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 Post subject: Vitamix
PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 3:23 pm 
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I'm considering getting a (factory reconditioned) Vitamix with our income tax refund. My question is: does anyone here have one? Are they worth the money? Are they, in short, all that?


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 Post subject: Re: Vitamix
PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 3:27 pm 
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I got ours when CostCo had their promotion, and to be honest we use it mainly for smoothies and not much else. Its pretty good and I know a lot of people love theirs, but its pretty pricey if you're only using it in a limited capacity.

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 Post subject: Re: Vitamix
PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 3:53 pm 
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I have been using mine for a week or two and having one means I will drink a green smoothie every single day. I love it! I bought the dry container as well so I can make my own flour.


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 Post subject: Re: Vitamix
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I got a reconditioned VitaMix about 4 years ago and it's awesome. Well worth the investment!


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 Post subject: Re: Vitamix
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I got a reconditioned one too, 3 years ago. Without it, I would not drink my daily green smoothie. So it is worth is to me. It provides 33.333333% of my meals!

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 Post subject: Re: Vitamix
PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 6:42 pm 
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I use it for making smoothies, sauces, creamed soups (the best!), salad dressings and soft ice cream. Purchasing it for me was a big extravagance, but whenever I use it, I am so happy that I made the investment.


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 Post subject: Re: Vitamix
PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:34 pm 
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I have one and it is WELL worth it! We got ours with our tax return a few years ago and it is used multiple times daily for all sorts of things. Go for it!


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 Post subject: Re: Vitamix
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I <3 my VitaMix!!

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 Post subject: Re: Vitamix
PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:08 pm 
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Where are you guys buying them?

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 Post subject: Re: Vitamix
PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:15 pm 
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Question - do you users find that it can handle a lot of the jobs otherwise meant for a food processor?

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 Post subject: Re: Vitamix
PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:43 pm 
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RandiJM wrote:
Question - do you users find that it can handle a lot of the jobs otherwise meant for a food processor?



I have found that I still prefer my food processor for certain jobs (the shredder attachment and small batch stuff).

I got mine with a tax return from the VitaMix website

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 Post subject: Re: Vitamix
PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:38 pm 
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Do used, perfectly good vitamixes from decades passed randomly show up in thrift stores, ever? Has anyone ever seen one there?


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 Post subject: Re: Vitamix
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:04 am 
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I *L-O-V-E* my VitaMix. I can't imagine life without it. I use it for smoothies, cheezy sauces, dressings, fillings, marinades, tofu quiche/omelet batter, fruit "ice cream", etc. I bought mine new at a Costco promotion like 6 years ago. I also bought the small container so it could stay out & fit under my cabinet. (But I read here on The PPK someone saying the new regular design now fits.) Everyone should have a VitaMix!

And by everyone, I mean Isa. For whatever reason, I've been bothered lately by something I read.... Isa saying she doesn't have a VitaMix (I don't remember where I read it; I thought it was here on The PPK). And that makes me really sad. How can the cooking goddess that she is not have access to the most powerful consumer blending equipment out there? What kind of even greater cooking masterpieces could she come up with if she had one? And how many copies of AFR does an author have to sell in order to have enough coin for a VitaMix? I almost feel guilty using my VitaMix to make her recipes. Almost.

Yeah, I know, I'm weird. Or just full of Catholic guilt.


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 Post subject: Re: Vitamix
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:07 am 
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katiepillars wrote:
Do used, perfectly good vitamixes from decades passed randomly show up in thrift stores, ever? Has anyone ever seen one there?

I have never seen a VitaMix at a thift store. I'd I've seen a lot of thrift stores in my day.


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 Post subject: Re: Vitamix
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:09 am 
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katiepillars wrote:
Do used, perfectly good vitamixes from decades passed randomly show up in thrift stores, ever? Has anyone ever seen one there?


I have a friend who got hers from a thrift store, but they don't show up very often. People know how good they are and how long they last.

I got mine at the annual Costco promotion,which JENNA kindly alerted me to.

From all the V-mix love I really should be making a point of branching out and at least making creamy soups. Tomorrow's roasted parsnip and garlic soup is dedicated to this thread.

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 Post subject: Re: Vitamix
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:42 am 
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I bought mine at Costco...the Vitamix guy shows up at my Costco store about once every 3 months.

I can't express how much I LOVE my VM!

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 Post subject: Re: Vitamix
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:26 am 
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We just bought one a few weeks ago from QVC. I've only made a sorbet and smoothies with it so far. Next I'm planning to make brocolli soup.


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 Post subject: Re: Vitamix
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 3:37 pm 
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Another one from QVC; the price was really good at that time. My lunch today: blueberry-blackberry-kiwi green smoothie, made in the Vitamix, alongside roasted cauliflower-garlic-carrot soup, also made in the Vitamix. So easy and yum.


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 Post subject: Re: Vitamix
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:18 pm 
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I am making this soup thanks to all the Vitamix love!
http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2011/02/ro ... rooms.html

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 Post subject: Re: Vitamix
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Okay, I am a convert! This creamy soup is divine - tons of flavor and so few calories. NUMMY!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Vitamix
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:06 pm 
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I always hear how great it is, but honestly I have the new ninja (the one that comes with the six blade one) and I LOVE it and it's like, 65$ I think? ...Yup. Just checked.

I had the old one, the new one is nicer but I loved the first too. I cook a lot and I use it for soups, smoothies/shakes, chopping veggies, nuts, breadcrumbs, etc. I have no complaints.

http://www.amazon.com/Ninja-Professional-Blender-Chopper-Powerful/dp/B003J518MW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1298325809&sr=8-3

If you don't want to spend a billion dollars I mean.

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 Post subject: Re: Vitamix
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:11 pm 
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Angie V. wrote:
I *L-O-V-E* my VitaMix. I can't imagine life without it. I use it for smoothies, cheezy sauces, dressings, fillings, marinades, tofu quiche/omelet batter, fruit "ice cream", etc. I bought mine new at a Costco promotion like 6 years ago. I also bought the small container so it could stay out & fit under my cabinet. (But I read here on The PPK someone saying the new regular design now fits.) Everyone should have a VitaMix!

And by everyone, I mean Isa. For whatever reason, I've been bothered lately by something I read.... Isa saying she doesn't have a VitaMix (I don't remember where I read it; I thought it was here on The PPK). And that makes me really sad. How can the cooking goddess that she is not have access to the most powerful consumer blending equipment out there? What kind of even greater cooking masterpieces could she come up with if she had one? And how many copies of AFR does an author have to sell in order to have enough coin for a VitaMix? I almost feel guilty using my VitaMix to make her recipes. Almost.

Yeah, I know, I'm weird. Or just full of Catholic guilt.


If she just wanted one I'm sure she could get one . . . but if she was using it to create recipes then it would just leave out everybody who doesn't have one (and honestly, the cost makes it a fairly high bar for a lot of us).

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 Post subject: Re: Vitamix
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:28 pm 
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Angie V. wrote:
And by everyone, I mean Isa. For whatever reason, I've been bothered lately by something I read.... Isa saying she doesn't have a VitaMix (I don't remember where I read it; I thought it was here on The PPK). And that makes me really sad. How can the cooking goddess that she is not have access to the most powerful consumer blending equipment out there? What kind of even greater cooking masterpieces could she come up with if she had one? And how many copies of AFR does an author have to sell in order to have enough coin for a VitaMix? I almost feel guilty using my VitaMix to make her recipes. Almost.


This kind of thing makes me not want one. Yeah, I get that it's probably an awesome product. But I don't need to be pitied or have someone assume that I 'don't have enough coin' just because I'm not a slave to a brand name. I can be a good cook without 'the most powerful consumer blending equipment out there'™. Some of us just like to spend our money on other things we find enjoyable. Rest assured, we're not suffering. So you can stop feeling guilty.

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 Post subject: Re: Vitamix
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Erinnerung wrote:
Rest assured, we're not suffering. So you can stop feeling guilty.


Only because you have no idea how good food can be! The Vitamix makes everything taste like puppies and rainbows.

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 Post subject: Re: Vitamix
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Tofulish wrote:
Only because you have no idea how good food can be! The Vitamix makes everything taste like puppies and rainbows.


I will have you know that my poorly-blended gruel is unfathomably delicious!

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