Cooking with the Foodi
It is all well and good reviewing its looks but the real proof of the pudding with any kitchen appliance comes when using it.
We dived right in after doing the water test, and tried out a few of the recipes in the booklet. The first one we tried was the beginner-rated potato wedges. Everything was bang-on, from the timing to the instructions, and they were delicious.
This gave us the confidence to try out a full meal the following day, and we picked the penne and sausage ragu main. Again, we followed the instructions to a tee and the results were impressive. Especially when compared to how much effort either it is to make by the more traditional means (think several pans/constant monitoring), the Ninja Foodi is ridiculously easy to use, and there were no hiccups whatsoever.
All settings were easy to select and the machine did what we asked of it, with no delays in response. Touch-sensitive controls can be unpredictable, but every time we used the Foodi, it played ball.
The screen is nice and clear to see as well, and it displays the times and temperatures to take the guesswork out of it all. The timer and temperature pause and restart where you left off when you open/close the lid to check on the food, so it is pretty foolproof all in all.
You have to wash it after every use, but the ceramic-coated, non-stick dishwasher-safe parts made this nice and easy. A few of the other slow cooker/pressure cooker appliances we have reviewed are a breeze to use then an absolute pain to wash up, so this was a huge plus point.