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Have you heard? There’s a hot new slow cooker in town. And I am so excited that I can finally share it with you.
Back in April, I got a phone call from a television producer. He was assembling a group to put together an infomercial for a new slow cooker cooking system. I was pretty hesitant and skeptical, and initially said “no.” Though, I’ve spent hours and hours watching infomercials in the middle-of-the night while up with sick kids or newborns, I always just kind of brushed them off.
But my darling husband, Adam, told me that I should at least hear him out. They flew Adam and me out to Boston to check it out for ourselves. It was the first time we had left all three kids, and while I was skeptical of the upcoming sales pitch, I was kind of excited to have a date night in Boston. We flew out, had a great meal in Quincy Market, and then headed over to Euro-Pro’s headquarters (they are the parent company of the Ninja® and Shark® products). I decided to play it cool, and not get my hopes too high… And, then I saw the machine. I started to get really excited and immediately began opening and closing the pot and started to play around with the features. I squealed and I might have drooled a teensy bit.
That’s when Adam squeezed my arm and whispered, “Hey Steph, it’s OK to let them pitch you.”
I realized that I needed to be business-like. I agreed to be filmed for the infomercial and was happy to sign on to help promote the new Ninja® cooking system. The infomercial has officially launched and I still can’t believe that I got to be a part of it. I personally have used every make and model of slow cooker on the market. In these past 4 years, I’ve tested and prepared over 1000 slow cooker recipes, and this truly (truly!) is the best cooker I’ve ever used. It’s perfect.
Ninja® 3-in-1 Cooking System Features:
â€¢ It has a metal pot. The dial has a Stove Top and an Oven setting. It’s NOT just a slow cooker— it’s a mini oven and a hot plate also. This is cool because you can brown your meat, caramelize your onions and garlic, and then switch it over to slow cook all day long. There’s no need to drag out a frying pan at 6 a.m.!
â€¢ Also, because of this stove-top setting, you can make a sauce reduction or gravy right in the pot after slow-cooking all day. No need to transfer the liquid to a separate pan. Way cool.
â€¢ Just like my “old favorite” pots, this cooker is fully programmable in 30-minute increments for both High and Low settings and will flip automatically to a Warm setting to keep your dinner hot and safe until you arrive home at the end of a long day.
â€¢ The oven setting goes all the way up to 425 degrees F, and because the lid traps in all the steam, you can count on really moist meats– even if you don’t have the time to slow cook all day long. I did ribs in 2 hours on the Oven (steam roast) Setting and they fell off the bone– absolutely perfect ribs.
â€¢ Because of the lid and the trapped steam, you can bake light and moist breads, cakes, and muffins with half the fat or oil. The steam keeps your baked products super-moist, even with gluten-free mixes or flours. AWESOME. (No need to do math — just literally cut the oil or butter in half in your favorite boxed mix or homemade recipe.)
â€¢ The pot has “Triple Fusion Heat”— because of this, both the sides of the pot and the bottom heat up while in the oven setting. This means you can make things you can’t normally make in a slow cooker or even on the stove top– like a full spaghetti and meatball meal in just 20 minutes (raw spaghetti, water, jar of sauce, bag of frozen meatballs; all gluten-free is JUST fine, I’ve tested it out a bunch of times!). The pasta absorbs the liquid from the sauce and the water and cooks without needing to be drained. Love this.
â€¢ Since the pot is metal with a non-stick surface, it really cleans well. With my old stoneware pots, I’d need to soak them overnight sometimes, and I’ll even add a dryer sheet to release the baked lasagna or stuff like that, but this pot really does wipe out clean. It’s also shatter proof, and can be safely loaded the night before in the fridge and placed right into the heating element. This is something that the other slow cooker manufacturers don’t recommend.
So there you go! The only drawback I have is that it’s more expensive than the other slow cookers on the market. But you have an awful lot more features, and the company has an awesome money-back guarantee.
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