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Tips and Tricks for New Vitamix Owners

Happy December, everyone! If this is your first time visiting Blender Brain, welcome! We have been having a great holiday shebang of a sale going on at our roadshows and online orders, and are excited to have met and sold to all the new Vitamix owners! Congratulations to all!!!!

While we’re super excited for new families who take home a Vitamix, but we also know that sometimes it can be scary to get used to something so awesome – we want to help! Here are some tips to owning a new Vitamix:

Our Vitamix and cactus plant are best of friends!
Our Vitamix and cactus plant are best of friends!

1. Take it out of the box and keep it on the counter! – We know this sounds a little silly, but sometimes we get owners who have had their Vitamix for a month and still haven’t opened the box! It is definitely the first step to start making some delicious smoothies or soups! We live in a pretty small apartment, but we made sure to make room next to our cactus plant so we can keep our Vitamix out all the time – this is important because it ensures you use it more than if you keep it hidden in the cabinets! We know it can be tough to make room in a small kitchen, but we promise you will not regret it!

2. Start with something simple – The easiest smoothies are the ones you’ll make every single day. You can always find new ideas on our recipes page, but if you have a favorite fruit you love, then start out with that! Our favorite lazy smoothie is frozen mango with spinach and coconut water! Sometimes, less can be more, especially when you are first starting out and trying to get in “smoothie for breakfast” habit!

A lot of ice is A-OK! There will be a slight burning smell the first few times you use a lot of ice, frozen fruit, or hard ingredients like nuts (to make nut butter), but the smell will go away once the motor is "broken in"!

A lot of ice is A-OK! There will be a slight burning smell the first few times you use a lot of ice, frozen fruit, or hard ingredients like nuts (to make nut butter), but the smell will go away once the motor is “broken in”!

3. Burning smell? It’s OK! – Brand new Vitamix’s from our roadshows have never been out of the box or turned on, so it’s normal to have that slight burning smell when you first start blending! Depending on how often you use your Vitamix, the smell could go away within a week (if you use it every day), or a few months (if you only use it once a week!) We have a friend who never used their Vitamix for anything other than making smoothies out of fresh fruit for over 10 years, and the first time we showed her how to make an ice cream, there was also the burning smell because she never properly broke in her motor with any hard ingredients like 3 cups of ice! 10 years!

4. Register your Vitamix – If you purchased your Vitamix through us, then your Vitamix is already covered under warranty via the serial number. But if you want to make sure that your Vitamix is registered, you can do that here. All the information is stuck on the back of the machine, including the Vitamix phone number and your serial number 🙂
**Important: If you happened to purchase a 2nd container with your Vitamix machine on the same receipt, then registering it online will ensure that your 2nd container’s warranty extends to 7 years. Otherwise, it will be covered under the standard 3 year container warranty.

5. Join our FB group! – To stay updated, you can always visit our blog for more tips and tricks (and soon, reviews!) We also created a Facebook group to create a supportive Vitamix community. Feel free to ask questions, share recipes, or any of your own tips and tricks from owning your Vitamix!

We will be sure to regularly update this list as we think of more tips for new Vitamix owners, and stay tuned for additional tricks in the next few weeks for different recipes  🙂 Feel free to also ask us any questions via our *CONTACT PAGE LINK*, and we will promptly answer! If you need help making a recipe, let us know and we can even send you a video on how to do it!

If you still haven’t picked up a Vitamix, find us at one of our roadshows, or *SEND US A MESSAGE LINK *and we will make sure you get equipped with the #1 food preparing machine in the world 🙂

Happy holidays and happy blending!

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Thanksgiving Favorites

Oh my goodness, I can’t believe Thanksgiving is in LESS THAN THREE DAYS! We have been running around like crazy in preparation for our holiday roadshows (which will run from Black Friday all the way to Christmas…I know, we’re workaholics!) If you haven’t already picked up a Vitamix for your kitchen, come see us at our roadshow!

How to fold a napkin turkey!
How to fold a napkin turkey!

We know that Thanksgiving can be a time of stress, especially when you’re the one responsible for preparing dinner! The Vitamix website is full of neat recipes, and we have rounded up some of the top holiday favorites to help relieve some of that Thanksgiving kitchen stress:

Soup Appetizers
1. Sweet Potato Soup
2. Bacon Cheddar Potato Soup
3. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Sides
1. Squash Frittata
2. Potato Cheddar Breakfast Bake
3. Butternut Squash Casserole

Condiments
1. Stress-free Turkey Gravy
2. Cranberry Relish Sauce
3. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Desserts
1. Sweet Potato Pie
2. Low Fat Pumpkin Pie
3. Apple Pie Ice Cream

Other Tips and Tricks
1. Substitute a quarter to half of your potatoes with roasted cauliflower for a lighter mashed potato dish!
2. Substitute your heavy whipped cream with coconut cream for a healthier dessert!

Have other tips up your sleeve? Share with us in a comment below!

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Midnight Dessert Cravings + Giveaway

Have you ever had those moments when, all of a sudden, you have a huge hankering for ice cream? And you know that there aren’t any ice cream cartons in your fridge, and you don’t want to go out and buy it because you’re trying to cut ice cream out of your diet, anyway. But then you argue with yourself for a while and finally convince yourself that you deserve a dessert, and so you stand up to go to the corner store, only to take a glance at the time: 1:36am. What store is going to be open at this time of night?

Well, the good news is, you can make an easy ice cream at home, with a lot less fat and in a lot less time than traveling to the store and trying to pick a flavor. A while back, we made a post about making an all natural sorbet, purely from frozen fruit. While that is just as tasty of a treat, there are times when I just want something that tastes rich and creamy, just like real ice cream, and this is the perfect recipe.

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Goodbye, Alaska!

Today is our last day in Alaska, and we are getting ready to fly back to California tomorrow. From the Alaskan fairgrounds to both Costco’s in Anchorage, we have met so many wonderful people and want to thank everyone for making this trip fun and memorable!

If you are visiting our site and wondering about the PFD sale, our friend Chris is continuing the sale at the Dimond Costco until October 11th! So if you weren’t able to pick one up while we were there, say hi to Chris for us!

Goodbye, Alaska! Until next time 🙂

 

 

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To Sugar or Not To Sugar

My last post was about using Agave Nectar, and we get a lot of questions about other types of sugars to use in recipes. There are a lot of types of sugars and sweeteners out there, and it can be confusing which one is the most nutritious. We like to tell our customers that sugar is sugar, no matter what form (syrup, nectar, floral, etc). No matter which type you end up using at home, always use your sweeteners in moderation!

If adding a little bit of sweetener will help you drink your green smoothies, then we encourage using your favorite type of sweetener. A lot of us grew up drinking sweet drinks like apple juice, and we’ve been conditioned to drink sweet things, so don’t feel bad about wanting to add in a little extra sweetener at first! The goal is to use less sweeteners to your morning breakfast smoothie every day, until you don’t feel a need to add any at all. This may take a little time getting used to, but it’s all about adjusting your taste to more natural foods.

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All About Agave

If you have been to our demonstration, you might have noticed us using agave nectar as the sweetener for our juices and frozen desserts. We try to keep our demonstrations Vegetarian/Vegan, meaning we stray away from using any meat, dairy, or animal products. Out of the sweeteners that are appropriate for such diets, we choose to use agave because it has a neutral flavor and doesn’t affect the taste and flavor of our recipes too much.

Now, we get a lot of different opinions about agave nectar at our booth, so we thought we’d make a post about it to clear up some misconceptions…

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Last Stretch in Alaska…

We are almost through the last half of our stay in Alaska – a few of you have asked us if we will be around after the Alaska PFD’s. Unfortunately, we were unable to extend our show at the DeBarr Costco, and will be ending on the 27th, as scheduled, which is right before PFD’s are issued. That’s the bad news.

BUT…GOOD NEWS is that we will have a last minute mini-show at the other Costco on Dimond from Oct 1-3.

****However, please note that at Dimond, we will ONLY have 5300s (no presets). So if you were planning on grabbing a 6500, get it at our current show while you can!****

You still have another week to pick your new 6500 up! Come say hi!

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How to Clean Your Vitamix Container

There are only three days left of the Alaska State Fair – we are doing a wonderful package deal so come by if you are in the area and check out the demo!

Since Vitamix has been available since infomercials (did you know that Vitamix aired the first infomercial?!), we often have long-time owners here at our booth. One of the most common questions we get from owners who have had their machines 20+ years is how to clean the film buildup on their containers!

Over a period of time, the Vitamix containers might become cloudy/foggy/filmy from the minerals found inside our water, fruits, vegetables, etc. It is really easy to get rid of that mineral buildup! I recommend doing one of the following “deep cleans” once every three months to keep your container nice and clear. Here are three common ways to clean your container:

1. White Vinegar
Pour a cup of white vinegar with five cups of warm water into your container. Blend this mixture for 5 minutes. After you’re done blending, fill the rest of the container with hot water and soak overnight. Pour the mixture out the next day and you should be able to wipe off most of the film with a soapy cloth or sponge (I recommend using one of those big baby bottle cleaners so you don’t have to stick your hand inside the container!)

2. Bleach
Since we are required to have sanitizer at our demo booths, a lot of demonstrators will have bleach on hand. After a few days of hardcore demos, our containers will get foggier faster than the average user. Once in a while, some demonstrators will pour a capful of bleach (very small amount) with 2 cups of hot water, and let the Vitamix run for 6 minutes (or the soup setting if you have an automatic model). Most of the film should disappear during the cycle. If you are comfortable with using bleach in a cooking appliance, this is an effective way to keep your container clean.

3. Denture Cleaning Tablets/Coffee Pot Stain Remover
You can purchase these types of tablets online or at your local pharmacy, or even at the grocery store. You can either follow the directions via the package, or we just use 1-2 tablets with two cups of warm water, and run the Vitamix for 6 minutes (or on the soup setting for automatic models). This is what we recommend to customers who feel uncomfortable using bleach in their appliances; we do not have bleach at our house so we find that it’s easier and cheap to use these tablets!

If you have your own tips and tricks on how to keep your container clean, let us know so we can share it with the rest of the world 🙂

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