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  1. I love this model. If the duo blaze failed tomorrow l would get the same model. I love not having an inner basket. It uses a crisper plate instead. I don't have an issue with that because I use tongs to retrieve items. Frankly I rarely use the crisper plate and cook on the bottom of the basket. It does brown on both sides and most of the time I don't need to flip food. On the negatives I have old eyes and my main peeve is only lit is one mode and nothing else is lit till you select it. I really only use 2 of the modes anyway .. air fry and reheat (which is very good). So after a short time I now know where they are. On the beginning I needed my magnifying glasses. I do line the bottom to cut down on cleaning. The crisper plate is dishwasher safe but I've never put the basket in. So far it's been a breeze to clean. I do mostly chicken, vegetables and reheating. I've never done steak in there and that's where you'd probably use the crisper plate to get it closer to the upper element and broil feature. Here is some Asian flavored eggplant. Even though I used parchment the heat came through.
  2. I loved my original version Ninja grill but within 2 years the sensors failed. Machine kept saying shut lid when the lid was closed so it wouldn't operate. This time I got a Cosori duo blaze that heats from the top and bottom. It doesn't grill but I didn't use that feature much.
  3. After some experimenting and filling my freezer with different dumplings, I like pork and leek and pork and vegetable the best. Bibigo and Pulmuone have thin wrappers which I like and cook up well in the air fryer. Although, I haven't had in a while Ajinomoto gyoza dumplings were pretty good. Also like the TJ's Thai shrimp dumplings..
  4. Hmart has pot stickers that work wonderfully in the Air fryer. House of mandu even gives AF instructions. 360 at 12 min turning half way. I do spray mine with a little oil. Bibigo's brand also works well. I also like the Pulmuone brand. Over at Target Chung's puts out an eggroll that tastes great air fried. No extra oil needed. I am only cooking for one and have a 6.8 qt and still wish it was an inch bigger in diameter than 9 inches. You only want small batches of food in it, preferably in 1 layer. If it's over stuffed it won't cook evenly. I had a dial air fryer initially. It's not a big learning curve to transition to cooking function buttons.
  5. Price is right but looking at the Cosori thinking I don't really use the grilling feature much on the Ninja and it takes up alot of storage space especially that grill grate.
  6. My Ninja Foodi Grill died last night...not that I'm complaining. It lasted almost 3 years. In that time I've not used my oven at all. I did find that I barely used the grill option and daily used the air fryer option so an air fryer is indispensable for me. I'm considering The Cosori Duo Blaze which has a heating element on top and bottom and is 6.8 quarts. Does anyone have any experience with this model?
  7. Take the Ninja suggested temp times with a grain of salt. They are way off...
  8. You can buy the pot separately but it is not compatible with other models because of the handles
  9. Your right about that grill grate... Also after a while its hard to clean.. I even bought a grout brush to clean it. I don't use it a all anymore.. instead, I bought a Lodge handless round grill plate 9 1/4 inches. I really don't need grill marks. The thing I use the most is the wired roasting rack accessory that had to be purchased separately.
  10. The IP Duo Evo Plus (which was discontinued ) and the IP Pro Model have a wonderful new type pot with a flat bottom and handles. I saute with it on my induction burner instead of using the IP's saute settings. Love that pot...
  11. I have the 5 in 1 without the probe and love it. I've had four different air fryers and this one gives me the most consistent results. It has also been the easiest to clean with the ceramic surface. The square large surface area is also useful and allows me to use some of my own baking dishes. I do use the air fryer functions more than the grilling and use my own probe with it.
  12. Looks like it turns the instant pot into a Ninja Foodi which is a combo pressure cooker and air fryer and seems to have a cult following. The Foodi comes with an air crisping basket which probably could be lifted out to shake or move the food around. I guess you'd need to buy some similar inserts to use that unit's lid effectively.
  13. I use barkeepers friend and afterwards I give it a soak of vinegar and hot water. Usually comes out like new. Funny though... I ordered the non- stick inner pots and found they stick like mad.......gave them away...
  14. I was curious about how you deal with the chicken feet? Do you cut the toe nails?
  15. Made Urvashi Pitre''s Butter chicken recipe like that with the chicken thighs and sauce on the bottom, with a long legged trivet and one of those stackable tiffin-like pans on top for the rice. It was delicious not to mention very easy.... I used the 6 quart IP for that. I would have tried it in my 3 qt but I have not been able to find a long legged trivet that fits the diameter.
  16. Enjoyed the Vietnamese Caramel Salmon from that book...was surprised that the only liquid called for was about the 6 tablespoons called for for in the sauce....was delicious. I liked the book enough to order the sequel: Comfort in an Instant ....due out Oct 16. My library doesn't seem to have it on order.
  17. Question for those that have the Breville or Cuisinart Air Fryers. How are you cleaning the air fryer coils??? I have two air fryers and maybe once a month or more frequently if I make something greasy, I have to turn it upside down and clean the inside top and coils with a damp cloth and brush. These things really get a grease build up that gets burnt on. I have one basket type and the slats have gotten such a baked on build up that I no longer use it. I have my doubts whether mine are going to last just based on the heavy usage. Reason I'm asking ...my Breville toaster oven is on its way out and it certainly would be nice to have a toaster oven and air fryer all in one.
  18. I haven't tried breading shrimp for cooking in the air fryer but I have had an issue with floured items tasting dusty even though they were well sprayed with oil. Tried the Kentucky Kernel that the air fryer groups rave about but found that dusty as well. I also saw a suggestion of trying 00 flour.....that it might work better because its finer....haven't tried it yet though. As for coatings ...I bought some Zatarain's Louisiana fish fry. I dipped some fish in egg and then the Zatarains... too spicy for me but I saw that the main ingredient was corn flour, so I bought Bob's corn flour and have been using that to fry whiting. Actually, liked that.... Need to leave air fryer on the counter because it gets used several times a day...thinking about moving the toaster oven and microwave...
  19. Actually Americas Test Kitchen is working on an Air Fryer book and were looking for testers. This month they were testing out an air fryer recipe for Air Fryer Coffee-Chipotle Rubbed Steaks.
  20. I hear the Philips needs less shaking and turning because of the design. I tend to use alot of sticky stuff in marinades so the thought of the Philips mesh basket gives me pause. On the other hand most of the other brands seem to have peeling issues. I have a Secura 4.2 and wish I'd gotten at least a 5.3. I' love doing whole chickens in there but I have to spatchcock it or it won't fit....Tastes better than any supermarket rotisserie chicken. A 5 to 6 QT air fryer could easily accommodate a 5 lb chicken. Also, mine is too small to accommodate some of the pans I'd like to use.. the next size up would... Incidentally, Philips now has a new XXL size. I think Williams Sonoma may have it available now. Till now it was only available in Europe.
  21. Thanks! I just got a Secura Air Fryer. My Breville Convection Oven gave out after 10+ years. Going to try and use the Secura instead for the time being.....
  22. How long in the instant pot? In the IP were they cooked in the water or steamed above? Looks delicious. I wonder what other foods would benefit from that combination of cooking....
  23. The non-stick liner is available on the Instant Pot Store website in the 3 and 6 quart sizes. I have an order for the 3 qt glass lid with them as well that they have not canceled. Their sealing rings in the 2 pack are sold out for the 3 quart, but the single clear 3 quart is still available. Shipping seems to be free for these items.....
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