We’ve been using our Vita-Mix for a couple of days now and we really love it. Smoothies, salsa, guacamole and various drinks are the order of the day now. We use the Vitamix several times a day.
Here’s an important tip when you get your own Vita-Mix, read the directions. No kidding! This blender is not like any other blender you’ve ever used and you may come up with some strange results as a result. It is probably 4 to 5 times as powerful as even your normal Kitchen Aid blender.
Our first main experiment was to see if we could get a comparable carrot juice of that with the Champion Juicer. It says right in the directions that the Vitamix is not a juice extractor, and they are correct. When you put whole carrots and whole apples in the blender, remember this, you get the whole carrot, pulp and all. The first carrot juice I made yesterday was more like baby food than juice. The video we watched instructed us to add a comparable amount of water to the amount of carrots we were using. There’s a good reason for that.
We normally use about 20 to 25 carrots (along with half an apple and a celery stalk) to make 4 – 8 ounce glasses of juice. Since this was an experiment, we used 5 carrots and an apple along with some water to make the same amount of juice. We could have used half that amount because the first thing we ended up with was a thick apple carrot sauce. We continued to add water but our concoction was as thick as ever. We could have used half of the carrots and 2 to 3 times the amount of water.
Also, carrot juice is sweet and it gets even sweeter when you add the juice of an apple. When you use the whole carrot it’s not nearly as sweet. The recipe calls for adding honey to sweeten it and that may be a good idea. We don’t normally like things too sweet so use a sweetner at your own discretion.
Today Jean improved on our carrot juice attempt by making a carrot juice cocktail using of course, carrots, orange juice instead of water and pineapple. It’s not pure carrot juice, but it was very tasty. We used 2 carrots, about 6 ounces of fresh squeezed orange juice and 3 to 4 large chunks of pineapple, yummy!
We also made some tomatilla sauce and guacamole for lunch today that turned out pretty good. We over blended the tomatilla sauce so it was a little frothy, but at least it tasted good. Again, the Vita-Mix is a very powerful machine.
That’s all for now. Stay tuned for a podcast tomorrow.