Cooking with Your High-Power (Blendtec, Vitamix...) Blender
Posted 04 July 2012 - 06:17 PM
Posted 04 July 2012 - 09:16 PM
Standard old fashioned, not quick.
If you have a powerful blender, they're a great way to add calories to a protein shake.
Posted 04 July 2012 - 10:19 PM
Posted 05 July 2012 - 06:14 AM
One push of the smoothie button to process it?
Standard old fashioned, not quick.
I've used basically every kind to good effect, but we've settled on the cheap old fashioned oats from the bulk bins.
BTW, I left 1-2 T honey off the ingredient list, which others in the family prefer.
Posted 05 July 2012 - 09:37 AM
Posted 07 July 2012 - 01:51 PM
I think my next experiment will be to freeze about 2/3 of a can into cubes, put them back in the blendtec with the unfrozen 1/3 and process it all for instant sorbet, skipping the ice cram maker.
Posted 07 July 2012 - 03:21 PM
Chris, you had mentioned a discount at BB&B. I'm always on a quest to find a discount for preferably a Vita Mix. Anyone have a lead on any sort of discount anywhere?
Posted 07 July 2012 - 03:50 PM
Posted 29 September 2013 - 10:33 AM
Did any of you make MC Pistachio gelato using their blender to make the paste first? Any tips?
Also using opportunity to bump up this topic, my Vitamix Vita Prep 3 just arrived and we are slowly getting to know each other.
Posted 29 September 2013 - 12:08 PM
Bojana, I don't have a blender but I recall Nathan et al saying (MC vol 2, if memory serves) that a high speed blender was not sufficient to make nut butters in which the particles were not evident to the tongue. And I can report, having made it both ways, that modernist gelato is far better when the nut butter is completely smooth. I believe the MC folks used a colliod mill for theirs.
I had been thinking to start a thread asking if there was such a thing as an homogenizer for home use. Unfortunately any kind of homogenizer seems quite expensive.
Posted 03 October 2013 - 10:53 PM
Since I can't edit, the Modernist Cuisine at Home version of the MC gelato has a note: "The recipe works with any kind of nut butter, whether you buy it commercially or make your own by using a powerful blender, such as a Vitamix."
Nonetheless I still think it is important, at least for me, to have a totally smooth nut butter, however you acquire it.
I have an MC gelato mix chilling in the refrigerator at the moment!
Posted 04 October 2013 - 02:13 AM
yes, i decided to give it a try and made it yesterday. My mix ended up being completely smooth and of amazing texture. However, I did not like the taste. I let my nuts become too hot while grinding and the recipe is too salty. Also, I did not use pistachio oil so taste was lacking. Next time, I will put whole nuts in the blender together with the water base, will reduce salt and up the sugar. Hack, I can melt the remains, add sugar and re-churn. Despite my criticism, the ice cream is very edible, especially in combo with the pistachio crumble. I suspect I will love the hazelnut version.
Posted 04 October 2013 - 07:18 AM
I use my vitamix almost as much as my oven. Vegetable purees are great - basically just puree a cooked vegetable with a bit of flavorful liquid. Sometimes I'll add a pinch of xanthan gum to get the texture just right. Similarly, you can make a soup with different ratios of liquid to solid.
If you're into modern food, fluid gels are great too. They typically act as flavor bombs in my cooking, and I also end up using it to puree most fruits going into flavored desserts (ice creams, sorbet, flavored custards, gels, etc).
Edited by Baselerd, 04 October 2013 - 07:20 AM.
Posted 07 October 2013 - 04:42 PM
I recently acquired a second hand vitamix drink machine (VM0104), blending station Touch and Go2 (configured with stablizing pad for advanced container) (VM0122) from a dealer.
The motors for the blenders appear to work fine, but they had worn out drive assemblies and damaged blade assemblies which will need to be replaced. I intend to replace these with replacement parts I can order online.
In the course of looking for the right replacement parts, I discovered that the drink machine, which comes with a ice blade OEM, can actually be fit with a stabilizing pad for the advanced contain and can possibly use the advanced container with the advanced blade. It can apparently also be fit (using the stabilizing pad that comes with the units I bought) with a normal container with a wet blade (like the vita prep), or a container with a dry blade.
While I know the ice blade is in the original assembly, I think the wet blade may be more suitable for modernist cooking. I am considering getting several different containers with the ice blade, wet blade and dry blades for various applications and would like some advice on whether anyone has tried using the machines with different blades?
I am also considering upgrading the lot to advance containers (means I have to buy advanced stabilizing pads for my drink machine) if the advanced blade/container works better?
From what I have read from various sources on Google, the machines seem to differ only in 1) ability to change speed settings (drink machine limited to high/low, whereas vitaprep has a knob), 2) power (some 3 hp some are 2hp), and for the XL model, a different drive assembly - so not relevant for my purpose).
Can anyone help with the above? Hope to receive proper advice before I make the considerable outlay on the replacement accessories.