My New Toy


I used to love to cook, especially for my family and friends.  While I don’t throw lavish dinner parties, I do thoroughly enjoy preparing meals that my husband will brag about at work.  Like any activity, the pleasure is often erased when it morphs from being a hobby into a responsibility or job.

I still have moments of pure creativity in the kitchen, but for the most part the activity has become just another chore rather than a conduit for relaxation.  Between working and taking care of the house and family, I have too much to do and not enough time. In reality, spending hours standing just isn’t as much fun as it was before my amputation.

I have come to realize that I don’t mind cooking, but I do resent the fact that it has to be done on a daily basis. It is a vicious cycle that never stops. A sucker for an infomercial, I have cabinets bursting with “quick and easy” cooking gizmos and appliances.

Instead of taking hours to prepare a meal, I am interested in creating healthy and palatable options with as little time as possible. Unfortunately many of the “revolutionary designs” simply don’t work, or are too complicated for me to utilize on a regular basis.  I am at a point in my life where I need quick and easy.

Recently I have acquired a new kitchen appliance (i.e. toy) that has helped to erase my “what’s for dinner” woes. Unlike my other culinary purchases, this appliance has stayed on my counter top since its acquisition. We use it several times a week, and have yet to make anything that isn’t delicious.

I don’t often fry food, so I was hesitant to purchase the Actifry. Like most kids, Robby loves tater tots and chicken nuggets. While this is an easy lunch, I hated turning up my oven and heating up my entire kitchen in the heat of the summer days. I figured that if I only used this appliance for the tater tot lunches, it would be worth it.

It turns out that my solution for avoiding the oven has become my go to appliance. Since I can make pounds of fried food with only a tablespoon of oil using this machine, I feel more comfortable serving french fries, fried chicken and other treats to Robby and my husband. The Actifry is a self-contained appliance which is not filled with oil, so I no longer feel compelled to stand guard like I did with a traditional fryer. The fact that I can turn it on and sit down on the couch is not an attribute I take lightly!

If you love fried foods, or if you are a busy Mom struggling to fill the menu on a daily basis, I would encourage you to check out the Actifry. It has truly UNlimited me in the kitchen by reducing prep time, minimizing clean-up and allowing me to conserve my energies. I appreciate anything that simplifies my life and promotes healthier eating, and the Actifry fits the bill on both counts.

At UNlimiters, we’re always looking for products that help us live more independent and easier lives. Have you found a product that has improved your life? Let us know in the Shout section of our store and we’ll try to add it to our selection.

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