The Ninja Master Prep series includes both the Ninja Master Prep and the Ninja Master Prep Pro system. At first you might think these are the same product, but they are quite different. We will compare the two so you can choose which one will best suit your own needs.
The Ninja Company developed the Ninja Master Prep for the budget minded consumer. It is their least expensive blender but still has the patented Ninja technology, which is a great deal at this low cost. It has a 400-watt motor with two processing containers.
One container is used for the blending component and the other container (2 cup capacity) is for the food processing cycle. As with Ninja’s ongoing quality, there are lids, blades, and splash guards included.
Most of the recipes used for the Ninja Blender family can be used with this system. It can crush ice and make perfect frozen drinks in the blend mode and it makes great chopped salads and salsa in the food processor mode.
The blender is known for cleanly chopping vegetables without turning them into mush. It has dishwasher safe parts and is BPA free. It was the 2010 winner of the Housewares Design Awards. You can blend or chop, serve, seal and store in the same container.
It is also great for making baby food. It is a great time saver to make delicious dishes that use to take a lot of time to chop and prepare. It is fast and simple. Some people refer to this as the blue Ninja, but make sure if you should decide to purchase it, it is called the Ninja Master Prep.
Don’t be confused as there is a Ninja Master Prep Pro System. This is a super upgraded version of the Master Prep and it comes at twice the price. But you get your money’s worth because of all the additions. The most obvious addition is the New Professional Ninja hand mixer.
This is a 9-speed mixer that is tough enough to handle cookie dough. The motor is also more powerful at 450 watts. And of course, this system includes the patented Ninja technology. It contains three processing containers, including the addition of a 40-oz. container.
As with the Ninja Master Prep, there are dishwasher safe components and it is made of BPA free material. It also contains lids, blades and splashguards for all three containers. Another addition is the two smoothies to go cups with lids and straws to take with you. This is sometimes referred to as the black Ninja Blender.
This system, as the others, is known for crushing ice into a beautiful snow consistency and for chopping vegetables without getting soggy results.
Both of these products are highly recommended by customers. The only criticism that was found in hundreds of reviews was that a small part kept breaking. This may be happening because they were using it for juicing. These machines are meant to be used to make smoothies, but are not promoted as juicers.
Juicing takes a special large heavy-duty machine. You can make some of the popular green drinks with a ninja bullet blender, but it will turn out more the consistency of a smoothie instead of a liquid juice consistency. But if something does break, parts can be bought at online stores or the Ninja Blender website. This is very convenient and helpful.
Simple Blender Maintenance Tricks
Blenders like any appliance will need a little tender loving care over time. There are 2 or 3 things that you can do on a regular basis to keep your blender in good working order. These are simple to do but always check the operating instructions for your particular model before you get started.
One of the most common things to go wrong with any blender is leaking. This is usually caused by deterioration in the rubber gasket at the bottom of the blender jar where it meets the base. Inspect this often to make sure it is good shape.
Every model is different but you will generally have to unscrew the blade assembly to get to the rubber gasket. These can easily be replaced if it is worn.
Leaks can also be cause by small cracks in the jar itself. If you have a leaking problem and the gasket looks good then the problem is with the jar. About the only thing you can do is replace the jar. Again, these can be purchased at most appliance stores. Check the manufacturer’s operating manual for the type and size you need to get.
While you have the blade assembly apart be sure to check that there is no food or other sticky substance causing the blades not to move freely. It is very easy for sticky juices and food to collect around the blades and cause them to be less effective. Make sure you clean around the hub with a small brush to loosen food build up.
Check the blades at the same time if they are bent or chipped you will want to replace them. This again is not an expensive repair and it will help keep your blender in first class operating condition. Replacement blades can be purchased from the manufacturer.
There is one other place on the blender that can cause problems. The buttons that control the blending speed is a good place for food and sticky grime to build up.
Some blenders have a panel or cover that can be unscrewed and taken off. This allows access to the area around the buttons so they can be cleaned with a small brush. But be careful here. The base of the blender is the electrical motor and must never be exposed to water.
If your blender does not have a removal cover or panel, just make sure as best you can to clean up liquids and food from around this area whenever you use it. Unfortunately, if the buttons become so dirty and sticky they become stuck completely, you may have to replace the base unit entirely.
With a little care and simple regular maintenance, your blender should give you many years of care free service. Remember a little maintenance can go a long way.