My old Vitamix must be 30 years old and still going strong. I bought refurbished to soften the financial hit, but the only thing I regretted was not going into debt for it sooner. And I'm not much of a cook. In more ambitious days, I used it to make whole fruit juice and fruit nondairy non-milkshakes (these were the days before nondairy milks and protein powders were easily available) by adjusting the frozen or unfrozen fruit/water or ice ratio. I even made peanut butter and cashew butter in it. I think I did make soups in it, I need to get back to that. The blades actually heat up the soup. It even breaks down raspberry seeds, making their nutients digestible and more available.
Does the newer version have small containers available, about 16oz or less? Nowadays I often need a smaller blender and use my Tribest personal blender, but I really wish I could have the power of the Vitamix for many things in smaller containers. My old Vitamix is huge, which makes it hard to make smaller amounts unless it's something I can store in the refrigerator long enough.
I had tried a friend's regular juicer before getting the Vitamix, but was horrified at the waste of fruit and fiber and the cleanup time required. There is no waste in the Vitamix, you just toss in all the edible parts of the fruit or veggie. I just have to swish some hot water around in the Vitamix and that's enough for many things. Worst case, I have to add soapy water and let it run a few minutes. And it really is extremely versatile.
Edited by: JWOOLMAN at: 8/24/2014 (02:53)
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552 8/21/14 1:07 P
I like my 6300 with the presets for soups, smoothies, and ice cream. I don't have to sit there and change the speed every few minutes. Just dump it in, make the selection, push a button and it goes until it's done and turns off. SWEET!
Shun the Sugar 15 g of sugar per day 6 carb servings per day Lots of fiber
I bought my first Vitamixer in 2006, but my mom bought one when I was like 13, so I have been around on most of my life. I love the vanilla ice cream, it is so good. I think will will love it more and more as you use it.
current weight: 292.5
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733 2/25/14 8:16 A
After 5 years of wanting one but talking myself out of it based on the price, I finally went out yesterday and bought my very first Vitamix. I am in love with the thing.
I have been trying to ween myself off of dairy and sugar for more than a year now. I do ok, but my biggest challenge has been my morning cup of coffee. I just can't give it up. I put milk & sugar in my ooffee…I like it very sweet. Most days I find that when I start the day with sugar and dairy it is much easier to make excuses to continue to consume them throughout the day.
I have tried a million different recipes and a million different kitchen appliances/methods but I have never been able to create an acceptable substitution for my morning coffee.
Through all of this testing I did discover that I like dates for my natural sweetener. The problem has been that with my blender, my food processor, my immersion blender or whatever other gadget I tried I could never get the dates completely blended into the drink, and who want to drink a coffee smoothie with chunks of dates in it? Not me!
So I get my shiny new Vitamix home yesterday and the first thing I made was a coffee smoothie. No chunks! Not even any little bits! You don't even know that the dates are in there, but the sweetness and the flavor are spot-on for my taste!
Now I'm hoping to add more fruit/vegetable smoothies into my diet as well. I enjoy the nutrition of these drinks but have always had an issue with the consistency.
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