I bought the ultimate kitchen gadget a few months ago; the Ninja Foodi MAX 9-in-1 Multi Cooker 7.5L and I am obsessed!
It can be very daunting at first, especially if you’re new to the multi cooker appliance scene. I’ve had so many questions across my social media about this, so I thought I’d try and answer them as best I can below.
What is the Ninja Foodi Max Multi Cooker?
The Ninja Foodi is a multi cooker that does the job of multiple kitchen appliances in one; an oven, pressure cooker, steamer, slow cooker, dehydrator, grill and an air fryer. Not only this, but you can use it in the same way you would any other pot or pan without using your hob.
Here are my first impressions and a demo of how I use mine.
What’s so good about the Ninja Foodi Max?
Honestly? Everything. There isn’t much that this beast of a machine can’t do.
The Foodi Max has TenderCrisp technology, which is a combination of pressure cooking and air frying that allows you to rapidly cook something and then finish it off with a crispy texture. Air frying also means that you can enjoy traditionally ‘unhealthy’ fried food without using any oil.
It’s like the Instant Pot and air fryer had a baby and this is what makes the Ninja Foodi stand out from the crowd. You don’t need multiple bulky appliances sitting on your worktop so it’s beneficial to have just one appliance that does it all. This is what sold it to me.
Can you cook multiple things in the Ninja Foodi Max at the same time?
Yes. I’ve found many hacks and accessories that make pot in pot cooking much easier and save so much time as you can cook multiple things at the same time.
Ninja sell accessories that you can buy to make pot-in-pot cooking easier, however, you may find things you already have at home. You can use anything you’d ordinarily use in your oven, as long as it fits inside the Ninja; loaf tins, sandwich tins, ramekins etc.
It’s worth noting that I’ve heard Pyrex can shatter when pressure cooking, so I’d avoid using that!
What sort of things can you cook with each function on the Ninja Foodi?
Bearing in mind I’m a vegetarian, here are some examples of things I regularly cook using each function..
- Pressure Cook – daals, soup, curries, bean chillis, mashed potato, rice
- Air Fry – tofu, chips, halloumi, bread to toast
- Slow Cook – daal, braised red cabbage, arrabiata sauce
- Steam – vegetables, bao buns, potatoes before roasting
- Bake/Roast – bake bread, roast veg, pasta bake, lasagne
- Sear/Sauté – vegan steak, stir fry, fried rice, onions before adding other ingredients to slow/pressure cook. Anything you would use a pan on the hob for
- Grill – peppers, burgers, sausages (Grill and Air Fry are very similar when cooking frozen food; Air Fry cooks it faster but the outcome tastes identical. If you eat meat, then you’ll probably taste the difference between grilled and air fried food.
- Yoghurt – I haven’t used this function as I’ve heard that it’s virtually impossible to make vegan yogurt
- Dehydrate – orange, lemon and lime slices for drinks, apples for snacks
Does the Ninja Foodi Max have any cons?
The Foodi Max is a very large appliance; regardless of whether you buy the 6 litre or 7.5 litre capacity. It’s bulky and heavy, so you’ll probably need to rearrange your kitchen to make space for it (unless you have a huge kitchen).
The main lid needs to be kept open when cooking with the pressure lid on, so it may not fit under kitchen cupboards. I pull mine out to use by the window, and I know some people put theirs on a kitchen trolley – though obviously, a kitchen island would be the perfect spot for it.
It’s much bulkier than other multi cookers, slow cookers, air fryers etc, but if you can look past that, it outperforms its competitors and the pros certainly outweigh the cons!
Is the Ninja Foodi Max worth it’s price tag?
At just over £200, the Ninja Foodi Max is more expensive than other electric pressure cookers, however it does so much more than the others which justifies the hefty price tag.
I use mine almost every single day, and often twice a day, so for me it’s a no brainer. If you’re going to use it regularly, I would argue that yes, it’s definitely worth it’s price tag.
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