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What is a VitaMix Blender?
A VitaMix is a high powered blender. It is touted as being four times faster than typical blenders. I’m guessing most people buy a VitaMix blender for making juices, smoothies, sorbets, and ice creams. But did you know you can make hot soups in your VitaMix blender?!
William G. Bernard, a successful salesman of home products introduced the first blender in 1937. This was the first VitaMix. In 1949 “Papa” Bernard recognized the power of the then new media television, and booked 30 minute spots on a local station. This was the first infomercial!
The VitaMix is the favored blender of restaurant chains such as ChiChi’s®, and is used in Starbucks® and Baskin Robbins® franchises. It is used by gourmet chefs around the world. The VitaMix can “freeze and dispense solid ice cream, grind grain, cook soup and make a creamy, smooth juice from whole fruits and vegetables.”
I became interested in the VitaMix because my naturopath wanted me to juice according to a particular recipe, once or twice a day. The juice doesn’t taste bad, but the juicer takes up a lot of space, and is really messy to clean. I went to Costco a couple times to watch the VitaMix demonstration.
The juices were good. The demo guy was careful about using “juicer” fruits and vegetables in the mix, since the VitaMix is more of a “liquefier”, and does not separate out the pulp to discard like a juicer does. This is seen as a benefit, since the pulp supplies fiber and nutrients.
The ice cream was good too. The guy threw some pretty unconventional things into the it to add nutrients, like a little bit of yellow squash and some cabbage. Despite the vegetables, it still tasted like ice cream or frozen yogurt.
Ingredients for Chicken Tortilla Soup
VitaMix Blender Demo including Tortilla Soup
The VitaMix Tortilla Soup Demonstration
The juice and ice cream were impressive, but it was the Tortilla Soup that blew me away. As it happens, the powerful motor of the VitaMix, which is four times faster than the average blender, can also run for five minutes or more without the slightest worry that the motor will burn up. The friction of the ultra fast blades, running for three to seven minutes, creates heat which enables you to make a large selection of steaming hot soups.
In the Tortilla Soup recipe, you use chicken or vegetable broth, and blend with the other ingredients for five or six minutes. For the demonstration, the guy used hot water and bouillon, so it would be quicker. His version was slightly different from the cookbook. He used “all the usual suspects” like tomatoes, carrots, celery, onion, bell pepper, and a bit of jalapeno pepper. He threw in a small chunk of cheddar, and a couple corn tortillas. Then he turned the blender down low and threw in a bit of chicken and a few tortilla chips. Finally, he turned the blender super low. Turns out, the VitaMix blender blades can also turn four times slower than the average blender. He threw in some black beans and corn, which were not pureed, but merely distributed throughout the soup. Was the soup good? Are you familiar with the phrase, “It’s so good, it’ll make you want to slap your grandma”?
I have included a video of VitaMixLady, who is demonstrating the VitaMix, including her version of the Tortilla Soup. I like that she tells the health benefits of all the ingredients. She has a website, which has her soup recipe, as well as a link to the VitaMix site with the portal to all of their recipes. There are 57 soup recipes!
Tomato Basil Soup
There are 38 VitaMix soup recipes in the recipe book that comes with the VitaMix 5200. They rate five of them as being prepared “start to finish in the VitaMix container”. I’d say more recipes than five fits the bill. If I have to peel a couple things or do a little prep, I figure the soup is still made without additional “cooking”. Some of the recipes do however require cooking or pre-cooked items like cooked chicken, baked potatoes and the like. Others require chopping vegetables in the VitaMix, then dumping them in a skillet to sauté them, then return them to the blender with the remaining ingredients.
The video in this section is by VitaMixTV, and shows a Tomato Basil Soup. She roasts the tomatoes and herbs in the oven, then finishes off the soup in the blender.
Spinach Chicken Potato Soup by Amy
This is a Chicken Potato Spinach Soup by Amy Wong. She uses rosemary, chicken broth, cooked potatoes, and milk and blends about three or four minutes. Then she adds the more cooked potatoes, onion, and the spinach and blends. Finally she adds the cooked chicken.
Raw Foods "My One True Thing" Green Soup by Dara
This green vegetable soup by Dara Dubinet is a raw foods soup, and seems to just process the vegetables, not heat them. Temperatures below 118º are not supposed to destroy beneficial enzymes. I definitely want my soup to be warm.
She starts out with water, and adds kale, celery, dill, cilantro, parsley, spinach, lemons and avocado. The soup is garnished with chia seeds and nutritional yeast.
nickzom on April 04, 2019:
A very nice post
successguy on January 05, 2013:
I enjoyed your video demonstration on Vitamix and the recipes. Thanks for sharing.
Brendon on July 23, 2012:
I always recommend their cookbook. Its a great place to start when you have nothing else to go on. Http://blenderbattles.com
Martha D on March 26, 2012:
Vitamix is a great blender. We bought it in the 70"s, the whole machine is made of stainles steel and we paid it 350 dls (a fortune at that time) in the Pomona fair. Unfortunally we lost the receipts book and I would like to buy another book. Do you sell it? Thank you for your attention to my comments. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
rmcrayne (author) from San Antonio Texas on December 10, 2010:
Thanks betty. I hope to have another VitaMix article soon.
bettybarnesb from Bartlett, TN on December 06, 2010:
Very good article. Well presented.
rmcrayne (author) from San Antonio Texas on November 29, 2010:
RTalloni, it would probably never have to buy another blender.
RTalloni on November 29, 2010:
Not long ago I was wondering if they were worth it. Sounds like I need to take a closer look!
rmcrayne (author) from San Antonio Texas on November 09, 2010:
hattersmen you get the extra fiber and nutrients from the pulp too. You have to pick your produce to make sure you have plenty of liquid, &/or add a little water.
rmcrayne (author) from San Antonio Texas on November 09, 2010:
smakram, it should be the last blender you ever have to buy.
hattersmen on November 07, 2010:
rmcrayne, i have seen vitamix before and it is a must to buy one if you like making juices. Interesting that you can also make soup using it. Thanks for the idea!
smakram on November 06, 2010:
just saw this being advertised in a department store here in the UK and curious to see if it's hype or investment