The Best New Year’s Resolution
Do you remember any of your New Year's resolutions? I remember when we resolved to purchase a Vitamix blender with the condition that we would use it every day for the first 30 days to see if we really would keep it.
Why 30 days? Two reasons. First, that was the time allowed to return it by the store where we purchased it, Williams Sonoma. Second, if we could find a way to use it that many days in a row, that would be a good sign that we liked it well enough to keep.
After convincing ourselves that we were Vitamix-worthy, we drove to our favorite local Williams Sonoma store to bring home our new family member.
What Else Can You Make Besides Smoothies?
As it turned out, in 30 days we not only used it every day (except one where we were out of town), but typically we used it multiple times each day. In the table below are listed all the things that we made during that time. As one might expect, there are a lot of fruit smoothies on this list. But we also found a few recipes that were new to us and worth making over and over as time went on. We now make scones all the time using our blender. The recipes that we made during this time were all from the cookbook that came with the 750, Create.
How did we pick what to make? We really wanted to test the range of foods that Vitamix claims can be made. It is easy to say your blender can make hot AND cold items, but the real test is how good they actually turn out to be. First, we watched the intro video on the disc that came in the box, and then we started to go through the Create cookbook to see what we could make right away with the ingredients we had on hand. Also, a big factor was the difficulty level. We wanted to build up confidence about how the blender works before taking on more complex recipes. We are not professional chefs like the people in the Vitamix videos.
30 Days of Vitamix
|Day||Made||Made 2||Made 3|
Potato Spinach Soup
Bacon Potato Soup
Peanut Butter Chocolate Milkshakes
Banana Chocolate Ice Cream
Turkey Potato Spinach Soup
Chocolate Banana Smoothie
Wild Rice Soup
Wild Rice Soup
Berry Sauce (for pancakes)
Decision - KEEP!
Cold vs. Hot
Are you old enough to remember the McDLT? As a kid, I remember all the hype about how McDonald’s would keep the hot and cold sides separate until you put them together to eat. Oh, I really wanted to see if that would make the sandwich special, the same way I wanted to see if the Vitamix could really do a great job of making hot and cold foods. After all, there is no heating or cooling element in the blender itself, so it seemed like magic was being used here.
As you can see in the table, we waited until day 11 until we made our first ice cream. We probably should have done it sooner. The ice cream was very good with little in the way of prep on our side. When you eat it right out of the machine, it is very creamy. If you want to make it firmer, just put it in the freezer for later. Typically, ice cream made with a Vitamix is going to require frozen bananas, so now we always have a bag of frozen banana quarters in the freezer.
We had to see how easy it was to make soup with the Vitamix. It was hard to believe that we could just pour the soup out of the cup, and it was ready to eat, but that is exactly how it works. All soup coming out of a blender has to be a purée, right? Not so. Following the recipe and some strategic pulse blending, we had chunky potato soup. I was surprised at how hot the soup was when finished. We had to wait a while until it was cool enough for us to eat.
Making Nut Butters
Peanut butter was also on our list of items to try. We thought it would be a real test to break nuts down to a buttery consistency. But the Vitamix came through with flying colors, and now we make homemade peanut butter all the time. The first time we made it, we used raw peanuts, but that didn't taste quite right. The next time, we roasted the peanuts ahead of time, and that did the trick. Creamy peanut butter that tasted the same if not better than what you buy in the store. And with the added bonus that no chemicals or preservatives were added. Just pure peanut deliciousness. The clean-up required two runs on the clean setting instead of just one like most other recipes. While this does take slightly more time, it is worth it in our opinion.
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