This article contains the FAQs for the NF700 Series Ninja® Professional XL Food Processor. This supports the following product SKUs NF700, NF701 and NF702.

How do I clean the Precision Processor Bowl when dealing with stuck-on ingredients?

The bowl, lid, discs, nesting workbowl, and blade assemblies are dishwasher safe. Ensure the blade assembly is removed from the bowl before placing in the dishwasher. Or, if you would prefer to hand-wash the parts, wash the bowl, lid, discs, nesting workbowl, and blade assemblies in warm, soapy water. Exercise care when washing the blade assemblies. Use a dishwashing utensil with a handle to avoid direct hand contact with blades. Rinse and air-dry all parts thoroughly. The motor base can be used to clean the bowl and blades, follow the instructions below:
Fill Processor bowl with 36oz of warm water and add 1 drop of dishsoap to the processor bowl. Process on PUREE program. When program is complete, rinse and air-dry all parts thoroughly.

Are all parts dishwasher safe?

All parts (except the motor base) are dishwasher safe.

Why is the control panel not illuminated?

Make sure unit is plugged in and powered on. If the unit is powered on and attachments are not installed, the control panel will flash. The available programs will illuminate after a container is properly installed on the base.

Why are ingredients unevenly sliced?

For best results when using the reversible slicing/shredding disc (not included with all models) or adjustable slicing disc (not included with all models), trim ingredients to a uniform size. Do not cut ingredients smaller than the feed chute height. For the most even results, place ingredients in the smallest possible of the 3 feed chutes.

Can I use any program with the 4.5-Cup Nesting Workbowl? (Only for Model NF702)

When using the 4.5-Cup Nesting workbowl, we recommend using the PUREE, PULSE, LOW or HIGH program.

Why can't I move the tab on the feed chute lid?

Press the button on the feed chute lid and continue to press the lid counterclockwise until the tab is no longer aligned to the bowl handle. If the lid feels stuck, check that the seal is smooth in place on the lid before installing again

Why is it difficult to install the feed chute lid?

When installing the lid on the processor bowl, hold the lid by the side and ensure tab is positioned to the right of the processor bowl's handle. Place the feed chute lid on the bowl and turn lid clockwise until it clicks, indicating the lid is locked in place.

Why don't the ingredients fit in the feed chute?

For best results, trim ingredients to a uniform size so they fit better through the feed chute. The large feed chute is found in the food processor lid. Add ingredients up to but not above the CHUTE MAX FILL line and install the largest food pusher to run a program. DO NOT attempt to force ingredients through the feed chute.

How do I stop an active program?

Press the currently active program to stop processing.

How long do the manual speeds run?

Low and High run continuously up to 60 seconds.

Why is the unit difficult to remove from the counter for storage?

Tip unit forward from the back to disengage the suction feet.

Why are my ingredients not evenly chopped?

For best results when using the reversible slicing/shredding disc (not included with all models) or adjustable slicing disc (not included with all models), trim ingredients to a uniform size. Do not cut ingredients smaller than the feed chute height. For the most even results, place ingredients in the smallest possible of the 3 feed chutes.

Do I need to prep ingredients before processing?

Trim ingredients so they are in 4" to 5" pieces or slightly over the height of the feed chute. DO NOT cut ingredients smaller than the size of the feed chute. Cut both ends off ingredients to create flat surfaces. Trim tapered ingredients like carrots to make them more symmetrical. Larger ingredients, such as potatoes, may need to be cut in half lengthwise.
For chopping: Cut ingredients to uniform pieces about 2" large and place evenly around the bowl before processing. For best results, make sure ingredients are a uniform size before adding them to the food processor bowl.

Why is the unit pausing?

Some Auto-iQ programs have unique processing and pausing patterns to achieve best results. Once an Auto-iQ program is selected, it will start immediately and automatically stop when processing is complete. To stop processing before the end of a program, press the currently active button.
To process without pauses, use manual programs Low or High for continuous running up to 60 seconds.

Why can't I install the lid on the bowl.

If any components are misaligned, the lid will not install properly. Make sure the disc spindle and discs or blade assembly are fully seated on the drive gear inside the bowl. Place the lid on the bowl, then rotate the lid clockwise until it locks into place. Make sure the button of the lid has not been pressed.

What type of dough can I make using the DOUGH program?

You can create any of your favorite doughs, from pie and pizza dough to your favorite cookie doughs. For more information, refer to the Inspiration Guide.

How long will the manual Low and High speeds run?

The Low and High functions will run continuously for 60 seconds.

Can I crush ice in the unit?

No, this food processor is not designed to crush ice.

How do I use the 3-part food pusher?

The 3-part food pusher separates into small, medium, and large food pushers to guide ingredients through the different-sized feed chute openings. Use the small feed chute opening (which also doubles as a measuring cup) for ingredients like carrots, the medium feed chute for ingredients like cucumbers and zucchini, and the large feed chute for ingredients like potatoes.
As a safety feature, the large food pusher must be inserted in the feed chute for the unit to run. Insert food up to but not above the CHUTE MAX FILL line on the processor lid, then install food pusher to the CHUTE MAX FILL line before selecting program.

Which feed chute do I use?

Using the narrowest feed chute possible allows ingredients to be guided down toward the discs for the most even output.
• To use the largest feed chute, assemble the lid and place ingredients into the chute. Install the largest pusher with the medium and small pusher nested inside to push ingredients through. Large pusher must be installed before selecting a program.
To use the medium or small feed chute, install the large pusher into the lid and use smaller pushers to guide food through the center of the large or medium pusher.

What is the difference between a feed chute and a food pusher?

The food pushers double act as smaller feed chutes to help guide ingredients into the Precision Processor Bowl. Use the smallest food pusher to push food, such as carrots, through the small feed chute, which is located inside the medium food pusher. Use the medium food pusher to assist food, such as zucchini, through the medium feed chute, which is located inside the large food pusher. Use the large food pusher to push food, such as potatoes, through the large feed chute, which is located on the feed chute lid.

How do I use the 4.5-Cup Nesting Workbowl? (Only for Model NF702)

The 4.5-Cup Nesting Workbowl is perfect for creating smaller recipes. Place the nesting workbowl in the processor bowl with the arrow on the workbowl aligned with the arrow on the processor bowl handle. Place the disc spindle through the opening in the middle and sit it on the drive gear. Then place the small chopping blade over the spindle inside the workbowl. Place ingredients in the workbowl, then place the feed chute lid on the bowl and turn clockwise until it clicks, indicating the lid is locked in place. Press the Power button to turn the unit on. Use Auto-iQ program PUREE or manual programs LOW, HIGH, OR PULSE.

The unit is wobbling when mixing dough.

The unit is intended to create a dough ball. It is NOT intended to continuously knead. After dough ball forms, additional kneading should be done by hand on a clean, dry work surface. If the unit moves excessively on the counter, remove the dough ball and knead by hand. We do not recommend running the dough program more than 3 times. Remove the dough once the dough is combined.

Why is the display is flashing?

Check that the Precision Processor Bowl is properly secured on the motor base and the feed chute lid is secured on the bowl. As a safety feature, the large food pusher must be inserted in the feed chute for the unit to run. DO NOT exceed the CHUTE MAX FILL line on the large feed chute. The unit will not run if ingredients exceed this line.

How do I process large quantities for best results?

When slicing or shredding a large quantity of ingredients, process in batches. Remove the disc and spindle, then empty the bowl before ingredients reach the disc. Do NOT continue processing when bowl has filled with ingredients.

Why is the dough program flashing?

The unit is designed to run the dough program no more than 3 times in a row. The unit is not intended to continuously knead. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead by hand. Unplug the unit and let cool for 15 minutes.

How do I use the adjustable slicing disc? (Not included with all models)

Use the dial on the disc to select the desired thickness (0.3–8mm). Then use plastic grip to carefully place disc over disc spindle. Ensure disc is NOT on the S (Storage) setting before installing it. Return disc to S position after use.

How many settings are there on the adjustable slicing disc? (Not included with all models)

The adjustable slicing disc has 8 main settings with 1/3-mm microsettings between each (for a total of 24 individual settings) ranging from 0.3mm to 8mm. See the recipe Inspiration Guide for more information on the different settings.

When should I use the LOW setting?

Best used with the disc assemblies or dough blade. Use to make delicate recipes with full control over speed.

When should I use the HIGH setting?

Use only with the chopping blade in the Precision Processor Bowl or with the small chopping blade in the 4.5-Cup Nesting workbowl (not included with all models). Use to make purees, dips, sauces, or recipes that need to be broken down finely.

When should I use the DISC setting?

Use with the disc spindle and disc assemblies only. Best for slicing or shredding various ingredients in the Precision Processor Bowl.

When should I use the PULSE setting?

Use with the chopping blade or dough blade in the Precision Processor Bowl. Use in the 4.5-Cup Nesting Workbowl (not included with all models) to chop smaller quantities of ingredients. It is not recommended for use with disc assemblies.

When should I use the CHOP setting?

1.) Place motor base on a clean, dry, level surface such as a countertop or table, then plug in the unit.
2.) Lower the Precision Processor Bowl on the motor base and rotate clockwise until it clicks into place.
3.) Exercising care, grasp the Chopping Blade Assembly or the Dough Blade Assembly by the top of the shaft and place it onto the drive gear inside the bowl.
4.) Add ingredients to the bowl, making sure not to exceed the Max Fill line.
5.) Place the feed chute lid on the bowl and turn lid clockwise until it clicks, indicating it is locked in place. You can then power on the unit and select a manual or Auto-iQ program.

How do I assemble the food processor with the accessory disc?

1. Place motor base on a clean, dry, level surface such as a countertop or table, then plug in the unit.
2. Lower the Precision Processor Bowl on the motor base and rotate clockwise until it clicks into place.
3. Place the disc spindle onto the drive gear inside the bowl. Hold the plastic center of the disc and place it over the spindle. Please note, if using the reversible discs, choose desired side and place facing up before putting on disc spindle. If using the adjustable slicing disc, choose your desired thickness and make sure the disc is not on the S (Storage) setting.
4. Place the feed chute lid on the bowl and turn lid clockwise until it clicks, indicating it is locked in place.
5. Press the Power button to turn the unit on, then select DISC or LOW. Add the prepped ingredients you want to slice or shred through the feed chute on the lid. Use the food pushers to help guide the ingredients through the feed chute.

How do I clean the unit?

Separate all parts. For handwashing: Wash processor bowl, nesting workbowl, lid, discs, and blade assemblies in warm, soapy water. When washing the blade assemblies, use a dishwashing utensil with a handle to avoid direct hand contact with blades. Handle blade and disc assemblies with care to avoid contact with sharp edges. Rinse and air-dry thoroughly.
For dishwashing: All attachments are dishwasher safe. Ensure the blade or disc assembly is removed from the bowl before placing in the dishwasher. Exercise care when handling blade or disc assemblies. For the motor base: Turn off the unit and unplug the motor base before cleaning. Wipe motor base with a clean, damp cloth. DO NOT use abrasive cloths, pads, or brushes to clean the base.

How do I store the unit?

Wrap the power cord around the cord wrap on the back of the motor base. Store the unit upright and store all blade assemblies inside or attached to their respective containers with their lids locked in place. DO NOT stack items on top of the containers. Store any remaining attachments alongside the unit or in a cabinet where they will not be damaged or create a hazard.

Why are my ingredients unevenly sliced?

For best results when using the reversible slicing/shredding disc (not included with all models) or adjustable slicing disc (not included on all models), trim ingredients to a uniform size. Do not cut ingredients smaller than the feed chute height. For the most even results, place ingredients in the smallest possible of the 3 feed chutes.

Why are my ingredients unevenly chopped?

For best results when chopping, cut ingredients to a uniform size and don’t overfill the bowl. For smaller quantities, use 4.5-cup Nesting Workbowl (not included with all models).

My dough is not evenly mixed.

For best results using the dough program, we recommend the following:
For cookies: Add sugars, cubed softened butter, eggs, and liquids (such as vanilla extract), then select DOUGH. Add all dry ingredients and run the DOUGH program again. If more mixing is needed, run on PULSE until combined. Add mix-ins (such as chocolate chips, raisins, and nuts) and PULSE to combine.
For very sticky doughs, use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl, and press PULSE or DOUGH to continue combining.
For Pizzas, Pretzels, Bagels & Bread Doughs: Add ingredients in the order listed in the recipe, then select DOUGH. Remove dough ball and knead to combine, if needed.
For Cakes, Brownies, Muffins & Quick Breads: Add sugars, softened cubed butter/oils, eggs, and liquids (such as vanilla extract), then select DOUGH. Add all dry ingredients and run the DOUGH program again. Add mix-ins (such as chocolate chips, raisins, and nuts). PULSE until combined.
For Biscuits, Pies & Scones: First add dry ingredients and cubed cold butter or shorten-ing, then select DOUGH. Add cold liquids (such as cold milk or water) and run the DOUGH program again. Remove dough ball and knead to combine, if needed.
The dough program can ONLY be run 3 times continuously. After running dough program, additional kneading should be done by hand on a work surface.

How do I chop small quantities of ingredients?

For smaller quantities, we recommend using the 4.5-Cup Nesting Workbowl (not included with all models). The 4.5-cup Nesting Workbowl is compatible with all NF700 Series models and it can be purchased from ninjakitchen.com.

Can I grind or mill in this unit?

The Ninja Professional XL Food Processor is not intended to grind or mill ingredients into flour. Do not attempt to dry blend and always add liquid to recipes.

When do I use the disc spindle?

The disc spindle is used for the disc assemblies and 4.5 -Cup Nesting Workbowl (not included with all models). Place the spindle on the drive gear inside the bowl before assembling other components.
For the 4.5 -Cup Nesting Workbowl assembly, place the nesting workbowl in the processor bowl with the arrow on the workbowl aligned with the arrow on the processor bowl handle. Place the disc spindle through the opening in the middle and sit it on the drive gear. Then place the small chopping blade over the spindle inside the workbowl.

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