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Old 03-24-2011, 09:22 AM   #1
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Ninja Blender

Has anyone bought it? I'm really interested to know how it handles:

Blending food that has already been cooked like for Cream of Cauliflower soup and a Red Pepper Cream sauce that I make. When you use a blender you have to do it in small batches and pulsate a few times or it gets everywhere. Is this still something that would have to be done with the Ninja?

Also, does it chop as nicely as it claims like onions and peppers? Or do you find you still have to go back and dice things a little finer?

I've tried an immersion blender and it doesn't do as well as I like for soups and sauces.

I'm also looking for ways to make cooking at home faster and being able to chop things quickly would go a long way in my house!
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Has anyone bought it? I'm really interested to know how it handles:

Blending food that has already been cooked like for Cream of Cauliflower soup and a Red Pepper Cream sauce that I make. When you use a blender you have to do it in small batches and pulsate a few times or it gets everywhere. Is this still something that would have to be done with the Ninja?

Also, does it chop as nicely as it claims like onions and peppers? Or do you find you still have to go back and dice things a little finer?

I've tried an immersion blender and it doesn't do as well as I like for soups and sauces.

I'm also looking for ways to make cooking at home faster and being able to chop things quickly would go a long way in my house!
Hi Gg…
We carry one in our RV along with an immersion stick blender.

The Ninja is an ok blender for light use, but in the house we have a Vita-Mix, Cuisinart Food Processor, and Miallegro Stick Blender (5 speed and turbo boost).

I'm not sure how creamy the cream sauce would get with the Ninja alone - a stick blender in tandem with a ninja would probably get-er-done.

As for chopped onions and peppers, I can do those faster by hand than with any machine. Well - if I had to break down 5-6 onions, I'd use my mandolin.

But peppers, celery, onion, mushrooms, for day-to-day use, a knife and cutting board are the fastest and easiest to use (and clean up after).

The thing one has to remember about Ninja type machines is they can chop things…just not evenly. The pieces end up in all kinds of sizes and shapes unless you nearly liquify them.

A knife and some care and you have a nicely diced end result with all the pieces the same approximate size (better for even cooking).

We use our Ninja on the road for shakes, smoothies, and other blender type uses. It's sturdier than some of the other small blenders, but not super durable like a Vita-mix.

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Old 03-24-2011, 09:49 AM   #3
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I have a Ninja and use it mostly for smoothies and slushies. I haven't used it for anything heavy duty yet.
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:07 AM   #4
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I have one and I love it! It does everything. It does ice perfect, great for smoothies. I thought it was a bit expensive but after using it, its worth the price.
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I have one and love it! Yes, it dices green peppers and onions just fine. I mostly use it as a food processor to shred chicken and grate cauliflower for faux rice.
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I have one and I love it! It does everything. It does ice perfect, great for smoothies. I thought it was a bit expensive but after using it, its worth the price.
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Yes, ice crushing is one of the things it does best - how did I forget that?


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for chopping vegetables nothing beats a good food processor though
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Just bumping to let those know that it is a TSV on q v c today. If you want to try it, now might be the time. I like using mine for smoothies mostly but have also used it for the chicken wing dip. Oh, how easy it is to use!!!
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Old 05-29-2011, 01:28 AM   #9
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the ninja is one of the best things i've bought. I make smoothies, puree frozen berries with cottage cheese for an ice cream type dessert, cauliflower potato's, faux milk shakes. Really works great. I find it chops stuff a little too much very quickly so i don't use it for that.
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Old 05-29-2011, 11:10 PM   #10
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Dislike this product-first one quit working after 1 month-took it back got a replacement and the second quit working 3 months later.
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I like it for blending thicker mixtures, like LC cookie doughs or batters. I use my magic bullet more often for liquid smoothies and sauces, just because the Ninja is a bit of a hassle to clean.
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Love my Ninja! I use it almost daily. I used it twice today to pulverize strawberries and then to "grate" cheese. I've had it since Christmas.
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I have the one with the bigger cannister and the smaller cannister. I zipped thru some black beans today in less than 10 seconds to make them refried. Amazing!!

There is also the new Ninja 1100 that looks pretty interesting on TV.

I also have the original small Ninja, but it wasn't too impressive...the containers were too small for my liking.
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I have the one with the bigger cannister and the smaller cannister. I zipped thru some black beans today in less than 10 seconds to make them refried. Amazing!!

There is also the new Ninja 1100 that looks pretty interesting on TV.

I also have the original small Ninja, but it wasn't too impressive...the containers were too small for my liking.
Two questions:

1. Can I use the soy black beans?

2. Please share your recipe and how to prep and cook them.

Thank you!!

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I love my ninja. I use it for smoothies, protein shakes, cauli rice, tuna salad, egg salad, chopping onions and veggies.

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I love my Ninja too.I've had it for Nine months, Heavy use. I make smoothies for the kids and ice coffee for me. Chops ice beautifully I would love to own a Vita-mix someday just don't want to dish out $$$
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how do you use it for cauli rice? the big one with one blade or the small one with two? i've wanted to try it but thought i needed a ricer. how do you prep it after it's riced?

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Two questions:

1. Can I use the soy black beans?

2. Please share your recipe and how to prep and cook them.

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I have used it to puree black soy beans and then followed a standard refried bean recipe I found in a cook book ... results were meh.
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how do you use it for cauli rice? the big one with one blade or the small one with two? i've wanted to try it but thought i needed a ricer. how do you prep it after it's riced?

thanks!!
Well this is how I do it anyway, lol...

1 lb frozen cauli thawed in microwave. Drain in strainer and smuuuuuush to get excess water out. Put half in ninja and pulse 1 push at a time. Usually doesn't take more than 3 pushes. Repeat for second half of cauli. I use the small container with the 2 blades. It's not perfect "rice" but it is pretty darn close!

You can cook it anyway you like. You could start with frying it in a bit of oil and season with salt and pepper. Then you can use it anyway you want when you need it. Try it with italian sausage and alfredo sauce. Yummy!

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Old 06-01-2011, 11:26 PM   #21
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I have used it to puree black soy beans and then followed a standard refried bean recipe I found in a cook book ... results were meh.
Well that's a bummer. Maybe someone out there can give us both the magic recipe to make it with black soy beans? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

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Two questions:

1. Can I use the soy black beans?

2. Please share your recipe and how to prep and cook them.

Thank you!!

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I don't know anything about soy beans.

I used a bag of frozen black beans and just put in 1/3 of the bag and in less than 10 seconds, all pulverized. Then I repeated the process 2 more times. The beans already had cilantro and onions in them, so I just put them in a skillet with some bacon grease, a little water cuz the beans were very dry and some chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper and just heated them up. They turned out good. It was so much easier and faster than smashing them by hand.

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Something happened with my little Ninja and the engine started smoking! There are tiny black pieces of plastic in the granola bars I was making. This is my tenth time using it. I guess it's not very well made.
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There is also the new Ninja 1100 that looks pretty interesting on TV.
I saw that one at Sam's this past weekend. Yes, it looks amazing but I have a VitaMix.
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Love mine! I also just have the big and little canister set. Makes a very thick pudding out of almond milk and Glucomannan. Delish!

Also fun to use in the summer for icey drinks and DD 3 loves to help make smoothies.

I wouldn't consider us heavy users, though, so we'll see how long it holds up
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Something happened with my little Ninja and the engine started smoking! There are tiny black pieces of plastic in the granola bars I was making. This is my tenth time using it. I guess it's not very well made.
I agree with you on this one.
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