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I am thinking about purchasing a vitamix.<br><br>
Does it really do all it claims to do? It's sounds pretty awesome. I have used one before at a friend's to make smoothies but am curious about the other applications.<br>
Ice cream, grinding grains, soup ????<br><br>
I know it is $$$$$pricey but I want to buy something of quality that will actually work as promised for longer than six months, yk?
 

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I don't grind grains (simply because we are grain free) but I use my vitamix every day, generally several times a day. I'd be lost without it. It does great with soups, dips, pates, ice cream smoothies, juices you name it!
 

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I have one and ADORE it. I use it at least once a day, usually more like 3-4 times a day. I do a lot of grain-grinding in it (for which you need the dry container, FYI) and it's great for that. I do make ice cream (don't use the VM recipe, but...) and soup (you *can* heat it in the VM, but I like to just mix it in there, then heat, OR cook it and then puree it, depending on the kind of soup I am making of course). It's awesome for smoothies, fresh "juice" -- not really juice as it will have all the pulp, etc. still included -- making bread crumbs, chopping herbs and veggies, chopping cheese, pureeing sauces, making nut butters... I could go on and on. And don't even get me started on the frozen margaritas. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Check on the website for "reconditioned" VMs, that's what we got it and it was a good price. They also have good prices on Ebay sometimes. It really is a solid machine and will be worth the investment, IMO. I never dreamed I'd use mine as much as I do but I am constantly finding new uses for it. Has definitely paid for itself several times over -- we've had ours a year and a half and it's still going strong.<br><br>
HTH! PM me if you have any Qs. I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/luxlove.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="throb"> my Vitamix!
 

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I did check out the "reconditioned" vitamixes. It sounds like the way to go.<br><br>
Do you use the "dry container" often? It costs another $80 and I am not sure if the price is justified.<br><br>
Still thinking about it . .. .
 

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It is AMAZING. It is the single most valuable, useful kitchen produt I own. Like everyone else said, it's great for so many things. I literally use mine several times a day!<br><br>
We use ours to grind grain for making our own bread. We make nut butters with it; soups; popsicles using fresh fruit and veggies; I've made really yummy ice cream; all kinds of things. The great thing about making soup with it is, you put all the raw ingredients in there, blend it up for a few minutes, and it gets hot so you can serve it straight out of the container.<br><br>
You won't regret buying one, I guarantee it.
 
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