There is something every kitchen has in common: the need (and hopefully ability) to chop and cut ingredients. While every kitchen has a knife, not all kitchens come equipped with convenience. Given the chance to take the new Ninja Master Prep Professional out for a spin, I jumped at the chance to see how it stacked up.
The Ninja Master Prep Professional is the newest model in the Ninja line. Featuring more blades, increased power, and an additional processing bowl, the do-it-all food processor/chopper/blender aims to be the workhorse of the kitchen. As it says right on the box in a large font size, "Crush, Blend, Chop".
The first thing to notice about the appliance is that it comes with three work vessels and a motor head to be interchanged among them. The idea is to use the work bowl, the 40-ounce pitcher, or the 48-ounce pitcher for the application that it is suited for. With six blades for use in the big pitcher, and four in either the smaller pitcher or the work bowl, it is immediately apparent that this system is designed to make quick work of prepping ingredients.
But how did it handle?
Very well, indeed. The 450-watt head is satisfyingly powerful, working through ingredients very quickly. Small ingredients like garlic cloves don't get '"lost" under the blade, while larger items like onion and tomato quarters were processed in just seconds. Surprised by the power, my first batch of salsa actually turned out too processed; with a light touch the second time around, I got the results I was looking for. The trick for me was to process the tomatoes separately, and the lesson that was learned was that with a sufficiently powered machine, individuals can get the results they are looking for. So far, so good.
After a run through the dishwasher (everything except the motor is dishwasher-safe), a couple of batches of smoothies were in order. At this point I was not surprised to see the machine whip through fresh fruits with only a few pulses. The six blades on the large pitcher ensure that all ingredients are blended together easily.
It's important to note here that each work vessel includes a lid, so one could use one bowl for one thing and then immediately switch out work vessels. Use what you want now, save what you want for later. Imagine using the same pitcher to create, serve and store a smoothie and it quickly becomes clear that the three-workbowl system is perfect for those who like to cook. While one vessel is in the refrigerator, another can be in the dishwasher, and the third bowl can still be put to use for something else. Pretty cool.
An included recipe book (with some surprisingly decent recipe ideas) goes on to serve as inspiration: this kitchen processor goes far beyond salsas and smoothies. From dips and marinades, to dessert ideas and soups, the Ninja Master Prep Professional looks to be a handy kitchen appliance that is up to the task of whatever can be thrown at it.