Having a high power blender, really is all that. After going through 6 blenders in 10 years (one I broke, engines burnt out, plastic connectors cracked, you get the idea...)
After saying things like:
- 'a blender is a blender, what's the big deal'
- 'I would never spend that much on a blender'
- 'I only like blenders with glass jars'
What tipped me towards the Vitamix was the 7 year warranty due to my amazing talent for killing blenders. Plus I love the more 'manual' controls versus the digital control panel of some of the other blenders - less to go wrong!
I finally got a Vitamix and love it...
- My daily green smoothies, are actually smooth now.
- I can make raw soups in an instant.
- Make flour from nuts and grains.
- Homemade nut butter is also very smooth.
- Hummus and other dips are silky.
- Family entertainment is putting whole (peeled) carrots in the blender and turning it into carrot juice, or even better adding some coriander and black pepper and letting it go a bit longer so it gets warm and turning it into soup.
- It is a true powerhouse.
- It has metal connectors, no plastic to break.
- The switches are mechanical, no electronic panel to go on the fritz.
- Super easy to wash - just put in water and two drops of soap and turn on - self cleaning for the inside :)
- 7 year warranty!
It lives on my counter, no need to ever put it away.
Is it sexy looking? No, but I love it anyway.
Unfortunately, it could not replace my food processor - but my cheap food processor does some things better than my fancy expensive Vitamix - grating, dough, whisking, etc...
Only negatives are:
- it is loud
- It is not that pretty
- It is expensive
- It can be hard to get 'sticky' stuff out
- It does not replace my food processor
The new model offers a shorter wider container, I think it might be better than the tall skinny one to get stuff out. Apparently this new wider container will fit my base, very tempting!
My parents have a 50+ year old Oster Osterizer which I adore, I used it as a teenager, and still use it every time I am at their house. I think of my Vitamix as the updated version of that. While the engine is not as strong as a Vitamix, the parts are all metal and the construction is beyond solid. Will my kids speak so nostalgically about my Vitamix, or will they still be using the Oster Osterizer?!
If I were one of those artsy creative bloggers, I would so do a 'Things I make with my 50 year old Osterizer' blog - it is truly a thing of beauty!
At end of the day, it doesn't matter which blender you have - it matters that you use it to get healthy foods into your body and for your family.
I had loads of fun and learning a lot watching these Vitamix demo videos:
Blending an avocado pit smoothie
Engaging 10 minute demo
Tortilla Soup recipe and 3 minute demo
Vitamix Recipe Sites:
Below Vitamix magic:
Organic apples + organic carrots with the tops = yummy thick green carrot apple juice