Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Yes Please!!!


The Vitamix has recently moved to the top of my wishlist. I've been thinking about purchasing it for a while now, but since I already own a heavy-duty Kitchenaid blender that is fairly powerful, I have held off on the purchase since it is something that is definitely not cheap. As I shared last week in this post, I decided to do the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse, and actually started last Wednesday. The Kitchenaid blender has served me well over the years, and was doing a fair job at puréeing the green veggies and fruit for the smoothies, but a couple days into the process of all the smoothie making, it started leaking...not good at all.

Since then, I have been using my 'backup' Oster blender, which really is not up to completing the job very well. Granted, it is working, and I am almost finished with the cleanse anyways, but knowing that I still need a blender that works effectively, efficiently, will last more than just a year or two, and will perform many different functions, I am once again contemplating a Vitamix Blender.

As I also mentioned in my post from last week, I have greatly improved my diet and eating habits over the past several months, and have been eating mainly fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, lean protein, and gluten-free whole grains. I avoid refined sugar, fried foods, sodas, junk food, gluten, and anything high in sodium, but I would really like to do even better than this. I am now trying to move myself and my family away from eating processed foods, and would like to start preparing meals made completely from whole foods without added preservatives. This is another reason I would like to get the Vitamix.

The specific one I have been considering is the Vitamix 5200 Super 64oz Variable Speed Blender w/Dry Container, which is sold here on QVC, and currently offered at 5 Easy Payments (which is always extra helpful on pricier purchases).

According to the product information on QVC:

"It makes juice from whole foods; cooks soup without a stove; and even makes ice cream--no attachments needed. Now, with a dry container for blending dry ingredients included, plus two recipe books, the Vitamix Blending Machine is more impressive and useful than ever.

It takes over a multitude of kitchen tasks. Using the 64-oz container, this machine replaces your juicer, food processor, ice cream maker, and more. You'll turn to it to make everything from coleslaw and dip to tomato sauce and whipped cream. Its superior power allows it to pulverize whole foods including their skin, seeds, pith, leaves, and fiber quickly and easily. What might you make? The options are unlimited--flip through the included "Whole Food Recipes" book with nutritional information and pictures for all kinds of ideas.

Using the durable, precision-designed, 32-oz dry blending container, you can grind grains, beans, or rice into nutrient-dense, homemade flours for use in baking and cooking. The versatile container can also be used to knead dough for breads, pies, and other baked goods. The "Whole Grain Cookbook" is chock full of recipes to get you started. From Vitamix."


I would love to be able to make my own peanut butter, almond butter, ice cream, fresh bread, etc., without all the added sugars and preservatives that the store bought versions contain (not to mention the extra money they cost, as opposed to making my own). The Vitamix Blender is quite an investment purchase though, so I am saving up my pennies to hopefully get one in the future. I think in the long run the 'Cost Per Use' will become minimal, and the money I will save from making my own various types of food will make the purchase extra worthwhile. Vitamix does sell Certified Reconditioned blenders on their website, so that may be a less-expensive way to go...it just wouldn't include the dry container for the grains and such that I would like to have.

So tell me, do you own a Vitamix Blender? If so, which series and model? Are you pleased with it? Does it do everything the website claims that it does? The online reviews are mainly positive ones, but I would love to hear your feedback, too...please do share! :)

Have a lovely day!

24 comments:

  1. I'm not usually a big fan of appliances, especially if they're pricey, but I do own a Vitamix and I love it. It does things no other blender can do, as far as I know, because its motor is ridiculously more powerful than any other blender. I use mine every day. I tell myself that I'll pay off the cost after a year or so, given that I no longer buy almond milk etc (it's so easy to throw in some almonds, water, and a few pitted dates and blend it all up). I've tried making soup in mine and it does work, but it seems like a waste of energy to heat something up using friction when the microwave or even the stove would accomplish the same task more quickly (and more quietly). Other than that, I actually agree with all of the hype on the Vitamix. Get one!

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    1. greatblueheron: Thank you so much for your feedback! It's really good to know that all the hype around the machine is true. I also think that the savings you get by making your own food products help to justify the cost, especially since so many of them are very expensive now. Much better and healthier to make them on your own.

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  2. p.s. If you have a Costco membership, or a friend with a Costco membership who will act as a go-between, get your Vitamix there. The savings are significant.

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    1. We are planning to get a Costco membership soon, so I will definitely be checking out the Vitamix blenders there. Thanks for the tip! :)

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  3. I have one too that I got at Costco. It did not come with the dry container so I haven't used it for grinding stuff but I do use it all the time for smoothies and it is pretty awesome! I think you will love it!

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    1. Thank you Katie! I am going to check them out at Costco in the next month or so when we get our membership. I know that you can buy the dry container separately, but it is less expensive when bought as a package deal. Still, I'm not sure it's really that necessary, so I may just go with the regular container and save myself some money. :)

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  4. I don't own one but I know people who do & they love it ! I would like twice about ordering one from QVC because you need to pay s&h on all the extended payments which can be pricey. I read an article on how companies make a very good profit off s&h charges. This is why I only order (from any company) when shipping is free. Perhaps you can order a juicer until you decide; my dad loves his. So impressed you are almost done....WOW! Hugs, Dawn

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    1. Thanks Dawn! Yes, I agree about the s&h payments, and try to get free shipping whenever possible. QVC does have free s&h on a couple of the blenders...just not on the one that I'd prefer to get. I more than likely will wait until I can check them out at the Costco in Kalispell. I do have a juicer already, but it is still in storage and not accessible until we find our own home to move in to. I am really glad to be almost done with the 10 days. The last 5 seem to be the most difficult, at least for me they are. I've been snacking a lot on the fruits & veggies, but cannot wait to have some chicken and my gluten-free cinnamon raisin bread! :)

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  5. I have the Vitamix Aspire with the 1400ml container. Well worth the price IMO. The $$ saved making my own belinis is well worth it *wink*. More than enough capacity for two very generous adult smoothies. I agree that the soup thing is an energy waste if you want to heat it in the container, but I still can't get over how quickly and efficiently it pulverizes kale, beets, carrots, spinach, chia seeds, oranges, etc. The tamper is the key for me.

    I also invested in the Angel juicer and that makes the most amazing low speed juices (good for wheatgrass too). If you get the nut butter attachment you can make small amounts of nut butter--literally just a tablespoon if you want; easy clean up too. My only issue with making nut butter in the Vitamix is the volume needed to get the process going as I just don't need that much nut butter at once, but that again is just personal preference.

    Would love to hear some of your green smoothie recipes!

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    1. Thank you so much for your feedback, anon! The pulverizing is one of the main features I am interested in, as I know my family would definitely prefer smoothies that don't have the little bits and pieces in them, especially when it comes to the green smoothies! Since I have a large family, I'm not overly concerned about only being able to make larger volumes. In fact, it's something I look for in the appliances I buy. :)

      So far I have pretty much been following the recipes for the green smoothies out of the 10-day green smoothie cleanse book, but plan to start trying new creations once I'm done with the cleanse. If I come up with a really tasty one, I will be sure to share!

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  6. I aspire to one myself! If you buy it, please review!!!

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    1. I will definitely review if I get one, Wendy! Please do the same if you end up getting one before I do. :)

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  7. My SiL loves hers. We have not gotten one - yet. I have a magic bullet for smoothies and we don't use it enough to justify the Vitamix, but with summer coming I think that will change. There are a lot of models to consider and the research can be daunting. If you go for it - please review ;-)

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    1. Thanks JulieStyles! I have spent a lot of time trying to compare the different models, and as you said, it is rather daunting. Since it is a true investment, I want to be sure to choose the one that will work best for my family's needs though. We do not drink a lot of smoothies in the winter, but since there are so many other uses for the Vitamix, I know it is something I will use year round. I will be sure to do a review if I get one. :)

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  8. I love my Vitamix. It is my most used kitchen appliance. I pretty much just make smoothies with it. I have made almond butter which my husband loved. My kids love the smoothies though. You feel a sort of satisfaction when your kids are drinking kale. I just have to put some fruit in it and give it a cool name and my kids usually drink it.

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    1. Thank you for the feedback Sara! I know that my entire family would love the almond butter, and it would be a much less-expensive and healthier way to have peanut butter, too. I love the idea of getting them to drink kale, too. I personally love it, and eat it steamed, but just cannot get any of the rest of the family to like it. The smoothie option is the perfect way to change that! :)

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  9. I hesitated before buying mine. Then I dragged my husband to the demonstration at Costco and he said buy it. He was sold on the power of the machine plus its versatility. The Vitamix website sells refurbished machines - covered by their amazing 5 year warranty which you can increase to 7 (same as new model) for a cost. There are free shipping codes all over the internet plus I caught a sale in January and paid $20 less. We use it for smoothies - I have been able to replicate the Dole Whip sold at Disney - salsa, pureeing sauces/dressings as well as the incredible Whole Fruit Margarita that was included in the cookbook that came with the Vitamix. I can't drink regular margaritas anymore :-)

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    1. Thank you anon! I would really like for my husband to be able to see one of the demonstrations. Like most of us, he is really not thrilled about the price, and he questions that it is worth that much, so seeing first hand just what it does, could help 'ease' the sting of the purchase price a bit.

      I have been considering one of the refurbished machines. They do not have the dry container, but like I said earlier, it really isn't that necessary, so opting for one of the reconditioned blenders might be the best route for me to go.

      Btw, how do you make the Dole Whip? That was always one of my favorite cold treats when we went to Disney World. :)

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    2. It has the motor of a small lawnmower - that sealed the deal for my husband. Try to catch a roadshow . The dry container can be purchased separately if you find you need it.
      Here is the Dole whip Recipe It is my favorite Disney treat as well - plan to serve it this summer with rum as a grownup treat.

      . 4 cups frozen pineapple ( I cut mine fresh- include the core - and freeze it, The vitamin purees the whole fruit)
      . 1/2 cup milk (Coconut milk and heavy cream mix really bring out the flavor)
      . pinch of salt
      . 1 T. of sweetener (sugar, stevia, agave)
      . 2 T. lemon juice
      Blend all ingredients until smooth. I use the Frozen Dessert setting. Use an ice cream scoop or squeeze through a pastry/plastic bag, To have it hold its shape longer, freeze the servings at least 20 minutes.

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    3. Thank you so much for sharing your Dole whip recipe anon! I am really looking forward to trying it! :)

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  10. Melissa, I have owned a Vitamix for approx 15 years or more, and have updated whenever a new model is offered --- not necessary, I just like updating. A couple years ago I purchased the model with the dry blending container from Costco online for one of my daughters. I think it is available still at Costco. Costco often has a Vitamix vendor demonstrating the machine in the store -- Costco offers significant discounts if one purchases during that time (usually about 10 days) My daughter grinds her own wheat berries and bakes delicious bread, makes bagels....etc. My husband and I use it mainly for green smoothies and we do it everyday. My Vitamix goes with me when we travel by car -- easy to use in a hotel room and easy clean up. We are in out mid/late 60's and believe our diet is the main reason we are still very healthy (no meds so far for either of us). As stated, we use it daily and also make fresh carrot juice several times a week (not in the Vitamix but with a Breville juicer). We have our eyes examined every year and our vision actually improves!!! We started our healthier lifestyle many years ago when our youngest daughter had postpartum depression that was not under control after a couple of years. Nothing seem to help so we attacked and conquered it with healthier foods. It was a slower process than medication, but successful nonetheless. HTH

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    1. Thank you so much for your feedback, Dee! I love to make my own bread, and the idea of being able to grind the wheat berries and other grains to make it, is one of the main reasons I would really like to have the dry container. I will check Costco to see the pricing on getting the two together. Do you know if it's the same price online as it is in the store?

      I admire your commitment to a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating. It is the type of lifestyle I am aiming for my husband and I to lead as the years pass on, because like you, I really do believe that it plays a major role in how we feel as we get older. My boys already enjoy eating healthy foods, so I am hoping that is something they will continue to do for the rest of their lives (even when they aren't at home for me to make it for them). :)

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  11. Hi Melissa, This is another great post. Thanks! I have a similar blender to the one described, but not Vitamix; mine starts with a "B" and I can't remember the name offhand. We actually use it every single day, no less than once but often twice or three times. I actually have a hard time digesting raw fruits/veggies, which I've learned from our daily breakfast veggie/protein mix smoothies. But I can say that my husband is the spitting image of health, especially after I introduced him to smoothies quite a while ago. We are getting ready to relocate to a different part of the country, quite like yourself! actually, and it is stressful. And exciting! But still, a lot to plan and stuff to go through, etc. Next week is going to be my week to start anew -- regarding diet (I am quite an observant eater, but often I "observe" a lovely something enter my mouth. . . . ). Our oldest son is home visiting from college right now -- and only for a few days -- so not the time to start a stringent diet plan. Food is a main method of our family coming together and enjoying each other, so I can't change things up drastically, yet.
    We are leaving for our beach house on Sunday, so that our current house can be put on the market properly. It is very hard to "show" a house with us living in it. I don't know how you did it with 4 boys. I have 2 boys, spaced 10 years apart. . . . boys are quite another thing altogether (at least some of the time). Please update regarding your progress on home life, eating routines, etc. I find it so inspirational.
    Thanks, Janna

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    1. Good luck on your move Janna! It is definitely not an easy thing to do, but is still very exciting to relocate to another part of the country nonetheless. How fun to have your oldest son home...I know you must miss him terribly while he's away. That is not something I am looking forward to with my boys, but know that it is inevitable, and simply a part of life.

      Enjoy your time at the beach! :)

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