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Old 10-24-2009, 01:27 PM   #211
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OK...the Vitamix Road show was at Costco today....loved the demonstration and they practically made me buy the 32 oz wet canister.

I actually think I will like it....because cooking for one seems clumbsy in the big one.

I wanna hear how everyone is using theres.....common...lets liven this thread up again.
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Old 10-24-2009, 03:53 PM   #212
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Sure wish I had one. I spent almost the entire morning making hazelnut butter -- had to do it in shifts in my coffee grinder LOL. The VitaMix, I'm sure, would have done it in mere minutes. Hmmmm...maybe Santa will see this post!
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Sure wish I had one. I spent almost the entire morning making hazelnut butter -- had to do it in shifts in my coffee grinder LOL. The VitaMix, I'm sure, would have done it in mere minutes. Hmmmm...maybe Santa will see this post!
I use my 32 oz. container almost exclusively. Unfortunately, it's only me, and DD to some extent, that eat healthy, so I make most things in smaller batches.

It's great for my green smoothies! And I drink those almost daily.
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Dee, I bought one of those at Costco a year or two ago, and I use that size MUCH more often than the original container. I love it!
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Old 10-25-2009, 07:41 AM   #215
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Sure wish I had one. I spent almost the entire morning making hazelnut butter -- had to do it in shifts in my coffee grinder LOL. The VitaMix, I'm sure, would have done it in mere minutes. Hmmmm...maybe Santa will see this post!
Would you like me to send your post to Santa? LOL.
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Old 10-25-2009, 07:42 AM   #216
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Dee, I bought one of those at Costco a year or two ago, and I use that size MUCH more often than the original container. I love it!

I was figuring that I would too. The 64 oz one is a monster! LOL.
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Does anyone know if the containers are interchangeable? Or do you have to buy a container specifically for the model you own?
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:11 AM   #218
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Some are interchangeable - call their 800 number and they will tell you, they are really helpful and nice, at least in my experience!
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Charski......whatcha doin new in your VITAMIX. Anything to share?

I'm still scared that I'm gonna let this turn into a "blender" and that would be a shame. LOL.

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Well, I'm about to grind some quinoa into flour and try making some quinoa crackers! Will let you know how THAT goes!

Have you tried the Cream of Green Chile Soup yet, Dee? That's a GREAT thing to do in the Vitamix, you can let it run til it has heated the soup up for you!
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Oh Charski, do share. Great idea. Julie
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Will do, Julie, either later today or tomorrow.
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Would you like me to send your post to Santa? LOL.
YES! Thanks, lol.

PS Also let him know I've been pretty good this year!
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PS Also let him know I've been pretty good this year!

That's not what *I* heard!
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That's not what *I* heard!
Busted!!!

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S'okay. Santa brings me a bucket of coal every year! At least we're all in good company!
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OK, the Vitamix did an EXCELLENT job of making quinoa flour - see the "Everything About Quinoa!" thread for a blow-by-blow description of the crackers!
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I just read this entire thread. DH's parents gave him a Vitamix for his birthday. I wasn't too familiar with it but now I'm really excited to try it!

DH made rolled oat, banana and raisin cookies from the book. Clearly, they are not LC were awful, LOL! I don't blame the machine for that, though. Any other recipes I should watch out for?

He also made tortilla soup from the recipe book and it was delicious. I could have eaten vats of it.

Thanks for all of the info here, everyone. Good thread!
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Sounds wonderful........but too pricey for this girls budget!
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Old 02-18-2010, 08:43 AM   #230
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Beeb, you can buy a used one on eBay, that's how I got started - you don't have to have the current model to get the benefits! My first one was a Maxi 4000 and I swear that thing would pulverize bricks! LOL!

You can also buy refurbished - that's what my 5000 is. Bought it a couple years back, no problems, LOVE it.

Just sayin'!
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I've been making this soup for a while and the original recipe calls for a can of tomatoes. I had some roma tomatoes and no canned and wanted this soup so i decided to try to make it with the fresh tomatoes. The result? It turned out even better! Both DH and I love this soup and we have it with grilled cheese sandwiches (make it with your favorite LC bread). This original recipe called for an insane amout of oil (3/4 cup). I used probably about 1/4 -1/3 cup and it turned out great. I also didn't have any basil (fresh or dried) and it turned out great. Basil is a nice addition though.

Homemade Tomato Soup

Ingredients

4 large roma tomatoes
1/4 - 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (I used rice bran oil)
1 stalk celery, diced
1 small carrot, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 TBS tomato paste
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup heavy cream, optional
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

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Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Chop up tomatoes and spread onto a baking sheet, season with salt and pepper, to taste, drizzle with about a 2 - 3 TBS of the oil and mix until nicely coated. Roast until caramelized, about 25 minutes (check after 15, they will start to get soft, produce a lot of liquid, then the liquid will cook and they will start to brown in spots).

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, heat remaining oil (I just used enough oil to saute the veggies - maybe 2 TBS) over medium-low heat. Add the celery, carrot, onion and garlic, cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Add the roasted chopped tomatoes, chicken broth, tomato paste, bay leaf and butter. Simmer until vegetables are very tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Add basil and cream, if using. Remove the bay leaf and process in Vitamix until totally smooth. Return to saucepan and add salt/pepper to taste.

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Oh man that sounds SO good, Ang! So when you use canned tomatoes - what do you do differently? I'm in the opposite boat - got canned, not fresh, today!
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It's super yummy! Here's the canned version, hope you like it as much as we do! I use less than 1/2 of the oil in the recipe though. You can use it all, it's very rich that way, but it just seems like too much to me for soup.

Homemade Tomato Soup

Ingredients
1 (14-ounce) can chopped tomatoes
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 stalk celery, diced
1 small carrot, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chicken broth
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup heavy cream, optional

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Strain the chopped canned tomatoes, reserving the juices, and spread onto a baking sheet, season with salt and pepper, to taste, drizzle with 1/4 cup of the olive oil and roast until caramelized, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, heat remaining olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the celery, carrot, onion and garlic, cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Add the roasted chopped canned tomatoes, reserved tomato juices, chicken broth, bay leaf and butter. Simmer until vegetables are very tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Add basil and cream, if using. Puree with a hand held immersion blender until smooth.
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THANK YOU, Ang! I AM gonna make this sometime this week. I think I'll go find some fresh basil first though, and I have some fireroasted canned tomatoes that might make it extra yummy!
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Hope you like it Char! Those fireroasted tomatoes sound yummy!
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OK, just made this, starting with the above recipe, and of course you KNOW I had to TWEAK!

So here is how I did my version:

Tomato Basil Soup

Ingredients
2 (14-ounce) cans diced fire-roasted tomatoes
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 stalk celery, diced
1/2 small red bell pepper, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons butter
1 tsp. dried crushed basil
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Pinch dried red pepper flakes
1/2 cup heavy cream

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Strain 1 can of the chopped canned tomatoes, reserving the juices, and spread onto a baking sheet, season with salt and pepper, to taste, drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and roast until caramelized, about 15 minutes. (I lined the pan with nonstick foil.)

Meanwhile, in an 8 cup Pyrex batter bowl or other large microwave-safe container, add the remaining olive oil, celery, red pepper, onion and garlic, and cook on High until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the roasted chopped canned tomatoes, the remaining can of fire-roasted tomatoes, reserved tomato juices, chicken broth, bay leaf and butter. Microwave at 50% power until vegetables are very tender, about 10 minutes. Add basil, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, pepper flakes, and cream. Pour carefully into large VitaMix container, cover loosely with lid, start on lowest power setting and increase power til it's at nearly the highest speed, blend til smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings.


This is very much like a roasted tomato soup called Shorba we've been eating at a favorite Indian restaurant. I love it! Thanks, Ang!
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Which so saying made me go - "Yanno..............."

So I trotted back in and added about 2 teaspoons Penzey's Tandoori seasoning and a small handful of fresh cilantro, and blended again til smooth. YEP! That's IT!!
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Oh yum, your tweaks sound great! I'll be trying it that way next time!
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HOw many of you still use your vitamix alot? I got the commercial kitchen aid and it works great,, I used it alot at first, but I dont think I have touched it in 5 months.. Maybe I should try to get motivated..I would like to try to grind up some popcorn kernals for that cornbread recipe I have seen on this site..
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