So I haven’t reviewed my Ninja yet because I’ve been too busy playing with it for the last few weeks and trying to put everything into practice that I learned about it in New York. I’ve found what I like and what I don’t like to use it for, but overall love it!
The first thing I had to try, of course, were smoothies. I unpacked it and got it set up and admired the double bladeage, ready to chop the ever livin’ daylights out of some fruit:
The top is where the motor is – it just sits on top and you push down on it to make the blades do their thing:
I will say that Ali did LITERALLY pee her pants from the noise. I would show you the video of the above smoothie making, but halfway through it, Ali starts squealing from her oopsie, and it kind of ruins the effect.
I ended up adding ice after all – the blueberry to peach ratio was all wrong to be cold enough. But putting ice in with the already smoothied fruits didn’t seem to bother it, and we had lovely now-COLD smoothies.
The blade thankfully lifts right out, which makes pouring and cleanup easier:
And here was the result of my “hard” work:(No, we didn’t come close to drinking it all – I froze the rest for sorbets for later.)
But Ali DID love what she drank!
(After receiving a dry pair of drawers.)
I liked the cleanup – it rinsed clean very easily (no crevices to build up yuck like my blender has):
The next week, I compiled all of your recipe advice and decided to attempt chicken salad. I used the smaller container to chop my celery really fine:
Now I have to say, the Ninja did it’s job admirably, but
- I was making up my recipe as I went along, so I kept adding more of this and more of that. It chopped everything finer and finer as I added things. I would recommend making sure you have your recipe at least mostly down pat before using the Ninja on something that you don’t want over-chopped, and
- My chicken salad totally STANK. I hated it. Besides the fact that I didn’t like the taste, it literally stank – it smelled like cat food. I guess that’s the risk of trying to make something for the first time that you are totally obsessed with – your own version will never measure up to the professionals.
I also used the Ninja another night to just chop an onion for a casserole. I wasn’t as pleased with the results – I felt that it didn’t give them as nice of a consistency as my food processor, which slices them very thinly. The Ninja definitely chops, not slices. So if you want slices, don’t ask Mr. Ninja.
So, finally, I made a smoothie in the correct order: starting with the ice, then adding the fruit.
Beautiful AND Delish.
In summary, here are my pointers on the Ninja:
- Great cleanup – super easy to set up, use, and tear down. Also – the containers come with lids, so they can directly store whatever you made.
- Awesome for blending things COMPLETELY.
- It IS fairly loud – make sure that all children present in the room are FULLY potty-trained.
- Slicing – not so much. The Ninja is Mr. Choppy, not Mr. Slicey.
- The easiest and most excellent smoothie maker ever.
- I stink at chicken salad, but the Ninja does it’s job nicely.
- Definitely WAY worth the cheaper-than-my-blender pricetag!!!
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