As much as I love cooking, I’ve always been pretty anti-gadget when it comes to kitchenware. If I could make it on the stove or in the oven, I didn’t want to complicate things (or take up valuable counter space) with pressure cookers or specialty blenders. Never did I think I’d be sitting down to write a guide dedicated to one appliance, but here we are—the Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker has not only inspired me, but changed the way I cook.
Then, life happened, and suddenly I was busier than ever—work and moving homes and more work followed by having a baby. As my daughter became a toddler, I was eating whatever was fast and convenient for a solid 18 months. I struggled between eating a low-carb diet and wanting my toddler to have varied meals, so most of the time I would just scarf down the remains of her quesadilla or tuna noodle casserole because it was easier than making a second meal after she went to bed.
That’s where the Foodi Pressure Cooker comes in—an appliance that has 100 percent made my life and meal planning easier. I relied on our slow cooker for a long time, but there are only so many meals you can eat with the same temperature and texture, no matter how varied the ingredients and flavors may be. The pressure cooker that crisps, the Foodi Pressure Cooker allows for both pressure cooking and air frying, which makes it super easy to deliver tender and crispy textures with just one appliance.
And while most pressure cookers will get meals on the table quickly, they can’t do much more than simple browning. I know that I really miss crunchy textures (mashed cauliflower is great and everything, but sometimes you just need to bite into something crispy). While I love throwing something in the slow cooker for its ease and convenience, we often find ourselves tired of the finished product—wet and not always super flavorful meats or some bland spin-off of a casserole or soup.
It doesn’t really matter if it’s family or work or just life in general that’s keeping you busy—eating a low-carb, high-fat diet doesn’t have to be time-consuming anymore when using the Foodi Pressure Cooker.
THE BENEFITS OF COOKING WITH THE NINJA FOODI
The Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker is more than just a pressure cooker—it can turn out meals like no other, making it even easier and more convenient to sustain your lifestyle. Pressure cookers are great for cooking food quickly, but a lot of foods don’t do super well under the intense cooking. For example, fish tends to fall apart. But with the Ninja Foodi, you can use the TenderCrisp technology to your advantage and prepare delicious fish that is succulent, crispy, and perfectly cooked.
One of the best parts of cooking with the Foodi Pressure Cooker is that everything happens in one pot. I know when it’s time to get dinner on the table, the last thing I want is to make a big mess in the kitchen for us to have to clean up later. The cooking pot and other accessories in the Foodi Pressure cooker are easy to clean and make for minimal mess.
From Frozen to Crispy
You can easily cook frozen food in the Foodi Pressure Cooker, which is something I really can’t get enough of. Being able to take advantage of meats and veggies in my freezer without having to remember to defrost them first is a huge plus. (I’m always forgetting about my meal plans, and we end up with frozen beef or chicken in the refrigerator defrosting one more day as we order unplanned takeout.)
Having multiple lids and cooking methods means you can create meals with levels of flavor as well as texture—quickly cook meat and vegetables to perfection with the Pressure Lid and then switch to the Crisping Lid to add crunch and color.
You can use the steaming/broiling rack to literally layer the elements of your dish into one pot and cook everything to perfection at one time. I especially love this because the juices from meat on the top layer will infuse the veggies below it with tons of flavor.
The TenderCrisp technology of the Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker allows you to pressure cook and Air Crisp back-to-back, which means your food is always going to come out perfect—no more overly roasted veggies or meat that’s browned on the outside but raw on the inside.
Ninja Foodi Grill
Ninja Foodi Grill is nothing but convenience for those who love to enjoy nicely grilled food but too busy to set up an outdoor grill. It has brought innovation right at our fingertips by bringing all the necessary cooking in a digital one-touch device. It is simple to manage and control. And what makes the Ninja foodi grill apart from other electric grills is the diversity of options it provides for cooking all in a single pot. The ceramic coated interior and accessories make grilling an effortless experience.
Ninja Foodi Grill offers you with many amazing benefits over outdoor grilling. Let’s have a look at what does this modern grilling unit has to offer.
Being a modern electrical appliance, Ninja Foodi generates high-temperature cyclone heat that circulates the food for even cooking. This cyclone grilling technology cooks differently over the surface and inside the cover of added food. On the outer side, it char-grills while inside it maintains juiciness. That way, you get to enjoy foods that are evenly char-grilled and tender from outside, and soft and juicy from inside.
No Necessary Flipping
Again with outdoor grilling, you have to flip the ingredients in between for even cooking necessarily. While you can quickly flip the parts in Ninja Foodi grill in between, it is not mandatory, though. Ninja Foodi uses cyclone grilling technology that grills inside food evenly without the need to flip.
If a recipe calls for no flipping, then you can grill without any interruption. However, if a recipe calls for flipping in between, open the lid, flip, and continue with cooking. It saves valuable cooking time and offers freedom, as well.
You can’t grill in your backyard if it’s raining heavily or snowing beyond you can tolerate, not to mention stormy weather with high blowing winds. The weather factor is always there to watch out for in outdoor grilling. As you can guess, Ninja Foodi Grill is there for you to cook anytime you crave without worrying about outside weather.
Unlike backyard grilling, Ninja Foodi gives you full control over grilling temperature. In cold weather, you have to adjust the cooking temperature for outdoor grilling. But with indoor automatic grilling, you can grill without keeping in mind outside weather.
You do not need to poke the meat cuts for even cooking as the unit maintains a uniform temperature throughout the cooking process to perfectly caramelize added meat cuts. All you need to do is to add the ingredients, set time, set cooking function, and you are all set.
Not all people have sufficient space and knowledge for backyard grilling. Ninja Foodi is compact in design that takes quite less space in your kitchen. It solves your space issues without making you compromise of quality and taste.
Safe, Easy to Clean, & Economical
Ninja Foodi offers complete cooking safety as it comes with in-build safety features such as auto-shutdown in case of the excessive temperature range. It also provides a completely shock-free cooking experience with a 100% insulated unit. Also, you have to press a few buttons to grill foods, unlike dealing with inflammable fluids and open fires in case of outdoor grilling.
Moreover, this appliance is energy efficient that consumes minimal electricity. It does not add heavily to your electricity bills. Cooking pot, crisping basket, splatter shield, grilling grate, and multi-purpose pan are easy to wash; it saves a lot of post-cooking troubles for you. You can wash them in the dishwasher or wipe them with a clean piece of cloth or a slightly damp piece of fabric.