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Old Jan 13, 20, 3:10 am
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KRSW
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Somewhere in Florida
Posts: 2,110
As much as I'm a fan of the Hot Logic mini-ovens and use mine several times a week, especially on the road, they are definitely slow. 1-2 hours for anything.

Curiosity got the best of me and I picked up an Instant Pot Duo SV from Costco for Christmas. It doesn't have the air frying feature.

Why did I avoid getting an air fryer? Because "air frying" is just a marketing term for a convection oven and I already have those in my homes.

Why Instant Pot instead of the Ninja? A few of reasons: 1) Recipes you find online are almost always written for the Instant Pots. Not that it takes any great amount of effort to adapt them, BUT it's nice to know new recipes will turn out the first time. 2) Due to its market penetration, there's a ton of accessories and replacement parts for the Instant Pot and will be for years to come. 3) Size. The Foodi's Air Fryer lid is permanently attached and swings up to the left to open it. This also means when you're pressure cooking, you've got the air fryer lid fully open/extended on the left side of the machine the entire time you're using it. 4) Stainless steel pot on the Instant Pot. I've seen multiple reviews of the Foodi's non-stick pot chipping in less than 6 months. 5) Costco warranty. Costco sometimes sells both, usually at some of the lowest prices out there. If anything goes wrong, Costco will make it right.

So after 3 weeks of using the Instant Pot -- it's a keeper. Ms. KRSW's losing about 2-3 lbs a week since we started cooking the majority of our meals from scratch, and we're not cooking diet-type foods either. Most meals are start-to-table in 30-40 minutes and we're finding ways to shorten prep time. Clean up is simple, even without a non-stick stainless steel pan. We did have one recipe which caused food to bake on the bottom a little bit. We just threw a small amount of water in the pot, heated it up to the Instant Pot's Saute mode, and it cleaned up nicely. I enjoy cooking, but there's a lot of joy in being able to bang out a meal in 30 minutes and only have one pot to clean.
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