Just in time for Christmas…what do you get the person that has everything?  Why, the kitchen appliance that DOES everything!

I’m finally getting my review posted for the new Euro-Pro Ninja Master Prep Blender and Food Processor

Way back in September *blush* a bunch of bloggers were invited by Euro-Pro to New York City.  While there, we were introduced to the very cool Ninja Master Prep as well as several other Shark appliances.  You can read about my trip here and here.  Today I’m going to tell you what I actually think about my new Ninja.

I think it’s GREAT!

I’ve been using my Ninja for a few weeks now and it does take some getting used to.  It has a powerful double blade and if you are not careful you can turn your diced onions to mush.  The motor is on top and it only takes a few “pulses” of the button to get perfectly diced onions or shredded cheese.

One night, I wanted to make pizza for the boys but low and behold, I had no shredded mozzarella.  I decided to try out my ninja with some string cheese sticks!  In no time, my cheese sticks were shredded into a perfect pizza topping.

Then, one afternoon, I got the bold idea to make smoothies for the boys.

Tip:  Don’t try to make smoothies for the first time without a recipe.  I’m really a recipe kinda gal, and while it sounds really simple…it’s not.

I started out with a 48 oz pitcher stuffed FULL of frozen strawberries and rainbow sherbert.

What?  I didn’t know that I needed some sort of liquid.  Recipes = good.

My official helper.
(yes, that is a “mustache”)

After pulsing, pulsing, pulsing…taking the lid off and stirring a little…pulsing, pulsing…adding a little water…pulsing, pulsing…stirring…adding some yogurt….pulsing….pulsing…I got this:

Looks good, huh?

It was!

But it was SUPER thick.  At first I was annoyed.  I thought, “this Ninja is supposed to blend anything.”  I had to keep removing the lid and messing with it.  But in reality, it can only do what is physically possible for an appliance.  If you give it a good recipe, it will do good work.  If you give it a half thought out, crappy recipe, well…it doesn’t do such good work.

Total operator error.

The Ninja did blend this concoction and it gave us some serious frozen goodness.

I think next time, I’m trying this recipe (from the Ninja website):

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

* 1 Ripe Banana

* 4 OZ. Frozen Strawberries

* 6 OZ. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

* 2 OZ. Frozen Strawberry Sherbet (optional)

Add all ingredients into the pitcher and use long pulses until you’ve reached the desired consistency.

Makes two 8 oz. Glasses

Seems I was missing some orange juice.  Not everyone can be Robin Miller.

Anyhow, here are some official facts about the Ninja Master Prep:

  • The Ninja Master Prep uses Ninja technology to mince, dice, chop, blend and puree evenly without turning food into mush.
  • Ninja technology cuts precisely and evenly.
  • Both the large 48oz pitcher and 2 cup bowl make it easy to switch from food prep to drink making in seconds.
  • High-torque motor offers uniform cutting and ice crushing action while splash guards keep the prep area clean.
  • Both the pitcher and bowl are designed to use the same powerful motor which is interchangeable to save space.
  • Ergonomic operation with one touch pulsing creates an easy-to-use and safe product.
  • Features dishwasher safe parts.
  • Contains custom-fit storage lids for both the pitcher and bowl.

Things I LOVE about my Ninja:

  • It’s really easy to clean!  So much easier than my blender or my food processor.  No creases that need cheese dug out of.  The double blade easily pulls apart for easy washing.
  • DISHWASHER SAFE!  A must have.
  • The plastic is BPA free and break resistant.
  • The lids are great.  You can chop some onions and pop a lid on to use at dinner.
  • The 2 cup bowl is attractive enough to go from the fridge to the table.

Things I don’t love about my Ninja:

  • Not much really.  It does take some practice with the pulsing before you are not making mush, or leaving chunks.  Practice makes perfect!

I know that my Ninja will be working double time as the holidays approach.  I am really happy with how it performs and have put my blender and food processor away into the cupboard.  I use my Ninja for everything now.

The Ninja Master Prep is available online and at retailers nationwide.  It retails for $49.99 and will make any wanna be chef a fabulous gift.

Euro-pro provided me with a paid trip to New York to be introduced to the product as well as a Ninja for personal review.  My opinion is my own and is not influenced by Euro-pro.