I’m excited to share the details of Vitamix’s 2016 Mother’s Day Sale. Starting today and running through Mother’s Day, May 8th, Vitamix is offering savings of $50 to $90 across their full range of models. I have been watching Vitamix sales over the past four years, and this is the most extensive one to date. Whether you want a top-of-the-line 780, the lowest possible price on a Certified Reconditioned unit, or something in between, this sale has something for you. The sale pricing is also compatible with the 06-007021 free shipping promotion code. Continue Reading →
Vitamix blenders are famous for their high power, but what does that power actually mean, and do they deliver the horsepower that Vitamix claims? Continue Reading →
¼ cup water
1 orange, peeled
⅓ pineapple, peeled (~1.5 cups pieces)
fresh ginger (piece ~¾ inch on a side)
turmeric (fresh piece ~¾ inch on a side, or ¼ tsp powder)
1 cup frozen mango
Blend on high until smooth. Makes 2 medium servings.
Depending on how much of a kick you want, you can increase the ginger and turmeric. Continue Reading →
I came across this recipe on ChefSteps. You can use it as you might use cream, as a garnish on soups, or to add a little boost to a pasta or bean dish. Don’t expect it to taste like cream, but it is satisfying. The flavor is savory and has an unexpected depth, despite such simple ingredients. Continue Reading →
This carrot soup is a bit more work than my usual recipes, but the result is rich and delicious. I was inspired by an amazing soup I had at Chez Nico in Innsbruck, Austria a few years ago. The idea is to make it all about the carrots, and it has a simple premise: cook carrots in carrot juice, then blend. Besides making a silky smooth blend, a Vitamix works great for juicing carrots as well (with the help of a filtration bag). Continue Reading →
Whether you are shopping for a gift, or are looking to optimize your own blending experience, here is a list of recommended blending accessories. I keep these items in my kitchen and enjoy using them. I’ve mentioned most of them on the blog before, but here they are, all in one place. Continue Reading →
It’s hot soup season! This tomato soup is simple and satisfying. The classic Vitamix tortilla soup, is blended until hot, but this recipe is instead cooked on the stove to develop different flavors. A Vitamix can heat soup, but it generally won’t cook vegetables. If you don’t cook onion before blending, you have to use only a tiny bit, because otherwise its flavor is much too strong. And a cooked onion can really improve a soup.
(Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can always purée vegetables and then cook them on the stove. I did this once with onion and cauliflower, and the result was awful.)
This recipe uses canned tomato, which is great for late fall and winter when flavorful tomatoes are hard to find. Canned tomato is also already partially cooked, so it doesn’t need to spend too long on the stove. Continue Reading →
I’ve spent the past two weeks trying out the new Vitamix 780. It is Vitamix’s fanciest blender, and now here is my review. Disclosure: Vitamix did not sponsor this review nor provide the machine. If you make a purchase after following a link from this site, Joy of Blending may receive a referral commission (at no cost to you), and I am grateful for your support.
The short version
The Vitamix 780 is Vitamix’s priciest model, and it is the only one that has a smooth touchscreen control panel. You can get the same blending results with lower-priced models, but, if you like the look of the shiny glowing screen, and you can afford it, the touchscreen does not disappoint. The 780 is also the quietest Vitamix model so far (really! more details below).
Through May 8th, the 780 is $70 off for the Mother’s Day Sale.
There is a promotion that was scheduled to end March 31st, which is stil working: you can take $20 off your choice of Vitamix Accessory if you purchase of a 780 using promo code 06-007021. (It stacks with Mother’s Day Sale pricing.) This promo could end at any time.
I love vegan food, but a lot of vegan versions of traditionally-non-vegan dishes can be disappointing if you are expecting the traditional version.1 This recipe doesn’t make any sacrifices on texture or taste—it is creamy and densely flavorful. In fact, I think the flavors are improved by not being diluted with dairy or eggs. I’ve served it to traditional ice cream lovers who enjoyed it. They were surprised to hear that it is vegan and doesn’t have any cream. Continue Reading →