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  1. #1
    zxcvbob Guest

    Default I bought a Ninja blender tonight

    On sale for $25 at Big Lots. I couldn't pass that up.

    It's ridiculous, top heavy, and doesn't seem to be built all that well
    except maybe the motor and housing. And it works.

    It turned half a tray of ice cubes into powder almost instantly with no
    chunks. I added a frozen banana and it handled that too; not quite as
    fine but still no chunks. A spoonful of orange marmalade, a shot of 151
    rum, and a generous shot of lemon juice. Blend for a few seconds and I
    have sort of a frozen daiquiri.

    The real test will be a smoothie made with lots of frozen hard fruit,
    like peach slices or papaya chunks. And raw vegetables just to make it
    difficult. Maybe tomorrow.

    Bob

  2. #2
    Cheryl Guest

    Default Re: I bought a Ninja blender tonight

    On 9/5/2012 10:26 PM, zxcvbob wrote:
    > On sale for $25 at Big Lots. I couldn't pass that up.
    >
    > It's ridiculous, top heavy, and doesn't seem to be built all that well
    > except maybe the motor and housing. And it works.
    >
    > It turned half a tray of ice cubes into powder almost instantly with no
    > chunks. I added a frozen banana and it handled that too; not quite as
    > fine but still no chunks. A spoonful of orange marmalade, a shot of 151
    > rum, and a generous shot of lemon juice. Blend for a few seconds and I
    > have sort of a frozen daiquiri.
    >
    > The real test will be a smoothie made with lots of frozen hard fruit,
    > like peach slices or papaya chunks. And raw vegetables just to make it
    > difficult. Maybe tomorrow.
    >
    > Bob


    Let us know how it works! I'm interested.

  3. #3
    gregz Guest

    Default Re: I bought a Ninja blender tonight

    zxcvbob <[email protected]> wrote:
    > On sale for $25 at Big Lots. I couldn't pass that up.
    >
    > It's ridiculous, top heavy, and doesn't seem to be built all that well
    > except maybe the motor and housing. And it works.
    >
    > It turned half a tray of ice cubes into powder almost instantly with no
    > chunks. I added a frozen banana and it handled that too; not quite as
    > fine but still no chunks. A spoonful of orange marmalade, a shot of 151
    > rum, and a generous shot of lemon juice. Blend for a few seconds and I
    > have sort of a frozen daiquiri.
    >
    > The real test will be a smoothie made with lots of frozen hard fruit,
    > like peach slices or papaya chunks. And raw vegetables just to make it
    > difficult. Maybe tomorrow.
    >
    > Bob


    What model ? Consumer reports tested two models, one recommended.
    Big lots, I'll check it out.

    Greg

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    Jim Elbrecht Guest

    Default Re: I bought a Ninja blender tonight

    zxcvbob <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On sale for $25 at Big Lots. I couldn't pass that up.
    >
    >It's ridiculous, top heavy, and doesn't seem to be built all that well
    >except maybe the motor and housing. And it works.


    Sounds like the one with 2 or 3 containers and the motor that goes on
    top?

    The small one is perfect for bean dip or salad dressings.

    I put a couple cloves of garlic, some lime juice, salt & oil and
    emulsify-[in about 30 seconds]-- add a can of rinsed & drained
    black beans- and give it a couple pulses.

    >
    >It turned half a tray of ice cubes into powder almost instantly with no
    >chunks. I added a frozen banana and it handled that too; not quite as
    >fine but still no chunks. A spoonful of orange marmalade, a shot of 151
    >rum, and a generous shot of lemon juice. Blend for a few seconds and I
    >have sort of a frozen daiquiri.
    >
    >The real test will be a smoothie made with lots of frozen hard fruit,
    >like peach slices or papaya chunks. And raw vegetables just to make it
    >difficult. Maybe tomorrow.
    >


    I'm pretty impressed with mine-- Had it for 4-5 years. the
    canisters started looking like they might die a couple years ago so
    I bought a back-up. [another Ninja] It is still in a box in the
    basement.

    Be sure to make some 'ice cream'-
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKceVYqijeE

    Jim

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    notbob Guest

    Default Re: I bought a Ninja blender tonight

    On 2012-09-06, zxcvbob <[email protected]> wrote:

    > The real test will be a smoothie made with lots of frozen hard fruit,
    > like peach slices or papaya chunks. And raw vegetables just to make it
    > difficult. Maybe tomorrow.


    I was sadly disappointed when I discovered my mom's older Vita-Mix
    didn't do ice cubes fer dammit. A long line of blender's I've gone
    through, none of which did ice fer crap. The old clover-leaf Waring
    my parents used to have made killer dacquaris, but that was after you
    ran whole large cubes through the optional ice-crusher attachement
    which spit out snow-cone grade ice. I later bought a like waring and
    found an original crusher attachment on ebay. It didn't work as well
    as my parent's model. Bottom line, I gave up on blenders, smoothies,
    and dacquaris.

    What I fondly recall is a little ol' man who usta come to our county
    fair every year. He was hawking a waring blender. It had a stainless
    steel vessel. He would put in one fresh whole egg --unbroken!--, 2-3
    fresh pitted unpeeled apricots, one whole stick of celery cut in half,
    and 3-4 large ice cubes. He put the lid on, turned the one speed
    switch on for about 30-40 secs, and turned it off. You could see the
    SS vessel had frosted up on the outside. He then spooned the contents
    into little paper cups, added bitty plastic spoons, and passed 'em out
    to the small audience. A perfectly delightful veg/fruit ice/granita
    was the results. Now THAT was a blender! By time I'd gotten into
    cooking and gone through a couple crappy blenders, the little ol' man
    was no longer a yearly fair fixture.

    I don't know what model his blender was, but I suspect it was a
    commercial bar blender or a low end lab blender. Whichever, waring
    isn't giving those suckers away, they costing several hundred dollars.
    He sold his for a pricey $100, but that was back in the mid 70s. I
    might buy one if I could see it demo'd first.

    nb

    --
    Definition of objectivism:
    "Eff you! I got mine."
    http://www.nongmoproject.org/

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    zxcvbob Guest

    Default Re: I bought a Ninja blender tonight

    On 9/6/2012 6:06 AM, Jim Elbrecht wrote:
    > zxcvbob<[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> On sale for $25 at Big Lots. I couldn't pass that up.
    >>
    >> It's ridiculous, top heavy, and doesn't seem to be built all that well
    >> except maybe the motor and housing. And it works.

    >
    > Sounds like the one with 2 or 3 containers and the motor that goes on
    > top?
    >

    [snip]
    >
    > Be sure to make some 'ice cream'-
    > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKceVYqijeE
    >
    > Jim



    It looks like the model in the video, with the motor on top (red or blue
    housing, no black ones), but it only came with one medium-large jar. I
    think it was the same size jar that he used for the strawberries.

    Bob

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    ImStillMags Guest

    Default Re: I bought a Ninja blender tonight

    On Sep 6, 6:29*am, notbob <not...@nothome.com> wrote:
    > On 2012-09-06, zxcvbob <zxcv...@charter.net> wrote:
    >
    > > The real test will be a smoothie made with lots of frozen hard fruit,
    > > like peach slices or papaya chunks. *And raw vegetables just to make it
    > > difficult. *Maybe tomorrow.

    >
    > I was sadly disappointed when I discovered my mom's older Vita-Mix
    > didn't do ice cubes fer dammit.


    The old ones, probably didn't do ice very well. The newer models
    are amazing.

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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: I bought a Ninja blender tonight

    On Thu, 06 Sep 2012 07:06:59 -0400, Jim Elbrecht wrote:

    > I'm pretty impressed with mine-- Had it for 4-5 years. the
    > canisters started looking like they might die a couple years ago so
    > I bought a back-up. [another Ninja] It is still in a box in the
    > basement.
    >
    > Be sure to make some 'ice cream'-
    > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKceVYqijeE


    I lost interest in video when it took him 18 seconds to put in 1 dozen
    strawberries one by one.

    But I don't remember the motor being on top in the infomercials. Has
    it always been that way?

    -sw

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    sf Guest

    Default Re: I bought a Ninja blender tonight

    On Thu, 06 Sep 2012 07:06:59 -0400, Jim Elbrecht <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > The small one is perfect for bean dip or salad dressings.
    >
    > I put a couple cloves of garlic, some lime juice, salt & oil and
    > emulsify-[in about 30 seconds]-- add a can of rinsed & drained
    > black beans- and give it a couple pulses.


    I love my little one too. So what if the motor is on top? You knew
    that when you bought it. I especially like that it means there's no
    hollow shaft (or whatever it's called) for liquids to flow over and on
    to the counter.

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

  10. #10
    Jim Elbrecht Guest

    Default Re: I bought a Ninja blender tonight

    On Thu, 6 Sep 2012 10:11:16 -0500, Sqwertz <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >On Thu, 06 Sep 2012 07:06:59 -0400, Jim Elbrecht wrote:
    >
    >> I'm pretty impressed with mine-- Had it for 4-5 years. the
    >> canisters started looking like they might die a couple years ago so
    >> I bought a back-up. [another Ninja] It is still in a box in the
    >> basement.
    >>
    >> Be sure to make some 'ice cream'-
    >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKceVYqijeE

    >
    >I lost interest in video when it took him 18 seconds to put in 1 dozen
    >strawberries one by one.


    I knew where it went so I didn't watch the video-- My bad. There is
    probably a better one. Pre-frozen bananas will turn into 'ice
    cream', too.

    >
    >But I don't remember the motor being on top in the infomercials. Has
    >it always been that way?


    I never saw an infomercial. The one I got at Sam's several years ago
    has the motor on top. I just recently started seeing the
    traditional motor as base models.[for a lot more money!]

    Jim

  11. #11
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: I bought a Ninja blender tonight

    On Thu, 06 Sep 2012 13:18:52 -0400, Jim Elbrecht wrote:

    > On Thu, 6 Sep 2012 10:11:16 -0500, Sqwertz <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>But I don't remember the motor being on top in the infomercials. Has
    >>it always been that way?

    >
    > I never saw an infomercial. The one I got at Sam's several years ago
    > has the motor on top. I just recently started seeing the
    > traditional motor as base models.[for a lot more money!]


    Base on bottom was the original. I remember seeing the infomercials
    5-7 years ago, at least.

    http://www.amazon.com/Ninja-Kitchen-.../dp/B005QGOITM

    -sw

  12. #12
    merryb Guest

    Default Re: I bought a Ninja blender tonight

    On Sep 5, 7:26*pm, zxcvbob <zxcv...@charter.net> wrote:
    > On sale for $25 at Big Lots. *I couldn't pass that up.
    >
    > It's ridiculous, top heavy, and doesn't seem to be built all that well
    > except maybe the motor and housing. *And it works.
    >
    > It turned half a tray of ice cubes into powder almost instantly with no
    > chunks. *I added a frozen banana and it handled that too; not quite as
    > fine but still no chunks. *A spoonful of orange marmalade, a shot of 151
    > rum, and a generous shot of lemon juice. *Blend for a few seconds and I
    > have sort of a frozen daiquiri.
    >
    > The real test will be a smoothie made with lots of frozen hard fruit,
    > like peach slices or papaya chunks. *And raw vegetables just to make it
    > difficult. *Maybe tomorrow.
    >
    > Bob


    I think I got mine from Woot, but mine sounds very different. It came
    with a blender pitcher, a food processor bowl, an immersion mixer, and
    the motor that attaches to each of them. I think I paid about 30
    bucks, and although I don't use it too often, I have been rather happy
    with it.

  13. #13
    William Guest

    Default Re: I bought a Ninja blender tonight

    On 6 Sep 2012 13:29:49 GMT, notbob <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I was sadly disappointed when I discovered my mom's older Vita-Mix
    >didn't do ice cubes fer dammit.



    I thought those Vita-Mix blenders would liquify solid granite? I'm
    shocked!


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