Most Useful Gift Idea: The Ninja Master Prep Professional

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A Small Appliance that Works Like a Giant

Chopper and Ice Crusher: More Power & 2 Times Faster

If you are still looking for a gift for family or friend that will be used and loved for a long time, do consider the Ninja Master Prep Professional . I don’t think I’ve ever had an appliance that has exceeded so many expectations.

I found the Ninja after trying a blender in the traditional style (motor on the bottom). After returning it when it didn’t work, I decided to try the Ninja. At the time I had pretty basic needs for it. I wanted a blender that would crush ice, and make smoothies and slushes. I thought the Ninja looked like a unique product, plus it had a chopping option. And it was very reasonably priced. Since it isn’t something I use that often, I didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars. I definitely got my money’s worth on this product. How I underestimated it!

I started experimenting as soon as it arrived. First I tried crushed ice. Check. Next an orange juice slush. Check. Then I thought I would chop onions for a casserole I was planning. Check. All of it was easy for the Ninja. What I should add here is that for each item I tried it took only seconds, even to crush ice. And I do mean seconds.

You can see a dozen photos here  that will show you how effectively the Ninja works.

I use it now to…

  • make cauliflower rice instead of using a grater
  • grind coffee
  • mix pancake batter—an pour right from the pitcher
  • blend butter with flour for baking—even frozen butter chops and blends in seconds
  • chop onions, spinach, celery, tomatoes, mushrooms, and any other vegetables I use when cooking
  • puree soups
  • blend fresh salad dressings
  • and more…

There are two things about the Ninja that I believe make it much better than the standards blender. First is the top mounted motor. In a traditional blender, the product at the very bottom tends to blend, but the rest remains unblended. Plus it’s hard to get all of it out because the blades are in the way. With the Ninja, you simply pull the blades out and you have complete access to the bottom on the container.

That brings us to the second advantage. It has a two blade system that works fantastic. The double blades pull in all of the product you are trying to chop or blend to do so thoroughly. When done, they lift straight up and out for safe and easy access.

The pulse action of this little appliance is fast. When you try it the first time, only pulse it for three of four seconds. That is more than enough for many of the vegetables you might be working with.

As you may have guessed, I love this thing! I use it much more than I had thought I would because it does so much more than I ever expected. Since I appreciate it so much, I want everyone else to also! Give it a try and see if you don’t agree.



Merry Citarella, often writing as Merrci, writes on a wide range of topics. Recently relocated to the Oregon Coast in the northwest United States, she frequently writes travel features on the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She specializes in health and aging, Alzheimer’s Disease, food, lifestyle, and book reviews. For more information you can see her on The Writers’Door. You can read more articles here or at her websites Alzheimers HQ and Simple Living Ideas

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  1. Merry, I’ve known you love this appliance for awhile, and I suppose it’s one of the those things where you have to hear a message a bunch of times before it sinks in, but I finally get how versatile this machine is.

    The one thing I make most often in my stand-up blender is powdered sugar, and because of those pesky blades at the bottom, it’s always a bit messy. Have you ever made powdered sugar with the Ninja? I’d love to know how that works.

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    • I just tried it Kathryn, using 1 cup regular sugar and 1 TBS cornstarch. Funny, that is the longest anything has taken. Pulsing 8 to 10 seconds at a time, I did it for about 2 minutes. It was almost there It looks powdered, but when I tasted some granules were still there. I guess it is so small it takes longer. I would say it was about 75% there. Hope that answers your question! Appreciate your comment.

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