Vacuum blending: marketing hype, or the future of high-performance blending?

Gauge for vacuum blendingProponents of vacuum blending claim that it improves quality by reducing oxidation. Vacuum blenders are not yet widely available in the US, but it appears that they may be coming soon. I rigged up my own vacuum container for a Vitamix, and in this post I will evaluate just how much of a quality boost you can expect from vacuum blending. Continue Reading →

Mint Pea Dip/Spread

Mint Pea Dip served with cruditésThis is a nice springtime dip. Mint and lemon provide a bright and zesty flavor. Impress your guests, or just enjoy it as a healthy snack. Serve it as a dip, or spread it on sandwiches.

I wanted to try a new mint recipe, and I found this minty pea dip. I decided to double down on the mint, and skip the tahini. I’m happy with how it turned out.

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New Vitamix personal blending cups fit almost all models

Vitamix just released a new Personal Cup Adapter for C- and G-Series models. (Available in the U.S. and Canada. If you order via these links, Joy of Blending may receive commission.) You can blend in the cup, then unscrew the blade and drink out of the cup. It also comes with a secure to-go lid. It uses the same 20-oz double-wall smoothie cup as Vitamix’s S-Series personal blenders, but the blade base has a safety collar. (The S-Series uses magnets for a safety detect system that prevents running without the cup in place. The C- and G-Series machines don’t have such a detect system, so Vitamix added the collar to ensure the blade is always protected.) Continue Reading →

Vitamix Cashew Cream: Does presoaking make a difference?

Vitamix cashew cream with iced coffeeCashew cream is a versatile substitute for dairy cream, and it’s easy to make. You can use it for coffee creamer, with desserts, or for savory sauces. Almost every recipe I’ve found says to presoak the cashews for 2–4 hours before blending. I suspected that is a carryover from weaker blenders and food processors, and a Vitamix should be able to make a perfectly smooth cream from unsoaked cashews. So, I decided to make a comparison with a blind taste test.

This recipe is for a relatively thick cream. You can always thin it out if you like.

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Vitamix Thai Ginger Soup (no extra cooking required)

Vitamix Thai Ginger Soup served in bowlI was excited to discover this Vitamix soup recipe because it does not have any extra cooking, which makes it super easy. You can even get away with not chopping any of the vegetables. Just put the ingredients in the container, and blend until they get hot. It’s perfect if you’re feeling lazy or want to round out a dinner in a hurry. (Many Vitamix soups taste best if you steam, roast, or sauté some of the ingredients before blending, but this one actually benefits from the fresh taste of uncooked ingredients.) Continue Reading →

Vitamix Ascent Series Review (A2300, A2500, A3300, and A3500)

Updated January 8, 2018

The Ascent Series is Vitamix’s latest line of blenders. Vitamix sent me the A2300 and A3500 to review. The other models have different combinations of the same features, so this is a comprehensive review of all four models. [Disclosure: If you make a purchase after following a link from this site, Joy of Blending may receive a referral commission (at no cost to you), and I am grateful for your support.] I’ve had them for a short time, and will update this page as I use them more. As far as I can tell, the Ascent models blend just as well as previous Vitamix models. The most notable new feature is wireless connectivity, which allows them to use “personal size” containers on a full-size Vitamix. There are also a range of other incremental changes. Continue Reading →

Vitamix Hot Chocolate

This recipe is super easy and delicious. Just blend chocolate and milk. Using chocolate instead of cocoa powder makes it richer, which I love. The advantages of using a blender are: you don’t have to chop the chocolate, you don’t have stir/whisk it, heating is even so it won’t burn or boil over, cleanup is easy, and it creates a nice froth. Continue Reading →

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

measuring-vitamix-motor-temperatureIf you’ve ever had your Vitamix blender 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 →