Scratch is Better is always getting asked the question: “Is the Vitamix really worth it?” While it is one of the more expensive machines we have in our Test Kitchens, we can confidently attest it to be worth every single penny. We’ve never come across a machine so powerful, so versatile, and so easy to clean. Let’s start with the obvious: This baby pulverizes foods to a pulp, whether it’s leafy spinach, crowns of broccoli or even the stone hard purple beet. Not to mention, with the right selection of ingredients, the Vitamix creates healthy drinks that can be equivalent to meals and snacks. Within minutes, you can take a bunch of whole vegetables and fruits and turn them into a tasty smoothie for your entire family.
We’ve made everything from hot soups, delicious smoothies to velvety sorbet. Over time, we’ve also learned that you can’t just throw in whatever you want into this blender and expect the pulverized goodness to be delicious – quantity and type of ingredients matter. Clean up is as simple as blending a smidge of dish soap and a lot of water for less than 30 seconds and then rinsing the blender. That’s it.
As with any super kitchen machine, the Vitamix has its downfalls. Yes, clean up is a breeze, but you must do it immediately after using it, otherwise the gunk in the bottom of the blender becomes hard to remove. Additionally, the Vitamix is extremely noisy. So making that 6 am morning shake without waking up the entire household is a bit impossible.
In the end, we love this high quality performance blender. The Vitamix is slender, sleek and easy to store away or even display out on the counter. The price tag is hefty, but as you can tell, the health benefits, versatility and its long-term use make it one our proudest purchases.
Here is an easy recipe we’ve included below using your Vitamix:
Broccoli Cheese Soup
“You can’t eat this soup standing up, your knees buckle” – Jerry Seinfeld in “The Soup Nazi”
This is a soulful, rich and creamy soup without all the added calories. It’s not only low-carb and paleo, it’ll also help start off the New Year just the way you intended – healthful and stress free. We give you the option of using either broccoli or cauliflower to change it up, either is delicious. There are no messy pots or pans required, all you need is your handy Vitamix!
Taken from Vitamix
Makes 2 cups
1 cup skim or low fat milk
1/2 cup shredded low fat cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups broccoli or cauliflower, fresh or frozen, steamed
1 teaspoon diced onion
1/2 chicken or vegetable bouillon cube
Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid. Select Variable 1. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High. Blend for 5-6 minutes or until heavy steam escapes from the vented lid.