I think the shape of the cannister is pretty archaic. If I want to blend cashews, I have to keep straining the liquid to get all the cashew bits out then putting them back in (through the top while it's running) to try and get rid of most of the chunks. I ended up getting a $60 blender that I use for most of my blending stuff, and I only use the vitamix for smoothies and making coconut butter. Even the coconut butter is a lot of work compared to the videos I've seen of what the new vitamix (with a plastic container) can do.
Created an instant family (7/89 and 5/91) in 1997. Made a baby boy 12/05 adopted a baby girl 8/08. Ask me about tandem adoptive nursing and living as gluten, dairy, and cane sugar free vegetarians. Homeschooling and loving it.