There are blenders and then there are BLENDERS…
The Vitamix series of blenders helps you be creative in the kitchen, bringing your overall nutrition to a higher level…in a matter of minutes. Not only are they known for being well-built and sturdy, but they can blend seeds, inner core and pith and skin of fruit and vegetables until completely smooth.
You instantly save money on buying extra vegetables and fruit just because you are using more of the plant. For example, pineapple, most people throw the core away. Beneath the skin and within the core are more than 40% of nutrients, vitamins and minerals that the pineapple contains.
Using a Vitamix, you can blend the pineapple including the core until smooth. Of course, you will have to cut off the peel.
I have owned one for 9 years and it has never failed to help me be creative in making everything from nut milks to soups, sauces and spreads. In fact I’m still learning something new about this workhorse every day.
Before that, I bought 4 different brands of blenders and found they never lasted long due to heavy use. Even during this season of lockdown, my Vitamix came up trumps. For three days straight I made a gallon of avocado smoothie and the aches and chills from the Covid Flu subsided. I did not end up in hospital.
1 whole head of celery
1 medium avocado
1 small chilli pepper
1 small onion
1/2 inch of ginger root
1 kg bag of carrots
1/2 handful of parsley
1 lemon slice
1 raw plantain
Simply juice celery, carrots and onions, then pour juice into the Vitamix with the other ingredients and blend on low speed for 30 seconds, then on high speed till smooth.
As the jar is only 2 Litres, I made this blend once in the morning and a second time in the evening. I did not eat any solid food for those three days, but did not feel hungry as I had 16 glasses of avocado smoothie a day. It tasted of plantain mostly, with a little fiery kick from the pepper.
For those of you who want more protein – just add sunflower seeds to the mix…a 4oz cup will do fine.
- 64 oz container for large quantities
- Variable speed control from 1-10
- 7-year full warranty on parts, returns and shipping
- Aircraft-grade blades tough enough to grind even flaxseeds
- Cool running motor – consistent temperature maintains the enzymes in ingredients
- Angled sides of container – designed to create a vortex for the ingredients to be smoothly blended by the blades.
Suitable for making:
- nut milks using almonds, brazil nuts, etc
- nut butters
- avocado smoothies
- cake mixes
- pureed baby food
- hot soup in 5 minutes
How To Use It
Simply place the 64oz container onto the motor (which should be placed on a flat dry surface). Then put your ingredients into the container. Put the black lid on the top, pressing down firmly to secure it. Then place the small transparent inner lid into the centre of the black lid and twist clockwise once.
There is a tamper supplied with the blender and this is used to stir ingredients until smooth. If making soup with the Ascent Series, just leave on for 5 minutes and the ingredients will heat up…The tamper should not be placed near the blades while the machine is on to avoid damaging it like I did once!! Fortunately, this happened during the warranty time, so it was fixed and has been working as good as new since then.
Vitamix have come a long way since creating the Total Nutrition Centre and now you can get digitalized version in the Vitamix Ascent Series. It is programmed to sense the ingredients you put in the blender. This means that it will only blend for a timed period according to the quantity and density of what you want to blend.
Also, in the video below, the demonstrator put the tamper in the blender while it was on. If you watch very carefully, he held it up to the side of the blender, above the blades. I know this because of the angle he held it at…However, if you have better sight than mine, you can correct me.
What I Do Not Like About This Blender
The Vitamix Total Nutrition Centre is an impressive workhorse, the only downside seeming to be the price, which at £475, was very costly for me. I paid for it in 2 instalments and received it once the balance was completed.
You can now get the Total Nutrition Centre for £349 and also the Explorian at £304 as noted at the bottom of this post.
What I Like About This Blender
The good thing is that this particular brand of blender has outlasted all 4 blenders of another make I had, so in the long run it looks as if you could actually save money.
It was only when I had delayed buying my spare juicer parts that I realised how versatile my blender could be. Meaning, I used my Vitamix in more ways than just blending. I used it at the low speed setting to food process my fruit vegetables and make salsa with it.
There is a 7 year warranty with this blender and all of the Vitamix series of blenders, except the refurbished ones.
So, if you want to save time on preparing food for your family, the Vitamix Total Nutrition Centre could well turn out to be one of the best items you buy for your kitchen.
Here is a Demo for You To See A Vitamix in Action
For Your Information
Other Vitamix models to be viewed at ABestKitchen.com (price in dollars) and Amazon (UK prices) are:
Or You Can Take Your Pick of Vitamix from here:
Please note that the Vitamix Ascent Series of Blenders is digitalized to a higher degree than the Explorian and Classic Series of Vitamix. Hence the higher price tag. The Explorian also comes with a smaller jar – 1.4L whereas the others come in at 2L.
So there you have it – all you need to know about this mid-priced Vitamix blender is at your fingertips. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.