Yes, with any heating appliance, it is always good to be safe; we recommend using mitts in handling the product. Dials will remain comfortable to touch without the use of mitts.
The lid is domed to be able to use in roasting, using the roasting rack, and can hold up to a 6 lb. chicken, or a 4 lb. roast
It is recommended that you not use the pot on stovetop or in the oven to preserve the non-stick coating of the pot.
" Searing meats before cooking adds flavor and appearance. Sear using the built-in stove top before slow cooking " for more delicious meals all in one appliance. " Slow cooking is cooking foods at low temperature for a long time in a moist cooking environment. Typical slow cook meals take 8-10 hours on low and 4-6 hours on high. .
" You can use slow cooking for all types of meals. This method of cooking is perfect for meats that are typically less expensive cuts and take many hours to tenderize. The long and low temperature leaves the meat tender and juicy. For other types of foods, slow cooking allows you to cook hands-free, over a longer period of time. " The Ninja system includes Slow Cook HIGH, LOW and Auto Warm settings. Slow cook HIGH cooks in half the time it takes to cook on slow cook LOW. This flexibility offers two options that work best with your schedule. Use LOW for all-day "set it and forget it" cooking. Use HIGH for half day or weekend cooking. Once the cooking cycle is complete, the unit will automatically switch to AUTO WARM, which will run for 12 hours.
The pot is unbreakable aluminum with professional non-stick coating.
" The overall system weighs 12.2 lbs. (Competition weighs 13.2 lbs. on average). " The pot weighs approximately 3 pounds while traditional crockery pots weigh 8 pounds
" For stovetop there is no timer since this is engaged cooking; if left on, it will automatically turn off: -High"after 1 hour - Med---after 2 hours -Low--- after 4 hours " Slow Cook on Low and High: after 12 hours -Auto Keep Warm stays on for 12 hours - Buffet stays on for 4 hours
" For slow cooking, the wattage used is the same amount as three 100 watt light bulbs. It is perfectly safe to leave the Ninja plugged in, BUT ONLY for slow cooker or buffer settings. " The other forms of cooking are engaged cooking and you must be present. Think of these as if it is your home stove.
" For Slow cooking you need to use a lid " For Stovetop cooking it is recommended to keep the lid on to get the unit hot before searing; then since a lot of cooking requires you to tend ingredients, you can keep the lid off to continuously stir or saute.
Do not refrigerate right after cooking. Take pot out of unit and cool for about an hour; then can place in refrigerator with lid to store.
YES! The stove top function is perfect for reheating. Simply place your food in the unit, and set to stovetop high to get the unit warm. Adjust appropriately as you would on your stovetop at home.
2 minutes and then power will shut off.
There is no beep.
It is not advisable to take it off during the first 2 hours. Taking the lid off slows the cooking process.
The Ninja should never be used for deep frying. It can be used for searing and sauteing.
The Ninja cooking system can sear and slow cook all in the same appliance, using the STOVETOP functions, then SLOW COOK function, with less mess. It is true one-pot cooking. Plus, you can keep all the delicious flavors during the searing process. Having a stovetop and slow cooker in one appliance allows you to reduce sauces after slow cooking and even reheat food.
" Unplug the unit from the wall outlet. " NEVER immerse the main housing in water or any other liquid. The inner liner can be wiped clean with a damp cloth " The lid and rack are not dishwasher safe and should be hand washed only in warm sudsy water " The pot is dishwasher safe. However, do not use scouring pads or abrasive cleaners. If food residue is stuck on, soak in hot water and mild soap.
The metal rack or the metal vent hole in the lid can rust.
As with any non-stick surface, use scratch resistant, non-metal utensils on the surface of the pot.