Ninja Searious Slow Cooker MC501
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- 3 in 1 Function Versatility.
- 6 Quart Capacity Pan.
- Auto-Warm Feature.
- Faster Meal Preparation.
- Large Removable Pot.
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And I agree. I'm not going to be doing any baking in mine either. It is a great slow cooker. The low heat is low, but not so low that nothing happens. The high is enough higher that things bubble but they certainly do not burn. Kind of a high simmer while the low is just a bit below that.
The other side, the regular cooking side, has low, medium and high heats. The problem with this is that it doesn't heat up fast. And that can be a problem. I've browned ground beef and cooked onions and they do cook. But I have not tried to brown a roast in this pot, which was one of the reasons for buying it in the first place. I think it would work, but I am not sure it gets hot enough. And you would need to wait for the heat to come up before you put the meat in if you want true browning until you were sure it actually was hot.
I also wanted a pot that would not be quite as heavy as a crock pot made out of ceramic. I give it marks on that. I wanted a pot that was easy to clean. The insert has non-stick on all sides and it is extremely easy to get clean. Basically just soapy water, and maybe a bit of soaking if something is really crusty.
The lid has a hole in it, so this is not a totally closed system as some crock pots are. You will lose some of the liquid over time. Frankly, as long as you are aware of that, it should not be a problem.
The warm feature works, but it doesn't really keep things warm for very long. Again, as long as you realize that, it should not be a problem.
Overall, I'm pleased with my purchase.
First up was a pulled pork recipe, which was one of the reasons I purchased this Ninja item, since it has the stove top function (I don't need a baking feature) to sear meats with. I turned the "burner" to High, and while it didn't heat up as fast as the stove does, it did sear the 6 pound pork shoulder beautifully. I set the timer to 10 hours overnight, and woke up to perfectly cooked, fall off the bone, pulled pork waiting for me in the warming mode. While there is a steam vent, I found NO loss in moisture from the sauce mix.
Second use was to use it just as a stove to cook chicken fajitas. Again, not as fast to get to high temps as a regular burner, but this enabled me to not have to babysit the stove while the chicken/onions/peppers cooked. End product was moist, with easy clean up.
I love the functionality of this product, it has cut down on the amount of dishes to wash, especially the large sink filling dishes from meal preparation. Also, the insert is incredibly light weight, very easy to remove and wash.
This would make an OUTSTANDING present for a college student living in a dorm (assuming they can have crockpots!) or for anybody who has a small kitchen.
Next it's already warmed up so the slow cooker starts cooking a lot faster.
Then last after your done turn the bottom burner back on and make gravey!
We have done RB and PORK Roast So far both have been great
Only one thing to clean up
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Three words ... I - Love - It ! It's what slow cookers SHOULD have been from the beginning . Easy , versitile , one pot cooking . Read morePublished 14 months ago by olddude
I had two slow cookers with the stoneware liner and found them too heavy to lift. I found this one and the added bonus of being able to brown in it convinced me to give it a try. Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by Bonnie S.
Thus crock pot is awesome! I love the sear capability! Cooks faster than I am used to! I will adapt.Published on December 31, 2013 by CBW
The Ninja browns the meat. It is great not to have to use a separate pot for browning.l. Works as described I would definitely recommend the product to others to buy..Published on December 26, 2013 by Brenda Scannell
It worked well for me. The crockpot cooked food faster than the normal cooker. I am satisfied with my purchase.Published on December 26, 2013 by Shirley Walker
I like everything about this cooker. One can brown meat in it prior to cooking a recipe. After cooking one can put it on the Buffet setting and keep it warm till dinner. Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by Susan L. Rogers