View Full Version : Question for folks with high powered blenders
02-28-2008, 07:30 PM
I love the idea of being able to put whole apples, or whole (peeled) citrus fruits in a blender, and pour out something completely smooth. But right now, the fancy blender thing is only a fantasy for me.
I am wondering, have any of you with vitamix, waring, blendtec, and similar high powered blenders ever just put in a few peeled oranges by themselves (no other fruits), and drank them after blending them till they were smooth?
I'm just wondering what that tastes like. Is it bitter because of the white stuff and the seeds? Does it seem a little pulpy? Or is it really really smooth going down?
02-28-2008, 07:33 PM
I have a vitamix. Sometimes I throw a few peeled oranges in the blender and blend until smooth. It's okay on it's own. It has a smooth, slightly thick texture, and a taste that is like a more bland version of orange juice. But, if I blend in a banana and a handful of baby spinach to my blended oranges, it suddenly is delicious.
Clementine, banana and strawberries (don't even add any water) is also really good in the vitamix.
So yes, you can blend whole oranges and apples in the vitamix, but it's much better to do combinations of fruits.
One time I tried to drink a whole, peeled, blended lemon as part of the liver cleanse preparation. I couldn't get it down. Ick!
02-28-2008, 08:10 PM
i have the VM and often use it as a "ghetto juicer". when i am running late for work in the morning and i didn't get a chance to squeeze my juice (i have a manual citrus juicer), i will toss in some peeled oranges/tangerines/lemons/limes/grapefruits/whatever, blend away, then pour the whole thing through a big metal strainer to get the big chunks out. if its tart and i am not looking for tart, i add a little agave, or blend a few dates into the juice. works for me!
02-28-2008, 08:15 PM
, then pour the whole thing through a big metal strainer to get the big chunks out. if its tart and i am not looking for tart, i add a little agave, or blend a few dates into the juice. works for me![/QUOTE]
maui butterfly - what chunks? I am able to blend everything until absolutely smooth and I mean everything!
02-28-2008, 08:17 PM
i guess i don't mean chunks per se, i mean fiber. the stuff that makes it kind of thick. i have a big metal strainer, kind of looks like the mesh on a tea ball, that works great for me...
02-28-2008, 09:07 PM
For straight orange juice, I prefer my juicer. The best orange juice ever.
In my vitamix I like to mix anywhere from 3 to 5 different fruits then add a cup of water and 3 ice cubes. Now that's a good fruit smoothie. For extra nutrients, I add greens to this mix.
02-28-2008, 09:16 PM
It comes out pretty thick, although smooth. I think I should have added water maybe to the oranges to get a better texture. It tasted alright. But I prefer the juicer for juice and use my VM for smoothies that are incredibly smooth. When I did the oranges in the VM, my 3 year old wouldn't drink it. But when I juice them, she guzzles it. There is a difference. I think rawstrength explained it well.
02-29-2008, 07:21 PM
Well, that does it. I will be getting some sort of high powered monster for the kitchen in a few weeks.
You have no idea how I burn with jealousy, guys. I watch demo videos on youtube sometimes, and salivate. Grrrrr!!!
03-01-2008, 04:22 PM
I hear ya, 40in8... I used to envy people with high powered blenders, too! Hang in there... You'll appreciate it that much more once you feel you can take the plunge to get one.
I think you'll find it's one of the best investments you'll ever make. I use mine at least once daily, usually more. And, yes, you can toss in whole, peeled oranges in the blender. I usually add in a bunch of ice cubes (6 or so). This keeps the drink cold, and it's not so thick. The end result is frothy and delicious.
Mixing different fruits together is also good, as are green smoothies.
I'm looking forward to the day when we can read a post from you about the new high powered blender you've gotten by that point! :)
Much Love to you.
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