Simple Fruit Fly Trap

Fruit-fly-trap-top-view-200x200I think everyone who eats fruit must have had a fruit fly infestation at one time or another. Wait too long to take out the compost or leave out some overripe fruit, and the flies can quickly invade.

The first thing to do is to figure out what they’re swarming around and get rid of it or put it in the fridge. Once you’ve done that, putting out a trap can help get rid of the fruit flies. Continue Reading →

Certified Reconditioned Vitamix Sale [Updated]

Vitamix S30 Personal Blender-150pxThe previous sale expired, although the Certified Reconditioned pricing on all models remains appealing. In particular, it looks like Vitamix has now put in a permanent (or at least semi-permanent) price drop on the reconditioned S30, lowering its price down to $259. If you’re tempted by a smaller Vitamix, this is a great deal. If you’d like to read more about the S30, check out my review. Certified Reconditioned Vitamix machines are always a great value (because they are guaranteed to be as good as new), and the price drop makes this unit even more appealing. Plus, with promo code 06-007021 you’ll get free shipping.

Pro-500-Sale-300x250At the other end of the Vitamix spectrum (for those of you who want to buy new and would prefer a full-size blender with programs), this month Vitamix is running a $90 discount on the Professional Series 500 with brushed stainless finish.

Blueberry Peach Smoothie

Blueberry Peach SmoothieIt’s peak peach season, so I figured it’s time for a new peach smoothie. According to Russ Parsons (author of my favorite book about produce, How to Pick a Peach), the warm winter led to a 2015 peach crop that will be short and sweet. Don’t miss out on this year’s peaches!

It’s been a while since I’ve discussed this, so I just wanted to point out that in this recipe, like most of my smoothies, I put the power of the Vitamix to work by using whole nuts and water. This saves money and convenience compared to buying nut milk. (I previously wrote up some price comparisons for buying vs. blending your own.) In addition to not having to store nut milk, using water ice cubes is generally more convenient than frozen cubes of nut milk, which you would need to chill this sort of smoothie without making it too watery. Continue Reading →

All-Green Smoothie

All Green SmoothieAs I’ve written before, sometimes it’s nice to make a smoothie that has a pure vibrant color. Here’s one with all green ingredients. Berries plus greens can be tasty, but the combination often results in a muddy brown color. This recipe is a bit of a liquid salad, and it’s refreshing. In spite of its bright green color, it does not have an overwhelming vegetable flavor.

Avocado gives it some thickness, turning it from a total juice into a smoothie. The avocado also makes it less frothy. (Check out the difference between the picture on this page, and the recent spicy green drink.) Continue Reading →

Vitamix Preset Programs Demystified

Vitamix Pro 750 PresetsIf you’ve ever wondered exactly what the different Vitamix preset programs do, this post is for you. The programs ramp the machine through a sequence of speeds, and I thought it would be interesting to find out what those sequences are. Since I previously figured out how to measure Vitamix speed, it was straightforward to measure the program sequences. Continue Reading →

Spicy Green Drink

Cayenne Powder and PepperI was inspired to try this after repeatedly seeing spicy green drinks with cayenne on the menu at places that serve fresh juice. Here’s a Vitamix version. I decided to make it thinner than my typical smoothies by adding a little extra water and skipping the seeds/nuts. The heat from the cayenne is invigorating and is a nice variation from my usual blends. Continue Reading →

Which seeds and peels to exclude from Vitamix blends

Orange peel and apple coreYou can throw practically anything into a Vitamix, and it will blend to a smooth consistency. This leads many of us Vitamix owners to go through a phase of wanting to blend everything. So much power! But, as they say, with great power comes great responsibility. Some parts of produce can ruin a blend by being extremely bitter or fibrous.  Continue Reading →