The standard definition of a “Ninja” is: “A member of a class of 14th-century Japanese mercenary agents who were trained in the martial arts and hired for covert operations such as assassination and sabotage.” But that’s not the type of Ninja I am referencing in the title of this feature review. The Njnjas I am crazy about do not wear all black use weapons.
No, no, not at all!
The Ninjas I am nuts about are Ninja food processors that I saw displayed at a holiday preview not long ago. These ninjas wage a different kind battle — in the kitchen! They CRUSH ice cubes into frothy snow for slushies, frozen drinks, or desserts. BLEND fruits and other ingredients for drinks and smoothies They PROCESS fresh ingredients evenly and quickly for everything from salsas to sauces, they KNEAD dough for baking, and they JUICE whole fruits and veggies into purees and drinks. These Ninjas do it all with one basic unit and a couple of easy to use, attachment’s. There is a large Ninja, but I choose to review the Ninja Pulse. The machine is slightly smaller in terms of the number of cups you can process at one time but it is the perfect size for a single person to a small family.
The Ninja Pulse’s base is about the size of a blender base, but then you can choose to use the 40 oz. food processing bowl withlid that has a handle and pour spout (there is a lid for storage, too) or one of the two, single serve travel cups that let you process your drink right in the cup, and simply screw on the travel lid to take with you. They are BPA free and dishwasher safe. Imagine making a fresh smoothie for your morning commute in seconds!
The other thing that is unique abut the Ninjas is that they feature a pulse processing that is very easy to use and offers much more control than a mere on/off switch. While many do-it-all food processors are complicated, the Ninja Pulse easy is reasonably compact and very easy to use. The directions are understandable, nothing nothing like the huge manuals befitting a NASA space shuttle that I have encountered with other food processors. A child could operate the Ninja, although with it’s sharp blades, I wouldn;t recommend it without adult supervision.
I put the Ninja Pulse through it’s paces and it did everything well. So well, in fact, that I threw out my blender and a couple of other appliances, too. Ninja is all I now need. If I have any reservations about the machine, it is simply that since the parts are primarily plastic they may wear out more quickly with heavy and regular use. I am assuming the plastic parts keep the cost down, and you can buy replacement parts, but plastic is never going to replace the durability of metal parts. You can push plastic only so much, so be gentle with your Ninja pieces and they will serve you just fine.
With the Ninja® Kitchen System Pulse™ you’ll get:
- 40 oz. processing bowl with blade and Pulse™ lid; 40 oz. storage lid
- (2) 16 oz. Single Serve Blending Cups with Drink Lids; Dough Blade, Cookie Dough Paddle; Pulse it Up! 150+ Delicious Recipes
The Ninja won’t sole every problem you may have,but when it comes to easy fast and affordable food prep it will make holiday entertaining much easier and less stressful. If you’re single, or always on the go, the Pulse will help you eat healthy with single serve cups that you can pulse, grab, and go! And, of course, a Ninja makes a great gift. Frozen margaritas and mojitos for a crowd, with salsas and dip in literally minutes? Cookies and cakes and breads for gifts or for the holiday table? Sweet Potato puree? Sure! If you have a Ninja, no problem! The suggested retail on the Ninja Pulse is just $99.00, with the larger Ninja Kitchen System retailing for $159.99 (this larger, 1100 watt Kitchen System comes with an extra large 72 ounce pitcher with a lock-in lid, pour spout and a tall blade assembly as well as a 40 ounce processing bowl with a shorter blade assembly. Attachments include a whipping paddle, dough blade, and cookie dough paddle).
You can get Ninjas at Bed, Bath and Beyond and Sears, and learn more at www. ExperienceNinja.com