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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Efficient & Awesome, Time-Saving Multi-Cooker

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    pauldar
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    After two weeks of cooking various kinds of meals in this Ninja Foodi, I'll start my review of this astonishing cooking appliance by going right to the 'Bottom Line', first: Why Should You Buy The Ninja Foodi TenderCrisp 6.5-Quart Pressure Cooker? ** Valuable Time Saver – You can cook an entire meal for four or more in approximately 30 minutes using food stuffs right out of your refrigerator or freezer. One pot meals to include veggies and meats. Pressure Cooking is 70% faster then conventional stove-top cooking. ** Saves Money – As everyone knows, cooking with a pressure cooker is not only fast, but super-tenderizes your meat varieties. This Ninja Foodi allows you to save money by using less expensive cuts of meat. As a bonus it turned me into a Gourmet Chef serving delicious and tender cuts of meats using a minimum amount of meal preparation and spices. WooHoo! ** Awesome Combination of Cooking Functions - Pressure Cooking, Steam, Slow Cook, and, or Searing / Saute gives you phenomenal cooking options. Then, you can 'TenderCrisp', which you can do alone or combined with any of the other cooking functions. 'TenderCrisp' includes Air-Fryer, Bake / Roast, Broil, and even Dehydrate. ** Simple Controls - Uncomplicated cooking selections in bright, LED, digital, touchscreen illumination. You simply choose the cooking time, temperature, and function, then, touch the 'Start / Stop' button. Your meal starts to cook, and, when it is finished the unit automatically switches to 'Warm' mode for up to 12 hours until you shut it off. How cool is that? ** Healthy Cooking – Air-Frying has gained much popularity because it is just healthier for your family when you use far less fats and oils cooking their meals. This Ninja Foodi does just that and more. As against deep-fat frying it can cut up to 75% of the fats using the Air-Crisping function without any loss of flavor at all. In fact it is actually more flavorful. ** Juicer & Tastier Foods – If you use the pressure cooker first, your foods will retain all of their natural juices. Air-Crisping actually locks these juices in as it adds a crispy layer to your food. The whole chicken I cooked is a prime example (see attached pics). ** Ruggedly Built & Generous Capacity – This Ninja Foodi is built to last for many years of frequent use. All of its safety features are UL Certified. It also features a heavy duty ,6.5-qt, non-stick, ceramic-coated pot; 4-qt ceramic-coated Cook & Crisp basket; crisping lid; pressure lid; stainless steel reversible rack. The Ninja Foodi comes with a one year manufacturer warranty. ** Easy Clean-Up – All of the included parts are dishwasher safe. However, please note that ceramic-coated pots should be washed by hand too keep their life prolonged. The stainless steel, reversible rack cleans more easily if you lightly coat the grid with cooking oil as you would the racks in your oven if cooking food directly on the grid – it cleans up easily, especially after baking or broiling cuts of meats. Issues Of The Ninja Foodi You Should Be Aware While Considering Your Purchase. ** Ninja Foodi Takes A Large Amount Of Counter Space – After two week of regular use I have determined to keep this Ninja on my counter top even though it takes up a lots of space. The trade-off for me is well worth it, since I plan to use this appliance regularly. It is going to occupy the space my mixer was in previously because we don't use the mixer as much. Since the Crisper Lid is permanently attached I close it when storing it on my counter. That leaves the pressure cooker lid and crisper basket needing additional cabinet storage too. ** Ninja Foodi Is Portable But Heavy – I am storing my unit on my counter top, however I cook with it on my stove top, and, or near my range hood for proper steam and heat venting purposes. For most of the Ninja's cooking functions heat is vented out the back of the unit. Depending on what cooking temperature you choose the escaping heat out of the vents can be quite hot – another reason to locate near or under my range hood. Some recopies call for immediate release of steam venting after pressure cooking. This can be safely done under my range hood while the fan is 'ON'. Although the Ninja is portable be aware it weighs approximately 25 pounds empty. Folks with limited physical abilities may have difficulties moving this unit around in their kitchen. For me none of the above mentioned issues are a deal-breaker. However, I am obligated to bring them forward as part of my comprehensive review for your purchase consideration. Over the past two weeks I have cooked a whole chicken twice, frozen french fries right out of my freezer, green beans and carrots, broccoli, red potatoes, ribs and pork chops using the pressure cooker function, then, finishing with the Air-Crisper – YUM! A little garlic, seasoned salt, paprika, thyme, and parsley and I turn into a Gourmet, Ninja Kitchen Magician. You can follow your own favorite recopies, or, follow the 45 plus, included in the Ninja Foodi Recopies Book. A little TIP about seasonings – less is better since the pressure cooker infuses your added seasonings under pressure from the liquid you add to the cooker. Another TIP – try substituting beef, chicken, or vegetable broth instead of water – it brings out delicious flavors when pressure cooking, steaming, or air-crisping vegetables. I highly recommend this Ninja Foodi TenderCrisp 6.5-Quart Pressure Cooker as probably the most versatile and complete kitchen appliance you could ever purchase. Love it! Yes, its bulky and takes up space, but the gastronomical and healthy meals you can quickly prepare for your family with this baby far outweigh those issues. I would give it more stars if I could, but 5 is the maximum. This Ninja Foodi would make a fantastic gift for newly weds, working couples, who have little time for food prep and cooking, and for that special family member or friend. This is the gift that keeps on giving. . . .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Swiss army knife use, but bulky

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    callmeageeth
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    First, I'm no chef. I can make basic items and have a few go to recipes, but I largely stay in my comfort zone. When I look at new cooking appliances what helps me decide whether to get it is if it comes with recipes and ideas. Sure, you can perform an internet search, but I like having a cookbook to go with the appliance (that I store right next to it) to give me inspiration. I've always been pleased with Ninja products, not only because of their quality, but they're detailed, easy to follow recipes/instructions on how to use their devices and make delicious food. The Foodi is no exception. SUMMARY This is one versatile machine. You can roast a chicken, steam vegetables, cook pasta, make cheesecake, and cook frozen chicken tenders. It does it all. The only drawback, and it can be a big one depending on your living space, is the size of it. This thing is MASSIVE. It takes up even more space when you take into account the steaming tray and pressure cooking lid. EASE OF USE The controls seem a little confusing or daunting at first, but I promise if you spend a little time with the manual/instructions it will all make sense. I generally just "figure" electronics and such out, but I needed to review the manual to fully understand how this baby works and it was for the best. Once you learn how to cook certain foods (obviously depending on your preference) and how the machine does it, then the controls become extremely intuitive and make sense. You just need to put a little work in at the front end educating yourself. You definitely should not be scare away if you think it's too difficult to use, it's easy to learn. RECIPES/INSTRUCTIONS As I said, I'm big on recipes for cooking appliances. The Foodi comes with a great quick guide on how to cook basic things like cooking frozen chicken nuggets, or steaming broccoli. It also has a separate recipe book that has lots of suggestions. I didn't count the recipes but there's enough for you to please any eater. And if you're like me, you'll find the few you like and rotate them. I'm sure at some point I will need to venture out of my comfort zone (i.e. away from the recipe book) but that's okay. After using it a number of times, I feel comfortable in knowing the basics on how to cook various frozen items or pasta for example. EASE OF MAKING QUICK MEALS I cannot emphasize how easy it is to make complete meals and side dishes. It reminds me of the rotisserie oven on TV who's slogan was "set it and forget it." This baby does all the work. It will make the food and keep it warm until you're ready to serve. To make mac and cheese for example, you add the water and pasta into it, pressure cook it (which takes like 5 minutes) and then you throw the cheese in and broil for 15 minutes or so and voila, done. It takes like 3 steps. Steaming vegetables, which I enjoy, is so simple. Rather than boil pot in a water, put in a strainer and cover it with a lid and wait 20 or so minutes, you simply put the steaming basket in, the veggies, however many cups of water, and set it to pressure cook for 8 minutes (or so) and voila. Done. You don't have to test it, or go back and check on it, you throw the water and veggies in "set it and forget it." What's even more impressive is the ability to cook an entire meal AT ONCE. There's a recipe for steak, potatoes and asparagus. You can literally cook it all at one time. No more worrying about a burner here, a steak over there, oven there, it's all at once. Now granted, I do prefer a steak off the grill, but do not discount the flavor and quality of pressure cooking a steak. Sure it's not quite as good as a grill, but it's still delicious. ONE DRAWBACK The only drawback is the size of the device. Even though it's borderline gargantuan, I don't think it takes a star off the rating. It's big for a reason and it can cook a lot of food at once. But you do absolutely have to take the size of the Foodi into account when making the purchase. If you already use an Instant Pot, this will replace it. But it's footprint is much larger. It would also replace an air fryer if you have it. While I was literally able to donate my air fryer and Instant Pot after getting this, I still had trouble storing it. it wouldn't fit in my cabinet even though both my air fryer and the Instant Pot would (at the same time). If you don't care about kitchen space, or having it on the counter, or have so much space it doesn't matter then obviously, disregard this paragraph. CONCLUSION For those that are new to cooking, want to cook healthy, want an easy way toi cook meals, or are simply looking for a device to replace several, this Foodi is as good as it gets. I own quite a few Ninja products for several years and I can say they hold up well overtime. I do not have any reliability issues. Not saying the Foodi is free of any problems long term, but if it's anything like my Ninja blender, food processor or coffee maker, you have nothing to worry about in that regard. This device is truly a joy to use...once you find a place for it in your kitchen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Cooking Machine

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    optimummind
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    ==== Summary ==== The Ninja Foodi TenderCrisp Pressure Cooker is a fantastic, wonderful cooking machine~! With one machine and two lids, it can do so much~! All the dishes I tried came out perfect - New York steak, asparagus, Korean Kalbi Stew, multi-grain rice mixture dish, and french fries. The number of different dishes the Ninja Foodi can churn out is staggering. Ninja has created a superb cooking machine that is also easy to use, clean up, and maintain. *Pros: -Well-designed and ergonomic. -Control Panel is easy to figure out and use. -Food is cooked very well. -Easier to clean up compared to conventional cookware. -Air Crisp, with no oil, leads to healthier food. -Pressure cooker function is fabulous. -Saves lots of time in the kitchen cooking food. -Predictable cooking performance. *Neutral: -Takes up lots of kitchen counter space. -The audio alerts could be a bit louder. *Cons: -None. ==== Design & Usage ==== The Ninja Foodi is a solid and well-designed cooking machine with great ergonomics and a very intuitive and easy-to-use Control Panel. All the parts are well-placed, easy to grip, and sculpted with round soft edges for comfortable grip and operation. The included accessories - the Reversible Rack, Cook & Crisp Basket, Detachable Diffuser, 6.5-quart Cooking Pot, Pressure Lid, and Condensation Collector - fit perfectly and harmoniously with each other. All the parts are easy to clean as well, more so than conventional cookware. The Control Panel is another wonderfully easy-to-use and intuitive part of the cooking experience. All the functions are laid out in a clear and quickly understandable manner highlighted with big letters and bright white LED light. It was a pleasant surprise that such a complicated machine was so simple to use. My wifey does most of the cooking but even a newbie in the kitchen such as myself was able to quickly serve up several dishes that didn't suck~! XD Ninja has truly created an awesome product with oh-so-many-uses that is so uncomplicated and simple to operate. Bravo~! ==== Performance ==== The cooking performance of the Ninja Foodi blew everyone away in my household. During colder weather, I love to enjoy a Korean dish called Kalbi Stew. Using a conventional manual pressure cooker, it takes about 6 hours to cook as one has to slow cook all the meat and vegetables over a fire for about 6 to 8 hours. It takes even longer (12 to 16 hours) if one uses a regular pot. With the Foodi, it took only 35 minutes~!! Unbelievable. The meat came out buttery soft and juicy. Another food item that normally takes a while to cook (1 to 2 hours) is some multi-grain mixture my mom likes to eat. With the Foodi, it only took 15 minutes and all the grains came out super soft. The BIG test from me for the Ninja Foodi was cooking up some New York Strip steak, asparagus, and crinkle french fries for the family for dinner. Following the general recipe and instructions from the included Recipe Book, I churned out three perfectly cooked steak meat (medium rare for me and well-done for the wifey and mom) with crispy and juicy asparagus on the side. The french fries turned out perfectly as well - crunchy and super crispy and all without using any oil. Wonderful~! Thanks to the Foodi, I look forward to spending more time in the kitchen experimenting and serving up more delicious meals for my family to enjoy. ==== Closing Thought ==== Ninja has created an awesome cooking machine that even a newbie such as myself can use to fire up delicious meals. It is sturdy, durable, and well-designed with good ergonomics. The Control Panel where all the commands & settings are entered are super simple and intuitive to use. Cleaning up is fast and easy. Most importantly, food comes out perfectly cooked and ready to enjoy. Things can't get any better than that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Capable but Very Cumbersome

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    VADarkstar
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    Ninja’s new Foodi™ — is The Pressure Cooker That Crisps™ — because it has TenderCrisp™ technology. So Ninja is blasting out of the gate with a ton of trademark symbols established for their new appliance (which is probably more of a contraption than an appliance). And while I believe they mostly deliver on what they are advertising with their new Foodi™, I also think that there are some frustrating details that should be addressed. First, let me try to demystify the terminology. The Foodi™ is both an electric pressure cooker and an air “fryer” with all the additional functionality you would expect to find in an Instant Pot. The primary selling point is that you can cook things quickly using the pressure cooker and then brown them using the air “fryer” feature - and Foodi™ ably fulfills both functions - so perhaps it’s simplest to describe it as an Instant-Pot-inspired cooker with the browning capability of a convection oven (air fryers don’t fry - they bake with a fan). As an appliance, it is easy and intuitive to select functions and temperatures and times on the front panel. Aside from rinsing the parts that will touch your food before the first use, there is no setup or assembly required. But it veers into the realm of contraption in its size and weight and design. The base is used for all functions and the Foodi™ uses separate lids for the pressure cooking and for the heated air circulation - and that makes total sense. But the pressure lid is fully removable while the air circulating lid is permanently affixed to the base. I’m sure that the circulating lid is attached because it requires a source of electricity to work (the pressure lid merely controls pressure - all the heating is done in the base of the unit). Having the circulator attached also prevents the liability from people trying to clean or submerge it in water. It’s a little hard to visualize the use here, but when you are using the pressure cooking lid, the Foodi™ still has the air “fryer” lid attached (and just flipped up). There’s whole lot of cumbersome going on here. And while I think that Ninja tends to have well thought-out recipe books (especially for their blenders), I think they might have rushed this book through without sufficient testing. The recipe ideas are fine, but there are simple errors in there that defy explanation. I am including two pictures representing the first two recipes I tried from the book - a very simple recipe for herb-roasted chicken - and a more involved recipe for shot ribs and root vegetables (the recipe for the short ribs didn’t include enough liquid for the pressure cooker to even be able to initialize). My only other gripe is that the container in the base is a little convex (it bows-up in the center) - so if you try to sear something, it’s like trying to work with a warped pan - the oil gathers around the perimeter away from the food you’re trying to brown. So I know that sounds like a ton of dislike, but I need to circle back around to restate that through the cumbersomeness and the weight and that whole two-lids thing, Ninja’s Foodi™ basically fulfills its promises. And as long as you aren’t a total cooking novice, it probably can be a useful addition to your kitchen. And to supplement the convection feature, Ninja has useful accessories that are sold separately: baking pan (like a cake pan), roasting rack (mostly for ribs), a dehydrating insert, a loaf pan, and a crisper pan (alas, the included crisp rack allows smaller things to fall through). Long story short: Ninja is taking on the Instant Pot and all its imitators here but adding the capability to brown/roast/crisp your food. This is designed to do everything an Instant Pot will do plus a whole lot more that an electric pressure cooker alone cannot do.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Versatile cooking appliance

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    CraigB
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    Pros Versatile options for cooking Removable parts are dishwasher safe Seamless transition between modes Large capacity allows cooking whole chicken Pressure cooker allows fast cooking You can fast cook and then crisp Automatic warm feature keeps food ready Includes quick-tip book and cookbook Cons Large size means finding storage space is difficult Non removable lid is a bit awkward Manual isn’t very comprehensive Multiple mode create steep learning curve Heavy With pressure cookers increasing in popularity it adds a challenge of finding space for another appliance in your kitchen. The Ninja Foodi attempts to simply your setup by combining several appliances into one, much like their Ninja Kitchen system. The Ninja Foodi is a pressure cooker, air fryer, and slow cooker all in one which is very convenient because all three appliances already take up enough space. That said, combining three appliances into one creates one large appliance. This creates a challenge in storage as it is too wide and tall to place inside nearly any cabinet. If you want to buy a Foodi, expect to store it in the pantry. Because of the size and functionality the unit is quite heavy. If you have trouble moving heavy appliances you will need to plan accordingly. With the traditional ease of use of Ninja products, it can seamlessly switch modes allowing you to pressure cook food and then air fry to crisp the outside without taking out the food or switching appliances. It comes with a removeable pressure cooker lid and a non-removable air fryer lid. The non-removable air flyer lid is a bit awkward as it sits there like a big wing even when pressure cooking. Although it is likely permanent because of the wiring required for the air fryer heating element, it would be nice if the creative minds at Ninja could find a way to make it removable on future generations. Often such quirks are present in first generations and it in no way affects the functionality of the device. If you have owned other Ninja products you will find the operation similar with an LED screen and membrane buttons with large pictures depicting their purpose. With sealed membrane buttons you get a sleek look, with some tactile feedback in the click to know you pressed it. Since they are sealed cleanup is easy as well. The challenge of combining several appliances into one is keeping it simple. Ninja does a good job of simplifying things but expect a learning curve understanding the different options. A example of how Ninja tries to keep things simple is when opening the lid during air frying it automatically pauses to allow you to check the food. Once you close the lid again, the cooking continues without anything required on your part. Even with that simplification, combining several appliances into one creates a learning curve. Most of the complication is in the usage of the pressure cooker and how to safely operate it. Once you begin to master the operation there is another step to getting the most out of your food. Usually times on recipes on the internet don’t match what the Foodi requires. For slow cooker operation the initial higher cooking phase is hotter than most recipes call for meaning the initial time is shorter. Pressure cooker times are also a little longer than most recipes. One thing that most probably don’t realize is with pressure cooking is that time is needed to build up pressure, time to cool down, and time to vent the pressure not shown in the cooking times. The actual cooking portion seems to be different then what recipes call for as well. It’s not unlike how microwave times vary. The longer you use it the better you get at adjusting recipe times to suit your Foodi. Cooking chicken is nice because the pressure cooker infuses any flavors deeper in the chicken. Switching to air frying at the end adds the crisp. Not all results are quite as good. Trying to make sliders takes some work as it seems to heat each slider differently causing some uneven cooking. Once you get it right, the payoff is the sliders have more flavor and are more juicy than cooking them on the stovetop. Lighter objects also take some work as the airflow of the air fry tends to cause lighter items to move into a single pile. Certain recipes call for you to periodically shake the basket to mix things up. With the short handles on the cooking basket you must instead use a spatula to mix. Most of the time it isn’t an issue but some more fragile foods it tends to break them up more. A nice touch is in most modes when you are done cooking there is an automatic keep warm function. This really comes in handy if you get distracted during cooking and don’t come back in time. It will finish the cycle and keep the food warm and ready to go when you return. Overall the Ninja Foodi is a nice way to reduce the appliance footprint in your kitchen while adding tools. Once you master cooking in the Foodi you will enjoy the options, how fast you can cook, how much flavor the process adds, and how easy the cleanup is. The design and usage is distinctly Ninja. If you have other Ninja products and are happy with them the Foodi will go perfectly with your cooking appliances. If you are market for a pressure cooker, have a large space such as a pantry for storage, and appreciate reducing the total space used by your kitchen appliances the Ninja Foodi should serve you well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Game Changer

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    InsaneDiego
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    What do you get when you combine an Electric Pressure Cooker and an Air Fryer? The Ninja Foodi. There is hardly anything bad to say about this device. Let me get the elephant in the room out of the way right off the bat though. It's a large device. The Foodi will need 14 1/2" of shelf space and 22" of vertical clearance when using it as a Pressure Cooker due to the fact that the Crisper is on a non removable hinge. Plus, when you store the Foodi you need some extra space to store the Pressure Cooker lid. There is one more thing that I didn't like. The beeper on it. It is very quiet. Since the device is meant to press the button and come back when it's done, the tone it gives when it's finish could have been way louder. It is easy to miss it from another room or even something as simple as a sneeze could pretty much cover up the beep. Everything else is all good. So let's get to it! I'm pretty much going to skip the Pressure Cooker side of things. Other than not having some food specific presets, such as Yogurt, Rice, Soup, etc, it works pretty much the same. What is different though is the pot. The pot has a ceramic coating to make it non stick and so far that is holding true. That's a really nice difference for sure. They also increased the capacity from 6 quart to 6.5 quarts. Where the Foodi really shines is on the crisper side of things. You can use the crisper to finish off an item you cooked, such as giving your mac n cheese or chicken a crust. Or you can can simply use it standalone as a mini convection oven to cook chicken nuggets, fries, tater tots and the like. When you use it as an oven, I'm finding that for some items it's actually cooking the item faster than if you put it in an oven. How about frozen tater tots on a plate and all crispy in just 10 minutes! I've cooked up a variety of food and it's done a great job with each of them. Take a completely solid frozen chicken breast, pressure cook it for 12 minutes with some water, then Air Crisp it for 10 minutes. Wow! Frozen tater tots and fries brown up in no time. Cooking broccoli that is cooked to steamy perfection. Whose ready for breakfast with some Steel Cut Oats? No need to coat the pot or use pot in pot. Just throw the oats and water together, press the button and come back in 30 minutes. Perfect. Frozen chicken nuggets for the kids in just 12 minutes. All nice and crispy. The Foodi is really quite amazing. It doesn't stop with the cooking though. There are a few other nice features. First, the timer. The Foodi will show you the minutes and seconds. I really liked that. It has a Start/Stop button so there is no mystery as to when it's going to run. The crisper is actually pretty quiet. You can be using it and easily have a conversation right next to it. And finally, one of my favorite features is the release button. When you do your release it has a slight notch that will hold the vent open fully. I know on my IP I had to always hold it with a utensil to get maximum release. So that's it. The Foodi. It's quite a device and definitely has a place in my kitchen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very capable cooking machine, easy to clean

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    Mahtin
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    Never had a pressure cooker before. So this was my first encounter with a pressure cooker. But this device is much more than just a pressure cooker, it can also work as a slow cooker, it can steam vegetables, bake, broil, roast and sear. More importantly it can use a combination of pressure cooking and roasting/broiling/baking to save time while creating a variety of different types of dishes, well beyond the typical pressure cooker. As the promise was high, the question was whether it could actually deliver and do that without causing too much headache with cleaning afterwards. My first attempt was white rice. The recipe was pretty simple, add water and rice, set the pressure cooking to 3 minutes and go. Without having any prior experience with pressure cooking I did learn that the 3 minutes cooking was actually longer. First the pressure had to build up (about 6 minutes or so), then 3 minutes of actual pressure cooking, followed by 10 minutes of natural venting (during which time I do believe the rice is still getting cooked). After the whole process finished it was time to taste the rice. It was the sticky type, not too much but on the sticky side. It was soft and well tasting. Next I wanted to see how it would work with the brown rice. Here the recipe calls for 15 minutes of pressure cooking (versus 3 minutes for the white rice). This time I added some melted butter to the mix. Again we had the 6 minutes to get the proper pressure, followed by 15 minutes of pressure cooking and 10 minutes of natural venting. The rice was soft, not sticky (due to added butter) and it was better what I was able to accomplish myself cooking it the traditional way in a pot. The thing that really got me excited about this cooker was the ability to do fries. For that I would use their AirCrisp process, which does not ask to add the cooking oil. If we would prep fries in the oven they would come up on a dry side. With this cooker and the AirCrisp process they were just great, not dry at all, browned a little bit, very close to the restaurant style without all the oil in them you get when you prep them in oil. Definitely a winner for me, the AirCrisp did work very well. Next I made the whole chicken. The recipe calls for a combination of pressure cooking and then followed the AirCrisp. Now, the chicken should not be larger than 5 pounds in order for the recipe to work correctly. Our chicken proved to be somewhat heavier than 6 pounds so we had to squeeze it in a little bit but it did work. The times for the pressure cooking and AirCrisping would have to be adjusted due to the larger size. Again the chicken came out great, it was not dry at all and the skin was crispy. Finally we did the ribs. Similarly like before it was a combination of the pressure cooking and AirCrisping. The result was a very soft meat, coming off the bones. The next question for me was how easy it was to clean. The cooking process could save time and offer tasty food but if the cleaning is a chore, then it would be problematic. In this case cleaning proved to be easy. The removable cooking pot is non-stick and was easy to clean, no discoloration at all anywhere after all these above. The AirCrisp basket is also non-stick and cleans well. The four legged diffuser that attaches to the AirCrisp basket came off easily for cleaning and was easy to clean. Overall, I am very happy with this cooker. It is easy to use, the food comes out great, it saves time and is easy to clean afterwards. The included 80-plus page recipe booklet offers a solid variety of recipes. The cooker is solidly built, all materials look quality. Definitely a keeper and it will be used. The AirCrisp process does work.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It Really Works!

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    Batlacit
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    Pressure cookers have been growing increasingly popular in recent years, particularly self-contained electric ones which allow you to prepare an entire meal within a single pot. They’re fast, easy to clean, and capable of making some usually very complex recipes simple enough for an amateur to pull off. But there are some notable trade-offs all the same. One of the biggest has always been that pressure cooked food usually only has one of two textures: liquid or mush. At least, that was the case before the Foodi came along. I’ll admit, when I first saw Ninja’s claims that they had solved this problem I largely dismissed it. I expected the feature to produce stuff that was largely more of the same with just a thin layer of crispiness (or dehydrated) food on the outside, and focused more on the pressure cooker part. But man, was I wrong. This thing works, and what’s more it works extremely well. What they’ve done is essentially grafted the lid of an air-fryer on top of the pressure cooker, which not only lets you easily (and very effectively) crisp pressure-cooked food, but also means this thing can serve as a decent convection oven in a pinch. The Foodi is an absolute pleasure to use. Build quality is fantastic throughout, with some extremely good non-stick coating on the pot and fry basket which make cleanup a matter of minutes and barely more complex than rinsing them off. The included recipe book has some very interesting appetizers, entrees, and deserts as well as a “choose your own adventure” section which can be used to produce over a hundred different dinners. And the controls are all very easy to operate. Best of all, it’s similar enough to other cookers that you can use any of the many instant pot recipes available online for this with little to no modification required. There are a few caveats you should keep in mind though. First, the non-stick coating does need to be taken care of if you want it to last. None of it can go in the dishwasher, not even on the top rack, and you need to take some care in the kind of utensils you use. Second, this version of the Foodi comes with minimal cookware. You’ve got a fryer basket, a small metal grille which can serve as either an upper rack or a trivet, and the pressure cooker pot itself. A lot of the recipes the cooker comes with will make reference to some of the additional accessories you might want – such as a crisping tray, a loaf plan, a multi-purpose pan, and a springform. Depending on how ambitious you get you might also find a set of roasting lifters to be an essential component. All these are available either as upgrades or in a “deluxe” package. Second, at 6.5 quarts this might be a little small for some people. It’s still enough to squeeze most chickens into, but anyone who regularly cooks for very large groups might want to consider getting the 8.5 quart model. Overall, I’m extremely happy with this cooker, and would recommend it to anyone curious to try out pressure cooking for themselves.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Super Versatile - Great Addition for Any Kitchen

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    I have been using the Ninja Foodi Tendercrisp for about a week now, and I am impressed. I love to cook, but I usually don't have the time. I am a single dad with 2 kids, and a full-time job. I often don't have time to cook at all during the week, so I have to do all of my cooking on the weekend (even if I don't have the time/energy) in order to stock the fridge with leftovers. This is where the Ninja Foodi comes in to make my life easier. I found the Foodi to be incredibly easy to use if you don't mind keeping the manual handy for the first few times. The front panel buttons are pretty easy to navigate, and the system will tell you if you need the tendercrisp lid or the pressure lid. I found the cookbook (more on that below) to be invaluable. The components of the system are very easy to clean - everything but the pressure cooker lid and main cooker can go into the dishwasher. The 6.5qt pot is adequately sized for even large meals. The autowarm function is great feature (even better when coming from a manual knob slow cooker). This past week I have pressure cooked, steamed, sautéed, and air fried over the course of several meals. I decided to start simple and went with the air fryer setting to cook some frozen fries for my kids dinner. The fries came out perfect, and they were done 3-5 minutes faster than in my oven. The next night I decided to make the jump to a pot roast. The weather just turned chilly enough to justify a pot roast, but I didn't have the time to do it in my slow cooker (this was a weeknight after all). I usually slow cook my pot roast for 6-8 hours, but with the pressure cooker setting on the Foodi it was done in 1.5 hours (and it was fantastic!). I even seared the roast inside the pot before pressure cooking it - 1 less pan to clean up! The cookbook that comes with the Foodi has a lot of really good recipes, as well as general instructions for cooking various foods through one (or more) of the Foodi's methods. I used the general guide to set the time for my pot roast, for steaming some corn on the cob, and for my kids French fries. I also tried out one of the recipes in the book tonight - Sticky St. Louis Ribs. The recipe required me to pressure cook the ribs, and then hit them with the air fryer setting to crisp and caramelize the BBQ sauce. This was my first time making ribs, so I was a little nervous. I love ribs (especially STL style), so I knew how they should taste. The ribs took a scant 35 min to cook, and they turned out amazing! The meat was tender all the way through, and the BBQ sauce had just started to crisp up into a glazed bark. I finished off the sides with some steamed corn on the cob (done in the Foodi), and some beans on the stove. From prepping to plating in about an hour, it was perfect. Aside from these big meals I have also used the Food to reheat leftovers on a couple of occasions. The leftovers came out of the air fryer crisped up, just like it was when it first came out of the oven. This is probably the biggest use I will get out of the Foodi because I am constantly reheating leftovers in the oven (microwaves are great unless it is a meal that needs crunchiness). Right now, its not a big deal (thanks fall weather), but in the summertime running the oven was miserable when the temps outside were in the high 90's. For all the praise I have for the Foodi, there are a few drawbacks. First of all, it is huge. It clocks in just under 30lbs, and is rather large to store. I leave mine up on the counter where I used to keep my stand mixer (I cook more than I bake, so it made sense). I plan to use the Foodi often enough that leaving it on the counter is probably a good idea. The tendercrisp lid is a permanent attachment, so when you are pressure cooking the tendercrisp lid is straight up in the air. This makes the already big cooker even bigger. It prevents me from using the cooker directly under my built in microwave's exhaust hood. These are minor drawbacks to an otherwise great kitchen appliance. If you are in the market for a do-it-all kitchen appliance, the Foodi is certainly worth your time. I am able to sideline my slow cooker, my deep fryer, and my stove by having the Foodi in the kitchen.

    I would recommend this to a friend