SS200 Series Ninja® Foodi® Power Blender & Processor - FAQs

This article contains the FAQs for the SS200 Series Ninja® Foodi® Power Blender & Processor. This supports the following product SKUs SS200, SS200C, SS201 and SS201C.

Why is the control panel not illuminated?

Make sure unit is plugged in. If the unit is powered on and no container is installed, the unit will display '-''. The available programs will illuminate after a container is correctly installed on the base.

Why is the unit not mixing well? Ingredients are sticking to the sides of the container.

Using the Auto-iQ programs is the easiest way to achieve great results. The pulses and pauses allow the ingredients to settle toward the blade assembly. If ingredients are routinely getting stuck, adding some liquid will usually help. When filling the pitcher, start with fresh fruit or veggies, then leafy greens or herbs. Next add liquids or yogurt, then seeds, powders, or nut butters. Finally, add ice or frozen ingredients.

Why does the unit move on the counter while blending?

Make sure the counter and feet of the unit are clean and dry.

Why is the output warm?

This is normal, and the unit is functioning properly. If you are using room-temperature ingredients to make nut butters, spreads, etc., the output will be slightly warm due to friction of blending.

What's the difference between a smoothie and a smoothie bowl?

Smoothie bowls are thicker and spoonable, compared to smoothies, which are thinner and drinkable.

  • Examples of spoonable recipes are smoothie bowls, hummus, pesto, and nut butters (thick outputs).
  • Examples of drinkable recipes are smoothies, protein drinks, and green drinks.
Are all parts dishwasher safe?

All parts (except the base) are dishwasher safe.

How to do I switch to Manual Mode from Auto-iQ Mode?

To toggle between Auto-iQ Mode and Manual Mode, press the IQ or MANUAL button.

NOTE: In Manual Mode, Auto-iQ programs will not illuminate on the control panel.

How do I stop an active program?

Press START/STOP or the Power button to stop the program.

How do I know if the Total Crushing & Chopping Blade Assembly (Stacked Blade Assembly) or the Dough Blade Assembly is installed properly?

When installing the Stacked Blade Assembly or Dough Blade Assembly into the pitcher it will fit loosely.

How do I clean the Power Pitcher when dealing with stuck-on ingredients?

For best results, use a dishwasher to remove stuck-on ingredients. Or, use the motor base to clean:

  1. Rinse the pitcher and blade assembly under warm water after processing.
  2. With the dough or stacked blade assembly installed, fill with warm water up to DOUGH MAX line and add 1 or 2 small drops dish soap.
  3. Secure pitcher lid, and ensure the pour spout is securely closed. Install pitcher on base. Select BOWL and press START/STOP.
  4. Once complete, empty contents and rinse pitcher under warm water.
Why won't the pitcher handle fold down?

If not attached to the pitcher, the handle will not fold down. For storage, place the lid on the pitcher, aligning the pour spout with the corner farthest from the pitcher handle. Then press down on the handle until it clicks into place.

Why does the blade speed sometimes change when blending thinner ingredients?

When using Speed 9 or 10 with the Power Pitcher, you may notice a change in the blade speed when blending thinner ingredients. This is due to the smart technology in the blender and is part of the unit's normal operation.

Can I double my recipe when using the dough function?

The Power Pitcher can make up to 1.5 lbs. of dough. Do not exceed the Dough Max or Cookie Max lines. The unit can make a max of the following at one time:

  • 24 one-ounce cookies
  • 8 biscuits, scones, pretzels, or bagels
  • One 12" round pie or pizza crust
  • One loaf of bread
  • One 12" round cake
  • One 8" x 8" pan of brownies
  • 12 muffins
  • One 8" x 4" loaf of quick bread, such as banana bread or pumpkin bread
What should I do if my dough/cookie ingredients exceed the Dough/Cookie max line(s)?

If ingredients exceed the Dough/Cookie Max lines, we recommend reducing the recipe by half. Refer to the Kitchen Conversion Chart in the Inspiration Guide for unit conversions.

How do I measure the quantities I can make in one batch when using the Power Pitcher?

The Power Pitcher can make up to 1.5 lbs. of dough. Do not exceed the Dough Max or Cookie Max lines. The unit can make a max of the following at one time:

  • 24 one-ounce cookies
  • 8 biscuits, scones, pretzels, or bagels
  • One 12" round pie or pizza crust
  • One loaf of bread
  • One 12" round cake
  • One 8" x 8" pan of brownies
  • 12 muffins
  • One 8" x 4" loaf of quick bread, such as banana bread or pumpkin bread
How long do the variable speeds run?

The variable speeds, ranging from Speed 1 to speed 10, run continuously for 60 seconds. To stop the program early, press START/STOP.

How do I use Total Speed Control and the Power Pitcher?
  • START SLOW- Always start at a low speed (1-3) to better incorporate ingredients and prevent them from sticking to the sides of the container.
  • DIAL UP THE SPEED Smoother blends call for higher speeds. Lower speeds are great for chopping veggies and mixing dough, but you'll need to ramp up for purees and dressings.
  • HIGH-SPEED BLENDING Blend until ingredients reach your desired consistency. The longer you blend, the better the breakdown and smoother the outcome will be.
  • NOTE: If using the Dough Blade Assembly, only use Speeds 1 or 2.
Can I use all speed ranges when using the Dough Blade Assembly?

We recommend only using Speeds 1 or 2 when using the Dough Blade Assembly. All 10 speed ranges are available when using the Stacked Blade Assembly.

How do I add ingredients for cookies?
  1. Add sugars, cubed softened butter, eggs, and liquids (such as vanilla extract). Use the dial to select DOUGH, then press START/STOP.
  2. Add all dry ingredients and run the DOUGH program again. If more mixing is needed, run on Speed 2 until combined.
  3. Remove dough blade and add mix-ins (such as chocolate chips, raisins, and nuts).
  4. Stir to combine.
How do I add ingredients for biscuit, pie, or scone doughs?
  1. Add dry ingredients and cubed cold butter or shortening. Use the dial to select DOUGH, then press START/STOP.
  2. Add cold liquids (such as cold milk or water) and run the DOUGH program again. If more mixing is needed, run on Speed 2 until combined.
  3. Remove dough ball and knead to combine, if necessary.
How do I add ingredients for pizza, pretzel, bagel, or bread doughs?
  1. Add liquids (such as water), yeast, and oil.
  2. Add dry ingredients.
  3. Use the dial to select DOUGH, then press START/STOP.
  4. Remove dough ball and knead to combine, if necessary.
How do I add ingredients for cakes, brownies, muffins, or quick breads?
  1. Add sugars, cubed softened butter, eggs, and liquids (such as vanilla extract).
  2. Use the dial to select DOUGH, then press START/STOP.
  3. Add all dry ingredients and run the DOUGH program again.
  4. If more mixing is needed, run on Speed 2 until combined.
  5. Add mix-ins (such as chocolate chips, raisins, and nuts).
  6. Press Manual and with Speed 1 selected, press START/STOP. Blend until combined.