Why did my Vitamix shut off? Understanding motor heating (with data)

measuring-vitamix-motor-temperatureIf you’ve ever had your Vitamix abruptly stop working, most likely it was the thermal override kicking in. The thermal override turns the motor off before the motor burns out. Then, once the motor cools, you can run it normally again. It’s not a huge deal, but it’s best to avoid. (Depending on what kind of blending you do, you could easily use a Vitamix for decades without ever getting close to overheating. But, if you blend super thick foods, there’s a good chance it will happen at some point.) Continue Reading →

Chocolate Homemade Larabars, plus a removal trick

Chocolate chocolate chip and white chocolate macadamia homemade larabarsI decided to make some more decadent Larabar flavors. While blending them, I came across a trick that makes it easier to get the mixture out of the Vitamix container. I made white chocolate macadamia and chocolate chocolate chip, both using the same date-cashew base as the original batch. The chocolate chocolate chip ones are my new favorite—super chocolatey and satisfying. Continue Reading →

2016 Black Friday and Holiday Season Vitamix & Blendtec Deals

Black-Friday-Deals-150pxThe 2016 holiday shopping season is here! Both Vitamix and Blendtec are running limited-time sales for Black Friday through the Holiday Season. It looks like the Vitamix deals go through the end of December, but Blendtec’s end November 30th. They have deals for orders shipped to the US and Canada, which is great news for Canadians, since Vitamix used to leave them out of Black Friday sales.

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How to make Vitamix Almond Butter

Vitamix almond butter on toastVitamix almond butter is a super-simple recipe (1 ingredient!). However, many people are intimidated or have trouble making it, so I decided it’s worth going over best practices and potential pitfalls. If you follow these guidelines, it takes about the same amount of time as a smoothie. (Blending time and cleanup time are longer, but, if you use pre-roasted nuts, prep time is faster than washing and trimming produce.) Continue Reading →

Vitamix Perfect Blend Scale Review

vitamix-perfect-blend-scale-with-ginger-kale-smoothieVitamix just released a “smart” scale called the Vitamix Perfect Blend Scale, and this is my review. It’s an interesting device. I don’t think it is for everyone, but some people will love it. (Vitamix sent me one to review, and if you order one via one of my links, I get a commission.)

Here are the ways in which it can improve your blending experience:

  • Offers recipe exploration and reminds you what you can make.
  • Makes measuring easier, especially for sticky ingredients.
  • Guides you through more complex recipes.
  • Tracks nutrition.
  • Facilitates portion control.

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Making Larabars in a Vitamix

cashew-cookie-larabar-made-in-vitamixIf you somehow haven’t heard of Larabars, they are tasty snack bars made from dried fruit/dates and nuts. They usually have 2–6 simple ingredients, depending on the flavor. As with many things, if you make them yourself, you can customize, save money, and get the satisfaction of making something. They are easy, and there are tons of copycat recipes online. However, most recipes call for a food processor, so I was curious how they would come out with just a Vitamix; perfectly well, it turns out. I have a few Vitamix-specific tips at the end of the post, as well as a homemade vs. packaged Larabar price comparison. Continue Reading →