This article contains the FAQs for the MC900Q Ninja® 4-in-1 Cooking System.
While the two multi cookers look similar, there are several important differences. New to the 4-in-1: -STEAMER function for easy steaming of foods Countdown timer with audible beeping alert Glass Lid (Dishwasher Safe) included for direct viewing of food -Stainless Steel included roasting/steaming rack for dishwasher safe cleaning -Carry bag for storage and transport convenience -Color options: White, Stainless Steel, Black, Cobalt Blue, Eggplant, Green, and Cinnamon
Steam roasting uses bottom heat and side-band heating, combined with super-heated steam, to cook some foods 30% faster, with 30% less fat. The result is juicier meats!
Steam roasting is done by adding liquid to the bottom of the cooking pot and cooking on the oven setting.
Steam roasting is best used with beef, pork, fish and poultry.
No. It is optional. Without the added liquid, browning of your roasts will be different.
Steam baking uses bottom and side-band heating, combined with super-heated steam, to bake.
Steam baking is done by adding water to the bottom of the cooking pot and cooking on the oven setting. The steam created by the water helps your desserts retain more moisture.
Steam baking is best used with cakes, cupcakes, loafs, puddings, custards and cheesecakes.
No. It is optional. It may not be recommended for various baked goods with already high water content.
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.
Stove Top HIGH at the highest temperature setting heats the bottom of the pot to approximately 440F.
The Ninja system includes Slow Cook HIGH, LOW and WARM settings. The Slow Cook HIGH setting cooks in half the time it takes to cook on the LOW setting. This flexibility offers two options that work best with your schedule. Use LOW for all-day 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. Use the WARM mode after cooking to keep cooked food warm for 30 minutes to 12 hours.
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.
Steam cooking is one of the healthiest ways to cook, and works especially well for vegetables, seafood, delicate meats, and wrapped foods such as dumplings. Steam cooking preserves vital nutrients in the food and brings out wonderful flavor and color from vegetables.
To steam cook, put the recommended level of water in the pot and set the dial to STEAMER. Set the time according to the recommended time and the unit will beep to notify you that pre-heating has begun. When the water is fully boiling, the unit will beep again at which time the countdown timer will begin to count down. Promptly insert your food onto the roast/steam rack and insert it into the pot, close the lid. When the time is up, the unit will beep again. Remove the food and enjoy.
One-pot meal cooking is done by placing everything on the bottom of the pot and cooking on the oven setting.
One-pot meal cooking is best used with pasta dishes (no need to drain) as well as layered meals, using protein, a starch and a vegetable all cooked in one meal.
Layered meal cooking uses your Ninja cooking system to provide heat to both the sides and bottom of the pot, along with super-heated moisture, allowing you to create complete meals at the same time. It"s the best of steam roasting with the added functionality of layering vegetables and starches in the same pot as the protein, which cooks above on the rack.
One-pot layered meal cooking is done by adding water or broth with your starch to the bottom of the pot, then inserting the roasting rack with your protein and vegetables on top and using the OVEN setting
One-pot layered meal cooking is best used when preparing a protein that is to be served separate with a side starch such as couscous, pasta or quick-cook rice. You can also add a vegetable on top of the protein.
The lid is made of glass. The pot is aluminum with a non-stick coating. The removable roast/steam rack is made of stainless steel. All are dishwasher safe.
The overall system weighs 12.2 lbs. The pot weighs approximately 3 pounds.
The stove top setting has no timer since this is engaged cooking; if left on, it will automatically turn off after one hour on High mode, two hours on Medium mode, and four hours on Low mode. The slow cook, auto keep warm, and buffet modes turns off automatically after 12 hours. The oven mode turns off after six hours.
For slow cooking and oven cooking, you need to use a lid. For stove top cooking, a lid is recommended for heating up the unit before searing; otherwise a lid is not needed.
The lid is domed to be able to use while roasting, using the roasting rack.
The hole in the lid allows excess steam to escape the system.
It is not recommended to plug the hole.
It is recommended that you do not use the pot on a conventional stove top or in a conventional oven to preserve the non-stick coating of the pot.
Two minutes and then power will shut off.
It is not advisable to take it off during the first 2 hours. Taking the lid off slows the cooking process by approximately 15-20 minutes each time you remove the lid and will dry out the food.
Yes. All accessories can be used in a regular oven.
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 lid and roast/steam rack are dishwasher safe. The multi-purpose pan is not dishwasher safe. Never immerse the main housing in water or any other liquid.
As with any non-stick surface, use scratch resistant, non-metal utensils on the surface of the pot.
No, it is not recommended to store food in the cooking pot in the freezer.
The 4-in-1 does not have a delay start feature due to food safe temperatures needing to be maintained.
PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) is used by manufacturers of PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) to help in the creation and processing of PTFE coatings. There is only a fractional amount of PFOA present in the actual PTFE coatings that are applied to Ninja multi-cooker products. Euro-Pro is aware of the concerns and information out there regarding use of PTFE and PFOA and sincerely understands your interest in these. You can rest assured though that our multi-cookers are manufactured in compliance with all laws, meeting all FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) and food contact law requirements. These types of coatings have been evaluated and approved by the FDA for food contact, and there is no EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) restriction on the use of PTFE as a coating for cookware. Euro-Pro is committed to providing safe and high-quality products to our customers, and the safety of our customers is of the utmost concern to us.