Latkes and Applesauce with a Vitamix Blender

Vitamix Latkes and ApplesauceI’ve been wanting to try the Vitamix to prepare potatoes and onions for latkes for a long time. An old joke is that the secret to good latkes is a little blood, shed while slaving over a potato grater. Many people use food processors to skip the bloody knuckles, but I was wondering if a Vitamix blender would be up to the task. Short answer: yes! I used the wet-chop technique, which uses water to circulate ingredients past the blades. Continue Reading →

Vitamix Holiday Offers: Gift and Shipping Upgrade

Dec 20 Update: There’s still time for Christmas delivery! Order by Dec 22nd for (free!) delivery by the 25th.

To celebrate the holiday season, Vitamix has two new offers that can be applied to any Vitamix blender purchase. You can get a free set of Vitamix spatulas, and you can also enjoy free expedited shipping. Both offers are valid today, Dec. 2nd, through Jan. 2nd.Vitamix holiday gift spatula Continue Reading →

Fennel Smoothie

Fennel BulbHere’s a new smoothie idea—fennel! Fennel is similar in flavor to anise and licorice. I found the flavor to be distinct without being overpowering. (Note that many people who dislike black licorice end up enjoying fennel.) If you’re looking for variety in your smoothies, give it a try.

I kept this recipe simple so that the fennel doesn’t get tangled up with too many other flavors.
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New Feature: Recipes by Season

4 smoothies: beet, orange, purple sweet potato, and kiwi cilantro mangoJoyOfBlending.com recently turned two years old, and previous years’ recipes have become a bit buried. (This is the 100th blog post!) I often post seasonal recipes, so I decided to add a feature to browse recipes by season. Just look for “Recipes By Season” over in the right sidebar, or you can head straight to fall recipes. Note that you can view recipes by ingredient or category as well.

If you’re on a phone or tablet and you don’t see the sidebar, try turning your device to a horizontal landscape orientation and see if it pops up. If your device is still not wide enough to display the sidebar, you can go to the Vitamix recipes page, which now includes links to recipes by season. (The recipes page is also always linked from the top menu bar.) Happy blending!

Vitamix Carrot Juice: 100% Undiluted

Vitamix Carrot Juice in glassesIf you’ve ever had carrot juice, you know what a treat it can be—bright orange, sweet, and bursting with carrot flavor. But can you make carrot juice with a Vitamix? Traditional juicers remove most of the fiber, whereas blenders leave it in. If you blend a super-juicy fruit like grapes or watermelon, you will get a liquid; but if you just blend carrots, you will get a thick purée—similar in consistency to applesauce—not a juice.

You can make a purée drinkable by adding liquid and/or various juicy fruits, which is what I do with my usual smoothies. Vitamix and Blendtec both have recipes for a “whole-food” or “total” carrot juice that add water, ice, and lemon juice to carrots (Blendtec also adds a bit of ginger). I’ve tried those recipes and they’re perfectly enjoyable, but they’re just not the same as a pure traditional carrot juice. They end up a bit watery (which is what the addition of lemon tries to compensate for). Continue Reading →

Ginger Sesame Dressing

Vitamix Ginger Sesame Dressing on ChardHere’s another version of the zesty dressing from Real Food Daily that I described previously. This recipe comes from Ann Gentry’s second cookbook, Vegan Family Meals. It’s a similar idea, but different flavor, because the watercress and garlic are replaced with ginger and white pepper. (If you don’t have white pepper, black pepper will suffice.) Continue Reading →

Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca with a Vitamix

Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca Fresh From VitamixI’ve been meaning to make watermelon agua fresca all summer, and now that I’ve made it, I’m kicking myself for not doing it sooner. I usually make something at least a few times before posting about it, but this was just too good, and summer is running out, so I’m posting right away. If you haven’t already been making aguas frescas this summer, go get a watermelon and try making one now!

This drink is cool, light, and refreshing. It’s not thick like the usual smoothies. Continue Reading →