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Old 02-01-2014, 11:15 AM   #691
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They're good, Bethy! I've also taken to adding a splash of SF DaVinci orange syrup to mine, but it's not needed - just makes it a bit sweeter and adds that little bit of orange flavor like a Cadillac Margarita.

Let us know what you think!
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Thanks so much! That sounds like a good addition! Thanks for the great thread!
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This looks awesome! Going to make it this weekend. Glad to have found the thread!
That does sound tasty! I'll have to give it a try.
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:38 PM   #694
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I'm new to LC and want to begin using my vitamix that has sat in my cupboard for years! Anybody have a yummy LC broccoli soup recipe for the vitamix?
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Go to their website. They have tons of recipes.
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I'm new to LC and want to begin using my vitamix that has sat in my cupboard for years! Anybody have a yummy LC broccoli soup recipe for the vitamix?
Sorry I can't help. Soup is one the things I don't use my Vitamix for. I'd rather make it in a pan and use my immersion blender.
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Old 02-14-2014, 03:37 PM   #697
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Just a heads up in case anyone's shopping for a new Vitamix... QVC is featuring Vitamix as a TSV with Easy Pay. The price "looks" good, and it includes the dry container; however, this machine DOES NOT have a variable speed control knob... it only has two speeds, high and low.

Personally, I think all Vitamix models are great... with the exception of those that do not include the variable speed control. That feature is just too important for me to even think about doing without it. 399.90 may sound like a great price, but without the variable speed control I wouldn't want it at any price.

For someone who doesn't care about the variable speed control, then it's probably a good deal.
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I made pineapple icecream the other day for a Hawaiin party. It was rather successful too I might add!

Found from a Blendtec recipie and adapted it.

1/4 c coconut milk
2 - 3 T sugar (to taste)
1/2 t lemon juice (I used a small piece of lime instead - didn't measure)
1 1/2 rounded cup frozen fruit (choose your fav - recipie said)

Place in machine in the order listed.

* I ended up using a whole can of coconut milk, and probably a large whole frozen pineapple.
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Old 03-18-2014, 02:23 PM   #699
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Trader Joe's has frozen pineapple tidbits - we love that for pineapple sherbet in the VM. Easy and couldn't be any faster!
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The weather has really warmed up here, and pineapple sherbet or ice cream sounds really yummy. Besides, I'm due for a trip to Trader Joe's.
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Have joined Lowcarbfriends for low carb suggestions and the Vitamix Heaven thread tips and recipes. I'm on my 3rd Vitamix: first was a stainless steel 3600 with the spigot back in the 1980s or early 90s. I wanted the plexiglass container without the spigot and no reversing blades switch so my second was in the 5000 series that I wore out the variable rheostat after 10+ years. Vitamix offered to fix it for me, but I was lugging it back and forth to the RV every time we took a trip so now it permanently resides happily in the RV sink instantly ready to travel. So now I have the Professional 500 with the Presets. I use the presets a lot and I have all the containers and use them all. It is a wonderful machine!
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Have joined Lowcarbfriends for low carb suggestions and the Vitamix Heaven thread tips and recipes. I'm on my 3rd Vitamix: first was a stainless steel 3600 with the spigot back in the 1980s or early 90s. I wanted the plexiglass container without the spigot and no reversing blades switch so my second was in the 5000 series that I wore out the variable rheostat after 10+ years. Vitamix offered to fix it for me, but I was lugging it back and forth to the RV every time we took a trip so now it permanently resides happily in the RV sink instantly ready to travel. So now I have the Professional 500 with the Presets. I use the presets a lot and I have all the containers and use them all. It is a wonderful machine!
Hi, welcome! Glad to see another Vitamix lover!

My experience is pretty close to yours, except I started with a used Maxi4000 and then upgraded to the 5000 series for exactly the same reasons you did. Still have that one, I think it's been 5 or 6 years now.

Share any recipes you make here! We'd love to see them!
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15 years ago I lost 35 pounds by lo carbing it. The biggest boon the vitamix provided then was creative low carb flour substitute mixtures. The dry container powders and "flourizes" just about anything. I used to joke that if I only had a shingle of wood I could bake. I ended up with a mixture of almond flour, modified food starch, flourized oat and wheat brans, flourized seeds, and just enough vital wheat gluten for structure. With splenda for sweetener, I could get my shortbread cookies down to 3.5 carbs a cookie, and they were delicious. In the beginning I used too high a percentage of modified food starch and they didn't set well on the stomach. Play around with the component proportions for the flavor you like and start with a recipe like cookies or crackers that uses soda or baking powder for leavening.
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maxi-4000

I can't believe I missed this thread! I still have the old steel beauty; don't use it as often as I should.
Charski: do you still have recipes that work with the older models?
On the rare occasions that I see the Vitamix folks at Costco, I always mention having the Grandfather of the model their trying to sell
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I can't believe I missed this thread! I still have the old steel beauty; don't use it as often as I should.
Charski: do you still have recipes that work with the older models?
On the rare occasions that I see the Vitamix folks at Costco, I always mention having the Grandfather of the model their trying to sell
I used to grind almonds to meal or almond butter with mine, as well as make all manner of smoothies; that soft-serve ice cream works great in it. Ricing cauliflower or making crushed ice - easy!

Honestly, you can make about ANY of the recipes with it, you may just need to pulse it on and off for things that ask for the lower settings.

DH still misses that one. He thinks it had more power than the new one. I'm not sure about that, but I do like being able to see through the Lexan container!
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I use it most to make coconut milk. But it's does it awesomely. I really need to branch out though. I want to try making riced cauliflower. The video I watched does it pretty nifty.
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I could see the advantage of the newer container; nice to see what's going on in there. Where did you find the rice cauliflower video?
Never did try making ice cream; the boys won't be happy with me when they see how quick & easy it's suppose to be.
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Ricing cauli is dead simple! Here's one of many YouTubes on the subject:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW6UA90bnIo
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Thanks for the link Charski; I was pretty sure it would be a wet chop technique. So the old 4000 should be able to do pretty well everything the new models can do right? Just that you can't see the action?

Might surprise the boys with some ice cream tonight...should be interesting
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In my experience, the 4000 could just about turn bricks to dust! LOL!

Some things do well with a slow start, which is why I like the variable speeds on the new one - but I think pulsing will do just fine - that's certainly the way I used the 4000.

If the boys aren't strictly low carb and they like pineapple - one of my faves is frozen pineapple tidbits (I get them at Trader Joe's, but you could always drain a couple cans of tidbits and freeze them), a little sweetener, and a cup of canned coconut milk. Tropical delight!
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4000 circuit breaker woes

I ended up making some mixed berry ice cream last night but for whatever reason, the 4000 kept stopping & I had to reset the breaker. Weird.
The boys liked the ice cream but I don't think it was sweet enough for them.
Used a combo of almond milk & cream for the liquid (1 cup) & the frozen berries (2cups w/1 cup ice)

Will be giving the wet chop a go this weekend; need to provide a salad for a BBQ function. Can you do the carrots & cabbage together?
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machine still works!

Mentioned the margarita recipe to my DW & gave it a shot tonight. Hard to find diet mountain dew; ended up using the regular MD.
DW loved it! Too bad we ran out of limes or maybe that's a good thing

Maybe some soup tomorrow; depending on weather/heat/humidity
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There's a group on for reconditioned vitamix 299.
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Tamper Measurements

If anyone still has the old wooden tamper laying about; could you send me the total length & the distance to the cross piece....
Don't ask but the old 4000 really does a good job on wood
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LOL! I wish I had the measurements for you but the old wooden tamper went with the Maxi 4000 when I sold it.

Here's my tale of woe - I used the new plastic tamper which came with the 5000 and the 64 oz. container, to make ice cream in the 32 oz. container. Let's just say that it IS possible to push the plastic tamper in a bit too far.

Out with THAT batch of ice cream.

I contacted Vitamix and asked them how much a new tamper was, and when the gal on the phone asked me why I needed it, I explained what had happened - and dang if they didn't send me a new one free of charge! I totally did NOT expect that. Their customer service has been great.

There are several people selling the wooden tamper on eBay for less than Vitamix sells it - you might want to check that out. I think the best price I saw was $14.95 including shipping. Or maybe one of them will give you the dimensions if someone here doesn't have that info!
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I have totally fallen back in love with my VM recently, for a whole variety of reasons. I have been making the Best protein sugar-free smoothies for my boy and I- blueberries, strawberries and chia- smooth, creamy and delicious. Not a seed in sight!

I saw a Costco demo where the guy put the avacado PIT in the VM! Do any of you use the pit? Is there some amazing health power in there?
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He was most likely demonstrating the power of the motor. The old steel models could powder wooden blocks
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Margaritas

Thanks again for the margarita recipes; think I'll get a good photo of the old tamper & try to get some measurements from there as everyone here seems to have the sparkling new models.
Now to search for that iced coffee recipe
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He was most likely demonstrating the power of the motor. The old steel models could powder wooden blocks
He didnt just pulverize it- he put it in a smoothie and handed out the samples of it... It was really impressive!
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Ricing cauli is dead simple! Here's one of many YouTubes on the subject:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW6UA90bnIo
That was simple. I loved her video

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