This is a continuation of the Vita-Mix article in part 1.
As great as the Vita-Mix is to use, it’s not perfect. The price is prohibitive, for one thing, although after you’ve used it you’ll wonder why you toiled with regular blenders for so long. For another thing, it’s not dishwasher safe. That’s fine for most things you make, because you can just fill it with water and a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid, top it with the lid, and turn it on; it cleans itself. But if you make anything with raw meat or some other food that could make you ill if any of it is left behind, that’s kind of troubling, and the inability to sterilize the jar it in the dishwasher is a problem.
Then there is the jar’s size and shape. It’s nice and big, so it holds a lot, but much of that volume is in height. It’s hard to get non-liquid foods completely out of it, because the inside of the jar is ridged, and anything sticky like peanut butter collects under the blade and is basically lost. Be sure to roll up your sleeves and use a long-handled scraper, but there will still be a certain amount of food under the blade that you can’t get out. It will come out with cleaning, but it’s lost to you.
The Vita-Mix is touted as a replacement for your juicer, but that’s a stretch. What you get with the Vita-Mix is not extracted juice with the pulp removed but a swill of liquefied fruit/vegetable including the pulp, plus the water you have to add to make juice out of it. Compared to real juice, the taste is several rungs less delicious. Although it’s great for green smoothies and other fruit or vegetable concoctions, keep your juicer if you want real juice.
The final score for the Vita-Mix? A-. It gets A+ for ease of use, power, versatility, and the quality of the finished foods you can make, but the cost and the trouble getting the food out plus the quality of the juice when you use it as a juicer knock that down slightly. Compared with a regular blender, though, it’s so great it’s off the board. If you’ve been buying a new blender every year because the frozen fruit in your smoothies wears them out, get this instead. You can make great green smoothies and fruit smoothies with it, as well as heated soups, sauces, salad dressings, nut butters, and dips—and of course, fast and delicious frozen yogurt, frozen kefir, sherbet, or ice cream. It’s well worth the cost if you plan to make any of these daily.
Look for the Vita-Mix at your local health food store. Some stores specialize in health-related appliances and gadgets and may carry it. If not, you can buy it online at vitamix.com, a variety of raw food web sites, and occasionally at QVC.com.
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