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Top Questions on How to Use a Vitamix

Happy New Year, everyone! Will and I finally reached Pennsylvania last week, after driving over 3000 miles across the country. It was definitely just in time, too, as we woke up to a few inches of white fluffy snow on the ground. January is such a great month because it’s the first month of the new year – a clean slate! And that means many people are getting into the groove of resolutions to be healthier and happier. I know it can be difficult to maintain these goals throughout the year, but BlenderBrain is gonna be here with you every step of the way! (insert funny picture of us)

We’ve heard that a lot of folks just got brand new Vitamix blenders, and every year, we see the same questions on how to use a Vitamix over and over again. So what better way to start off the year by giving everyone a little boost of confidence! Even if you’ve been a Vitamix owner for years and years, these may still be very helpful to you. Today, we’re going to answer the top questions we get asked about using a Vitamix, and you can also check out our post with first-timer tips if you’re a totally brand new owner.

“I made a thick recipe and there’s a burning smell! Is my machine broken?”

Especially if you have a brand new Vitamix, it’s normal to experience a slight burning smell during your first few blends. This is especially true if you’re blending really thick recipes. During our demonstrations, the burning smell would go away after 3 hours of continuous blending, but it may take longer if you’re using it at home just once or twice a day!

Even if you’ve had a Vitamix for years, but never made any thick recipes like ice cream or peanut butter, you could still experience that “breaking in” smell when you finally do make something of a higher viscosity. However, if you feel that you’ve already broken in your Vitamix and there’s an actual problem with your machine, just call the Vitamix customer care team at 1-800-VITAMIX and they can help you out!

“Do I need to peel that? What skins can I eat?”

When in doubt, follow this rule: “If it’s thin, leave it in. If it’s thick, it will make you sick!”

This means, YES, you can blend the skins of apples, pears, kiwis, plums, peaches, grapes, tomatoes, potatoes, and yams.

You probably SHOULD NOT blend the peels of pineapples, oranges, avocados, butternut squash, mango, cantaloupe, and bananas – check out our nifty little chart below!

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Healthiest Vegetables for Smoothies: 10 Greens Beyond Kale

Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables in the world
Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables in the world

 

Kale is definitely one of the healthiest vegetables in the world, and one of our favorites here at BlenderBrain. But the fact is, for all practical purposes there are an infinite number of vegetables to try! In this article, I will focus on other, less fashionable leafy greens.

For most people, greens are the healthiest food out there. One of the best ways people can figure out what the healthiest vegetables are is using the ANDI score, developed by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. ANDI stands for “Aggregate Nutritional Density Index.” This measure represents a food’s overall nutritional content per calorie. It’s a lot like measuring like the number of miles per gallon your car is getting. How much nutrition are you getting for each calorie you eat? In a certain sense, the higher the ANDI score number, the healthier the food! Kale measures 1000 on the ANDI score list, which is the highest the measure goes.

If you want to read a deep technical article about the ANDI score measurement, check out the article on Dr. Furhman’s website at this link. He’s got a pretty thorough ranking of foods there too that’s very easy to understand – and not just greens. Doctor Furhman is a food scientist and an overall cool guy who advocates for increasing your vegetable intake. I met him in New Jersey once when I was demonstrating the Vitamix 5200 at a Whole Foods Market, and I still feel starstruck. This other website called Nutrientrich also has a great list of foods with ANDI scores.

Green leafy vegetables are going to blow the socks off of any of those expensive heavily marketed “super foods,” like goji berries, raw chocolate beans, flax seeds, etc. Cheap greens will provide nutrition that will overshadow any expensive powder; don’t believe the hype! This is not to say your flax seeds and powders are worthless — their nutritional content is of course very different than even the healthiest vegetables. The message I’d like to convey here today is that greens are the best foundation for healthy eating. Those other foods are great to consider, but only after the greens are taken care of. So let’s get started.

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Make Your Blender Quieter: Prevent Hearing Damage

Make Your Blender Quieter

If you’re going to be blending regularly with any high-powered blender, it’s a good idea to explore your options and make your blender quieter. In fact, noise level is among the most common concerns people express when considering starting on the health journey of blending! Unfortunately, this concern stops an enormous number of people from trying at all. It’s sad, because the health benefits one can achieve using these tools are profound. But these careful people are not wrong to be concerned!

As the experts, we have a different experience using high powered blenders from most people. We didn’t just use it every morning. Tini and I were around the loud sound of the Vitamix for 12+ hours a day for years! I did that job for eight full years. After I left, I realized I miss the detail I heard in music when I was a kid. It’s a sad fact, and one I wish I had considered; this change in my hearing is likely permanent. However, even if I didn’t fear for my ears, I abhor the sound of exposed blenders now! I will always use a sound enclosure to make my blender quieter, because I know the health benefits are worth the investment.

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5 Tips for New Vitamix Owners

Happy December, everyone! If this is your first time visiting Blender Brain, welcome! We have been having a great holiday shebang of a sale going on at our roadshows and online orders, and are excited to have met and sold to all the new Vitamix owners! Congratulations to all!!!!

While we’re super excited for new families who take home a Vitamix, but we also know that sometimes it can be scary to get used to something so awesome – we want to help! Here are some tips to follow as a brand new Vitamix Owner:

1. Take it out of the box and keep it on the counter! – We know this sounds a little silly, but sometimes we get owners who have had their Vitamix for a month and still haven’t opened the box! It is definitely the first step to start making some smoothies and juices to help kickstart your day. Will and I live in a pretty small apartment, but we made sure to make room next to our cactus plant so we can keep our Vitamix out all the time – this is important because it ensures you use it more than if you keep it hidden in the cabinets. We know it can be tough to make room in a small kitchen, but we promise you will not regret it!


2. Register your Vitamix Warranty – If you purchased your Vitamix through us, then your Vitamix is already covered under warranty via the serial number. But if you want to make sure that your Vitamix is registered, you can do that here. All the information you need for warranty is stuck on the back of the machine, including the Vitamix phone number and your serial number 🙂

**Important: If you happened to purchase a 2nd container with your Vitamix machine on the same receipt, then registering it online will ensure that your 2nd container’s warranty extends to 7 years. Otherwise, it will be covered under the standard 3-year container warranty.

3. Wash your Vitamix for the first time – It’s always a great idea to give your Vitamix container a quick rinse before your first blend. To wash your Vitamix, add 2 cups of water and a drop of dish soap into the container. Put the lid on and blend the water on high speed for 1 minute. Rinse the soapy water off the container and it’s ready for blending!

4. Start with something simple – The easiest smoothies are the ones you’ll make every single day. Find some easy go-to recipes, or, if you have a favorite fruit you love, then start out with that! Our favorite lazy smoothie is frozen mango with spinach and coconut water! Sometimes, less can be more, especially when you are first starting out and trying to get in “smoothie for breakfast” habit.

5. Join our FB group! – Have a question or want to share what you’ve made with others? Join our Facebook group! There are a lot of Vitamix groups out there, and it makes us happy to see so many different communities of blender lovers. Since we are blending away on a Vitamix for over 100 hours a week, we created our group to be a resource to you – we want to make sure you get the expert answers to your questions. Feel free to ask questions, share recipes, or any of your own tips and tricks~ We would love to hear them!

Happy holidays and keep on blending!

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To Sugar or Not To Sugar

My last post was about using Agave Nectar, and we get a lot of questions about other types of sugars to use in recipes. There are a lot of types of sugars and sweeteners out there, and it can be confusing which one is the most nutritious. We like to tell our customers that sugar is sugar, no matter what form (syrup, nectar, floral, etc). No matter which type you end up using at home, always use your sweeteners in moderation!

If adding a little bit of sweetener will help you drink your green smoothies, then we encourage using your favorite type of sweetener. A lot of us grew up drinking sweet drinks like apple juice, and we’ve been conditioned to drink sweet things, so don’t feel bad about wanting to add in a little extra sweetener at first! The goal is to use less sweeteners to your morning breakfast smoothie every day, until you don’t feel a need to add any at all. This may take a little time getting used to, but it’s all about adjusting your taste to more natural foods.

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All About Agave

If you have been to our demonstration, you might have noticed us using agave nectar as the sweetener for our juices and frozen desserts. We try to keep our demonstrations Vegetarian/Vegan, meaning we stray away from using any meat, dairy, or animal products. Out of the sweeteners that are appropriate for such diets, we choose to use agave because it has a neutral flavor and doesn’t affect the taste and flavor of our recipes too much.

Now, we get a lot of different opinions about agave nectar at our booth, so we thought we’d make a post about it to clear up some misconceptions…

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How to Clean Your Blender Container

There are only three days left of the Alaska State Fair – we are doing a wonderful package deal so come by if you are in the area and check out the demo!

Since Vitamix has been available since infomercials (did you know that Vitamix aired the first infomercial?!), we often have long-time owners here at our booth. One of the most common questions we get from owners who have had their machines 20+ years is how to clean the film buildup on their containers!

Over a period of time, the Vitamix containers might become cloudy/foggy/filmy from the minerals found inside our water, fruits, vegetables, etc. It is really easy to get rid of that mineral buildup! I recommend doing one of the following “deep cleans” once every three months to keep your container nice and clear. Here are three common ways to clean your container:

1. White Vinegar
Pour a cup of white vinegar with five cups of warm water into your container. Blend this mixture for 5 minutes. After you’re done blending, fill the rest of the container with hot water and soak overnight. Pour the mixture out the next day and you should be able to wipe off most of the film with a soapy cloth or sponge (I recommend using one of those big baby bottle cleaners so you don’t have to stick your hand inside the container!)

2. Bleach
Since we are required to have sanitizer at our demo booths, a lot of demonstrators will have bleach on hand. After a few days of hardcore demos, our containers will get foggier faster than the average user. Once in a while, some demonstrators will pour a capful of bleach (very small amount) with 2 cups of hot water, and let the Vitamix run for 6 minutes (or the soup setting if you have an automatic model). Most of the film should disappear during the cycle. If you are comfortable with using bleach in a cooking appliance, this is an effective way to keep your container clean.

3. Denture Cleaning Tablets/Coffee Pot Stain Remover
You can purchase these types of tablets online or at your local pharmacy, or even at the grocery store. You can either follow the directions via the package, or we just use 1-2 tablets with two cups of warm water, and run the Vitamix for 6 minutes (or on the soup setting for automatic models). This is what we recommend to customers who feel uncomfortable using bleach in their appliances; we do not have bleach at our house so we find that it’s easier and cheap to use these tablets!

If you have your own tips and tricks on how to keep your container clean, let us know so we can share it with the rest of the world 🙂