’s got a
ceramic-coated interior, and the manual tells you not
to use it with anything that’s ceramic coated or aluminum. Of course, you don’t need it to. You’ve got this lid in here. But the biggest problem that
I have with the Ninja Foodi, for myself, is that it’s heavy,
and it takes up a lot of space. So in comparison, here’s this
lid, and here’s the Ninja lid. There’s a huge size difference–
a huge size difference. This is a typical
egg-shaped air fryer. So this is a Gourmia. I like many, many
things about it. There are a few features
I don’t like about it. I’ve talked about
it in the review. But if you look at
this versus this, you can either buy an egg-shaped
one, if that works for you, or you can buy a lid. There’s a lot of
price differences. This lid is under $50 right now. Who knows? Prices change. And of course, the
free-standing machines are a lot more expensive. So let’s talk about capacity. Now, I showed you some of the
things that this came with. It comes with this trivet,
which fits into my Instant Pot, it comes with a basket, and
it comes with the tongs. So one way to look at this
is that, for all intents and purposes, your air
fryer basket is this size. I’m such a klutz. I can’t believe I did that. OK, this does not look very big. You’re sitting there
looking at this going, I’m really not sure how
much I can fit into this. That’s a legitimate
question to ask yourself. Let me show you some
comparisons so you see how much you can put in it. This is the Foodi basket. I know you’re looking
at this going, wow, this is so much more, I
can put in so much more. I will tell you one thing. You can put in more,
there’s no doubt about that. But in an frying, what
matters is not the depth. What matters is
the circumference, because what you
want is you want the heat to apply to the
top surfaces of the food. So the broader the basket,
the better air frying you’re going to get. You can pile things up but
then you’ve got to toss them, you’ve got to turn them. It’s not that easy. So let’s look at it
from that perspective. Let’s look at it from
a circumference alone perspective. So this is that basket– I’m going to turn
it upside-down– and this is the basket
that came with the Mealthy. So is it smaller? Yes, it is a little bit smaller. Is it substantially smaller? It is not. Is the depth different? Of course. It’s completely different. But I will tell you, there will
be very, very few occasions where you will be piling food
all the way up to the top. Let me also show you
this with the Gourmia. So this is the Gourmia. I like this one. I’ve reviewed this one. And if you look at this, again,
the basket that comes with it is a little bit smaller, but
it’s not that much smaller. OK, I also want to show you the
capacity difference between– this is a Philips air fryer. It has seen a lot of use. It’s probably one
of my favorite ones. I really need to
review this one. And again, you see from the
side, from a depth perspective, there’s a lot of difference. From a circumference
perspective, there isn’t that
much of a difference. There is a difference,
but it is not significant. OK, so I’ve shown
you how this compares to some of the other
devices that are available. Let’s talk about how this works. I’m going to give you a list
of what I consider to be pros and what I consider to
be cons, and then you can make a decision that
is an informed decision. OK, so as I’ve
explained earlier, this lid can fit
onto any 6 or 8-quart electric pressure
cooker that has a stainless steel inside pot. You do not take this part out
and put the Mealthy on it, because this pot is
going to get very hot. You want it in the housing
that this comes with. Now, one of the concerns
that I have about this– which we will find
out, as I cook– is that when I put this
lid on, the distance between the heating
element and this basket, when it is sitting
on a high trivet, is considerably shorter
than my other air fryers. So when I put this
on there, I don’t see as much space
between the heating element and the top basket. That makes me a
little bit concerned that the recipes as written
may or may not work. We are going to make
chicken wings to find out. So one of the things I
like about the Mealthy is that it doesn’t
take up a lot of space. It can fit onto an existing
appliance that you have. The other nice thing
is a lot of people complain that the
nonstick finish comes off of their air fryers. Now, personally, I have
made hundreds of recipes. I literally had to
write 200 recipes for two cookbooks,
which means I probably cooked 300 or 400 recipes. And I’ve had my air fryers– some of them for two years. My air fryers have had
a lot of time to go bad and they haven’t, and the
main reason for that is I don’t scrub. So if you’re using another air
fryer, the smart thing to do is to let the basket and
the grill that comes in it just soak for 20 minutes
in hot soapy water. Come back, and everything
falls straight off. So it’s the most
efficient way to do it. The advantage with
this is that we all know a stainless steel pot is
really, really easy to clean. You can use Barkeep’s
Friend to get off any of the cloudiness off of it. You can put it in
your dishwasher. Obviously, this will not go
in the dishwasher– there’s electrical housing in here. So I like the fact
that it’s going to be really easy to clean. The other advantage
is that, because it sits on your pressure cooker,
if you make– for example, I have a ribs recipe
or a gyro recipe. Where you make the gyros in here
in a pressure cooker, and then you turn on a broiler. Well, washing multiple
dishes when that happens. The ability to do
it in the same pot is an advantage of that
the Ninja Foodi, as well as this Mealthy
CrispLid will offer you. For me to recap, what
I think the pros are– space– it takes up
a lot less space. It has a glass lid, so I can see
what’s going on inside of it. It fits on an
existing appliance. Cleaning is easy. Because this part
is stainless steel, there’s no worry about
nonstick wearing off. And you can use your existing
Instant Pot accessories that fit inside your Instant
Pot for much of your baking, as long as those pots that you
put inside here are heat-proof. So stainless steel
would be good. I wouldn’t put glass
necessarily inside here, but metal pots and
pans that you have can hold your food in here. And you can use the
trivets from it. Now, on the con side, however– it leads us to our first con. I’m a little bit concerned
about letting small children use this because in this– with the Mealthy,
what you’re doing is you’re moving a
hot lid on and off. With all the other
air fryers, you’re simply moving a hot basket
filled with food on and off. The other air fryers,
they’re self-contained. I wouldn’t worry about
having a child put chicken nuggets in there. This one, I don’t know that I
would want young kids taking a hot lid on and off. Then they forget to
put it on the trivet, and then where are you? Everybody’s upset at that. For some people, this is a con. I’ll be honest, this
is not a con for me. So in here, there are
no presets, as you see. It’s all based on
time and temperature. Honestly, guys, I feel like
that is a very, very easy way to cook. It gives you more flexibility. It gives you more freedom. But it doesn’t come with like
a chicken button, a wings button, a whatever button. With this, if you buy
a good recipe book– like this one– it’ll
tell you what temperature to cook everything in. So for some people, it’s a con. For me, it’s not. I like the fact that there’s
not that many things to break, and that it’s very,
very simple to turn on. The smaller capacity is going
to be an issue for people. So I feel that,
if you’re cooking for two teenagers
and two adults, you’re not going to make
enough food in this. The flip side to that is that
what you can do, at that point, is that you can cook in
batches– which you should do anyway, in an air fryer. You shouldn’t be loading it
up and piling food on top, because it doesn’t
cook very evenly. I’m am going to make, from
my cookbook– on page 68, 69, I have a chicken wings recipe. Now, there’s multiple different
ways you could dress it up. We’re going to do
the simplest thing. I’m going to put
chicken wings in here– I’m going to show you how
many are going to fit– and we’re going to set the air
fryer at 400 for 20 minutes. Normally, I would
put the chicken wings in a nice little
basket for you to see, but I want you to
see the capacity, so I’m not doing that right now. I’m just going to open up an
industrial-sized bag of chicken wings. By the way, these are
frozen, and I haven’t even bothered to defrost them. You really don’t need to
for most of the air fryers. So I have my 3-inch
trivet that’s in here. Maybe I shouldn’t waive
this plastic around for you. I have my 3-inch trivet. I have this basket. I washed my hands. Do not tell me to
watch the chicken. Read what the FDA tells you. Do not comment about how
I don’t wash my chicken. OK, so my goal
here is to get them in as flat a layer as possible. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
8, 9, 10, 11 wings. Let me do this in the
Gourmia, and we’ll see how much it holds. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
7, 8, 9, 10, 11. Guess what? Same. See that? It looks smaller, but it’s
really not that much smaller. So actually, now that I
have the wings in here, here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to cook this one
for 400 for 20 minutes, and I’m going to cook
these 400 for 20 minutes, and then you can see
them side-by-side. Now, very, very
important, please do not turn on your
pressure cooker– in fact, if you were smart,
just take the wire out and put it somewhere
else far away so nobody else gets it either. Be sure to put
your silicone right here, right next to the
pot so that you have it. Let me move this over here. OK, now, as I mentioned
earlier, I’m going to set it. I’m going to plug this in. It’s a pretty short
cord, by the way. It’s just from here to here,
basically that long-ish, and it’s because you don’t
want to be tripping on it. So it’s actually another
safety feature that’s built in. Now, press this down. You’ll see the display light up. We are going to press
temperature, 400. We’re going to press time,
and I’m going to hold it down. 20 minutes, 400. And I’m going to
press Start here. The light came on. I love this light. I love this light. I can just see what’s
happening in here, and that is not a feature that
any of my other instant pots have. I’m going to turn
on the other one, hope the fuses don’t
all blow in my house, and I’ll be back in
20 minutes to show you what these look like. OK, so it’s been 20 minutes. The Gourmia just
finished, as well. Let me start with this, and
let’s look at how this worked. OK, so remember what I told you. My whole house smells
of chicken wings. The things I do for the guys. I’ve got 2 and 1/2
pounds of chicken wings that I’ve just cooked,
and we are probably going to eat two or three,
and we’re going to be full. All right, so take this
off, lifting the lid. Be sure to put it
on these silicone. I cannot emphasize
this enough times. So the tops of this
seem quite crisp. The acid test is going to be
the bottoms, because I did not flip this food. OK, the bottoms of this are
not as crisp as you would get– as you would want. So with this air fryer,
the first thing I’m seeing is that you are going to
have to turn the food. I will show you
the other wings so that we can see the
difference, if there is any. Let’s flip these,
and turn it on. And I will go get the
other wings meanwhile. So let me just have
a quick read here. Yeah, they’re done. 165, 169– they’re
done, they’re just not as crisp as I would like. So I’m going to put
this lid back on. I’m going to give it another– at 400, I’m going to give it– let me digress for a minute. One of the nice
things about this is that it does go
up to more than 400, which none of my
other air fryers do. So I’m going to do 450,
and I’m going to give it maybe a minute, and let’s see. OK, these I did not flip either. This is in the
regular air fryer. I will say I find these to have
crisped better on both sides. On that one, the side that
was exposed to the heat crisped well, and the
reverse didn’t crisp as well. All right, so here
are Gourmia ones. So let me show you what happens
when you take the lid off. So I’m taking this lid off. As soon as I lifted,
it turned itself off. Let’s say that I’m tossing,
turning, doing whatever. I put the lid back on. I press it. Now, it remembers
the temperature, but I have to press start. And it’s reset
itself on the time. OK, so this is done. I’m going to lift this. Yep, lot crisper. Now, one thing you have to be
very careful of is do not move the pot with the lid
as you’re cooking, because you can see it’s–
everything is very, very hot. The lid is hot. Oh, come back. You do not belong there, mister. There’s going to be grease
at the bottom of this thing. Over here are the ones that I
did in an egg-shaped air fryer. I’m going to hold down
up close so you can see. They’re crisp on both sides. Over here are the ones
that I did in the Mealthy. They’re also crisp
on both sides. [INAUDIBLE] again. They’re also crisp
on both sides. The difference is, in order
to get the Mealthy ones crispy on both sides, I
had to flip it over and I had to give it
an extra minute or two. So it’s something for
us to be aware of. So they both cook. One takes a little
bit more time. Is it the end of the world? No. If you’re short a space,
should you get it? I would. I think it’s a good machine. I think that, over time, every
machine has some idiosyncrasies that you would get used to. But it’s really,
really hard to argue against an air fryer that
takes up that little space, and comes on when you– let me unplug so I
don’t burn myself. It’s very, very hard to argue
against an air fryer that takes up this much space
versus all of the others that are freestanding units
that take up a lot of space. So I would definitely
consider that. Again, I’m Urvashi. My blog is TwoSleepers.com. I have an air fryer
video that you should watch to understand
the science of air frying, and then I have
reviews for the Foodi, for GoWISE, for Gourmia,
and for the Ninja Air Fryer.