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12-28-2005, 01:15 PM
I am so excited about my Vitamix, which should arrive in a view days. I was hoping to get rid of my food processor, since it is not able to handle anything harder than an avocado. Sometimes I find myself using 4 or 5 different machines, the coffee grinder, a smaller chopper, food processor, juicer and blender to get a recipe done. I was hoping the vitamax will be able to handle all grinding, mixing and chopping needs. But today I looked up some more of Alissas recipes and found some that specifically say to use the food processor, NOT the vitamix. I am so tired of using (CLEANING) all those machines and was hoping to get rid of them, gain some kitchen cabinet & counter space and never miss them at all. Does it really replace the 1. food processor 2. coffe grinder 3. salad shooter 4. blender 5. juicer 6. chopper?
12-28-2005, 01:28 PM
No, it doesn't. I use the food processor for the drier stuff such as fudge and the VM for anything where lots of water is added.
12-28-2005, 05:07 PM
I agree, I still use my food processor for loads of things. but don't be discouraged, the vitamix is absolutely wonderful. Where it took me minutes to make smoothies, it now only takes seconds and there's no lumps, and everything blends together so wonderfully. I know this little blurb from me doesn't even begin to describe how much I love my vitamix and all the wonderful things you can do with it!
Lady Green Jeans
12-28-2005, 11:01 PM
Make it three. I use my food processor daily. My vitamix is also the best. The counter space being used is worth every inch in my book. I cram the coffee grinder in the cabinet when not in use and my knives are always handy in the drawer. Spiralizer is also in the cabinet. Dehydrator is by the stove as my stove.
What is gone is the coffee maker, toaster oven, and toaster.
Works well for me.
12-29-2005, 04:24 AM
i hardly ever use my food processer and use my vita for everything..yes it does do everything - that is if you have the wet and the dry jug.and there is a knack imo - for example i will grind up nuts a few at a time and add everything to a bowl and rather than put everything in vita and wizz..i have made everything in alissas book in vita no probs.fast and no it doesnt heat the food up either..its not in there that long..
12-29-2005, 04:44 AM
Salsify - it sounds like you need to get yourself to Target and buy the $29.99 Hamilton Beach food processor that Alissa uses. You can't beat the price and it will and does absolutely make everything in her recipes that call for a food processor without needing any other machines. Truly, you've got a wimpy food processor! You can toss that thing -- or freecycle it so someone who doesn't have the needs you do can reuse it -- and put away your other tools. With a Vita-mix and a decent food processor, you'll be turning out those recipes like a champ!
12-29-2005, 04:52 AM
Does it really replace the 1. food processor 2. coffe grinder 3. salad shooter 4. blender 5. juicer 6. chopper?
YES and NO,
it can make anything a food processor makes, except you have to really watch it and do small batches, and only one or two ingredients at a time.
it definitely replaces the coffee grinder, and the blender, and the choper, but it does not replace the salad shooter or the juicer.
What I mean by this, is it does not remove the juice from the fruit or veggie and leave the pulp, unless you wish to strain through a nut milk bag, it does make the best juice in the world, if you like it with the pulp, as I do.
It does not replace the salad shooter, as it does not slice, it chops, and
but let's say you want to make a really great cole slaw.
you cut the cabbage into 1/4 heads, drop two or three into the Vita Mix, pour in about 1 to 2 cups of cold water, pulse on for one or two seconds, pour off the water, and you have the best chopped cabbage in the world.
let's say you want to make apple sauce, cut the apple in to quarters, and drop in peal, seeds and all in the Vita Mix, turn it on, until smooth, if you want chunkier apple sauce, turn it on for less time. the seeds will still all chop up and you won't even know they are in there, or you can cut them out, it is your choice.
If you want anything blended, just know that your Vita Mix, works much faster than any other blender, so will totally homogenize your foods, which means they don't separate. and will stay together, like salald dressings, things like that.
I love my Vita Mix, but I still use my food processor as I like my crackes and pate's chunky, where they aren't like baby food, I hate that smooshy texture of baby food.
I also have lots of kitchen gadgets, because sometimes, I only want to slice one olive, or a small handful, not a whole pound, so I use a knife or chopper, I also use my coffee grinder for seeds and spices, I have three for this purpose, because I only do a small amount, and it is easier to clean.
Just read the manual that comes with it, watch the video and play with your new toy, you will love it.
I find strawberries, with a little ice, and some dates makes the very best drink in the world, many add bananas, but I don't like them all smooshed up, I like them firm. sometimes, I make my ice out of orange juice of pineapple juice or berry juice, and that makes it even better. mmmmm
Pineapple, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry is one of my favorites.
I do not strain this, I love all the crunchy seeds
Alice in Rawfoodland
12-29-2005, 05:31 AM
I love my Vitamix too but it does not replace a good food processor. Yours sounds like it's not that great (won't handle hard foods). I've had a Vitamix for about 4 years and wouldn't want to do without. I just replaced my food processor (after 25 years) - wouldn't want to be without one of those either.
I find cleaning these appliances minimal to cooking food and dealing with cleaning pots, the stove top etc.
And the benefit to your health is well worth it!
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