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Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System Review

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Sailor takes to remote IslandMarch 06, 2013 By navy4you2
I am in the Navy and have been stationed on a very remote island. I brought the Ninja as the only source for cooking. (since it is just a small room) I have used it for many things. I love being able to make the spaghetti and frozen meatballs (made the meatballs myself and froze them), I have baked a loaf of bread in it, cooked chicken and a steamed potato, meatloaf, bbq pulled pork with 1/2 of a 19# pork butt, sauteed onions and I have even made dumplings in it. I think this is the most versatile system that I could have gotten and for the money it is price perfectly. (Watch for sales too.) I hope that if you get this and try it out, don't try to steam things all day, and make sure if you are using anything other than the crock pot part that you watch it just like you would being at home with the oven or stove top. I said it a couple of times and I will say it again.... I love this thing. I can't say enough about it.
21 of 22 people found this review helpful.
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Excellent ProductFebruary 13, 2013 By pawclev
My wife and I love this appliance. Browning , slow cooking and roasting in one unit is great. Cleanup is quick and easy. Food comes out moist and tender. We have not tried baking as my wife is kind of old school when it comes to her baking. We have not had one problem with the Ninja cooking system.
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Love this for what I need it forFebruary 12, 2013 By Stinkerdoodes
I am a mom of 3 teenage boys and I work full-time managing my husband's practice. I got tired of hearing my boys ask if dinner was ready when they got home from school/sports/music. I used to use my Crock Pot but let's face it.....Crock Pot food tastes like it's been cooking all day in a Crock Pot. I have tried having meals assembled and ready to eat in 30 min, but even that is too long. So, I saw this appliance and decided it was the answer to all my prayers. Now I cook at my office every day, take out the roasting pot and carry it home. I LOVE IT and so do my boys. I threw a whole frozen chicken in on the steam setting for about 30 min and it was totally thawed and warm. Then I switched it to roast, seasoned it, and it was falling off the bone! I have browned hamburger meat and made casseroles, mac and cheese, steamed broccoli, pasta, cooked dried beans and then added soup ingredients for soup, made cakes (both steamed and baked) and it has not let me down. I am not replacing my home kitchen with it and agree that for some things you just need that griddle and more than one saucepan. But for a teeny city apartment, dorm room, or for cooking in my office kitchenette with a small fridge and microwave, IT ROCKS!
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HORRIBLE! DO NOT PURCHASE!!!February 06, 2013 By MTDJWS
I am 50 years of age, and rarely eat out. I decided to replace my ""Crock Pot"" with the Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System, because it cooks from the sides, and the pot is lightweight and non-stick. I decided to try a beef roast. This afternoon I followed the directions in the ""Let's Get Cookin' we'll show you how!,"" pamphlet. It says: 1. Place pot in cooking system 2. Plug unit into wall outlet. 3. Add desired food into pot. 4. Set dial to OVEN. Set desired temperature with smaller dial below the TIME/OVEN TEMP button. 5. Pres the TIME/OVEN TEMP button, and set desired cooking time by turning smaller dial. OK....so, the so called directions NEVER MENTION adding WATER. ADD WATER not just one time, but about every 10 minutes like the previous review stated. Be prepared to stand there for hours, adding water, because it's going to evaporate through the hole in the lid. Now, fortunately for me, I added about 2 cups of water at the beginning (while getting ready to LEAVE my home...), and noticed a SMELL (burning food smell) shortly before leaving my home! That fast!!! The WATER had already EVAPORATED! I turned down the temperature (I believe to 250 or 275-whatever the minimum is), added about 5 cups of water. I had to leave and thought this would work. Returned 3 hours later (after adding a huge amount of water and turning ""oven"" temperature down to lowest), and guess what? BURNED ROAST, vegetables....when I returned. Neither the roast nor vegetables were sitting on the bottom (except for some baby carrots and onion which had fallen through). BURNED! Roast smelled burned from evaporated juices on bottom and burnt carrots and onion. Hey, unless you want to STEAM YOUR HOUSE with MEAT SMELL, and ADD WATER every 10 MINUTES or so, I'd suggest you go back to the old crock pot which a person could leave for hours! I am taking it back to Bed, Bath and Beyond tonight. I do not believe I have ever once returned anything there. Well, this thing is going back. As far as I am concerned, it's dangerous and cooks way too hot, and looses moisture like you can't believe.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.