About twice a year Vitamix is featured at Costco with a demonstration booth set up and samples to try. I contemplated getting one last year but instead got the blender. The Vitamix booth was back at Costco recently for its one week stay. When I first saw the set up I managed to stay away. Costco sells the product for a price that is less than if you were to order it directly from Vitamix. Volume sales says it all. So what tipped me and spoke into my brain to sell out dollars to replace gadgets that are relatively new? Frustration. I had a new recipe that I wanted to try from Mark Bittman's new book VB6. It is falafel and you have to mince the uncooked chick peas which already have been soaking for 24 hours. I tried to mince the chick peas with the rest of the other ingredients in the Breville blender but it was too dry. I then had to haul out the monster Bosch system to mince the chick peas and then blend all of the ingredients together. My subconscious mind was already at work after washing all of the tools and gadgets that I used to make the falafel which by the way turned out great. I was thinking about the Vitamix.
Sampling the soup and frozen strawberry dessert/sorbet at the Vitamx booth at a return visit to Costco had me sold on getting a Vitamix. It was not a hard decision, just some guilt for now having to decide what to do with relatively new tools that I already had in the kitchen. The Breville gadgets have now found new homes with some of my friends and I will keep the Bosch food processing system for awhile yet.
The following pictures show a vegetable soup I made using my new toy. The colour of the soup may not look appetizing as it has spinach in it and the soup is green in colour. It contains a lot of vegetables and it is delicious and very filling. I followed one of the recipes in the material that was provided with a little bit of alterations. Mixing the soup on high for six or so minutes actually heats the soup and it is ready to serve.
I can't wait to try other ingredients profiled in the material I got.