Is A Vitamix Blender Worth The Investment?
Yes. While purchasing a Vitamix Blender will set you back a few hundred dollars, what it gives back in convenience and pure kitchen prowess is worth every single penny. Whether you can splurge right away or you have to save up to buy the Vitamix that fits your needs, you'll be glad you made the investment every time you use it. And, once you realize how versatile it is, you'll use it a lot.
Made in Cleveland, Ohio, all Vitamix Blenders come with a generous manufacturer's warranty. The length varies by model and price. The two Vitamix Blenders featured here are the Explorian E310 which comes with a 5-Year Warranty and the full-featured Ascent 3500 that offers a 10-Year Warranty. Clearly, Vitamix stands behind their products.
The back story: When William Grover "Papa" Barnard was introduced to the blender in 1937 as a traveling salesman, he saw big potential for nutrient-rich and delicious meals that could be made easily and quickly. His vision was so clear, it motivated Mr. Barnard to turn his focus into manufacturing high-performance blenders. He named the blender brand, “Vita-Mix,” emphasizing the Latin word vita, which means “life.”
In 1949 Papa's son, Bill Barnard hawked the Vitamix machine in the first TV infomercial ever aired in the United States. In his TV demonstration, Bill included a variety of recipes and food preparations from bread crumbs to potato pancakes and veggie drinks.
By 1969 Bill Barnard was running the company when he introduced the mighty Vitamix 3600. It was the first blender that could make hot soup, blend ice cream, grind grain, knead bread dough and more. "Papa's grandsons further developed the technology and introduced the first commercial blender in 1985. Today Dr. Jodi L. Berg is the fourth generation President and CEO of Vitamix.
What makes a Vitamix a Vitamix? While it can handle the common tasks associated with a blender's kitchen duties, Vitamix blenders can handle so much more. Power, along with the blade and jar design, plays a key role in the Vitamix blender's performance. It blends and mixes better than the competition, making smoother smoothies, soups, and dips along with fabulous frozen desserts. The Vitamix really shows it power when you go beyond the basics. From baby food to nut butters, the possibilities are endless!
Try making hot pureed soups. Vitamix purees like no other blender I've tried. It even works better at breaking down the fibers in food than an immersion hand blender. This is what gives you that velvety smooth texture that is a signature of a proper pureed soup. Keep reading! We've included not one, but two soup recipes. Ginger Carrot Soup and Curried Carrot Soup are a must-try this fall with your new Vitamix Blender.
Unbelievably creamy hummus. This same technology and power makes the smoothest, creamiest hummus dip imaginable, along with a myriad of other dips and spreads. It's also the key to totally emulsified salad dressings, silky homemade baby food, Fast frozen desserts, rich nut butters, smooth nut milk, home-milled flour and even bread and pizza dough. The possibilities are truly endless.
Two Vitamix blender models we love.
The Vitamix Explorian. The Vitamix Explorian E310 combines high performance, functionality, and sleek design features. The Vitamix Explorian E310 saves time on food prep and is ideal for home cooks of every skill level. A clean front panel is simple to use and features pulse switch, variable speed dial, and start stop switch.
The 2-peak horsepower motor blends even the toughest ingredients for perfectly mixed soups, salsas, nut milks, and juices. It includes 48 ounce container, lid with mini tamper, durable base with 3 inch wide stainless-steel blades, and a Vitamix cookbook filled with easy recipes to try. And, the E310 comes with a Full 5-Year warranty from Vitamix. When you use this machine, you'll know why chefs all over the world prefer Vitamix Blenders. Made in the USA and under $400. Take a closer look at the Vitamix Explorian E310 »
The Vitamix Ascent A3500. This brushed stainless steel blender sits at the top of the all newer Vitamix Ascent line, offering the most hands-free functionality, along with winning design. And did I mention it's handsome? The Ascent A3500 has a glass tactile interface that features 5 automated programs, as well as digital timer, full variable speed control and pulse functions. The automated programs include Smoothies, Hot Soups, Dips & Spreads, Frozen Desserts, and Self-Cleaning operations, all with just a simple touch.
The controls are clear, intuitive and offer great flexibility. Plus, the flat panel is a cinch to keep clean, and the A3500's exclusive brushed stainless steel base housing looks amazing. It includes full-color Ascent Series Cookbook to help you explore the full range of possibilities! The Vitamix Ascent A3500 is made in the USA and backed by a Full 10-Year Warranty.
With a $700 M.S.R.P. we regularly sell the A3500 for $599.95. But, from October 2nd through the 18th, 2020 you can save $75 while supplies last. Vitamix Ascent A3500 SALE price is only $524.95!
Vitamix Gingered Carrot Soup Recipe & Video. (Recipe is below the video.)
Spicy and sweet, the flavors of ginger and carrot combine into a vibrant meal. This recipe was designed for the 64 ounce blending container, like the one on the Ascent A3500 model.
Vitamix Gingered Carrot Orange Soup
- 1 pound (455 g) carrots, halved
- ½ onions, peeled
- 1 piece (5 g) fresh ginger root
- 2 Tablespoons light butter spread
- 4 cups (960 ml) chicken broth
- 1 Tablespoon orange zest
- 3 (390 g) medium oranges, peeled, halved
- ¼ inch (0.6 cm) orange peel
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Sauté carrots, onions and ginger in butter spread until soft.
- Add 2 cups (480 ml) of broth.
- Simmer until tender.
- Place oranges, orange zest, and cooked vegetable mixture into the 64 ounce Vitamix container and secure lid.
- Select Variable 1.
- Turn machine on and slowly increase to the highest speed.
- Blend for 30-45 seconds until smooth.
- Adjust consistency with remaining 2 cups (480 ml) of broth.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Notes: Serve hot or cold. Garnish with sour cream and chopped cilantro.
Vitamix Curried Carrot Soup Video & Recipe. (See recipe below video.)
Vitamix Curried Carrot Soup
Sauté the carrots and onions to bring out a more intense flavor in this vibrant soup. This recipe can be made in the 64 or the 48 ounces blending container. Both the Explorian E310 and the Ascent A3500 blenders will work for this recipe
- 6 (365 g) carrots, cut into 2" pieces
- 1 (80 g) onion, peeled, sliced
- 2 cups (480 ml) vegetable broth
- ½ cup (120 ml) soy milk
- ¾ teaspoon curry powder
- ⅛ lemon, peeled
- ½ teaspoon salt, optional
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1. Place the onions and carrots in a pan set over medium heat. Add a splash of water and allow to cook until onions are tender, about 5 minutes.
2. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure the lid.
3. Start the blender on its lowest speed, and then quickly increase to its highest speed. Blend for 5 minutes 45 seconds or until heavy steam escapes through vented lid. Serve immediately.
Notes: Using raw ingredients in a soup is a simple way to use the power of the Vitamix; however, cooking vegetables beforehand will enrich the flavor and remove some of the potency of ingredients like onions.
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