- larry ziegler Sep 24, 2010 07:55 AM
I would like a thorough explanation of the differences between models of the Vitamix , plus an explanation of how it heats foods.,plus the differences between a vita mix, a blender,+a food precessor
can't tell you about the various models, but my brother has had a couple, both the basic and the deluxe and has used them daily for the past 30 years.
They "cook" by means of heat generated by the whirling blades. They are many times more powerful and faster than a conventional blender, and do a more thorough job of liquifying than a blender. A food processor chops but never completely pulverizes. A blender is used for smaller amounts of food and for things that are not so quickly and completely liquified.
Vitamix is pricey but it can pulverize ice in a flash, so you can make fruit/veg slushy drinks for a crowd in the high capacity jar. They feature them at Costco every once in a while, so you may get a bit of a discount there.
They are so easy and fast to use, and heavy duty enough to use daily for years. You can make soups, juices, slushies, batters, in a flash. Brother says his have been worth every cent.
In his retirement, my father became friendly with Mr. Barnard, the president of the Vita-Mix Corp., and would often accompany him in his plane to demonstrate the machine (which he didn't call a blender) in nearby states. I was given one when I married. They are costly, and we couldn't have afforded one ourselves at the time, but the darn thing lasted for almost 30 years before it gave out. P.S. I never made bread with it, but it was one of Dad's favorite demos.
I second the desire for an explanation for the differences between the models. Or, at the very least, could someone tell me how a 2200 Kitchen Center performs? I have one on the way in the mail...
Their Web site is pretty explicit but you could just call them and ask--they have a toll-free number and their reps would certainly know.
The machine cooks with friction. IOW, you can use it to cook things like smooth soups, gravies, sauces, etc., then, if texture is needed, you add the appropriate ingredients near the end at a lower speed. And incidentally, the Vitamix IS a blender--just a very powerful one. It can process as little as 4 oz. and the lower speeds are very effective when you don't need to steamroll your ingredients. I've had one since 1988 (the current one since 2004) and I wouldn't be without it.