My current favorite spatula for scraping things out of a Vitamix container is the iSi slim spatula. It’s just the right size, shape, and stiffness to cleanly scrape blends out efficiently. Continue Reading →
A Vitamix will make creamy salad dressing from nuts, and you can easily customize the flavor. We ate this dressing on a massaged kale salad, but it’s also good on a simple lettuce salad. The dressing is mild and creamy, slightly sweet with a hint of tartness, and has a light kick from thyme. Continue Reading →
A Vitamix makes finely chopping cabbage quick and easy. I wrote about this technique a while back in a post about coleslaw. Preparation-wise, this recipe is nearly identical to the coleslaw, but the taste is completely different because of the dressing. I “wet chopped” the cabbage and “dry chopped” the carrots and peppers (more details below). Continue Reading →
I always thought kumquats would be too sour to put in a smoothie, but earlier this month I saw a kumquat smoothie over on Serious Eats, so I decided to try making one, and it was great. This recipe reminds me of my Orange Julius recipe, in that it is nice and creamy and citrusy, but the flavor is pretty different.
Mango and honey add sweetness, while cashews add creaminess. Then a bit of ground cloves adds a little interesting flavor, and a touch of salt mellows some of the bitterness and brings out sweetness. Continue Reading →
This time of year many of us are thinking about healthier habits. Drinking wholesome smoothies can be an easy and enjoyable way to increase our intake of fruits, vegetables, and other nutrient-dense foods. However, sometimes we just get out of the habit. Whether you’re new to healthy smoothies, or have been drinking them for years, the following tips can make it easier to keep on blending. Continue Reading →
Here’s a festive two-layered Christmas smoothie recipe. Keeping the two layers separate is easy if you use a simple trick. I tried to make a layered Christmas smoothie last year, but I didn’t use any tricks, and the layers mixed.
You can use your choice of red and green smoothies, but I’ll share the recipes for the ones in the picture: the top is strawberry-pomegranate, and the bottom is mango-kiwi-spinach. It tastes good too!
I recommend baby spinach because it is the mildest tasting green I know of, and I don’t think bitter greens are in the Christmas spirit. (You can’t taste the spinach in this recipe.) Continue Reading →
I’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 →
2015 updates: Vitamix has added three new offerings to the S-Series: the Vitamix S50, the Vitamix S55, and the Certified Reconditioned S30. The S50 and S55 add preset programs, but are otherwise identical to the S30, so all of the tests in this review apply equally to all of these machines. I have added a section describing the preset modes to the end of this review. For the budget conscious, make sure to consider the value of Vitamix Factory Certified Reconditioned.
I’ve been testing out a Vitamix S30 for the past few months. Now that I’ve had a chance to put it through its paces, here is my Vitamix S30 review and performance comparison to the other Vitamix models. Vitamix provided the S30 tested here, but this is a fully independent review. Continue Reading →
I don’t know why, but the color of red beets continues to excite me. And their flavor is good too, so here’s a quick Vitamix beet soup recipe. One of the great things about making soup with a Vitamix is that you can get it silky smooth without straining. Continue Reading →
Here’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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