Do you have one? I didn’t until recently. I bought the mid-level model and it is perfect for our use. I am going to offer you recipes and my use of the machine to help you get used to using yours. Please feel free to share your recommendations with me. If I don’t post quickly, it is because I feel the need to make a recipe before I recommend. So, after I make your recipe, I will post it of course giving you credit for your creation. If I modify after you send me one and I have made it, I will post as mine and mention that you sent me a recipe and I modified it again, crediting you for the original and with my additions so that readers can choose.
We don’t BBQ on a grill. We don’t even grill any longer. So, paying a premium for a kitchen tool like a Vitamix is something I feel I can splurge on and I feel it aids me in cooking healthy meals; vegan, vegetarian, whole foods for my family. I get excited to have a new appliance and I generally use it frequently and integrate it into my cooking regiment. If you are considering purchasing a Vitamix, or if you are as I described above, please allow me to indulge myself with your time and attention. You see we went to the Birmingham, AL Summit location of Sur La Table. Both of the employees working that evening and we were there at the end of the evening, were engaged in our discussion, excited to share and one of them we exceptionally knowledgeable about these machines. So please let me share a little about them and my new experience using them.
The top of the line unit is all digital. Great if money is no object but I kind of like doing what I need and what I want to do with a few less digits and a few more dials. Old fashioned, I know but I fear the failure of the digital. These machines have a better than industry standard warranty, 7 and 10 years, so not to worry for that part but the interesting thing to me is how it works. Now let’s stop here for a minute. Do you have any kitchen appliance with a 7 or a 10 year warranty – nope.
A little about the company – made in America and made in Ohio, my home state, Vitamix is
If you add cold, ice and blend it will actually freeze like ice cream. If you add warm, blend and intend to make as a soup, it will come out hot enough to eat. Yes, very neat because there is really no need to heat further unless you want to add a little extra warmth and then, I just microwave for a minute or two and my dinner prep and cooking is finished. Here is my simple broccoli and vegan cheese soup.
Ahead of time, I cook potatoes and carrots; add nutritional yeast, Cavender’s Greek Seasoning and Tony Chachere’s Seasoning blend together and freeze. This is said to be vegan cheese like nacho cheese for dipping but it didn’t pass my family’s taste test as such. What it does do is make a great cheesed up soup or cheesed up vegan dish. So I freeze this in 1 quart freezer bags. I remove frozen and microwave until defrosted, add to the Vitamix. Then I add a head of either broccoli or cauliflower or ½ of each to my corning ware dish with 2 T of water and cook for 4 minutes on high in the microwave. I add it to the Vitamix. Now, I set the Vitamix setting to Soup and it sets the timer for the correct time. About 6 minutes later, I have perfectly blended and soup to temperature for kids or adults to eat that is vegan, healthy, vegetarian and did I save full of flavor? We eat this for dinner in the Fall, Winter and Spring at least once or twice a week. We take 2-3 months off in the summer and increase our use of the Vitamix by making smoothies that are cool and refreshing instead of the soup.
They tout that it cleans easily by filling with ½ warm water and a drop of dish soap. Just like the other things mentioned, it too works as stated. You have to appreciate a company that supports their product, makes something to air nutritional wellbeing and is accurate in their offer and promise to their customers. Actually, would we as a customer expect anything more. I couldn’t be more pleased.
Again, Vitamix as a company – has recipes listed on their website. How many – roughly 300. What an incredible resource, warranty, story and appliance. I am a more than happy owner as this appliance has become and integral part of our diet and an aid to our nutritional wellbeing. Please note that I do not have an affiliate relationship with Vitamix but will seek to have one in the coming months as I am willing to promote this product because I believe in it and have used it with exceptional satisfaction.