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Thanks for all of your responses! 

 

Like I said, overall I am very pleased with the Vitamix that I have. I have been able to make great smoothies which is helpful as I am not a big vegetable eater, unfortunately. I have been able to drink my spinach and kale which I could never eat raw. So I am finally getting my veggies in! 

 

I was just so disappointed when I saw those recipes for the soup. I am not the world's greatest cook and seeing all of the extra steps and time required was really frustrating. There are other steps that I didn't even detail in my post that are also really time consuming. I was hoping to get some more vegetables into my system using the soup recipes.

 

For anyone getting theirs today, I would recommend getting the recipes online vs these books. There are so many Vitamix recipes out there from other users. I found those to be much simpler and easier to follow. 

 

I definitely recommend the product, but I just wish they'd be a little more honest in their presentations when it comes to the soup presentations. 

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Re: Vitamix - Be Aware

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@Deb213 wrote:

First, I bought my Vitamix the last time it was a TSV and I love it!

 

HOWEVER, be aware of this. I have watched the presentations for years and waited until the time was right for me to make the purchase. In all of the years that I have watched the presentations, I have NEVER heard them tell the viewer that, regarding the hot soup recipes specifically, there is additional cooking required! 

 

My TSV came with a Soup recipe cookbook and I had been looking forward to making some hot soups this Winter. As I reveiwed the recipes, I see that there is much prepping of the ingredients BEFORE it goes into the Vitamix. 

 

An example is the Spiced Carrot Soup recipe. You have to bake several of the ingredients in a 400 degree oven for 45 minutes!

 

This one really got me...for the Beef Stock recipe, you have to heat a pot of the ingredients and simmer for 8-10 HOURS!!! The Chicken Stock recipe calls for cooking the ingredients in a slow cooker for 8-10 HOURS!!

 

The presentations, (including today's), make it look like you just throw all these raw things in, flip the switch and you have hot soup 6 minutes later. Not so much. 

 

Really wish they would be more transparent about that aspect of the Vitamix. I have yet to make a soup because of the inordinate amount of time required to prep.

 

NEVER HEARD  that some of the soups needed extra prep,and been a customer that have watched many Vitamix  shows. Was always under the impression throw all  your ingredients in the Vitamix and  you have hot soup in a few minutes. Getting older  thought what a great way of making soup.Now guess I would probably be just making  smoothies if I decided to get one,and I do have and like my Nutri Bullet for smoothies.

Think now that it is in the forum thanks to you, host and vendors  should be honest in saying there is a bit of extra prep for some soups,let customers know.

 

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I often make the broccoli cheddar soup and there is no precooking anything. Depends on what soup you are making.

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@Carmie Thats too bad that it isn't something you like and it was expensive.  My husband said if it ever quite, order another pronto.

 

We use it a lot for smoothies, soups from leftovers, and other things that need a quick mix.  For us it's the only blender we've ever had that gets used a lot.  We've had it about 10 years.

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@Mimi NY wrote:

@Deb213 wrote:

First, I bought my Vitamix the last time it was a TSV and I love it!

 

HOWEVER, be aware of this. I have watched the presentations for years and waited until the time was right for me to make the purchase. In all of the years that I have watched the presentations, I have NEVER heard them tell the viewer that, regarding the hot soup recipes specifically, there is additional cooking required! 

 

My TSV came with a Soup recipe cookbook and I had been looking forward to making some hot soups this Winter. As I reveiwed the recipes, I see that there is much prepping of the ingredients BEFORE it goes into the Vitamix. 

 

An example is the Spiced Carrot Soup recipe. You have to bake several of the ingredients in a 400 degree oven for 45 minutes!

 

This one really got me...for the Beef Stock recipe, you have to heat a pot of the ingredients and simmer for 8-10 HOURS!!! The Chicken Stock recipe calls for cooking the ingredients in a slow cooker for 8-10 HOURS!!

 

The presentations, (including today's), make it look like you just throw all these raw things in, flip the switch and you have hot soup 6 minutes later. Not so much. 

 

Really wish they would be more transparent about that aspect of the Vitamix. I have yet to make a soup because of the inordinate amount of time required to prep.

 

NEVER HEARD  that some of the soups needed extra prep,and been a customer that have watched many Vitamix  shows. Was always under the impression throw all  your ingredients in the Vitamix and  you have hot soup in a few minutes. Getting older  thought what a great way of making soup.Now guess I would probably be just making  smoothies if I decided to get one,and I do have and like my Nutri Bullet for smoothies.

Think now that it is in the forum thanks to you, host and vendors  should be honest in saying there is a bit of extra prep for some soups,let customers know.

 


That's it exactly! Just let us know that there may be some amount of prior prep. Their demonstrations on air do not present the soup prep that way at all. Maybe there are some soups that do not require hours of prep, but the book they included with my TSV certainly calls for much prep. Being a non cook, the recipes, to me, are somewhat complicated. That's why I recommend going online as other users' recipes seem much less complicated and time consuming. The soup cookbook was a selling feature for me, but after reviewing it, I doubt I will ever be using it. To those of you who are excellent cooks, I have the utmost respect!

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Re: Vitamix - Be Aware

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It could be worse - you could own these cats!

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/home/2022/01/08/cats-took-vitamix-hostage/

 

or Google "vitamix and cats"

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@denisemb wrote:

It could be worse - you could own these cats!

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/home/2022/01/08/cats-took-vitamix-hostage/

 

or Google "vitamix and cats"

 


LOL!!Smiley Very Happy

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@Sooner    We do not drink smoothies...ever.

 

I make a lot of soup, but prefer doing it the old fashioned way.  We really don't like to drink our food. My soups are hardy.

 

I use mine once a year when I liquify whole tomatoes to freeze.  I could do that in my 40 year old blender.

 

My KA food processor does most of the food prep I need.  Thankfully my DH does not know what I paid for the Vitamix

I actually bought it to turn grains into flour. I have to be gluten free.  The grain container looks awful and is all scratched and pitted up.  I used it with rice a few times.  It did the job, but the container is garbage and I don't want plastic particles in my flour.

 

It just hasn't worked out for me.

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I do feel they should have been clearer about the soups.  They made it look like you could put the ingredients in, push a few buttons and you could get instant soup.  Is this version of the Vitamix that powerful?

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I have one from a few years back....a 5200 series....while it IS a fun "toy" to use, when the novelty wears off, it's just another gadget..albeit an expensive one....

 

When you find out you have to buy 200 dollars worth of fruits and veggies to make a smoothie, or that it's a LOT easier to buy ice cream with no artificial ingredients, you learn pretty fast why it has a seven year warranty...

 

 

MOST People stop using it after a few weeks. So not even a one year warranty needed!!!

 

 

Of course, this is my opinion. I MAY take mine out again and use it after watching the presentations, but for MOST stuff you make in it, it's a lot of rigamorole for what you get.

 

 

I agree with the poster who said they don't "Drink" thier meals. I don't either. I LIKE the physical act of plannning, selecting, preparing and cooking my food....but I know a lot of people do not, and want fast quick ways to allegedly "prepare" thier food.

 

 

Same for air fryers is all thier iterations. Just a fancy electric device to warm up mostly "tan food"....the worst nutrition foods you can eat. Fatty, breaded, salty mystery prepared foods.....a  Glop warmer in other words.....!

 

 

Note....I HAVE ( fell for) the Vitamix hoopla so I'm talking from MY experience ONLY!!!