If you are a regular reader of my meal plans, you know that I often use a slow cooker. What you don’t see is how often I use it for non-dinner meals and for making homemade yogurt. About six months ago, I realized we need a second slow cooker. Luckily, I got the opportunity to review the Ninja Cooking System. It has all the features I wanted in a slow cooker, plus a few more.
Here were my requirements in my new slow cooker, which the Ninja is able to do.
- Programable timer for either low or high heat
- Ability to saute/braise right in the slow cooker insert (less dirty dishes to wash)
- Hold a roast chicken that is five pounds
Here are the other cool features I like about the Ninja.
- Oven function. You can set it like a normal oven temp, then set a cook timer.
- Stove top function. At low, medium or high, you can sauté and braise without having to clean a second pan.
- Easy clean up.
- Steam baking. Haven’t tried this yet but the recipes will get a second look from me in the new year.
When I made chili the first time and could brown the beef in the Ninja without having a second pan to clean was the biggest selling feature for me. I often try to make the chili before heading out to church on Sunday so it’s a crazy rush and not coming home to a greasy pan is just a nice treat. One note to those who love the ease of a slow cooker-when you use the oven or stove top function, it’s considered “active” cooking. You should still be around when you have the Ninja on using one of these functions.
So how would you like to own a Ninja Cooking System for your kitchen?! I get to giveaway one to my lucky readers, it’s the Ninja MC701 3 in 1 Cooking System, a $200 value. Contest is open to US residents only. Ends at midnight on 12/27.
Note: I couldn’t make my yogurt in the Ninja so far. I’ve tried twice. I think because it can heat faster than a traditional slow cooker, my temps are a bit off. The official chefs in the Ninja kitchen may test it out. If I revise my yogurt recipe for the Ninja, I’ll let you know!
Disclosure: I was provide a product sample to help facilitate this review. All opinions shared here are my own.
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Emily Roach is a culinary nutrition expert and works with clients to create a healthy lifestyle design. She loves teaching her kids how to cook, playing tennis and inspiring women to take control of their health. Emily does one-on-one consulting, cooking workshops and speaking engagements.