This year’s Vitamix Labor Day Sale has even better prices than last year’s! There are three different offers going on right now.
All new (i.e. not Reconditioned) machines are $25 off; savings applied in cart. You can browse at Vitamix.com, or check out my comparison page for help deciding which one to get. (Savings also available at Vitamix.ca.) The offer says that it is for full size machines only, but it is currently working with new S-Series personal size models as well. Interestingly, this $25 off combined with recent price reductions, means that the New Brushed Stainless Pro 750 is only $5 more than the Reconditioned Brushed Stainless Pro 750. Continue Reading →
A friend told me that you can make Vitamix sorbet using only watermelon. It’s true! Just cut, freeze, and blend.
The result is light and refreshing on a hot summer day. It’s also the sort of thing that could be served between courses of a fancy meal to cleanse the palate. Continue Reading →
Update: Back in stock!
Vitamix just rolled out a sale with their best deal on a Vitamix, ever. The Certified Reconditioned Standard Programs (aka 6300/Pro500) is currently marked down to $249. This model usually sells for $379 reconditioned, which is already a significant savings from the $559 new version. Vitamix has dropped its price to $299 a few times in the past, but they’ve never sold it for $249 before now.
Also, good news for Canadians! Continue Reading →
Take advantage of peach season! Fruit ice creams are super easy to make in a Vitamix—no ice cream maker required. Just blend frozen fruit and milk or cream. If you serve it right away, it will be a soft-serve consistency. If you prefer hard scoops, you can cool it in the freezer for a few hours. Continue Reading →
I came up with this blend because I wanted a snack, but was out of fresh fruit. In the freezer I had frozen mango and figs. I wouldn’t have guessed that they would go together, but, combined with vanilla, the result is surprisingly delicious.
I’ve previously written about how you can use vanilla pods in smoothies, but this time I just used extract. For most things, I think extract is the way to go, because it is cheaper/easier, and you don’t sacrifice too much flavor.
Both mango and figs have plenty of fiber, so the smoothie comes out relatively thick, but still fully drinkable. Continue Reading →
People have been asking me how to make Frappuccinos at home. They tried, but got disappointingly separated ice and liquid, even using a Vitamix. I looked up the Starbucks list of ingredients, and found the secret ingredient: xanthan gum. In this post I will cover how to use xanthan, and also give a whole-food alternative for making satisfying Frappuccinos.
If you are a frequent drinker of Frappuccinos, you can save a lot of money by making them at home, plus you can customize them to be exactly how you like. They’re super easy too: a Vitamix will blend one in about 20 seconds. Continue Reading →
Vitamix blenders are famous for their high power, but what does that power actually mean, and do they deliver the horsepower that Vitamix claims? Continue Reading →
Here’s a zingy and refreshing smoothie:
¼ cup water
1 orange, peeled
⅓ pineapple, peeled (~1.5 cups pieces)
fresh ginger (piece ~¾ inch on a side)
turmeric (fresh piece ~¾ inch on a side, or ¼ tsp powder)
1 cup frozen mango
Blend on high until smooth. Makes 2 medium servings.
Depending on how much of a kick you want, you can increase the ginger and turmeric. Continue Reading →
I came across this recipe on ChefSteps. You can use it as you might use cream, as a garnish on soups, or to add a little boost to a pasta or bean dish. Don’t expect it to taste like cream, but it is satisfying. The flavor is savory and has an unexpected depth, despite such simple ingredients. Continue Reading →
We started trying out a new weekly produce box,1 and ended up with a lot of Meyer Lemons. When life gives you lemons… make sorbet! This sorbet has a crisp lemon flavor and a silky smooth texture. Continue Reading →