Have you heard of a kitchen appliance called the Vita Mix?

vita mix - a mixer with a new idea and wonderful ways to prepare your foods. grinding grain, making soup, milkshakes etc.  using it for canning!
@Willowlady (10666)
United States
January 30, 2007 4:08pm CST
I do have one and have used it for when canning. Making milkshakes. Wondering how many of you have one and what you have used it for?
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@ktroth (378)
• United States
30 Jan 07
We've had a Vitamix for about 8 years. We love it! We don't have a regular blender or food processor anymore. We make daiquiris, smoothies, salsa, guacamole, ice cream drinks, you name it! It's probably the most useful small appliance we've ever had.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
30 Jan 07
So glad to meet you. It is a wonderful machine and mine made it through the fire. Do you use the recipe book that came with it? Thanks for responding so quickly!!
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@ktroth (378)
• United States
31 Jan 07
I've used the recipe book for some things. We bought a book that has recipes contributed by the demonsrators ---the people who sell them at fairs and such. We use that book more than the other. Have made soups which are really good. And there's an evil Oreo cookie shake in the book that is to die for.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
31 Jan 07
So great that you do use the book that comes with it. Not sure I have mine,since we had a housefire. I am sure if I contact them that they will send me another. Thanks for responding again!!
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@dhouston (417)
• United States
30 Jan 07
How do you use it for canning? Don't you use an ordinary blender for milkshakes? I've heard that it is good for making juices, and have been interested in one for that purpose, but find it rather expensive. I'd be interested in more details from you on how you use it and why it is better than a blender or food processor, apart from making carrot juice.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
30 Jan 07
It is so sturdy and sits attractively on the counter. Is super easy to clean. Is a bit pricey however I am glad I bought mine. It made it through my housefire. The recipe book that comes with it shows you how you can use it for grinding grain, making hot soup, grinding ice etc. I ran my tomatoes through it for puree and it whipped it up nicely even when a tad bit hot. They have a clear container now, mine is the metal one. Reverses directions too. No things getting stuck. I think you would be happy with one!! thanks much for responding.
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@ktroth (378)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Ooooooooooooooo, mine doesn't reverse directions. That would be handy!
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Yeah, I use it alot and cannot imagine not having it. Soooo handy!
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• United States
22 Feb 07
I have one. I had one 30 years ago, and got rid of it for the new model this year. I liked the old one much better. Anyway, I do use it a lot. I mostly use it for fresh creamed veggi soups, like the receipes I posted on yams and corn. I also whip up frozen fruits with milk for an ice cream desert. I have used it to grind up rye or wheat seeds for fresh flour to make a bread. Do you enjoy yours? I also have made up veggi and fruit drinks.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
22 Feb 07
I do use mine, mostly for smoothies right now. It is very highly used when I am canning in the fall. Tomatoes are so much easier this way. Have done milkshakes too. Mine is the metal canister and not sure I would want the clear one. Mine also reverses in direction. Not sure the new ones do that anymore. Thanks for responding.
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• United States
26 Feb 07
Your's is better. I had that one, and replaced it with the plasic one and do not like it.
@brimia (6584)
• United States
9 Feb 07
I love my Vita Mix. It's so powerful and blends through ice like a breeze. I use mine for so many things including smoothies, ice cream, soup, nut butter, hummus and other dips, sauces, and batter. It's easy to clean and use and is a great heavy duty appliance.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
9 Feb 07
Just amazing to read the book that comes with it. Mine had a prominate spot on the counter. It survived our fire so it helps us in this kitchen, a little harder to keep handy! Thanks for responding.
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
31 Jan 07
I had one, got lent out, never to be seen again. It was an awesome blender- we used it to make fruit shakes almost every day. My son does not like strawberries casue of the seeds...we put them in there and he ate them fine...the seeds were pulverized. If I ever have the money I will get another one.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Yeah, the seeds have so much nutrition in them. So glad you could use this machine and benefit him and yourselves. Thanks much for responding.
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@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
30 Jan 07
I thought I was the small appliance queen! I guess I have been dethroned lol. It sounds like a handy gadget to have. I will make a point of looking this up. Anything to help with the canning process interests me.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
30 Jan 07
Not sure I would classify myself as a gadget queen. I like mostly to do things by hand. This however was touted as so versatile I thought that I could not miss. Have loved having it. Hope you can get one and it serves you well. Thanks much for responding.
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@sweetlady10 (3619)
• United States
30 Jan 07
Hmm Vita Mix, am hearing it for first time. I make my milkshakes in regular mixer grinder. I am wondering what is the benifit or other advantage of it over a regular mixer.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
30 Jan 07
It has a sturdy construction in fact the newer clear container can be hit with a hammer and it does not break. Mine is metal and it can grind grain and ice easily. The recipe book that comes with it has recipes for hot soup from it. Never tried that. Is kind of pricy however it does not seem to wear out. Thanks for responding.
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@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
8 Mar 07
My grandmother had one and she used it alot. They primarily made fruit and vegetable juices with it. They really liked carrot juice. I never could get over them thowing the whole orange in it skin and all.
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• United States
11 Mar 07
I love freshly made carrot juice. However I peel mine first. It is very good for you. Making me wish I had some right now. Lloyd
@monet0077 (156)
• United States
22 Feb 07
I use my Vita Mix more than any other of my appliances. I just love it. Other than the usual things, I grate hard cheese, I grind coffee, I chop cabbage for cole slaw. I don't make the soups in it anymore. I have noticed that quite a few coffee houses like Starbucks have them for their drinks. My husband was not happy with the cost and tells me we don't need something as powerful as a lawnmower in the kitchen, but I use it all the time and would be lost without it.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
22 Feb 07
What is wrong with all that power in the kitchen? lol Thanks so much for responding.
@SimplyJo (1694)
• India
31 Jan 07
Yes we use it too... My mom mostly. she loves to make tomato puree in it - apart from the usual - milkshakes, coffee etc :)
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@msqtech (15226)
• United States
8 Feb 07
I am glad that someone loves it. I guess I could be misteaken
@crosa125 (1484)
31 Jan 07
sorry on this one
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• United States
30 Jan 07
My mother had one many years ago. I don't remember her using it for more than making juices.
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• United States
23 May 07
willowlady, I sure need some recipes and I would like to tell you what I need and could use your help. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks, ClaireVee
@msqtech (15226)
• United States
8 Feb 07
I have but they cost more than they are worth a food processor or blender will suffice