Ninja Foodi Review: 6.5 qt side by side comparison with the 8 qt

Ninja Foodi Review: 6.5 qt side by side comparison with the 8 qt

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hi there and welcome to the salted
pepper where we cook for real life using real food and we keep it real simple and
today's video is a little bit different because we are gonna compare the six and
a half quart ninja foodi to the 8 quart ninja foodi I was lucky enough to get
the 8 quart on a huge Amazon deal so I went ahead and purchased it and I just
thought it would be fun to compare them side-by-side we will be doing a little
bit of cooking in both of them we're gonna do some hard-boiled eggs and we're
also gonna do some french fries so we can see the difference in the time it
takes to get to pressure and the time it takes to air fry and so on and so forth
because I thought it was important to show you guys them actually working and
and and if one is quicker than the other or anything like that I have not used
the 8 quart so I have no idea so we're gonna learn together but first before we
get started with that let me just go over what comes with the 8 quart versus
the six and a half quart now this is also a new purchase for me another six
and a half quarts so yes I have three ninja foodi now but anyway I put them
to good use because I'm always creating new recipes so this is pretty exciting
for me so I wanted to just go over what comes with it now this is the six and a
half quart and I got it from Sam's Club and it came with this nifty extra rack
now this is not customary usually the six and a half quart does not come with
this rack but the Sam's Club model does so that was pretty cool to me then I was
also very surprised I ordered this one from Amazon and it also came with this
little rack now you can purchase these on the shark ninja website with the
accessories I think I'm trying to remember what it's called I cannot
remember I'm sorry about that guys but I will link to it below but if you don't
want to do that because I didn't think about I think they're about twenty
dollars and then there's shipping charges so if you're an Amazon Prime
member you can also order this rack which effectively does the same thing
now you don't have handles so these are going to be easier to get in and out of
the basket however like this one because you have a flat
surface so if you're doing like a pizza like deep-dish pizza which I just did in
the Ninja foodi and I will link to that recipe right up there this works
really well for that so basically what these do is turn your basket into a
double layer steamer or fry basket so let's look at the baskets I'm gonna show
the 8 quart now so I'm gonna move this rack here a little bit so I can get both
of these side-by-side so you can see the difference because the difference
between the 6 and a half quart in the 8 quart is only in the height the
circumference is exactly the same but the height is different so the six and a
half is a little bit shorter than the 8 quart so let me get these two baskets
side by side so you can see them okay so these this is the basket that comes with
the six and a half quart and this is the basket that comes with the 8 quart I'm
gonna cover my face a little bit here just so I can show you the difference so
there is about an inch and a half difference in height and the racks are
also a little bit different in height that go inside so you can see the 8
quarts oh just a little bit taller but they fit right in these baskets just
like that to turn them into a double-layer schemer and then of course
if you decided to go with the Amazon one if yours didn't come with us the same
thing you just don't have the handles but they do fit right in now sometimes
the little bottoms here will go through those holes but I find that you just
move it around and that's perfect so there you go so either one will work
oh let's try that so let's table the 8 fit so it does fit but I'm not sure
let's give it a whirl let's see if it'll go in here cuz I know a lot of people
have the 8 quart and the 6 and 1/2 quart but nope
see not gonna work alright so the 8 quart there now there's also a
difference let me I'm going to move this basket out
there's also a difference in the inner pot and I'll forgive me because this
one's backward so it's gonna be a little bit awkward this is an 18 cup Max
cup capacity and actually I think it's about 17 cups for the pressure line
there's a little line on the inside that says pressure max means you don't want
to go above that if your pressure cooking but this is an 18 cup and this
is pull it out I'm gonna close the lid just and this one is 24 cups so you can
see there is a difference it's about probably about a inch and a half to two
inches difference between these two pots so the other difference between the 6
and a half quart in the 8 quart is the wattage the wattage on the 8 quart is
1760 so 1760 watts and this one is 14 60 so one thousand four hundred and sixty
watts for this so it's gonna be really interesting to see does this one come to
pressure quicker does this one heat up faster because it's a higher watt
wattage some people have said that the 8 quart cooks quicker now I have a hard
time wrapping my head around that because if I'm setting a degree a
temperature degree to 390 degrees then it should be 390 degrees and it should
cook the same exact time as the six and a half quart even with the higher
wattage of the 8 quart so it's gonna be interesting to see when we do the front
tries in a little bit the other thing is people say is that the time to pressure
can be different and that pressure cooking times are a little bit different
in the 8 quart I also have a hard time understanding that and I look forward to
testing recipes out in both sizes so that I can give you guys some advice on
switching up my recipes if you have the 8 quart instead of the six and a half
quart the PSI on both of these are the same that's the important number when it
comes to pressure cooking and they are the same I verified that through Shark
ninja so really it seems to me that they should be cooking at about the same
temperature so it'll be interesting to see so before we get started with
pressure cooking our eggs I just want to finish going over what comes with the
six and a half quart and the eight quarts so let me grab these other racks
here if you already have a ninja foodie or you want to see a complete unboxing
or actually take everything out of the box I'll link to that video up there
because is full of information as well this is
more of a comparison but these racks come with every ninja foodie as far as I
know and they are pretty much identical except one is just a little higher than
the other so the 8 quart again is a little different so if you're ordering
accessories on the ninja website make sure you check that what you're ordering
will fit your size pot they have different sizes for the different size
pots that they have alright so I think what we're gonna do first is start to
pressure-cook so we're gonna do some hard-boiled eggs before I do that I just
want to go over the pressure lid now they are identical for both models let's
see as a matter of fact let's see if they'll fit that's I didn't I haven't
tested these out so we're doing this together here now I'm backwards but
let's just say see if I can get this lined up okay everything's backwards
though it's rip yeah so they fit okay so the lids are identical so if you needed
to get an extra lid they're just one size when you unbox or open up your
ninja foody for the first time you definitely want to check the sealing
ring both of mine were not completely pressed down they look like they are but
they're not and that will create problems when you do your pressure test
now I'm not gonna do the pressure test today because in fact I'm gonna do like
a pressure test when I do the hard-boiled eggs but if you want to
watch the video on how to do the pressure test I can link to that right
over there as well so just make sure that this sealing ring is pushed way
down and sits in the little groove and you'll feel it come into place the other
thing that people talk about is this knob here I've heard a lot of people are
having problems with it falling off it does come off okay so you can pull it
off now ninja does not recommend that you routinely take this off but if for
some reason it does fall off you just put it right back in the other
thing I wanted to go over because this another thing that I hear quite a bit
it's people having trouble with the valve so the valve is loose it sort of
floats so when it's in the seal position it floats around when it is vented it
clicks and it sits into a little piece here I'm gonna hopefully you can see it
there's a little Ridge that this fits into when it's on the vent and you'll
feel it click a little bit and it lifts up so some people I think are just
turning it but they're not actually pushing it over so make sure you do that
when you're venting push it all the way over and it'll lift and click a little
bit okay last thing about the lid is the part that you clean is the silicone ring
which you can run under hot soapy water you can put in the top rack of the
dishwasher just make sure it's not gonna drop down and get into the element
because it would burn and then it would be not usable anymore but this little
piece here does pop off and they do recommend that you clean this so this
one comes off fairly easily but if you have trouble getting it off just stick
your fingernail underneath and then it will pull right off for you okay so
that's a little trick there and you just clean that out making sure it's the anti
clogged valve and you just want to make sure that that doesn't have any residue
or anything in there that could create some problems this red button you don't
do anything with it will move up and down but you do not remove it at all all
right so why don't we get started and see the pressure function on both of
these and we're gonna do it we're gonna do some hard-boiled eggs and we'll see
how long each one takes to come to pressure so let me just gather a few
things and then we'll get started with that all right now make sure you stick
around till the end of this video because I am gonna show you some of the
coolest ways that you can stack pans for pot and pot cooking whether you have the
six and a half quart or the 8 quart and you'll get the most room out of your
ninja foodie so definitely stick around to the end of this video so I have two
large eggs that I took out of the refrigerator probably about an hour ago
so there are the same temperature they're from the same batch because that
does make a difference to fresher eggs sometimes take a little bit longer I
here so these are identical and they're free from cracks going in I put two cups
of just tap water into the ninja foodie and I'm gonna set these on the basket so
I have the basket in now I'm only doing two because this is just a practice but
you can layer them up people do a couple dozen at a time and the same thing here
are two cups of water the basket is in and I'm gonna put these eggs on the
basket carefully one thing I do recommend when you're doing hard-boiled
eggs just don't put the eggs right on the bottom of the inner pot either use
the rack or the basket to raise them above I found that if I do them right on
the bottom they get brown spots on them the other thing I found for me is that
pressure cooking time of four minutes with a natural release of six minutes
works better than the 5-5-5 method so that's what we're gonna do here we're
gonna do four minutes of high pressure on both the six-and-a-half and the 8
quart and we're going to do six minutes of natural release which means I don't
touch this for six minutes then I will immediately release the rest of the
pressure and we'll get them into an ice bath for about 10 minutes or so all
right so I'm gonna put the lid on here this is brand new so again I haven't
even done the pressure test so everything will go fine all right so now
let's get them set up here turn them into food aeon see everything's
backwards from what I'm used to we're gonna go on high pressure we gotta
find the button and for four minutes and we're gonna do the same thing here all right so four minutes here and then
let me get my fingers and my husband is gonna turn on the timer we're gonna try
to do this simultaneously so we really find out okay ready
go and then put your valves to seal which mine are alright let's see this is
gonna be cool okay so the 8 quart took about six six
minutes I'm looking at my notes here six and a half minutes for the red button to
pop up but then it took an additional minute or so for the countdown to start
so the time to pressure was seven minutes and 15 seconds for the 8 quart
now the six and a half quart was a lot slower so the six and a half quart took
eight minutes and 26 seconds for the red button to pop up and then it took
another 45 seconds or so before the countdown started so definitely this 8
quart came to pressure quicker the other thing that happened is there was a
little more steam released after the button popped up which is totally normal
that happens it doesn't usually continue throughout the whole pressure cooking
time but sometimes a little of the steam is released and that happened on the six
and a half quart but not on the 8 quart so that's all I know right now and so
we'll let these finish cooking and then we'll get them into the ice baths and
see what the centers look like so the difference in time has been about two
minutes so these eggs have been in the ice bath for ten minutes now and so I'm
gonna go ahead and peel them and we're gonna see what the centers look like and
then these have about two more minutes to go so that'll just give us just the
right amount of time now if you have not made eggs in a pressure cooker or ninja
foody oh my gosh are you in for a treat I have never had eggs peel as easy as
they do after their pressure cooked it is just amazing I mean look at that
there's not one bit of ripped egg white it's perfect I was so impressed the
first time I will never make eggs any other
way so I'm just gonna rinse off any extra shells there and go ahead and do
the same thing here and I just kind of gently roll them until it starts to
crack what you could it's a harder eggshell you could knock it down on a
cutting board or something all right so it looks like now I just coughs at with
my finger that's not that's not because the peel was attached or anything it's
just coming off beautifully all right so let's get that off okay so let me put
these over here real quick and then let's cut into these now interestingly
enough because this cooked faster it came up to pressure two minutes quicker
which means actually that that cut time to pressure is cook time so I won't be
surprised if these eggs are a little less cooked than the ones from the six
and a half quart all right let's cut this one straight down the middle here
well they look pretty good and then I'm gonna cut this one like if you were
gonna make deviled eggs they look pretty good
that's a nice it's a nice hard-boiled egg the center is definitely soft but
for me perfect so I like the way this egg looks so now let's check these and
there are absolutely no brown spots on any of the egg whites from the 8 quart
I've had that happened a couple times with my six and a half look at that not
just amazing now a lot of people do the five five five methods so that means
five minutes of high pressure cooking time followed by five minutes of natural
release then immediately release the pressure and then a five minute ice bath
but I found that the four six ten works for me and if you are at elevation you
are going to need to change your times too because altitude does affect
pressure cooking so the first time you go to make hard-boiled eggs don't do
like 24 of them do one or two and get the timing right
before you do a whole bunch I don't know this is gonna be hard they look about
the same guys they really do all right so let's see if I can tell the
difference in texture at all it's perfect I'll tell you that mm-hmm very
good let's see now this was a little crumbly
er that's interesting no real difference though none whatsoever all right
so oh one thing let me show you this I just noticed this I didn't see it before
so the six and a half quart this was an eggshell from the six and a half quart
the brown spot was starting but it didn't transfer to the egg but sometimes
you'll find that from heat I didn't notice that on any of the shells from
the 8 quart so maybe it's just that few that few seconds less of time to
pressure a few minutes less but anyway they're cooked perfectly both did a
great job so as of now the 8 quart and the six and a half quart are pretty much
equal in my book as far as pressure cooking hard-boiled eggs now let's do
some air frying okay so I have 4 ounces of french fries measured out I weighed
them so they are identical and I have preheated both the ninja foodies this is
the six and a half quart this is the 8 quart for 10 minutes on broil now I do
recommend preheating on broil when you're doing anything that's breaded so
these are like little breaded french fries they're just from the freezer
section of the grocery store or fried fish or breaded chicken you're gonna do
for fried chicken because you want that extra heat and the broil function gets
to about 425 degrees versus 400 on the other air crisp or bake roast functions
so if you pre heat on the broil you get a little bit hotter of a pot and
that's gonna help to sear on the breading for you then you can bump it
down as you're cooking it you're gonna decrease the temperature
but to preheat do it on the broil I also have the baskets in both of these so
what I wanted to do is turn the 8 quart on first and let you hear the difference
because I have heard that the 8 quart is a lot louder now I'm not noticing that
on the two models that I have here at the six and a half quart in the 8 quart
I'm not noticing a huge difference but let's turn this one on just for a minute
so you can hear the difference oops I gotta get to the right oair crisp
will go to 400 and hit start so let's let that run for just a minute while it was preheating I did notice
that it started off kind of soft and then maybe at about the five minute mark
it got a little bit louder but then it it kind of quieted down again too so
that is what the 8 quart sounds like and I'm gonna turn this off and now we're
gonna turn on the six and a half quart and see if we can notice a difference now it started out kind of loud it
didn't do that the first time or when I was on broil it did not do that let's
turn it off and turn it back on again cuz I am hearing a like a little
rattling now and if that did not do that before I'm gonna turn it back off and
let it totally quiet down I don't want to lift the lid cuz I don't want to let
my heat out so I'm gonna leave the lid closed so I'm not gonna check the fan or
anything and let's just try it again see if it does it again nope all right
the 8-quart might be a little bit louder but it's not super loud so everything
seems to be working just fine all right I'll go ahead and leave this one on
we're on air crisp at 400 and so that defaults to 20 minutes and that's fine
this isn't gonna take 20 minutes but we're gonna throw in the French fries
now and we'll get this one on to you heard him sizzling as soon as they
went in all right so now we'll let these cook and probably
in about three to five minutes I'm gonna flip them around and we'll see how long
the 8 quart versus the six and a half quart take to make the perfect crunchy
frozen french fry okay so it's been about eight minutes and I think that
they're both done now like I said I have moved them around a little bit and they
seem like they've both gotten really nice and crunchy here you can hear that
they are crunchy oh my so eight minutes for both this is
a little bit more awkward for me so yeah they they feel good too then we're gonna
do a taste test and see all right there we go ahead and turn
this off okay let me just let these cool down
just a minute now these look a little darker
although 400 degrees should be 400 degrees mmm very good very good all right let's try one of
these very good very good I don't see a
difference the perfect like I said these have a little more browning to them but
they both taste the same they're both done perfectly so again it's a toss-up
they both do a great job I don't see any huge advantage in the eight court over
the six and a half Court except for the added volume that you can get in there
so with the six and a half court you know you're limited like I'll show you
this the steamer basket that I absolutely love to use I can only fit it
on without the lid so in just a minute when this cools down I'm gonna see I bet
I can fit this whole thing in with the lid and this is a great steamer basket
so when I'm cooking with my steamer basket I'm gonna probably use the 8
quart and when I'm cooking other things I'm gonna use the six and a half quart
so I'm excited with both of them one other tip that I wanted to give you that
actually somebody in my group ninja foodie 101 let me know the other day
which I thought was an awesome tip is there is a sticker on the back that you
can scan with your phone you can just take a picture of it with your phone
it's called a QR code and then you can register it online at the shark ninja
website so it makes it super easy to register your product and you want to do
that so that you can take advantage of all the warranties all right so let's
just let this cool down just a minute and then I'm gonna do some configuring
with a few different accessories so that you can decide based on your cooking
habits whether you think you need the 8 quart or the six and a half quart so I
haven't opened these yet but I took a peek you know inside the wrapper and the
six and a half quart comes with the owner's manual that has the 300 series
so it's for all of the models that are in the 300 numbers the which are all the
six and a half quart the 8 quart are for series and it looks like it says 400
series I haven't read them so I don't know if there's any major differences
I'm expecting not to see too many and the recipes are exactly the same from
what I can tell now that's in the United States I do understand that in other
countries you get different recipe books but for the United States they are
identical for both models so you don't get you know a different book with the 8
quart or anything okay so now let me show you some ways that you can
configure the six and a half quart ninja foodie for layered cooking or pot
and pot cooking so I'm going to open up a lid here what I have is the rack that
comes with the ninja food II this is a six and a half quart rack now you could
cook something underneath in the inner pot and you could use a cake pan these
are two inch deep this is two by six and this is two by eight the two inches is
the ones that I have you might have a little bit taller and then this
configuration would not work so you can put the six inch by two on top here with
like let's say rice so let's say you're gonna do chicken in the bottom when
didyou rice on top and the pressure cooker lid will fit on no problems now
unfortunately the 8 inch won't work because of the design of the rack you
can't get it to sit right in there but it will go underneath so now let's say
you want to do potatoes in the bottom then maybe your chicken and then maybe
at the very end you want to throw and your vegetable to steam or pressure cook
or something like that you can do that by this setup so you're gonna want to
pick up graffiti bands from Amazon and I will link to those below they come in
assorted sizes and I recommend getting the pack that has a bunch of different
sizes because depending on how you set this up will depend on the size you want
to use and I think this is going to be a good size for us here so what you want
to do is take the band and this could be like a little cumbersome at first
I'm gonna take that off for right now lift your pan on take the graffiti man
around pan in the rack and kind of spread it out a little bit like that now
what that's doing is it's holding up the pan so now you still have another layer
for your potatoes underneath that pan and you can pop this on top the
tender-crisp lid will not close with this configuration this is for pressure
cooking or steaming then you can put your lid on and start cooking so I
thought that was pretty awesome the other day I did red beans red beans like
occasion red bean in the bottom I did cornbread underneath and then I did the
rice on top and it was perfect so so that was just a cool little tip there
but you can use the smaller size on the bottom as well so it doesn't have to be
the eighth inch you can use the six inch which is what I did for the cornbread
okay so now let's see what we can do with the 8 quart let's see if we can
even do more and I'm not sure but let's say so we've got a little bit taller of
a rack here so I'm wondering if we could do three now I don't think so see those
aren't gonna fit down now you could probably do it if you don't want to use
the rack you can probably use this guy which is another Amazon item that I like
but the 8 inch doesn't fit you could probably push it in there but it really
doesn't so 6 inch there 8 inch actually I don't use 6 6 and then 8 now
I would ban these together probably but I just want to see if they're gonna fit and they do that's pretty cool so I'm
pretty excited about that oh isn't that awesome okay so I'm
excited about that so that is an advantage there of the 8 quart is you do
have a little more space lift that out there's no way you can get three pans in
here and the pressure lid go on I've tried I've tried all kinds of
configurations and I can never get that to work so that's pretty awesome the
other thing is I mentioned earlier my steaming basket so I love to use this
when I'm steaming or pressure cooking and it just won't fit you know won't
neither lid will go down when it's in the six and a half quart so I mean I
modify it I just take the lid off and it works fine but I'm excited to see is it
gonna fit in the 8 quart now I wouldn't bake roast or anything with this it's
bamboo it's it's meant for steaming so it's good in a water environment and
it's gonna fit guys I'm excited about this perfect absolutely perfect so
that's that's wonderful so that's the big difference between the 8 quart and a
six and a half quart you get a little bit more room for stacking things so we
could probably do a little more pot and pot cooking have a few more
configurations however you know I'm cooking with the six and a half quart
all of my recipes are made with the six and a half quarts so I will not be
really taking advantage of that with the recipes that I create for you guys
because I want everybody to be able to replicate them so I'm not gonna do
specific 8 quart ninja foodie recipes at this
anyway I might branch out into that as a little separate thing but for now all of
my recipes are still gonna be made in the six and a half quart so no matter
which one you get you can make my recipes now I'm super excited to let you
guys know that I have an Amazon store now and you can see these products and
other products that I recommend on that store and all you have to do is go to
amazon.com slash shop slash the salt and pepper and I will link to that below for
sure so check in on that store any items that I find that are just great for the
ninja foodie I'll add in I've got some pantry items with some of my favorite
things that I cook with and just some cool stuff so check that out for sure
all right so we've compared the six and a half quart which is 1400 watts versus
the 8 quart which is 1700 watts and that's 1460 and 1760 to be exact and
basically you can't go wrong with either model I recommend them both I love the
ninja foodie and I know you will too