The Vitamix Thread

Okay, I was initially skeptical about the utility of this very expensive appliance, but my sister got one for me because she knew I never would on my own and now I don't know how I ever managed to live without it.

I find I am definitely consuming a LOT more vegetables than I would have and different ones besides. Stuff like chard, turnip or beet greens, collards, and other dark green leafies tend to go really well in morning smoothies (along with carrots, bananas, celery, frozen berries, and either yogurt or almond milk).

I have been doing this less than a week, but I already feel a lot better.

Anyone else around here use one of these?

Maybe I'm just a miser, but $329.00 as a starting price for one of these things? It better be a pretty goddamn amazing blender.

Still, vegetable juicing sounds very appealing; I could finally stop with the low-sodium V8.

I was a skeptic as well but it won me over. The motor is outrageously powerful and makes short work of stuff you'd normally find impossible to blend. Stuff like celery carrots or collards.

It is like the table saw of kitchen appliances.

Paleocon wrote:

Stuff like chard, turnip or beet greens, collards, and other dark green leafies, carrots, bananas, celery

I have no idea what I would do with a Vitamix because I already eat all of those things. Some cooked, some raw. Everything except collards actually, you can't get those up here in Vancouver. Or maybe they name them something else?

Tamren wrote:
Paleocon wrote:

Stuff like chard, turnip or beet greens, collards, and other dark green leafies, carrots, bananas, celery

I have no idea what I would do with a Vitamix because I already eat all of those things. Some cooked, some raw. Everything except collards actually, you can't get those up here in Vancouver. Or maybe they name them something else?

It lets me consume greens raw that I would otherwise have to eat cooked. It also saves s ton of time.

A Vitamix is an amazing piece of kit. It's a commercial quality appliance and should last you a long, long time.

I stocked up on frozen fruit and almond milk. I have a drawer full of veges as well, so I am good to go.

It is loud as hell though. I wonder if it wakes the neighbors.

Friends of ours got one and I want one now. They make strawberry smoothies blended so well you can't find a single seed. It makes soups too... including cooking them.

LouZiffer wrote:

Friends of ours got one and I want one now. They make strawberry smoothies blended so well you can't find a single seed. It makes soups too... including cooking them.

Yup. Makes eating raw collards and kale tolerable. Though a smoothie made with celery and collards is a bit like...this.

Our Vitamix has become the most used appliance in the kitchen. It has handled everything we've thrown at it with ease. Frozen fruit now takes up a sizable portion of our grocery bill and we've also started buying PB2 (powdered peanut butter) for my peanut butter fix in smoothies.

What are the best smoothie recipes you guys have found?

I've got a BlendTec, which is quite comparable (and has much better advertising). I absolutely love it - raw spinach into smoothies, blended frozen coffee in the morning, cream soups, protein shakes, all that jazz.

Vitamix Journal:
kale
celery
apple
carrot
ginger
frozen berries
almond milk

Yum.

On a similar subject -- my wife received the Magic Bullet recently as gift. She saw it at our friends' house, tried an liked it a lot, and they gave it to her as a present. Anyway, it really rocks, and isn't nearly as expensive. Using it, the missus slips a lot of carrots, parsley, celery, and turnips into the kids' chili. And whips up a killer mango lassy for me.

I'm always interested in new recipes and ideas. Here are three I am doing that are pretty tasty.

Acerola, Lemon & Cayenne with some sugar.
Granny Smith Apples, water, lemon juice, lime juice, parsley, kale, cucumber, banana or yam or jicama and Yacón.
Water, soymilk, cashew nut butter, brazil nut butter, sugar, cocoa, vanilla, sunflower oil, cardamom extract, cinnamon and stevia.

We did not get a lot of luck from the Vitamix. Broke 2 in the first few months, just got our money back, and payed for a Blendtec.

I might just have been unlucky. But regardless, getting a good blender to use is very nice for making smoothies, fruit drinks, salad dressings, dips.

KingGorilla wrote:

We did not get a lot of luck from the Vitamix. Broke 2 in the first few months, just got our money back, and payed for a Blendtec.

I might just have been unlucky. But regardless, getting a good blender to use is very nice for making smoothies, fruit drinks, salad dressings, dips.

Sorry to hear it.

Did you burn out the motor? That thing is 2HP.

Paleocon wrote:

Did you burn out the motor? That thing is 2HP.

Ha! That put a picture in my mind of a gasoline powered blender. I suppose that would wake up the neighbors.

Paleocon wrote:
KingGorilla wrote:

We did not get a lot of luck from the Vitamix. Broke 2 in the first few months, just got our money back, and payed for a Blendtec.

I might just have been unlucky. But regardless, getting a good blender to use is very nice for making smoothies, fruit drinks, salad dressings, dips.

Sorry to hear it.

Did you burn out the motor? That thing is 2HP.

One motor shorted out making a sauce, and we were not exactly packing in whole turnips; one shaft.

And I should say, I was mistaken it was Healthmaster-the one Montel Williams hawks. So I have no experience with Vitamix. I think I have it in my head because the commercials and ad materials kept comparing the 2.

Almond milk is a fairly low protein replacement for animal milk; what are you using for protein in these besides powdered whey?

Edit: not an indictment of almond milk, as I use it wherever I can. Just curious.

Plain greek yogurt works very well to pump up the protein. It has almost no flavor on its own, is low in fat, and very high in protein.

I regularly juice vegetables with an Omega masticating juicer. It's a bit different than a high-speed Vitamix, but also makes some very tasty and healthy juice. It's a slow grinding mixer than can squeeze juice out of almost anything! I love to make a home-made v8 concoction, and play around with different things like jalapeno and chili powder to spice it up a bit. The prep work takes more time than a blender/mixer, but it's a pretty crazy machine anyway, and I agree that it helps me eat a lot of things I normally wouldn't be consuming. Best appliance in my kitchen!

I was surprised how full these smoothies make me despite their relative lack of calories. One might have as many as 250 calories and keeps me full until noonish.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
Paleocon wrote:

Did you burn out the motor? That thing is 2HP.

Ha! That put a picture in my mind of a gasoline powered blender. I suppose that would wake up the neighbors.

I'm on my phone so I can't find the video, but Top Gear had a V8 powered blender once. It didn't go well, but that's because Clarkson is a moron.

MrDeVil909 wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:
Paleocon wrote:

Did you burn out the motor? That thing is 2HP.

Ha! That put a picture in my mind of a gasoline powered blender. I suppose that would wake up the neighbors.

I'm on my phone so I can't find the video, but Top Gear had a V8 powered blender once. It didn't go well, but that's because Clarkson is a moron.

Heh, I never saw that episode.

Back to the drawing board

Back in the day I forked over $200-250 for the Jack la Lane juicer. It was everything the comercial said except there were big time exceptions. You had to do quite a bit of prep work before feeding the fruit and vegies into it. The device was relatively easy to clean and take apart. But you practically had to clean it after every pieve of vegetable or fruit. And you learned right quickly the expense of the vegetable versus the amount of juice it provided versus the strength of the flavor. I though I could make home made v-8 juice but no matter how many other vegetables I put into it, it tasted like roma tomatos and asparagus.

Is this more of the same? How easy and how often do you have to clean it?

Vitamix >>>>>> Juicer.

Juicers are a total pain to clean. Vitamix cleaning: fill pitcher half-full of warm water and a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid. Run for a few seconds. Rinse pitcher and you're done. I occasionally have to scrub it with a bottle brush but no big deal.

Unlike a juicer, there is nothing left to clean out.

We use ours multiple times a day. (current morning smoothie recipe: half a tomato, 6-8 baby carrots, handful of spinach, three strawberries, a few blueberries and raspberries, some soy milk and acai juice with protein powder, flax powder and oats)

Great for other stuff as well -- soups and so on. Salsa is good but you have to learn to go easy on the switch or your chunky salsa becomes a base for gazpacho really quick.

KingGorilla wrote:
MrDeVil909 wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:
Paleocon wrote:

Did you burn out the motor? That thing is 2HP.

Ha! That put a picture in my mind of a gasoline powered blender. I suppose that would wake up the neighbors.

I'm on my phone so I can't find the video, but Top Gear had a V8 powered blender once. It didn't go well, but that's because Clarkson is a moron.

13 minutes to find that! That's impressive.

26 weeks later how are you vitamix owners making out?

Does this thing have any scent of burning rubber or plastic while in use? (some lower end blenders do), rust issues? (even some mid range ones seem to)

I've been pondering getting a high end blender for ages, the price tag still has me hesitant but it's nearing time to move on from 'borrowing' my father's high end food processor which isn't really the same thing.