REVIEW – With more and more people looking for healthier ways to prepare food air fryers are becoming very popular these days. I have been researching them myself recently so when I got the chance to review the Jese Air Fryer I didn’t hesitate.
What is it?
The Jese air fryer is a fryer that uses 360-degree rapid and dynamic airflow instead of oil to fry foods.
What’s in the box?
- Air Fryer
- Quick start guide
- Users manual
Design and features
Black with brushed steel accents the Jese Air Fryer has a modern design that would compliment any kitchen. It’s rather large because of its 3.5-quart capacity, so it does take up a little counter space.
The timer knob and fryer basket are located on the front of the unit. The timer knob is large, and the numbers are pretty easy to read going from 0 to 40 minutes.
The fryer basket is two pieces. There’s a release button on the handle that’s covered by a small plastic flap. To remove the basket flip the flap up and push the button.
The air fryer has an automatic shutoff feature. It will shut off whenever the basket is removed and will restart when the basket is replaced. It will also shut off once the timer has expired.
The temperature setting dial is located on top of the unit. The numbers on the dial are easy to read with temperature settings from 180F to 390F. And there’s even a handy quick cook guide printed above the dial.
There are also two indicator lights for power and heating.
The power cord is a nice length, and I like that you can wrap the cord around the base for easy storage.
I did notice that the fryer is pretty quiet when cooking. I was happy about this because in my research one of the main complaints was how loud some of the fryers were.
Jese is cool to the touch while cooking. The only place where it gets hot is in the back where the hot air vents are located. Just make sure that it’s pulled away from the wall when using it.
One of the things I liked about the Jese is its versatility. You can use it for frying, grilling, baking, and roasting just about anything.
For my first time using the fryer I wanted to start with something simple, so I decided to cut up some squash and zucchini. With the air fryer, you don’t have to use a lot of oil. For the veggies, I used 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and seasoned them with salt and pepper. I preheated the fryer for the recommended 3 min at 355-degrees. After about twenty minutes the veggies were done. They were delicious. They had a slight crisp on the outside but, the insides remained juicy and flavorful.
One thing about air fryers, you can’t just set them and forget them. You have to occasionally remove the basket during cooking and shake the contents so that they brown on all sides.
I decided to step it up for my next meal. I found an easy fried chicken breast recipe online. The fryer does come with a small cookbook but, I found that the recipes weren’t all that great. Fortunately, with the popularity of air fryers, there are tons of recipes available online. The chicken breast was fantastic. Total cook time was 14 minutes, flipping the breast halfway through. The outside had a nice brown crisp, and the inside was juicy and flavorful. Tip: use a spray oil (I used an olive oil spray) and lightly spray anything that you’re going to bread. This helps the breading brown up and gives it a little more crispiness.
In the past few weeks, I’ve used the Jese to make a lot of stuff. Fresh waffle chips, fried onion potatoes, frozen french fries, and frozen onion rings. I noticed that the frozen foods cooked up the best. They turned out crispier than the fresh foods I made. The fries and onion rings were the best I’ve ever made at home. But everything I’ve made using the fryer has turned out great. I can’t wait to experiment with even more recipes in the future.
The fryer’s 3.5-quart capacity is perfect whether you’re cooking for a family or just one or two people. However, with larger items like chicken breasts, fish or steaks you’ll probably only be able to fit 2 of each in the basket at one time. So cooking these items for a larger group will take some planning.
Clean up is easy. Because you’re not using a lot of oil the mess is minimal. The fryer basket itself is fully submergible, or you can just wipe it clean with a damp cloth.
What I like
- Easy to use
- Food tastes great
- Easy to clean
What needs to be improved
- Can’t think of anything
I love the Jese air fryer and have used it a lot in the past few weeks. I like the fact that it’s easy to use and the results are great every time. And it doesn’t hurt that it makes everything a little healthier without sacrificing taste. If you haven’t tried using an air fryer yet, the Jese is a great place to start.