Ninja 3-in-1 6 qt. Nonstick Cooking System with Cookbook and Accessories
Not as easy to use as expected.
I had been watching this item every time it was on air and my husband saw it in a warehouse store and had been wanting to get it for me because it looked so easy to use and the food shown coming out of it looked incredible, but this is very intimidating to use. I thought I would use it more than I have, but I tried to make a pot roast exactly by using the recipe included in the cookbook and it was a disaster. The outside of the roast was browned when I started roasting it and it turned out gooey and the roast was tough and gummy with not much flavor. I also used the very easy recipe to make spaghetti and meatballs in 25 minutes and that turned out really good. I believe I may make better food with this with some experience, but I honestly wish I had returned it when I had the chance because I used it three times in the first month and now it's just taking up counter space.
BEST THING I EVER BOUGHT!!!!
I'm a self-employed mother of 6 younger kids and I work 24/7, and I hate to cook because it takes too much time for something my kids inhale in an instant. I have now bought a second ninja and I will probably buy a third and I want to get a few for gifts for Christmas now as well! I'm obviously not a cookbook type of person either, but these simple recipes are easy and quick and very well thought out by gourmet chefs. You don't have to know much of anything about cooking to use this and make incredible food. We used to eat out every meal, but now we always want to stay at home. I haven't turned on my stove since I bought this. Our favorite meal is the serloin au jus, but we substitute pork loin instead and it takes better than the serloin (and I do love steak). Don't skip the rosemary even if it's foreign to you, I learned how much of a difference it makes by using it, and buy it fresh because the spice is not at all the same. I've made amazing strawberry shortcakes, oh and the best eggs I've ever tasted in all my life. I don't know what it is, but I harness all the freedom of time and saving of money this ninja has given me. I can't think of any restaurant i want to go to rather than these ninja meals, and I'm not that amazing of a cook. Another thing I love is that it's very very hard (maybe impossible) to burn things in this ninja. It still cooks fast when you want it to, but it just seems to be magical and not burn anything. This is also the easiest thing I have ever cleaned in all my life! I dunno how ninja came up with such an amazing lifesaver of a product, but I'm now a buyer for life! If these ever get discontinued, I'm buying 20 more so I will never be without. Can't wait to travel to my mother-in-laws house to show it off! This is going along when we travel always!
I received it on a Friday and have used it twice so far. Lasagne and pork loin with vegetables. Highly impressed; so much so that I ordered one for my Mom. If you RV, this will be great in your RV as well! No heat and very easy cleanup! You won't regret it!
Exactly what I wanted! Worth your $.
I must have looked at this product 50 times before taking the plunge.
I was sweating and swearing as it was summer and once again I was up cooking in the middle of the night as it's too hot to cook in the daytime here in the summer; actually, it's too hot to cook in the night time! So I just held my breath and pushed the order button. I'm so glad I did! Easy to use, easy to clean, a dream appliance.
So far I've only used the slow cook feature as I like to cook up big batches and freeze in meal size portions (I make my own mixes, too, but that's irrelevant to this review) and this cooker is perfect for that. My braised chicken and veggies came out perfectly cooked without using my oven and turning my home into no-woman's land!
I'll update as I use the other features of this fabulous appliance.
To QVC, you need more choices in the "who would this be a perfect gift for" as there's no choice for anyone.
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Terrible product! I bought this item to mainly use the oven feature so I wouldn't have to heat up the kitchen this summer. Unfortunately I bought it some time ago, so I can't send it back. I've been afraid to use it. 1st time I cooked chicken breasts in chicken stock. Luckily I put the meat on the rack and they were salvageable. The liquid dried up and burnt to a crisp. 2nd time I cooked beef stew...liquid dried up and most of the stew burnt to a crisp...hated to throw that away. Recently tried it for the 3rd time, cooked pork chops and I checked on them in time to save them from being burnt to a crisp...liquid dried up and onions burnt. Should have sent it back after the 1st time using it. Also someone mentioned how small the cooking insert is...I agree...quite small and shallow. I have a NESCO that I love...back to using it.
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Have used the Ninja several times & so far am extremely happy with it. Only suggestion I have for Ninja is that they make a white mark on the notch so you can see it better. I took some liquid white out & painted the notch white & now it's very easy to tell where the setting is. I made a pot roast yesterday using the slow cooker setting. Came out perfect & with lots of flavor unlike my old Rival crockpot (which is now going into my next garage sale) where everything came out bland tasting. I did everything in the Ninja, browned the roast on the stove top high setting, then added in all the other ingredients & set it on slow cook low. Love the count down clock on the Ninja. Told me exactly how much time was left till the meal was done. When meal was finished, I took the roast, carrots, potatoes, etc., out & made the gravy right in the same pot using the stove top medium setting. I've made some recipes from the cookbook that also came out great. Tomorrow will be making the Lemon Chicken recipe from the cookbook. Easy clean up...you can practically wipe it out with a paper towel, although I did wash it with hot soap & water. This would be perfect for camping. I highly recommend the Ninja 3-in-1!
Replaces three appliances in my home!
Items I buy by mail order must solve huge problems in my life or they go back. This delivers. The crock pot I had previously bubbled over or dried food out even though it was new. The indoor barbecue I had took up too much counter space. The stovetop made my kitchen unbearably hot during the summer when I used it. After receiving this Ninja: The crock pot is in the garage. The indoor BBQ was immediately given away. The stovetop is almost never in use, and I cook a lot. I also love the light-weight inner pot that is so easy to clean.
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Love this! I've baked a stuffed chicken came out so good, ribs, pasta, meatballs great, so glad I purchased this. I just about use it for every meal. I make up some of my own meals and I'm never disappointed.
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I was so excited to get this Ninja. What a disappointment. It works fine as a slow cooker but I wouldn't recommend it for anything else. I set a pork roast at 350 and it dried up very quickly. I tried mac and cheese at a lower temperature and it burned on the bottom. I've tried other things at the lowest heat setting and either the liquid evaporates or it burns on the bottom. I'd send it back but it's too late. I could have bought a slow cooker a lot cheaper than this!
Best thing in my kitchen now!
This is one of the best items I've purchased for the kitchen! With my family's busy schedule, this is just what I needed. I don't always plan out my meals in advance, and I'm usually deciding what to fix for dinner at the last minute. What a lifesaver this is! And the clean up could not be easier, too! I bought this after seeing the spaghetti and meatball 30" meal. I am a single working mom and I come home and have little time to get a meal on the table. But now, my two high school football players come home after practice STARVED and I can have a huge meal ready for them, and it's in one pot! The reason I gave it 4 stars is that the lid is not dishwasher safe. It would be perfect if I did not have to hand wash the lid.
Best helper ever
This is the best cooking helper. I have had it a little over a month now. I work everyday gone from home for 12 hours and this has been a dinner saver for my family. We are eating healthier because this cooker cut the cooking time in half. And its saving us money also because I'm not being home take out food. I have to say I love David in the kitchen. He has made my life a lot less stressful in the kitchen. :) Happy dance
Great Little Kitchen Wonder!!
I finally bit the bullet and decided to purchase the Ninja 3 in 1. I do not regret my decision at all. I use my cooker about 4 times a week and have tried several recipes from the book included. Although, some of the recipes are worded strangely in my opinion, (Confusing) the recipes came out good.
Pros: Clean-up is very easy, convenient/no more using several different pots/pans, versatile, easy to use, and did I mention clean up is SIMPLE!!
Cons: The pans that come with the system are not the best quality, Cookbook is not accurate on timing, (So check on your food the first time you try a new recipe), it has a built in timer, but does not "beep" to let you know that the food is ready. It starts to flash and then switches to warm mode.
Overall, I would recommend to a friend or family member. I Love IT!!!!