Price (RRP): $399 but shop around
I was trying to find the right description for the Ninja Foodi Blender. Because unlike most blenders, it has an 800W heating element that adds a wonderful level of cooking amenity to a blender – you can do hot as well.
That means hearty one-bowl soups, sauces, jams, drinks, and more – now if it only had a freezing element as well for ice creams and sorbet! OK, Ninja – how about the Ninja Frosty!
Like most Ninja reviews this is part 1 – update 1 is below. And I have to say that the Nutri Ninja Blender and the Ninja Foodi Grill are two of GadgetGuy’s top rating reviews drawing hundreds of thousands of eyes and leading to a lot of happy users.
I don’t quite know where to start with the Ninja Foodi Blender because it does both more and less than the Nutri Ninja Blender.
Review: Ninja Foodie Blender – hot and cold
- Australian website here
- Price: $399 but shop around as Good Guys has it for $299 at present
- Warranty: 12-months ACL warranty
- Country of manufacture: China
- Distributor: Mann&Noble Australia 02 88017666
- In the box: Auto-IQ power base, 1.8L Blender Pitcher (Jug), Tamper, Cleaning Brush
Some like it hot
I was interested because it is coming into winter (here down under) and while I am not a soupy person per se I remember the wonderful full flavoured pumpkin and chicken soups my mum used to make in the 60s. Although she probably used a pressure cooker because there was not a blender in sight.
So, step one is to rediscover soup.
The Ninja Foodi Blender recipe book has some starters, but importantly soup is about ‘layering’.
- A couple of teaspoons of olive, coconut, avocado or canola oil.
- Add peeled, quartered shallot or onion
- Then the aromatics – spices like garlic, ginger, thyme, pepper, coriander, cumin, and tomato paste
- A quick sauté and some heat gives you the ‘flavour’
Add roughly chopped vegetables (25mm squares) – almost any except those that are mostly water or leafy. Carrots, sweet and white potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, butternut or Kent pumpkin, celery, spinach, corn and capsicum are fine. Meats are OK too – roughly chopped chicken (use Thigh if you want more ‘fat’), pork, lamb, beef or seafood.
Followed by the stock (beef, chicken, vegetable), tomato puree and water as necessary.
Then push the IQ button for a ‘smooth’ or ‘hearty’ mix and grab a red wine while you wait – simple. You can add things like dry noodles, pasta, beans, chickpea, beans and cream closer to the end.
The heating element also has settings for sauté, or sauce/dip.
If you follow the recipes, it tends to make about 1.4L maximum. That is not as much as you think – that is two noodle bowls (below) or four ‘cups’. Approximate time (excluding ingredient preparation) is around 30 minutes. It has a keep hot setting as well.
First attempt – Chicken Noodle Soup from the recipe book
Chop onion, celery, carrots and chicken into the sizes you want to eat. Throw these into the jug along with the chicken stock, salt, pepper and thyme. Press ‘hearty’ and 30 minutes later you have Bellissimo soup.
Six minutes before the end throw in the dried egg noodles.
Update 1 – Pumpkin soup is perfect
I will let the images tell the story
What we have learned at stage 1
It is early days yet, but the ‘hearty’ Chicken Noodle soup was a delight. Pumpkin using the smooth setting was fabulous.