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(Slate)   Let us now praise the Vitamix - the Ferrari of blenders   (slate.com) divider line 115
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2013-10-21 08:44:52 PM

Ambivalence: Wolf892: Thanks guys,

The peanut butter smoothie sounds delicious.
I'm not a fan of vegetable smoothies, so if I can make them easier to drink (by turning them into a straight liquid and downing them in a single dose) then that will be a big help to my diet. I'm not a fan of veggiess and sadly fruit all has sugar in it. :(

I actually just tried something you may like. It tastes just like potato soup.

Steamed cauliflower
A little chicken stock
Shredded cheese
A little butter
Salt and pepper to taste

Blend until smooth and creamy. It tastes delicious.



Even simpler:

I take some broccoli and boil it until it's just soft enough to be cut with a bit of effort on a butter knife. Pull it out and dump it in the blender, then add some boil water (enough to get a decent consistency). Blend lightly, you want it a bit grainy or it'll get slimy.

That's it. You can garnish it with a bit of creme fraiche or goat cheese (the latter with a bit of walnuts is fantastic), but it's not really needed.
 
2013-10-21 09:40:50 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Beets are notoriously hard to get through a juicer or blender.


I make beet juice all the time in my Omega VRT350 juicer. No harder to juice than an apple (except you have to peel the beet first.)
 
2013-10-21 10:47:10 PM

MrEricSir: Benevolent Misanthrope: Beets are notoriously hard to get through a juicer or blender.

I make beet juice all the time in my Omega VRT350 juicer. No harder to juice than an apple (except you have to peel the beet first.)


I'm impressed.  Truly.  I have destroyed juicers with raw beets.
 
2013-10-21 11:51:34 PM
There is a middle ground.

I have the 3600, it wasn't 400 bucks it was 10 at a yard sale. No it wasn't a once in a lifetime either, I have 3, my parents have 5, we grab them anytime we see them, never paid over 45 dollars for one.

And the 3600 is almost entirely metal, I like it better than the plastic container.
 
2013-10-21 11:55:48 PM

Magnanimous_Spirit: There is a middle ground.

I have the 3600, it wasn't 400 bucks it was 10 at a yard sale. No it wasn't a once in a lifetime either, I have 3, my parents have 5, we grab them anytime we see them, never paid over 45 dollars for one.

And the 3600 is almost entirely metal, I like it better than the plastic container.


How does it work?  There's one on eBay for 60 bucks.  I was thinking that was a fair price for an experiment.
 
2013-10-22 12:05:55 AM

Lsherm: Magnanimous_Spirit: There is a middle ground.

I have the 3600, it wasn't 400 bucks it was 10 at a yard sale. No it wasn't a once in a lifetime either, I have 3, my parents have 5, we grab them anytime we see them, never paid over 45 dollars for one.

And the 3600 is almost entirely metal, I like it better than the plastic container.

How does it work?  There's one on eBay for 60 bucks.  I was thinking that was a fair price for an experiment.


I'd almost bet you could put water and gravel and get concrete. I've used it every morning for years making smoothies. I freeze the yogurt so I don't have to add ice. It can break up a whole frozen yoplai.

It's the only motor I've ever seen you can repeatedly jam it in reverse and then back to forward and it doesn't slow it down at all. Had a relative do that with his bronco and it never ran right again.

\Do the 5600 have a reverse? No one has brought that up yet, the 3600 does.
\\plus the steel container can be used for protection in a home invasion, and you can liquidfy the evidence afterward to avoid pesky lawsuits!
 
2013-10-22 12:30:27 AM
I just need a blender that can deal with ice cubes.

The current Kitchen Aid blender will chop the cubes to a point, only to push the cubes out of the blending area.  The blades just end up spinning.  You either have to pop the top and shove a spoon in before trying again or you have to add a lot of liquid.
 
2013-10-22 12:40:26 AM
It's no Bass-o-matic.
 
2013-10-22 01:36:28 AM

Dinjiin: I just need a blender that can deal with ice cubes.

The current Kitchen Aid blender will chop the cubes to a point, only to push the cubes out of the blending area.  The blades just end up spinning.  You either have to pop the top and shove a spoon in before trying again or you have to add a lot of liquid.


A vita-mix will turn them to snow. No joke.
 
2013-10-22 01:54:19 AM
Well popular Mechanics wasn't too impressed. Link
 
2013-10-22 02:09:06 AM

Tellingthem: Well popular Mechanics wasn't too impressed. Link


Next time I'm too lazy to follow instructions and need to blend a whole apple, I'll choose the KitchenAid that craps out after a year.
 
2013-10-22 02:47:03 AM
Could a vitamix owner run this experiment and report back. A little background. I drink chocolate milk fairly regularly. The problem is I don't care much for 99% of the liquid or powdered mixes on the market. I've made my own liquid mix, it's good but it's a bit of a hassle. I'm on a phone or I'd post links but you can't make your own powdered mix at home. You'd think it would be easy, just cocoa and sugar right? But it doesn't work that way. However if a vitamix makes it possible to just add cocoa powder, sugar (or powdered sugar) and milk and have a decent glass of chocolate milk I'd consider it.
 
2013-10-22 10:05:04 AM

Werepig: Could a vitamix owner run this experiment and report back. A little background. I drink chocolate milk fairly regularly. The problem is I don't care much for 99% of the liquid or powdered mixes on the market. I've made my own liquid mix, it's good but it's a bit of a hassle. I'm on a phone or I'd post links but you can't make your own powdered mix at home. You'd think it would be easy, just cocoa and sugar right? But it doesn't work that way. However if a vitamix makes it possible to just add cocoa powder, sugar (or powdered sugar) and milk and have a decent glass of chocolate milk I'd consider it.


Post the mix and I'll try it. I use it in my coffee yeah it can't be just powered coco and sigar takes powder milk or ceeamer too I think
 
2013-10-22 01:58:58 PM

Werepig: Could a vitamix owner run this experiment and report back. A little background. I drink chocolate milk fairly regularly. The problem is I don't care much for 99% of the liquid or powdered mixes on the market. I've made my own liquid mix, it's good but it's a bit of a hassle. I'm on a phone or I'd post links but you can't make your own powdered mix at home. You'd think it would be easy, just cocoa and sugar right? But it doesn't work that way. However if a vitamix makes it possible to just add cocoa powder, sugar (or powdered sugar) and milk and have a decent glass of chocolate milk I'd consider it.


Consider it.  I do it all the time.  It's my favorite way to make hot chocolate.  Milk, sugar, cocoa, flip the switch.  As a bonus, you can turn it on high and let it heat itself up with friction.

That said, I dont think you need a $400 vita-mix just for cocoa.  Try the KitchenAid that costs $150.  Or a Magic Bullet.

And the secret to cocoa mix is powdered milk.  Link
 
2013-10-22 02:45:23 PM
One of my friends had jaw surgery that required his jaw to be wired shut for 2 weeks. He could only drink liquids through a straw for that time. His wife continued to make regular meals (pasta, hamburgers, chicken, steak, etc.) and just blended them into liquid using the Vitamix.

It literally liquified everything they put in it and he was able to consume it easily. Granted, he said the liquified meats didn't taste very good, but this thing worked like a charm.
 
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