Is the Vitamix dry container worth it?

Vitamix dry bladesThis is a common concern when buying a Vitamix machine. Do you really need the Vitamix dry container? The dry blades are shaped to push ingredients up, in order to minimize packing into the bottom corners. The dry container will fit any current Vitamix machine, including the “next generation” ones. (See this post for a comparison of the current models.)

I’ve heard salespeople selling Blendtec machines say that an advantage of the Blendtec is that it does not need a separate container to grind dry items, whereas with the Vitamix you “need to buy a second container.” It turns out that this is not true, and it’s just a sales tactic. The standard Vitamix container will do a perfectly good job of grinding grain, as I will show in the video below.

The real reason to get a dry container is that grinding very hard items like grains will pit and scratch the inside of the pitcher near the blades. In addition to the aesthetic “cloudy” marring of the container, the scratches make the container more likely to hold smells. You can get rid of lingering odors by running the machine with vinegar or a few drops of bleach in water, but it’s nice to not have to worry about that. I’ve never run anything garlicky in my pitted up dry container, but I did grind cinnamon in it a while back, and I can still faintly smell it.

Having a second container is also convenient because to grind grains the container needs to be totally dry, and if you made a smoothie in the morning the container might still be wet. Sometimes I end up using both containers for a single recipe, such as mega muffins.(Although if you just had one container you could dump the dry mixture into a bowl and then re-use the container.) If you are going to get a second container, it might as well be one with blades optimized for dry ingredients.

For these reasons the dry container is worthwhile, as long as you plan on grinding dry things like grain. But if you’re on a tight budget, you can get away with just using the single container, and possibly deodorizing it when needed. (Over time, depending on what you blend, your wet container will probably get scratched up as well, just not nearly as fast or as much as with grinding dry grains. I suspect that things like chia seeds in smoothies can scratch it, but I think that the scratching is reduced if you do not put the seeds at the very bottom, so I now generally add chia seeds to the middle of my ingredients instead of the bottom.)

I’ve always used the dry container for grinding grain, but this past weekend I decided to test a wet blade. I was surprised at how good a job it did of grinding 1-2 cups of wheat berries at a time, which I used to make pancakes and bread. The only difference I noticed was during the bread kneading I found the dough did not “lift” off the blades as much, but it still worked.

For the video I ground one cup of wheat berries for one minute in a container with the standard “wet” blades, and then pushed it through a sieve to see if there were any unground bits. There were a few, but they were small enough and few enough to not be a problem for my purposes. (In fact, when I used the same strainer on flour I ground for the same amount of time with my dry container, there were actually slightly more unground bits!) If you are looking to make a really fine flour you could stop the machine and stir the flour packed into the corners back in using a chopstick, and blend a bit longer; if you want it extra fine you could sift it.

Vitamix warns that you should not blend dry ingredients for longer than 2 minutes because the heat could damage the container. 1 minute to 90 seconds is generally all you need. I further avoid heating by storing the grain in the freezer so it starts the grinding process cold.


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Is the Vitamix dry container worth it? — 106 Comments

  1. I love my vitamix and have used it on a near daily for a few years now. Lately I’ve been wanting to use it to make bread. Have you had success using the wet blade for mixing dough? Would it work?
    P.S. can’t wait to try your sweet potato smoothie!

    • Yes, after I did the test with the wet blade container I showed in the video, I mixed up a bread dough in the container, and it worked. The dough got a bit more stuck under the blades than when I used the dry blade, but I was still able to scrape most of it out. (If you’re going to try it, look up the Vitamix instructions for bread—it’s a pretty different process than just about anything else you’d process in the Vitamix.) I should also say that I don’t have much experience with baking; the only bread I’ve made is Vitamix bread, so I don’t have a great sense of how it would compare to making bread without the Vitamix.

      • Dear Adam and dear readers
        Thank you all for very useful information here.
        I have a 5200 wet blade and I plan to buy a dry blade, for both grinding flour and preparing cakes.
        A raw vegan cake base is a mix of dates and ground/minced nuts, and I am not sure whether any of the wet or dry blade can chop dates and mix them with the nuts. Does anyone know/has anyone tried already doing that?

        Many thanks, in advance.
        Alexandra

        • For flour the dry container will be a bit better, but for your date/nut vegan cake I think the wet blade may be better. I have not tried grinding date-nut mixtures so I don’t have first-hand experience with this.
          The main difference between the two blades is that the dry blade pushes ingredients away from the blade, whereas the wet blade pulls ingredients down into the blades.

        • I have used the wet container numerous times for processing dates with nuts and cocoa. You just have to be careful and use the tamper because these ingredients can be very dense and sticky and bog down the motor.

          • I also blended cocoa, nuts and dates and had a gluey mess all around the blades that I had trouble digging out. It did not blend at all. Did you put all in at once or dates with cocoa and then nuts?

          • Montana, I still haven’t tried making thick date-nut mixtures, but here’s a thought—how much were you blending? If the amount is too small then the tamper won’t be able to properly push ingredients into the blades and make them circulate.

  2. I keep a hair dryer in a kitchen drawer to thoroughly dry out containers as needed. Works great on my Vitamix, food processor and tribest personal blender containers when moving back and forth from wet and dry processing.

  3. I just received my new to me reconditioned Vitamix 7500 – which turned out to be a PRO 300 . . . I ordered the dry container at the same time and I have to say, for the price that I paid for that container I CANNOT believe that they didn’t include the tamper!!!!! What is it a 50 cent blow molded part?????

    • Sorry to hear about your frustration. Regarding the Pro 300 and 7500, there is no difference between those machines other than the label on the front.

      One thing to note is that you don’t generally need to use the tamper with dry ingredients. If I feel the need to use something to help blending, I’ve actually found it more useful to stop the machine and use a chopstick to get all the way down into the corners. On the other hand, if you’re blending a couple coups of flour a tamper can be useful to knock the top of the flour on the sides/corners back down, and it is slightly more convenient to not have to stop the machine.

      If you’re still disappointed I’d recommend calling up Vitamix. Be prepared for a bit of a wait on hold, but once you get someone on the line, they like to keep customers happy.

      • Actually, the tamper is really handy for making nut butters. The tamper is great for any thick/heavy mixture (whether it would be dry or wet.) I’m sorry if someone already mentioned this. If you go to amazon you can purchase them seperately for $14.50.. There’s also plenty of demonstrations on YouTube with vitamix owners using the tampers to speed up the process; a couple of them tell you why they’re great and how to properly use them. (:

        • I agree that you need the tamper for nut butters. However, I consider nut butter a “wet” blend, and it works best with the wet blades. Even though the nuts start out dry, they release oil and become “wet.” On the other hand, a nut flour is best processed in the dry container. And you don’t need the tamper for a nut flour….

          • I’m sorry if I wasn’t clear, and if I’m wrong. I’ve seen videos of those using dry containers and those using wet containers for nut butters. The ones using dry containers say that they work faster than the wet blades but either one will work for nut butters. I have only tried making coconut butter in the 64 oz container because I’m waiting to get a 32 oz one for other foods.

    • I emailed them about the dry container for that model (i ordered the same one and got the creations elite, but with the container for 7500/300) and was told that we did not need a separate dry container for that model

  4. I am looking into buying a reconditioned 7500 …if I add another container would it be best to go with the 32 oz for smaller portions or the dry ingredients container? I really just make smoothies but know I will get into all sorts of things since I love experimenting in the kitchen…I have four kids so I bake lots and make lots of soups and smoothies and am interested in gluten free breads…any feedback would be great!! Thanks!!!

    • It depends on your use which would be better for you. As a baker, the dry container sounds like a good choice. The flip side is if you plan on making a significant amount of small batches (under 2 cups), then the small wet container would be good. Also, the wet container is generally better for dry ingredients than the dry container is for wet ingredients.

      • Adam, first I would like to thank you for ALL of the great information you have provided about Vitamix — direct, helpful, no-nonsense. You were able to clarify all the questions I had, and I purchased a reconditioned 7500 as a gift for my husband (to replace his trusty Cuisinart Pro and Hamilton Beach Commercial blender). His birthday is in a couple of weeks but I don’t know if I can hold out that that long to try it!! My question is this: Since we do almost no baking, I decided against the dry container. But today Vitamix is offering $50 off their containers. I read what you said about the small wet container being good for small batches (less than 2 cups). We do make small amounts of things frequently — do you think it’s worth getting the small wet container given the current discount?

        • Absolutely worth getting the small wet container. I have all three and rarely have used the dry but the small wet container I use almost daily for 22oz smoothies. Fast, easier to handle and clean. Love them both.

  5. I am an avid home bread maker and have now moved on from using a bread machine to a Bosch Compact mixer with a dough hook. I also mill my own wheat berries using a BlendTec Kitchen Mill. However, I have recently discovered why my baked loaves tend to have their tops collapse. It is because home milled wheat is coarser than shop bought bread flour. So my question is, will a Vitamix blender produce wheat flour comparable in fineness to say King Arthur Whole Wheat bread flour?

    • When I grind flour it seems quite fine except for the occasional stray chunk like those shown at the end of video above. If you pinch it it’s not gritty. I’m not sure exactly how it compares to King Arthur flour or the Blendtec Mill. If you check out my Vitamix bread post, you can see I’ve had decent success with it rising.

      If your loaves are collapsing my thought would be that they rose for too long. That happened to me the second time I made bread. I’ve also read that whole wheat breads just don’t rise as much as white bread.

  6. Have read many sites about vitamix, I have a old 4500 and it still works great and I’m not looking to replace it, don’t have all the fancy dials just 2 speeds all I want to know is can I grind coffee beans coarsly for cold extraction?

    • I haven’t ground coffee, but it should work. The only thing I would be concerned about is that it may scratch your container, and it may also leave behind some smell and color.

  7. Bought the 6300 at Costco. I am finding those presets aren’t all they touted them to be. I often have to run the preset a second time. Coming up on my 30 day return period. Seriously considering returning it and purchasing the 5200S that comes with the wet and dry containers. Your thoughts? Also read your thoughts on reconditioned machines. Seriously tempted to do just that. Just thought I’d share my experience with the presets, since they seem to be the latest and greatest offerings – until the next thing comes along, of course.

    • The presets are a matter of personal preference, but if you read my Vitamix comparison page closely, you’ll see that I personally don’t use them. There are also a few comments on that page by people who love their presets. But it’s true that if you stray from the set recipes the preset times might not be optimal; required blending time really depends on what and how much you put in.

  8. Can I use my dry container for wet things? I would prefer to have the option for a dry container as I’d hope to bake more often, but would love the flexibility to use both when making multiple smoothies.

    • You can put wet things in the dry container, but they will not blend as efficiently. Something that’s relatively liquidy would be more likely to work fine than something that’s thicker.

  9. Just a thought… If the grinding causes pitting and cosmetic damage to the original pitcher, it might not be so safe to use that same pitcher for blending hot ingredients. Even though it is BPA free, the damaged plastic might cause it to leech into food at hot temperatures. I’d rather be safe than sorry…

    • I meant to say that even though it is BPA free, other plastic chemicals might leech into the food at hot temperatures. I’d rather not each plastic, if I can avoid it!

    • I’ve looked but I haven’t been able to find any measurements of leaching from these containers, even from the old polycarbonate ones. The thing is that the food is in the container for such a short time, it seems like leaching would be minimal. That said, if you’re concerned about it I’ve recently come across a plastic-free container that will work with Vitamix machines. It doesn’t come cheap, but it’s all stainless steel. It’s made by Waring, but is compatible with Vitamix bases, and you can find it on Amazon.

  10. Not sure about this, I have another brand, the Optimum blender, and they have a jug with 6 long blades, the bottom ones are even longer than the Vitamix, and the 1 jug can make both a green smoothie and then grind grains (as long as you dry it first). I think Vitamix is capable of making the same thing, but choose not to. Thanks for the great info though :) I don’t think it’s worth getting 2 jugs for the Vitamix from what I’ve heard on other blogs

  11. I plan to buy Pro750 for parent who is staying in Malaysia (Malaysia electricity is 220v instead of 110v). Some websites stated that they can’t guarantee the US model will work in other countries. Why so ? Do you have the spec of step up transformer I need to purchase together with this Pro750 ?

    • These blenders draw a lot of current so you’d need a heavy-duty transformer. I’ve heard that transformers can malfunction and damage the machine. The 750 is rated for 12 amps at 120 V, but I think you’d want a transformer rated for significantly more than that. I don’t have experience with these sorts of transformers, so I can’t recommend any specific one. You should also know that using a Vitamix with a transformer will void the warranty. The safest bet would be to get a 240V model—the 750 is not available at 240V yet, but I believe the 5200 and Pro 500 are.

        • You would have to place a phone order. 800-848-2649, and you can get free shipping if you tell them you’d like to apply code 06-007021.

          • Thanks Adam for the contact and shipping code. Btw, does Eric comment still valid, i.e. if I purchase the Pro500 with 220/240v model (instead of the 110v model), the power will still be 20% slower if my parent use it in Malaysia (50Hz) ? Will it affect the end product quality or just need to let it run 20% longer ?

        • I should have added to yesterday’s comment about step down transformers, this from my life time of working in foreign countries, that they are both very heavy and expensive (probably as high as the Blender if bought in the USA). 12 amps at 120 vac is equal to 1440 watts of power, so the margin of safety Adam mentions would require a 2,000 watt transformer. If I were you I would first check prices in KL as making transformers is very much within their local skill set. American or European made ones may look prettier but you will have to pay a high premium for it. The reduction in speed will only matter if the Blender is pre-programmed time wise so long as the motor does not have to work harder because of its lower speeds. (Like a car going up hill in too high a gear.) The danger then is an electrical burn out of the motor.

          • Eric, noted with thanks on your comment. Will check a 2,000W step down transform cost in Malaysia, and how heavy it is before decide the next step. Pro500 sell at RM3,300 (USD 1,050) in Malaysia, almost double the price in US. Another option to consider is per Adam suggestion, i.e. the 220/240v model (if available in US).

    • I have a vitamixer maxi-4000 commercial that is made for 110v. I bought it on ebay from USA and used it Sweden with transformer from 240 to 110v. The thing is it will run about 17 percet slover because of the different hz USA have 60hz and Sweden have 50hz so My wife have not ben satysfied with the arangement. Now i bought a new from UK juicers. And they are made for 240v 50hz. They send worldwide.

      • 110v 50Hz will run 17% slower compare to 110v 60hz. Question: with 240v 50hz (instead of 60hz), will the speed run as fast as with 110v 60Hz ?

        • Steven, the commutator inside any electric motor will always rotate 360 degrees at the same rate as the ac power it is connected to. So any such motor, regardless of voltage, will rotate at 50 or 60 cycles per second (Hertz). Obviously blenders rotate many times faster than that due to internal gearing, so to go from 50 to 60Hz say with a UK built blender will result in it running 17% faster but with less power available to maintain that speed because of the lower ac voltage. A possible problem with loading down a blender with say ice is that the primary coils of the electric motor are rated at a maximum number of amperes needed for its 240 ac volt designed usage. To get the same wattage (say 1600 watts) when you halve the voltage you have to double the amperage to get the same power output. Sometimes for this reason the designer will change the manner in which the internal power transformer is wired when changing between input voltages (that requires a physical switch to be flipped over).

          Bottom line here is to try it and keep a very close watch (and smell) when first using it after changing volts and Hz. Better still to call tech support for your blender to ask them if doing this will void the warranty. If they say yes then proceed with caution.

  12. To go from 220 volts to 110 volts requires a step-down transformer the difference being that a step down should come with an American type of power outlet socket but probably require the local style of 220 volt plug to be installed on the end of its input cable. Malaysia, probably Ike Europe, uses 50 Hertz ac electric power and this most likely will cause any 60hz designed blender to run almost 20% slower than normal. This is a function of its internal gearing ratios so adding a step down transformer cannot solve that problem. Be careful not to overload the motor by causing it to labor.

  13. Steven, my excuse is that I have not bought a step down or up transformer in at least the past 25 years so have not kept up with their prices. I am amazed at the first web site offer I just checked. http://www.world-import.com/tc-2000a.htm

    At $55 it is a steal but note its weight, 27lbs, enough to rethink mailing it under its 5 year warranty should it go wrong. I do like the fact that this transformer has a fuse. As far as Blenders go I am a Blendtec user so don’t know of the differences of the Vitamix models you quote. Maybe Vitamix have a way of overcoming the Hertz frequency difference for their dual voltage models by using an internal auto-transformer that increases the working voltage above 120 volts to increase power if not speed.

    • Hi Eric,

      I bought a Vitamix PRO 500 from Amazon ( 1/3 AUS price!) and when it shipped to Australia I realised it wasnt a 220-240v model. I did some research regarding the technology vitamix uses, and found a number of patents including this one ( https://www.google.com.au/patents/WO2011116021A1?cl=en&dq=vitamix+240v&hl=en&sa=X&ei=3oqmUqGYE4mCkwXHjIG4Cg&ved=0CDoQ6AEwAA) in which it says:

      “‘…The control system of the invention[Vitamix], including the PFC circuit, can be designed for domestic and international use so that the blender/shaver machine can operate over a wide operating range of input voltages and frequencies without degrading the overall unit performance…[integrating the PFC circuit with the control system]…enables use of the same motor set regardless of, or substantially independent of, the input voltage and frequency… and can operate with a US domestic power input (e.g., about 120 VAC) or an international power input (e.g., between about 100 VAC and about 250 VAC and between about 50 Hertz and about 60 Hertz).”

      What do you think?

        • Hi Eric,

          Yes, they don’t own the patent and are not the assignee. However I have a strong suspicion that Vita-Mix Corp might be licensing the commercialised hardware/software underpinning the patent.

          Any ideas as to how to confirm that?

      • Hi Ben,
        I was ordering one in the US too – is your one working under 220-240 V?
        Would be great if you could let me know.

        thank you
        bye.thomas

    • I am pretty sure that the CAC88 would not be compatible with a Vitamix, although I haven’t seen the CAC88, so I am not 100% certain.

  14. What is the difference between the Vitamix Total Nutritin Centre, and the Super Total Nutrition Centre. Both say model number VM0103. Great site, by the way, Very useful and detailed comments.

  15. I am going to order the 7500 and am considering also ordering the dry container. After reading some comments it looks like it isn’t necessary – is this true? I do bake a lot and grind my own flours, barley, bulgur, etc . Can this be done without ordering the dry container?

    Also, do the blades ever need to be sharpened or replaced?

    Thank you for all the useful information – it’s very, very helpful!

    • I have not tested the wide wet container with grains, but I suspect that it would work similar to the classic one shown above in the video. However, grains will heavily scratch and pit the container. If you do a lot of baking with your own flours, then it’s worth it to get the dry container unless money is really tight.

      I have never seen blades need to be replaced or sharpened, but under extremely heavy use that would be required eventually.

    • You can buy replacement blades if necessary on Amazon as well as other parts and there are a couple excellent videos showing how tondo the replacement. Very simple if you watch the tips.

  16. very confused all the possibilities with so many to choose from. I am perplexed. I saw plastic containers. Do they make glass since I try not to use any plastics with food material at all. I know they might have had glass at one time, but all I see is plastic.

    • I was concerned about plastic also. Found one glass container mentioned somewhere in a comments section. You can purchase it on Amazon. It fits and works well. It is very expensive and out of my budget. Do some googling and reading comments. I looked but can’t remember off hand what is was. Just letting you know its possible to get one..

    • Vitamix does not make any glass containers for safety reasons, because of the danger of someone leaving a metal spoon in the container and then turning it on. There have been rumors over the years that Vitamix is working on making a safe glass container, but I wouldn’t count on it. The alternative is stainless steel. Vitamix does not currently make any stainless steel containers, but Waring makes a container that is compatible with Vitamix machines. It is the CAC90.

      That said, with blenders the food is in the container for a very short time, and the Tritan Copolyester is inert enough that it shouldn’t react or leach into foods.

      • My Vitamix is an old one from the 60′s or 70′s, one of the originals. It has a stainless steel container with a plastic top and a wooden dowel stick. It only has one speed w/reverse. Do you suppose I could grind rice to make rice flour in it for gluten free?

  17. Hi,
    I’ve been reading your very informative posts and I appreciate all the info.
    I am still a bit confused. I am interested in all the wonders of a vitamix, perhaps moving into more raw diet. I am also interested in using grains and sprouted grains for batters/breads /pasta etc. I see myself using the machine daily ;-)
    Are all the machines capable of grain grinding? Or do I need the 5200 healthy lifestyle one or …..does the 7500 grind etc too?
    Thanks and I apologize for not figuring this out from your previous posts….I blame it on my recent overindulgence in poor food choices leading to headache and brain fog

    • Yes, all of the machines can grind grain. For regular use, the dry container is nice to have, and it is compatible with all of the current Vitamix models.
      I haven’t ever sprouted grains, but if you do, it seems that you could grind them wet for a batter/dough, in which case a normal wet container would be better than the dry one. Alternatively it looks like some people dry them and then grind them like you would unsprouted grains.

  18. Hello again, Adam. Bought a reconditioned 7500 on your recommendation last month (and using your code). Use it every day. Thanks for the 411 and recommendations! Now looking to add a smaller/narrower wet container for smaller batches. Do you think the 32 oz wet would perform noticeably better for this purpose than the 48 oz wet? My understanding is that the inside dimensions are essentially the same in the vicinity of the blades, so I’m wondering if the 48 oz will give me the benefits of the 32 oz with additional flexibility. The small batch capability is much more important to me than additional capacity, so if they are not very nearly equal in this regard, I’ll stick with the 32 oz. Thank you in advance for your insight.

    • You are right that the 32-oz wet and the 48-oz containers are essentially identical on the inside at the bottom, so their performance is indistinguishable for small volumes. The trade-off is that the 48-oz container is a bit bulkier and heavier compared to the 32-oz. I find the 32-oz container a bit handier to rinse, but it’s a pretty small difference. Anyway, I prefer the 32-oz because I have the 64-oz container to use if I’m making a larger recipe of over 4 cups. Some people prefer having the added capacity in their smaller container, so it’s really up to you.

  19. Hello..after reading your research, I decided to buy those without preset functions. Since 5200\pro 200\CIA series are almost the same, it seems that pro 200 is the best choice according to their prices.
    However, I noticed that there’s 5200 super set with 64oz wet jar and 32oz dry jar. Dear, do you know whether I can exchange the blades of the two jars, so that I can obtain a 32oz wet jar

    • It is possible to exchange the blades between those two particular jars. (For anyone else reading along, note that the blade from the wide Next Gen container and the blade from the 48-oz container are not compatible with other containers. The 48-oz blade itself is the same as on the 32oz and tall 64-oz containers, but the shaft it’s attached to is a different length.) There is a Vitamix wrench to make it easier to loosen the retainer nut. You have to be careful not to over or under-tighten the nut when you replace it.

  20. And, hello again. I wonder whether I can only own one jar and two kind of blades. Can I disassemble one and the assemble another in one same jar according to my blending material…..If can, it seems I saved both money and kitchen’s space.

    • In principle you could do that, but really, you should not plan on regularly switching the blades. Aside from being inconvenient, you also increase the chances of the seals leaking.

  21. Hi,

    I m thinking to buy vitamix7500 after reading your comments. But I’m only having short stay of 2 years in the US, and I actually wonder if the Vitamix 750 can be used in my home country Malaysia which has different AC voltage of 240V…

    I need your advice urgently.

    • You would need to get a transformer to use a 120v machine on 240v. It is possible, but you need a high quality one. The Vitamix warranty does not cover machines used with transformers because they can malfunction.

      • My husband bought a Professional Series 500 for my daughter who lives in Australia, they cost approx $1200Au and that was an older model! I brought it over with me in my luggage, it did require a step-down transformer which cost around $70Au, and It is about the size of a toaster laying on its side. So you do need counter space.

    • I seem to recall reading similar discussions on JoyofBlending website before regarding 240v/50hz. You might also call Vitamix’s headquarters and see if they manufacture certain models with 240v/50hz. That way you would’t need to use an external transformer and subsequently invalidate the warranty. I’m curious to know what you find out too. CH

  22. I have had the 5200 model for several years an love it. The newer models with the presets for certain functions are a waste, IMO. I like having more control with the variable speed dial. I have both the 32 and 64 ounce wet containers. Will probably get the dry container soon as I like the idea of grinding my own flour.

  23. I saw a question or two on whether meat grinding/chopping can be done in the Vitamix. I have the 32-oz Creation model. I put my machine on 6, and dropped one or two one-inch cubes of cold sirloin into the container at a time. Continue putting cubes in until the chopped/ground meat is no longer being thrown to the sides of the container, but is beginning to be continuously processed. Stop the machine and dump the meat out. Continue this process until all meat is chopped/ground. The meat is a perfect consistency (almost too pretty to turn it brown by cooking it!). The trick is not to allow the meat to process too long.

  24. HI, on your advice i’m buying a reconditioned model from vitamix. the 6300 with presets cause that’s what my wife liked at Costco (but for 499). so buying from the website saves 150. we have an older model vitamix that is missing a lid that is model 3600 Plus. It has a stainless steel container. Im wondering if we’d be wise to keep this container and use it as a dry grains blender and/or an extra smoothy maker (if we can find a lid for it…any ideas on that?) (we’ve just been using the old one with a plastic Gladware square lid on it but it leaks) Vitamix has 99 dollar dry blade jars for sale at Costco when they have a demo so we picked on up just in case. Vitamix has a trade in policy of $100 cash back when you turn in your old blender (minus 20-30 for shipping to them)…
    What are you thoughts? we plan on doin more home baking and hence the desire for grain production. or would it be better to get a grain mill like Blendtech has.

    • I’d say there is no one answer. What’s best will depend on your budget and how much space you have in your kitchen. If I were you I would probably take advantage of the trade-in offer, and I wouldn’t bother with buying the separate Blendtec mill. I’m happy with the Vitamix dry container for grinding flour.

  25. Hello Adam,
    I live in U.K. Where vitamix is with 240 V. Is it possible to use the dry container from U.S. Where the price is cheaper? I think it should be okay but it is good to have your comment before buying one.

    thanks.
    Sophia

  26. Hi Adam, I’m not sure if I should direct this question to you or Vitamix, but I value your opinion. I want to pulverize almonds and sesames into powder form (in separate batches). I have a Vitamix Pro 750 and a 32oz dry container.
    1. Is there a recommended minimum quantity for this dry container?
    2. What setting on my 750 should I use for pulverization?
    3. Should I remove skin on the almond and if so, how?

    Thanks much, CH

    • 1) The minimum will depend on what you’re blending and what you’re hoping to make. I haven’t made the types of flour that you’re describing so I don’t know for sure, but I can guess. I would think that you could do as little as a quarter cup, but one to two cups would probably yield more even results.
      2) My intuition would be to pulse it on maximum speed. You have to be careful to not over-process it, because you could end up with nut butter or tahini. I would be especially concerned about the sesame seeds because they have a lot of oil. I haven’t ever heard of anyone grinding their own sesame flour, so I don’t know if it will work. To increase your chances, I’d recommend cooling them in the freezer first.
      3) I wouldn’t worry about the almond skins. If you did want to remove them, you would either soak or blanch the almonds, and then squeeze them out of their skins. The skins come off pretty easy once you do that, but then you would need to completely dry them (either in an oven on low, or in a dehydrator).

      • I followed your advice and used 1 cup of “frozen” sesame seed, turn Pro 750 on at 1, and turn to 10, before I even had a chance to pulse it, all the powder (flour) is already pushed to the wall and some stuck under the blades. There’s no flour above the blade. This whole process only took less than 10 seconds. I then used a chopstick to stir up the flour underneath the blades and pulse a few more times. The result is satisfying. Most seeds are turned into flour but with few bigger chunks. Next time I use it, I’d use a minimum of 2 cup. However I don’t understand why there’s no sesame flour above the blades? Is it because the quantity is too low? I also find getting sesame flour out of the jar (esp the portion that got stuck under the blades) is quite a chore. If you come up with a good tip on how to do it more efficiently, I’d love to read your post on that. Thanks for helping me making my first batch of successful sesame flour.

  27. Hello! Thank you for such a great thread of information! I really appreciate having found this page.
    I just got the 5200 in the mail today. I would love to hear your tips/advice on making nut butters in the wet container. That’s all I have. I’m most interested in almond butter. But any tips on nut butters and making them AWESOME in the wet container would be much appreciated.
    Thank you

    • Congratulations on your new machine!
      A few tips for making nut butters:
      Tip 1: It’s much easier to use roasted nuts than raw nuts.
      Tip 2: Start with ~3 cups of nuts. (much less and they will fly away from the blades, much more and you might overheat the motor)
      Tip 3: Be prepared to use the tamper a lot.

      • Adam, I tried to make mixed nut butter using my 64oz wet container (the new type, wide jar). The result was successful even though it was extremely loud while blending. For my new wide jar, even with 3 cups, I noticed a good portion of the nuts flew out of the blades. Should I have used 4 cups? Another question on overheating, do you recommend that I freeze the peanuts/almonds/cashew before hand? Thanks. CH

        • Yes, when I said 3 cups I was talking about the narrow containers. With the wide container, 3.5–4 cups should be easier.
          I usually don’t worry about the nuts heading up a bit, since I usually use roasted nuts anyway. The warmer they get the easier they will be to blend. If they’re freshly roasted I do let them cool before blending though. If you were trying to make a raw nut butter, I could see starting with frozen nuts.

          • Once again, thanks for the very helpful tips. The rationale you provided really enhances my learning on how to prepare different types of foods. CH

  28. I finally got a vitamix, but I didn’t get a dry container. I have health issues and I want to make gluten free flours, grind nuts and seeds. I am changing my way of eating because of health issue and I would like to help others who also have health issue.

  29. Dear Adam,
    I have got the old Vitamix model made in April 2009, would the new Dry container fit? Thank you.

    • Yes, the dry container should fit any home Vitamix from 2009. By the way, Vitamix still sells the models they were selling in 2009.

  30. Thanks for the info! i never thought about the container scratching :/ now i’m concerned but at least it’s good to know i don’t really need a dry container

  31. Yes, they scratch, my dry container is only 1 week old, I had ground various grain seeds and also chickpeas and already the bottom is very scratched, I figured that I won’t grind any more chickpeas but will grind all other grain kernels.
    My wet container is also totally scratched but we used that few times a day since jan 2010 and we never grind grain kernels, just from wear and tear and maybe nuts, etc

    • ugh :/ thanks for the info, maybe i’ll just stick with our almost 30yr old sears instablend it’s slightly pulpy but at least the glass jar is still perfect…but i don’t think i can make flour with it never dared to try, sigh

      thanks

      • But it’s worth making your own flour, it’s ok it’s scratched, I look at it as like me, I am no longer look young and hot at 49, guys eyes glazed over when I talk, rather than smile with anticipation, but I am still healthy and strong, so like the Vitamix, it’s scratchy but works fine still :)

  32. Hello,
    Do Vitamix blenders have seasonal discount trends like most other things in life? When is the best time to buy one pricewise? Winter? Summer? Spring? Autumn? What are the best discounts offered on new products, like the Pro 300 or 750? (Great forum btw!)

    • As far as I’ve seen, there are no discounts on the premium machines, other than buying reconditioned, which I recommend and you can do all year. There are occasional sales on reconditioned classic machines and containers, but there hasn’t been an obvious seasonal pattern. (Reconditioned Classic models are on sale now. )

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