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Old 06-12-2005, 01:58 AM   #31
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After years of using a Champion juicer, blender, food processor, and Magic Mill grain mill, I purchased a Vita-Mix. It is, hands down my favorite and most versitile kitchen appliance. The Champion was fabulous, but I never liked the idea, from a nutritional standpoint of separating out the fiber. I started researching and then went to a demonstration of the Vita-Mix at Costco. I still use the mill for the majority of the flours I use, but have used the Vita-Mix dry container in a pinch when I have found myself a few ounces short for a recipe or when I want cornbread for dinner. To make juice or smothies, the instructions direct you to add ice cubes to your selected produce. I freeze grapes, strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, etc. and add to carrots, apples, oranges, beets, brocolli, tomatos, cabbage, parsnips, parsley, celery, kale, chard, wheat grass, and any other fresh, organic produce available, with as much water as needed for the thickness I want, and have a fabulous meal. I don't use ice cubes because I am using the frozen items. The motor is so powerful that you must have some form of ice or you will get cooked soup. Another talent of the machine. You can use any produce you like and the other things you might add to a smoothie. The beast also make the smoothest humus I have ever had, great nut butters, and so much more. I think your inagination may be the only limit. Great product, great warranty. I am sure, as with any appliance, there are folks who will be drawn by the novelty of making ice cream (which it can do) or soup in 3 or 4 minutes, use it a few times and put it in the cupboard. Mine is on the counter and used at least once a day and often more. I have not used the Champion or the blender since I brought the Vita-Mix home. I use the food processor only for grating or shredding now.
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Old 06-12-2005, 04:56 AM   #32
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Fix a romantic dinner with wine and candlelight, then when hubby is in a relaxed receptive mood.....ask for an early anniversary gift!
CC, that's what I call a Smoothie.
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Old 06-12-2005, 12:33 PM   #33
 
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Just call me choclate smoothie..........
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Old 06-12-2005, 01:21 PM   #34
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Since I use my blender everyday for breakfast, I just wondered if there was difference in cosistancy of liquid? I throw so much fresh fruit in with yogurt and different powders that is almost comes out like pudding which is hard to drink. I felt this Smoothie appliance would make it easier to drink. I do throw everything in the smoothie like I do my soup. They often ask me if I have spoon? The idea is they don't want to sit down to eat; hence, they drink all the stuff. They want to get out of here as fast as they can.
ITK, tell em to S L O W down (smile).

If it's a pudding-like consistency, I'd try adding some ice cubes or a little more milk. (Would love to see your smoothie & soup recipes. Would like to put some healthy stuff in the drinks.)

CC, thanks for the chuckle. BTW, that looks like it would turn granite into a smoothie. WHOA. (I have the Magic Bullet & it's not for serious anything. Used it once for tuna salad. The blender/juicer part pretty much looks like plastic.)

Was almost tempted to get the Jack La Lane (sp?) juicer. Knowing me, I'd use it once. Got rid of most of the stuff I don't use. Tired of all these small appliances sitting on the shelf & taking up space. But show me a good info-mercial in the middle of the night, & I'll be tempted to look on ebay.
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Old 06-13-2005, 01:53 PM   #35
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YOu bought your Vita Mix at Costco? Do you need membership to go there? Is it just like chocolatechef picture? Could you tell me price range so I know what to expect?
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Old 06-13-2005, 02:01 PM   #36
 
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No, the new Vita Mixes are different from mine. They have plastic jars and look totally different.

I prefer the old style with the stainless steel motor housing and blender jar.
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Old 06-13-2005, 02:22 PM   #37
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After I finish with getting this fridge I will have to check into eBay. Just hope I will get someone who is honest. Someone had bad luck with eBay on here.
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Old 06-13-2005, 02:25 PM   #38
 
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That was me!

I have had 750 purchases or more and out of them I have had maybe 10 bad deals.

Not a bad percentage! Most transactions go very well.
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Old 06-13-2005, 04:36 PM   #39
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What a relief. Doesn't sound too bad. Especially if you have lot of money involved. I'll just go on faith and your experience. Thanks
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Old 06-20-2005, 09:59 PM   #40
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In The Kitchen,
I got the Vita-Mix about 2 years ago. I cannot recall exaxtly what it cost. I think it was about $425. I purchased the "Super 5000". This includes the dry container for grain and an extra cookbook. It was available without the extra jar and book for about $80 less. Sorry I cannot recall more specifically. If I did not love the machine I could probably recall exactly what it cost. As I use it every day, I have more than gotten my money's worth. Costco is a membership store, but you can go with a member if you know one if you don't think it would be worth it for you to join yourself. My machine is not like the one pictured. You can see pictures on the Vita-Mix web site. I also have heard that they are found on e-bay, but I have never checked myself.
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