Why I'm Ready for a Vitamix
It'll be a little while before I can afford it, but it's comin'!
Date: 6/7/2006 8:02:19 PM ( 16 y ) ... viewed 2278 times
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January I have steadily increased the variety of foods that I consume
as a raw foodist. Along with this increase in variety has come an
increase in the complexity of food preparation. In the beginning I went
with simple fare that required chopping and mixing- easy stuff I could
do by hand using my cutting board and a knife. I made taboule, salsa,
and guacamole. I put together salads, cabbage wraps and living-bread
hummus sandwiches. I made delicious smoothies in the blender. All
As my interest in new flavors and textures
grew, I acquired a dehydrator, allowing me to try crackers, living
breads and dried fruits. Felicia joined me in my raw odyssey, prompting
us to try new bread and cracker recipes, desserts, sauces, etc. But
already I had discovered that food prepping for raw food meals is time
consuming for a full time grad student. To save time, I was using the
blender and food processor for chopping up my taboule and salsa
ingredients along with the smoothies and other recipes. The poor
blender couldn't hack it.
We're now on our third blender. One of
them started smoking, another's motor wore out leaving us with slower
speeds. The current one shakes and would probably whip itself off the
counter if we didn't hold onto it. We've also been unhappy with the
food processor's inability to make smooth nut pates and its too-small
So now we've come to a point where we want to buy
something that is going to last through years of heavy use. It needs to
be versatile and handle both our blending and food processing needs.
After all, we want to add vegetable juices, raw warm soups and raw "ice
cream" to our repertoire. Enter the Vitamix.
We attended a
demonstration of the Vitamix at a local Costco and were impressed with
what we saw and tasted, as well as with the answers provided by the guy
doing the demonstration. Making nut butter was easy and very quick!
Salsa came out perfectly, with visible chunks of vegetables that
weren't too big or too small. Carrot juice tasted great- it was thicker
than juiced carrots because the fiber is retained, which is fine by me
as I want all the nutrients I can get (you can add water to thin it).
Felicia asked him to do celery so she could see if it came out stringy.
Nope- no strings whatsoever! The motor is so powerful that anything the
guy made took half the time it takes us at home. Clean up was simple,
although cleaning up after nut butter takes a bit longer.
sure there's a learning curve before we are making all the things we
imagine creating this summer, but we are so tired of weak blenders and
burned out motors that we are willing to spend the money it'll cost for
a Vitamix. If it lives up to its reputation, it'll be the last such
product we buy for years to come.
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