If you've already got an electric pressure cooker with a stainless steel pot, Crispy Top has been made to help you convert an appliance like this into an air fryer. Once you add this lid (and the appropriate included accessories) to your cooker's pot, it's specified that you'll be able to air-fry, crisp, or broil foods such as chicken fingers and fries within the cooker. It's also stated that each lid is transparent, aside from the digital display panel, so you can see your food while it's cooking.
The cost of Crispy Top is $59.99 plus $6.99 shipping, for a total price of $66.98.
You'll notice that you've received a compact silver trivet with your Crispy Top lid. To start converting your pressure cooker into an air fryer, you'll first need to add this trivet to the cooker's stainless steel pot. As you do this, make sure the legs are facing upward, towards the top of the device.
Next, add some food that you want to air-fry, crisp or broil to the included fryer basket. Be careful not to overfill the basket so that the food is spilling over the sides. Once you've added food, place the basket inside the trivet that you already added to your pressure cooker.
To further prepare your device, place your Crispy Top lid on top of the pressure cooker, making sure that the digital display panel can be seen on the top.
Using the Crispy Top's digital display panel, set your desired cooking time and temperature. If you're unsure of what settings to choose, consult the included recipe book for help. You should also keep in mind that this setup will only accommodate temperatures of up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. After your time and temperature have been set, press the panel's start button, which looks like a "Play" button on a standard remote control.
As your food cooks, you can either watch it through the partially transparent lid or occupy yourself with something else nearby. When it's done, lift off your Crispy Top lid with the assistance of oven mitts or potholders, so you don't burn your fingers. Use the included tongs to remove your food and transfer it to a serving plate. Remember to also turn off your device with the square button to the left of the power button, so it can cool down before you remove any accessories.
The Crispy Top lid is compatible with stainless steel pots inside pressure cookers that have been designed to hold either six or eight quarts of food. It may be too large for a pressure cooker with a smaller capacity and too small for a cooker with a larger capacity than eight quarts.
While this type of lid isn't tiny, each one is nowhere near as large as a separate air fryer would be. Using yours in conjunction with a pressure cooker will take up far less counter space than obtaining and displaying a separate pressure cooker and air fryer would.
A heat-resistant silicone mat is included among the accessories that come with each lid, so you can place the base of your entire pressure cooker on top of the mat if you'd like. This will help stop the device's heat from coming in contact with your countertop and potentially damaging it. You might also want to store your lid on this mat when it's not in use or place cooked food on the mat before moving it to a serving plate or dish.
If you've got a dishwasher, you'll be able to safely clean all the accessories that are included with your Crispy Top lid in there. However, you must not put the lid itself in the dishwasher. In the event that you have no dishwasher, all of the accessories can be sink-washed like ordinary dishes, too. Furthermore, the accessories are all free of the still-common chemical compound known as BPA that's potentially harmful to humans (if ingested).
With a pressure cooker on its own, you may only be able to successfully cook dishes made from food that's meant to be fairly soft, such as stews or mashed potatoes. Once you've got a Crispy Top and the ability to make your pressure cooker double as an air fryer, though, you'll be able to make food with a crispier taste. You and your family may no longer want to go to fast-food places as often since you'll be able to recreate a similar deep-fried taste in your own kitchen—without turning on your oven.
If you're new to air-frying, or simply can't decide where to get started when it comes to making food with your Crispy Top and pressure cooker, the included recipe guide may come in handy. Aside from including directions for each suggested recipe, each guide also includes full-color images of many recipes, so you'll know exactly what your cooked dishes should look like.
Getting a pressure cooker along with your Crispy Top lid isn't an option, so if you don't already have a cooker of an appropriate size, the lid will basically be useless to you. You will not be able to add it to any other type of device, even another kitchen device that will cook food, in order to convert that into an air-fryer.
This type of lid won't stay cool to the touch, which means you won't be able to pull it off with your fingers once each cooking job is done. Instead, you'll have to keep oven mitts or potholders around so you'll be able to touch it safely. As you use your lid and pressure cooker to cook food, you'll also need to keep any kids who may be hanging around from touching either device. Additionally, you won't be able to safely reach your fingers into the fryer basket to pull out food—that's what the included tongs are for.
On a related note, when you're done using your device and lid for a while, don't immediately pull the fryer basket and trivet out so you can wash them. Unless you're still wearing oven mitts, or your hands are covered in potholders, leave the device to cool down for at least a half-hour (while powered off) before you remove the accessories. It's best to unplug the device during this cooling-off period, too.
You may find accessories such as the heat-resistant mat, the stainless steel tongs, and the trivet to be useful, even when you're not using your pressure cooker and lid. As a result, if that's so, you won't have to go out and get these items on their own. You may want to use the trivet (with its legs facing downward) to keep any hot plate of food off your countertop or use the stainless steel tongs to flip food in a frying pan. As for the mat, basically anything can be placed on top of it in your kitchen.
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