Some time ago, my husband asked for a juicer for his birthday. This was very out of character for him but he was on a health kick and suddenly started not only juicing but also running very early in the morning. I was a bit surprised, but a juicer was purchased and regularly used for a few months. The juices were lovely, no question about that, but the cleaning was not. Neither was the grocery bill.
In the end, the juicing was not a sustainable everyday habit and was eventually abandoned. I was not very happy with the amount of waste associated with it either – all the fruit pulp is actually thrown away and you need a large amount of fruit to get a couple of glasses of juice.
I had a chance to experience the Vitamix at Britmums Live where they had a stand (and sponsored the Food Brilliance in Blogging Award). The sorbets, smoothies and soups produced on site were a-ma-zing and I feel very lucky indeed to be given a chance to try out the Vitamix Pro 750 at home.
The Vitamix is not a juicer. Far from it. Calling it a blender is a disservice as well – it so much more than that. The Vitamix Pro 750 comes with a ‘Let’s Get Started‘ instructional DVD plus a 350+ page fully illustrated book full of recipe ideas from smoothies, soups, sauces, sorbets, cakes to cocktails. It is a very solidly built machine with an incredible 2.2-peak horsepower motor (I do believe our car has less) and a massive 2 litre jug.
It is very hard to be an impartial reviewer when you have fallen in love and I am afraid that is what has happened here – it was a coupe de foudre and I am powerless against it. To try and be a tad impartial I will list the pros and cons of the Vitamix Pro 750.
- It can blend everything (within reason). The powerful blades are able to pulverise anything from soft fruit and vegetables to hard root vegetables, ice, nuts and so on.
- If you like smoothies and milkshakes this is heavenly. Unlike a juicer, entire fruits are blended to create super-nutritious and healthy concoctions that pretty much provide your 5-a-day in one fell swoop.
- Not just for blending soups – you can actually MAKE soups with it. One of the functions (Hot/Soups) runs for just under 6 minutes and the friction of the blades actually heats the ingredients up. It’s slightly scary but pretty awesome. Stay tuned for recipes.
- It is a cocktail lover’s dream. Frozen margaritas, daiquiris and flavour experiments here I come!
- You can make incredible sorbets out of fruit/vegetables and ice in mere minutes.
- Easy to use. There’s settings for smoothies, frozen desserts, soups and purées but I actually prefer the variable dial which allows you to control the speed and duration of blending.
- Easy to clean. There’s a cleaning cycle which runs for 30 seconds and that’s it, job done.
- The price tag. The Vitamix Pro 750 retails for around £650 so it’s by no means an impulse purchase. However if you consider that it comes with a 7 year warranty and you are likely to use it daily (no, really) this is an investment well worth making. This is the first item you should add to your wedding list.
- It can be a little noisy (but no more than a powerful stand mixer).
- Ummm, that’s it.
I am only just beginning to explore the capabilities of the Vitamix. I hope to post a number of recipes as I get to know this powerful beast and no better place to start than a lovely, healthy, smoothie.
Vitamix Sunshine Smoothie
120ml | 1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp flaxseed powder (optional)
2 nectarines, quartered
2 oranges, peeled and quartered
1/4 lemon, peeled
2 apples, quartered, seeds removed
2 tbsp goji berries, soaked in 1 tbsp water
Handful of ice (about 6-7 ice cubes – more if you like)
1. Add the coconut milk and flaxseed if using, then the nectarines, orange, lemon, apples, goji berries and finally the ice to the Vitamix jug.
2. Fit the lid and turn the Vitamix on. Turn the dial to setting 1 and start blending the ingredients.
3. Increase the speed until the ice is completely blended and continue whizzing until the smoothie reaches the consistency you like. (Depending on the setting the smoothie can be completely smooth or have a little bit of texture – whichever you prefer).
4. Serve immediately – you will end up with 2 large smoothies or 4 smaller servings.