I am not a fan or infomercials or their products in general. I can’t think of any product I have ever bought from an infomercial, actually. However, I do have a grandmother who just loves watching them and buying these products in bulk for Christmas and birthday gifts. Many turn out to be duds that clutter up one’s house, but a precious few turn out to be gems.
I received the Ninja Master Prep as an early Christmas present, and before using it decided to surf on youtube for some reviews and to see it in action. What I found was fairly positive, so I felt it was safe to open the box and try it out myself.
The very first problem I noticed is the two containers the Ninja Master Prep comes with, one 2 cups and one 48 oz, are advertised as one-stop make- then store containers. They come with lids so that whatever you have leftover, you can simply pop in the fridge. Ok, but what if I want to make something tomorrow and my container still has leftovers? To address this, Ninja has extra containers for sale on their site for $10-$30. Or you could just use Tupperware for leftover storage like a normal person, and keep your bases free to use whenever you want.
The Ninja Master Prep does require that you pre-cut your f food into medium sized chunks before you put the ingredients in the machine. This got about an hour of complaint from my grandmother, but I don’t see that as any different than my blender, juicer, or even food processor. If I tried to throw whole apples in my blender, it would probably explode, and it’s physically impossible with my juicer.
I personally feel that the positives for this little machine far outweigh the negatives. You will notice that the blades, which break down for easy storage and cleaning, sit on different levels of a column which sits right in the middle of what you are mixing, rather than just at the bottom as with normal blenders. This eliminates having to open it and manually stir the ingredients to get them all evenly mixed, or just shaking the blender as its going as my impatient sister does.
Ninja Master Prep works by pressing the top button in “pulses”. You don’t want to let it run for more than about 15 seconds per pulse. This may seem a little tedious, but most recipes only take 3-6 pulses before they are perfect. Just pulse until you get the desired consistency for whatever you are making. I made vegan pumpkin pie from scratch using this machine in a total of about 10 minutes (minus the 4 hours it had to sit in the fridge to set, of course).
Smoothies are the greatest use for this machine in my opinion. I love fresh fruit smoothies! While I have a juicer, I have never been very happy about the fact that it spits out the pulp and most of the healthiest parts f the fruits or vegetables. With the Ninja Master Prep, the whole fruit/vegetable is used to make the smoothie. Nothing gets lost.
I am also a fan of the idea introduced in the infomercial of freezing your liquid ingredients to make frozen smoothies. This eliminates the problem of your drink flavor thinning out as it melts. The greatest recipes to do this with are alcoholic drinks and coffee frappes! This requires you to plan ahead a little bit and freeze the ice cubes the night before. I’ve gotten into the habit of making one half of my ice cube tray coffee, and the other half orange juice for my mid-day smoothie fix.
I have only had the Ninja Master Prep for a month and a half, but thus far I consider it to be one of those rare infomercial gems. That is what inspired me to write a review on the Ninja Master Prep in the first place. I do not see myself falling out of love with the product anytime soon, but if I do, you can expect to see an update to this.