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The Ninja Master Prep Professional is The Best!

Updated on August 7, 2015

Unpacking The Ninja Master Prep

My Ninja Master Prep Professional
My Ninja Master Prep Professional | Source
3.7 out of 5 stars from 11 ratings of The Ninja Master Prep Professional

My new Ninja Master Prep Professional arrived yesterday and I'm already in love! This clever little appliance ROCKS!

That's what I wrote within a day of receiving mine a few months ago. Ever since, I have found more and more uses for my Ninja. It hasn't let me down yet.

Needing a new blender, I ordered a popular brand basic blender. As usual, it had the single blade set up in the bottom of the blender. After trying two different things--mixing a slush and crushing ice--I returned it. It didn't work for either task. It was disappointing.

So I started over. After more research over several days, I decided on the Ninja Master Prep.

I am still amazed at how well and how fast it works. I've never had another blender that was so quick. It is so impressive.

I've now tried plenty of experiments to test it myself. As you can see in the photos below, it is not only very effective, but also amazingly quick! The vegetables I chopped took less than five seconds for each. Actually the spinach was chopped finer than I wanted in about three!

Besides spinach, I've used it for...

  • Cauliflower, for rice in seconds
  • Onions, fast means less tears
  • Any other vegetable you want to chop
  • Spices like basil and cilantro
  • Pureeing soups or other liquids
  • Milk shakes
  • Pancake batter, blend then simply pour
  • Slushes
  • Drinks
  • Blending butter with flour for crusts and scones
  • Grinding coffee

You can see how versatile and handy it is. Next I want to try to make ice cream.

I also like that the Master Prep comes with three different sized containers. A small one for chopping, a medium size pitcher, and a full size pitcher. Two splash guards, one for the small and one for the other two, are placed on top of each container. The motor unit fits into that guard, securing the blades. Simply push on the top, and the unit pulses. A few pulses seems to be all it takes!

Because it serves so many functions, I can eliminate several other small appliances, like a food chopper and a coffee grinder.

One important tip that should be mentioned: Instructions say do not pulse for more than 15 seconds at a time. That has turned out to be easy, since with the pulse action usually takes less than that!

So far, The Ninja Master Prep exceeds my expectations! I'm anxious to try a smoothie or juice, fresh salsa, and some different salad dressings. With my Ninja will won't take long at all!

See this Ninja and Others Here

Ninja Master Prep Professional Chopper, Blender, Food Processor (QB1004)
Ninja Master Prep Professional Chopper, Blender, Food Processor (QB1004)

While they make several varieties of the Ninja that you can see here, the QB1004 is all I need. The three container sizes are all useful, the double blades that are easily removed, and the motor on top, make the Ninja super effective.

 

The Features of the Ninja Master Prep

Here are the new features it comes with that make the Ninja invaluable to me:

  • Since the motor sits on top, it doesn't get wet or dirty. It is be very easy to keep it clean.
  • The motor is a powerful 450-watts.
  • Since the blades secure at the top, it is much easier to access the contents--without the blades in the way. You can simply pull the blade(s) out, and use a spatula to get out every last spoonful from the bottom of the container.
  • The large splash guard comes with a pouring spout, so when you pour into a glass or bowl, it's easy.
  • Each container has a non slip base, removable for washing.
  • Stacked, double blades work so effectively compared to the old style blender blades.
  • The sizes are 16 oz, 40 oz, and 48 oz. Each comes with a storage lid that seals the container.

So many of the most powerful blenders cost several hundred dollars. This unit seems to do the job for a fraction of that price. I love finding a great product for such a good--and affordable--price.

Photo Gallery

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First chop, a half an onion for 2 two to three seconds!This bit of spinach only took a pulse for two seconds.  Almost came out too fine. It left only one leaf unchopped.Cilantro was just right after one quick pulse.Mushrooms and the second batch of onions (lower right) came out exactly as I wanted them.Before:  Frozen orange juice in the large blender container.After:  Orange Juice slush, one of my favorite summer treats.  This one took about 30 seconds.Before:  Ice cubesAfter, about 30 seconds later.Two tomatoes after 6 seconds. (sliced green onion stirred in afterwards). On its way to salsa.Cauliflower RiceBeans from the crockpot for refried beansBeans after about 10 seconds
First chop, a half an onion for 2 two to three seconds!
First chop, a half an onion for 2 two to three seconds! | Source
This bit of spinach only took a pulse for two seconds.  Almost came out too fine. It left only one leaf unchopped.
This bit of spinach only took a pulse for two seconds. Almost came out too fine. It left only one leaf unchopped. | Source
Cilantro was just right after one quick pulse.
Cilantro was just right after one quick pulse. | Source
Mushrooms and the second batch of onions (lower right) came out exactly as I wanted them.
Mushrooms and the second batch of onions (lower right) came out exactly as I wanted them. | Source
Before:  Frozen orange juice in the large blender container.
Before: Frozen orange juice in the large blender container. | Source
After:  Orange Juice slush, one of my favorite summer treats.  This one took about 30 seconds.
After: Orange Juice slush, one of my favorite summer treats. This one took about 30 seconds. | Source
Before:  Ice cubes
Before: Ice cubes | Source
After, about 30 seconds later.
After, about 30 seconds later. | Source
Two tomatoes after 6 seconds. (sliced green onion stirred in afterwards). On its way to salsa.
Two tomatoes after 6 seconds. (sliced green onion stirred in afterwards). On its way to salsa. | Source
Cauliflower Rice
Cauliflower Rice | Source
Beans from the crockpot for refried beans
Beans from the crockpot for refried beans | Source
Beans after about 10 seconds
Beans after about 10 seconds | Source

Crushes for Slushes

It made a delicious, smooth slush from frozen orange juice in about thirty seconds. Crushed ice, thirty seconds. You can see the finished product in the photo gallery.

Frozen fruit in a drink? Check out the Cabernet Slush.

The Ninja works so thoroughly I think it could be used for green drinks, though it doesn't extract the juice. It chops and blends the ingredients so well that drinks like smoothies will be easy.


Bob Warden's Favorite Ninja Recipes (Best of the Best Presents)
Bob Warden's Favorite Ninja Recipes (Best of the Best Presents)

Here's a Ninja cookbook! This should be invaluable. There are several Ninja cookbooks. Click here to access others

 
Victorinox 8 Inch Fibrox Pro Chef's Knife in Clamshell Packaging
Victorinox 8 Inch Fibrox Pro Chef's Knife in Clamshell Packaging

A good knife making cooking so much easier. This best seller will be handy for cutting veggies into a size that fits easily into the Ninja containers.

 

The Ninja Blends Butter and Flour

For the latest test, I used the Ninja to make scones this morning.

First, it called for frozen butter. I thought that might be hard on the Ninja.

Second, you know how much time it can take to cut butter into flour and sugar by hand? It can take quite awhile, and my hand would get sore by the time it was ready. With the Ninja it took less than 40 seconds, and the butter was frozen! Amazing how the Ninja works!

Want to see the finished scones? Here's my recipe for Raspberry Scones and More.

Next time I make a pie crust, it will not only save time, but be more thoroughly blended besides. Scones come together in minutes this way. Handy for breakfast!

Ninja Blending Frozen Butter and Flour

Frozen Butter
Frozen Butter | Source

Butter, Flour, and Sugar ready for scones

Butter, flour and sugar, after the Ninja blended.
Butter, flour and sugar, after the Ninja blended. | Source
Wilton 570-1121 Easy Flex 3-Piece Silicone Spatula Set, Blue
Wilton 570-1121 Easy Flex 3-Piece Silicone Spatula Set, Blue

Everyone needs several spatulas. When I am cooking or baking one is never enough!

 

The Ninja Master Prep Grinds Coffee Beans

It even grinds coffee beans! There's a picture below. It took about 30 seconds total. Now I can take a coffee grinder off my wish list. That is another thing I love--when one appliance makes a second one unnecessary!


The Ninja versus Coffee Beans

Finished coffee beans
Finished coffee beans | Source

Check out these videos to see the Ninja in action. It's quite amazing to watch how fast it works. In my photos above, you can see how well it chops and blends.

A Review of the Ninja Master Prep Pro

The Ninja Master Prep at Work

Do you have one of these?  I love it!  What is your favorite use for your blender?

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      stella vadakin 19 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      I got my daughter one and she loves it. This is a very nice review. She is very satisfied with hers. Thanks,

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      Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

      Fabulous review of the Ninja. I didn't even know it existed but it sure looks like a wizard in the kitchen.

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      Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

      My daughter loves her food processor as well. They really do take care of virtually everything in the kitchen other than the cooking. Very nice product review.

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      Merry Citarella 2 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I've never made cheesecake Favored, but I bet it would. So far it has done everything I've tried!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      this ninja stuff sounds like a wonderful food processor

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      Now that I've seen this I wonder if my husband would like it for his famous cheesecake. Think it would work to get him to make it? :)

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      Merry Citarella 2 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I haven't used a Magic bullet, but hear they work well. Is it just more limited on what it does? The Ninja does work on larger amounts too. You will just have to get one of these too Smine! With all the cooking you do, I bet you'd love it.

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      Merry Citarella 2 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      It's never too late Susan! You'll love it.

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Well, you have me pretty well convinced. Last night I actually grated a carrot using a little tiny, more decorative than functional, grater. I'm sure your Ninja would have had it done in a pulse or two. Occasionally I wish I could crush ice. And of course there's the onions and other things that I chop regularly. Looks like this would have me covered and save time as well as effort. Wonder if it's too late to add this to my Christmas list... :)

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      Merry Citarella 2 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Hi Smine 27! I've heard good things about the magic bullet too, but i suppose this does more? I still love mine! Good to see you here.

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      Shinichi Mine 2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I wish I had bought this instead of my magic bullet.

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      Merry Citarella 2 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I'm so sorry to hear of your problems! My little Ninja set was under $70.00. I didn't want to spend much more than that for the use I expected to get from it, but it is fabulous. Honestly, it's still exceeding my expectations on everything. One of the latest is blending frozen butter squares with flour and sugar for scones. It comes out so fine. Maybe the motor on top models like mine are the solution. I LOVE it!

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      Eileen Hughes 2 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      I am glad this worked for you. We bought the Ninja Mega Kitchen System. We loved it at first,then we tried to use the cup serves and it would not lock on. So they sent us a new blade and 2 new cups that unlocked too. But worse still the liquid leaked through the seal and down into the motor.

      In Australia we pay through the nose for things like this ours cost over 500. yet in america it was about $250.

      To make a long story short. We returned it as it was faulty and eventually got our money back. I did a review on ours too on my daughters site on Infobarrel. Would not touch one of these again. Maybe a one of but have read so many bad reports since about them.

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      Merry Citarella 2 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Isn't it though Diana? And you could make scones for dessert! Thanks so much for your comments.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @Mary Crowther: I'm still so impressed with it! Thanks MareeT.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      @Merrci: The perfect construction site refreshment, for sure.

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      Mary Crowther 3 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Oh, I want one of these! I love that it has so many uses and extra containers. So nice for prep work.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @jasminscreation: Sure! Thanks for your comments!

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      jasminscreation 3 years ago

      @Merrci: I was wondering how it worked. Thanks

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @DeborahDian: It really is. It keeps surprising me. I love when that happens. Thanks for your lovely comment!

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      This looks like such a handy device!

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      writerkath 3 years ago

      Dang! I want one of these! I'm a kitchen gadget junkie, and I've seen these before. I appreciate your photos showing how well it works! Great review!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @Elyn MacInnis: Thanks Elynmac. I do have a hand held blender too, and like it a lot, but it wouldn't work for many of the things I wanted. I love that this will crush (and I mean crush) ice and grind coffee even! Both are nice to have!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      I don't, Merrci. but I certainly want one now after your rave review :)

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @Heidi Vincent: Thanks FreshStart7! Always so good to see you.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @Scarlettohairy: Thanks Scarlettohairy! I hadn't either. Love it this way though. It's so much easier to access.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you RenaissanceWoman2010. I bet an icy slush would taste great between construction times!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @zigwynn: Thanks Zigwynn! You'll love it. ;-)

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @captainj88: Thanks Leahjsongs. It does so well on everything so far.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @Brite-Ideas: It is really exceeding my expectations. Nice! Thanks so much Brite-Ideas.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @esmonaco: Thanks Esmonaco! I've heard good things about the Nutribullet too.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @smine27: Chopping is relaxing I think, but for chopping extra fine and blending, this is so fast! Thanks Smine27.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      @MelanieKaren: I love it. So far it does all I ask it to, better than I expected!

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      Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Very cool. I love the blades at the top too. I use my blender to smush up cooked rose petals to make them into beads. :-) Need a good blender for that. But I also discovered that a hand-held blender stick does well for that too. Have you ever tried one? It works really well too. Not sure about ice etc., but this one looks like it is the perfect tool for slushes. Thanks for the great tip!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I've never seen this blender till now. I like the way its constructed!

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      This looks like the perfect tool for my needs. Thanks for the introduction. Appreciated!

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      zigwynn 3 years ago

      I have an older electric chopper that I use a lot. It is good to know the Ninja would be a great replacement when the time comes. Thanks!

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      Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I don't have one of these. I'm glad to have this good review because I'm in the market for one.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      this sounds like a terrific product, I would use this! thanks for the heads-up on this one - love hearing about people's experiences with handy kitchen items

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Looks like a great kitchen tool. my wife just bought the Nutri Bullet, she really likes it. I don't use it much, it seems the Ninja can do more.. Great Review and good luck with your new kitchen helper!!!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      This looks like a very useful piece of appliance. I usually chop the old fashioned way, but if it makes the job easier, I'm all for it.

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      Melanie Wilcox 3 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      This is a great review. I've been in the market for awhile for a food chopper, but I had no idea what to get. I've always done it the old fashioned way. I could really use this!