Gourmia GTA2500 Electric Roaster and Air Fryer Review

Gourmia GTA2500 air fryerLike most people, I love all kinds of fried food. But I realize that these are extremely unhealthy. A few years back, there was no healthier alternative to these types of food but the creation of the air fryer has made it possible to achieve that same taste and same flavor associated with fried foods but without using oil.

The Gourmia GTA2500 Electric Roaster and Air Fryer is one such unit that claims to make perfect fried food that is far healthier than the food that is made in a standard deep fat fryer. As the name suggests, this is a multi-purpose device that is capable of roasting foods as well. I was offered the chance to test this and this is the reason that I have written this in-depth air fryer review. Let’s take a look whether the Gourmia GTA2500 stakes its claim for a place on my kitchen countertop.

This air fryer looks quite unique due to the sturdy and bulky design that has dome shape at the top. On the front, there is a control panel that includes the timer and temperature along with all kinds of settings. This means that you will have full control of the conditions that you wish to cook under.

The exterior of the unit is made from plastic but again it seems quite heavy and well built. When you take a closer look at the settings on the front, you’ll notice that there are separate buttons for rotation and defrosting settings. Furthermore, there are pre-set buttons for roasting and baking too. This further consolidates the claim that this is a multipurpose device that will be of more use to you than anything else that you’ve bought for the kitchen. Various air fryer reviews on the Internet show just how important this device has become over the last few years.

The idea behind the operation of the machine involves the use of a halogen bulb. This is fixated in the lid and this usually locks when the unit is activated for cooking. Once activated, hot air is produced from this cooking element in the lid and smothers the food and cooks it from all sides.

During the process, the interior lights will turn on and allow you to see how the food is progressing. Once this process is completed and the food is cooked, an alarm rings to let you know that the food is ready. I first tested this with French fries that I cut into shape myself. This meant that I wasn’t using any frozen products. I literally got a potato, sliced it up and added all the necessary ingredients like some salt and a tiny bit of olive oil.

After cooking within the included baking cage for about 25 minutes, I had the chance to eat French fries that were golden in color. Some of these were on the soft side while others were quite crunchy. The results were impressive enough as I literally had to turn this air fryer on and wait for the food to be ready. The baking cage I used rotated around so there was no need to flip the fries.

However, the results in general were quite similar to a normal oven in terms of the speed of the process and the taste at the end. But again, if you cook French fries in the oven, it will be associated with more hassle because you’ll have to flip the fries halfway through the process.

So my conclusion after testing out this unit was that it isn’t quite as good as some of the other air fryers around. It performs very similar to a standard oven and takes a similar amount of time as well. If you read a detailed Philips air fryer review, you’ll find that this unit is a lot better and a lot more versatile.

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A Review of the Cuisinart Toaster Oven

When you’re looking for a nice attractive toaster oven you can’t do much better than a Cuisinart toaster oven. They have a whole line up of attractive, technologically superior, solid toaster ovens. Many of them have a convection option and can fit a whole 12-inch pizza in them.

Most of the current Cuisinart toaster ovens are stainless steel though some of them are made from different materials and colors, like the standard black and white. You’ll also find the interior surfaces of the ovens have a non-stick coating for easy cleanup.

Cuisinart toaster oven reviewThe best Cuisinart toaster oven out there is the TOB-195. It’s more expensive than some of their other models but the price is well worth the amazing features you get. The TOB-195 has an exact heat feature that maintains a precise temperature in the oven at all times.

The TOB-195 provides high level user interface and extremely flexible options for cooking and warming food. This includes things like baking foods or making pizza, toasting bread, and using the convection setting. In simple terms, it utilizes the latest technology with features that are very easy to use.

Furthermore, you will be able to toast 4 to 6 slices of bread at one time alongside a bagel if you want to. This feature also includes defrost settings and a timer for the oven. And the controls are really nifty. A lot of small kitchen appliances are come with controls like them these days but I still think they’re very futuristic.

When it comes to the user interface, the controls are very easy to notice and function. In these times, an oven that comes with an LCD display is necessary. A lot of similar products that are affordable can have a manual user interface but it is highly disadvantageous especially given the technology that’s out these days.

This Cuisinart convection toaster oven is just top of the line. Using the convection feature really speeds up cooking. I can fit a whole chicken in it and when I put it in convection mode a chicken will cook in just more than a half hour. It’s awesome. I sometimes will put in two Cornish game hens and they cook up even faster.

Another thing we use our Cuisinart toaster oven for is brownies. You can easily fit a 9×9 pan in it and it heats up so much faster than our regular oven that it just makes sense to use it for anything that will fit in it. My husband has a great brownie recipe and she uses our toaster oven to make them all the time. Probably too much. I could stand to lose a few pounds. While this is a great appliance, I like to use my Gourmia air fryer whenever I can.

 

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