I don’t like to cook. My preference when my wife – who is an outstanding cook – is not around is cereal and/or canned soup.
But recently, a miracle happened: I made French fries, which turned out outstanding if I do say so. The best part? They were made with only a half tablespoon of olive oil.
The secret to my crunchy and tasty fries was the Gourmia GAF520 air fryer ($139.99).
As mentioned, I’m far from a chef, but after seeing the air fryer at the recent consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, and with air fryers constantly being used on morning news shows, they intrigued me.
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So frying I did, figuring French fries were simple enough, even for me.
Working the fryer is simple with a front LED display to control the temperature and timing. There are four preset functions loaded into the countertop appliance, which can bake, fry, grill or roast chicken, fish and meat.
A front-loading detachable basket is used to get your food in and out of the fryer. Depending on what you cook determines the spicing, food preparation time and the amount of oil, if any, to brush on your food.
Back to my fries. Using the Gourmia GAF520 was simple and clean.
First and foremost, I used a minimum amount of oil, which is healthier and made cleaning a breeze. The basket must be wiped down after cooling and you’re done. No splattering oil all over the stove and nothing to wash in the sink.
Gourmia also has the GTA2800 air fryer ($279.99), which can be controlled via WiFi (iOS and Android) for cooking manually or with 20 cooking presets.
More information: gourmia.com
Cutting cable has been a hot topic for many years. I did it myself recently because of my frustration with monthly costs.
Where you go from there depends what you want to watch. In my case, I only wanted local channels on one TV.
Winegard Company’s Elite 7550 ($149.99) is a new antenna that allows cable cutters to receive local channels.
The antenna is easy to connect for receiving channels from more than 70 miles away and comes with everything you need, including a mount, except for – funny enough – the cable to connect the antenna.
Before running the cable to my attic, I did a simple install, which had me watching local stations in minutes.
I connected the antenna to the back of my TV with 12-foot coaxial cable. This allowed me to test it while having the antenna sitting outside my window.
After it was in place, I had my TV scan (most every current TV will have a scan mode) for the local channels and after just a few minutes, my local channels appeared.
Since that was successful, the next step is to find a permanent location, which includes running a cable through my wall into my attic to get the antenna mounted on the side of my house for the best reception.
The Elite 7550 has a flex mounting system, which provides angling options for optimal positioning.
According to Winegard, the Elite 7550 has an integrated LTE filter and embedded ultra-low noise amplifier with Winegard’s unique Clear Circuit Technology, which allows for the best reception.