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2 hours ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

 

Today's Wall Street Journal has a timely article about a French fry robot.  It bolts to the ceiling so does not take up precious counter space.

 

 

1 hour ago, FauxPas said:

 

Does your granddaughter use it much? I think you said she was quite keen on one. If so, what types of things does she make? 

No. She has shown no willingness to take it downstairs where she mostly lives. I was hoping we could share it but it doesn’t seem to be working out that way. 

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2 hours ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

 

Today's Wall Street Journal has a timely article about a French fry robot.  It bolts to the ceiling so does not take up precious counter space.

 

It boggles the mind. 
 

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4 hours ago, Anna N said:

I am making the best of a situation where I am quite limited. Would it appeal to me as much if I could still lift a Dutch oven, still fry some spices without inducing a coughing fit, deep fry without having to worry about my balance, stand at the stove for more than a few minutes?  
I definitely would not recommend it for everyone. If you have loads of space for another appliance it might complement what you already have. It does nothing that cannot be done just as well another way.  
I would not class it as an appliance likely to appeal to one who loves to cook. It works for those who need to find a way to feed themselves that doesn’t always involve reservations or takeout — the young and the very old!

Well considered and said.   What is important is that we each find the necessary work-arounds in our lives.  

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4 hours ago, Anna N said:

I am making the best of a situation where I am quite limited.

 

I really love it that you still have a sense of adventure!  🙂

 

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On 8/7/2021 at 8:58 AM, lindag said:

I use it mostly for grilling.  To air-fry I spray on a little olive oil, not Pam which they don't recommend saying it will get sticky..

 

I have decided to give it a try.  Planning on trying chicken thighs tonight.  Bone in, skin on.

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3 minutes ago, mgaretz said:

 

I have decided to give it a try.  Planning on trying chicken thighs tonight.  Bone in, skin on.

 

I'll be really interested in reading about your results and opinion of it.

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29 minutes ago, mgaretz said:

 

I have decided to give it a try.  Planning on trying chicken thighs tonight.  Bone in, skin on.

This is one of my favorites for the Ninja.  I grill mine on the lowest setting and brush with Bull's Eye toward the end of cooking.  Super good.  Has to be thighs for me too.

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1 hour ago, lindag said:

This is one of my favorites for the Ninja.  I grill mine on the lowest setting and brush with Bull's Eye toward the end of cooking.  Super good.  Has to be thighs for me too.

 

I actually prefer white meat, but my wife prefers dark, and these days dark meat isn't that dark anymore.  Plus, we buy Costco's thighs and they come 4-6 in a pack (and there are 6 packs) which we freeze in the packs.  Upon thawing there's too many thighs for her, so I just eat the thighs too.

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2 hours ago, mgaretz said:

 

I have decided to give it a try.  Planning on trying chicken thighs tonight.  Bone in, skin on.

I looked at this appliance more than once but it seems to take up one awful lot of kitchen real estate. 

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1 hour ago, Anna N said:

I looked at this appliance more than once but it seems to take up one awful lot of kitchen real estate. 

 

I agree and it's pretty heavy too.  The biggest disappointment for me re: real estate is the air fryer basket and grill can't be stored in the unit together.  Seems like with a little more engineering effort that could have happened.

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52 minutes ago, mgaretz said:

 

I agree and it's pretty heavy too.  The biggest disappointment for me re: real estate is the air fryer basket and grill can't be stored in the unit together.  Seems like with a little more engineering effort that could have happened.

Oh. Then I am doubly glad that I resisted the temptation. Still I will be following with interest your adventures. 

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45 minutes ago, mgaretz said:

 

I agree and it's pretty heavy too.  The biggest disappointment for me re: real estate is the air fryer basket and grill can't be stored in the unit together.  Seems like with a little more engineering effort that could have happened.

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.  

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So mixed success.  I decided to use a simple spice dusting with some peanut oil on some fresh, bone-in chicken thighs, and use the thermometer probe.  But when the probe said they were done, they were still uncooked in the middle.  That could be my probe placement or the fact they they were pretty thin or both.  But after another 5 minutes on Hi (no probe, but checked with the latest ThermoWorks ThermaPen instant read thermometer), they were perfectly cooked with crispy skin and maybe just  a little too charred.

 

No discernable smoke and clean-up was relatively easy.

 

Tonight I will try some salmon and will report back.

 

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Salmon - just plain, no seasoning or oil before putting on the grill.  Grill set to Max, no probe.  Set it for 8 minutes but after flipping at 4 minutes it appeared that if I let it go another 4 it would be overcooked.  So I let it go another two and took a temperature measurement - love the new Thermapen with the 1 second read! It was 132F so I pulled it.  We both liked it a lot!  Flaky but not dried out.

 

Burgers tonight!

 

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E3DF9449-14BE-4405-B01C-11734C997AB1.thumb.jpeg.e8254385b0a6a10341900750ec065881.jpeg Not particularly revelatory but still very good. Shake n bake chicken thigh. 380°F x 20 minutes. 

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9 minutes ago, mgaretz said:

Burgers on the Ninja Foodi Grill.  These were the 1/3 lb Angus chuck frozen patties from Costco.  Cooked from frozen on Medium for 8 minutes, flipped half-way through.  (Cooked to medium rare.) Came out very good.

 

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Maybe it's just me but a frozen burger cooked to medium rare seems unhealthy - it's just a thing about frozen, premade burgers (with all their "ingredients") as opposed to homemade burgers (even frozen)

 

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1 hour ago, palo said:

with all their "ingredients")

There are many reasons why some of us choose to purchase frozen burgers.

 

The ingredients in my frozen burgers are listed as beef, water, salt, herbs and spices. That sounds just about what would appear in ones I might make myself. 
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1 hour ago, Anna N said:

There are many reasons why some of us choose to purchase frozen burgers.

 

The ingredients in my frozen burgers are listed as beef, water, salt, herbs and spices. That sounds just about what would appear in ones I might make myself. 
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No qualms about frozen burgers - it's my "go to" - just the doneness it was cooked at

 

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Thick boneless pork chop, cooked with the pork preset and probe to Med. Rare (130F), flipped when it told me, and rested as it also told me (for 5 minutes).  Also marinated some squash in peanut oil, balsamic and soy sauce while the grill was pre-heating, so not that long.  Put them on along with the chop and rotated when I rotated the chop.  Both came out very well - the chop was nice and juicy and not over-cooked. Ditto the squash.

 

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9 hours ago, mgaretz said:

Thick boneless pork chop, cooked with the pork preset and probe to Med. Rare (130F), flipped when it told me, and rested as it also told me (for 5 minutes).  Also marinated some squash in peanut oil, balsamic and soy sauce while the grill was pre-heating, so not that long.  Put them on along with the chop and rotated when I rotated the chop.  Both came out very well - the chop was nice and juicy and not over-cooked. Ditto the squash.

 

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I confess I'm put off by the non-linear grill marks.  Looks like it was clawed 😉 .

 

So you have the BSOA and the ninja.  Any comparisons?

 

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So I feel forced to ask the question – – – does this appliance when used as a grill belong in the air fryer topic? I guess I will need to track down a video of it in use!

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3 hours ago, Anna N said:

So I feel forced to ask the question – – – does this appliance when used as a grill belong in the air fryer topic? I guess I will need to track down a video of it in use!

 

You are probably right.  I have one more grill test to do tonight (steak) and then on to some air fryer mode tests.

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