Friday, April 6, 2012

Vita-Mix Review-4 Years Later

Well, it's been more then 4 years since I bought my Vita-Mix. And I don't think more then a few days have gone by at a time, where I didn't use it and think how grateful I am for it. 

That thing is literally a work-horse in my kitchen!  I am not a big fan of gadgets and would prefer to use less of them in my life, esp ones that use electricity.  But, I don't know what I would do without this one.  Actually, I did survive for 3 weeks without it while we were in Iowa for 3 weeks last fall.  But it was not easy, and I missed it very day.  Partly because I have chosen to prepare foods that use the Vita-Mix, as a matter of simplicity.

The machine works as well today as it did when I first brought it home 4 years ago.  I did buy 2 extra containers, each costing $100, which is why I paid $650 total.  We have not been eating wheat for 2 years, but I loved the dry container for that purpose when I needed it.  I have used it for grinding rice into flour a few times and it works great for that.  It saved me from having to buy a grain grinder, which are huge and expensive.  Since I only did small batches of wheat, it wasn't a problem at all for me.  I also love having the extra smaller wet container. Because I use it so many different things, I often have both containers in use.  But I could survive on only the one container if I needed to. :)


After 4 years, here are the pros and cons of the machine:

PROS:
~Easy to use
~Heavy-Duty
~Easy to Clean up (like, super, duper easy to clean up)
~Does not take up a lot of space
~Very good at blending fully-no little pieces (my SIL loves my mango smoothies and can't get it with her blender because it leaves little pieces still)
~Takes the place of many other appliances

Here are some kitchen appliances it can take the place of:
~Blender
~Ice Cream Maker
~Chopper/Food Processor
~Grain grinder
~Mixer


CONS:
~Loud
~Hard to get thick batter out thoroughly
~Expensive

Some of the things I use my Vita-Mix for:

~Smoothies
~Chopping veggies
~Chopping and grinding nuts/seeds/coconut flakes for granola, etc.
~Grinding crispy almonds to make almond flour
~Grinding rapadura
~White Sauce
~Mayonnaise
~Making frosting
~Ice Cream
-Tomato/Veggie Sauces
~Pestos
-Blended Soups
-Nut butter
~Applesauce (with peels)
~Fruit leathers
~Pate
~Pudding
~White Bean Vanilla Cake
~Chocolate Coconut Cake
~Pancakes
~Soothers/Hot Chocolate


Now, the real question on everyone's mind is-can you buy a cheaper blender and still do what you do with the Vita-Mix.  I am guessing that you could do most of the things with a cheaper blender, but I the motor would burn out much faster, and, it would not do as good of a job. If you put frozen fruit in a regular blender, there will be chunks.  Raspberry seeds, not a big fan.  But with the Vita-Mix, they are pulverized completely.  And you could not do nut butters in a regular blender, or chop the seeds/nuts.  You would need a food chopper/processor for that.

I do wish I could make juice without the fiber.  So I have a juicer still.  And I do still use my Kitchen Aid for things like fish cakes and mashed squash and fat cookies .

So, that is the low-down of my Vita-Mix, after 4 years of constant use.  Definitely 2 thumbs up and worth every penny!

I posted this in Real Food Wednesday.

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