We got the Ninja system for my huband who is retiring soon and has expressed a desire to learn to cook. We read all about the system and thought i t would be easy. It arrived on Tuesday, and I decided to use it (instead of our traditional slow cooker) to make ribs. Started out in the stovetop setting to put a sear on the meat before adding the barbecue sauce and turning the setting to slow cooker/low for 6 hours. I knew that the syestem would automatically swithc to a "warm " setting to keep the ribs hot and prevent them from overcooking. What I didn't plan on was a snow storm whta tdelayed our arrival home by almost two hours. Imagine my delight whtn I lifted the lid to find my perfeclty cooked, fall off the bone tender ribs all ready adn at the perfect remperature to eat and enjoy. I know from past experience that if they had been in my old slow cooker, they would have turned to musth. I can't wait to try more recipes. Ninja Part II
Just wanted to add a note to this review. I've used the Ninja two more time in the last week for different chicken recipes. I love to improvise when I cook, and this prepartation is one of my favorites - chicken breasts (on the bone, skin removed), a can of flavored, diced tomatoes, frozen bell pepper strips, chopped onion and a can of mushrooms - set it on th slow cooker setting and VOILA - I came home to the best chicken caccitore ever - the chicken was moist and flavorful. Yesterday, I put a whole chicken in on the slow cooker setting. When I got home, I removed the chicken, changed the setting to stovetop, added water to the liquid at the bottom (no bullion cube needed), stirred in Israeli couscous and placed the chicken on top to keep warm while the couscous cooked perfectly.
What I love almost as much as the great tasting meals is that clean up is ridiculously easy - one post and I'm done!
Mu only problem is that I used to keep my slow cooker in a cabinet, and took it out only when I neede it - now I need to make room on my counter top for the Ninja - I use it almost every day.
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