VIDEO: Vitamix recipes make quick work of chopping an onion, without the watery eyes.
Are your kitchen counters and cupboards cluttered with appliances that you barely use? Wouldn’t you just love to consolidate some of your major appliances and rely on what you absolutely need? When kitchen counter space is prime real estate, you need every square inch of working space you can get. With a hefty price tag, some home cooks might think a Vitamix blender is out of their price range, but Vitamix recipes for bread dough and chopping vegetables could be the answer to cleaner counters and less clutter.
Can a Vitamix replace a food processor?
What sets a Vitamix blender apart from most other blenders is the high performance motor and powerful blades that can reach a speed of 240 mph. This means the Vitamix is capable of chopping even the hardest of raw vegetables, including carrots and parsnips. So, yes, a Vitamix can absolutely replace your food processor IF you don’t regularly use the various disc attachments for slicing, shredding and grating.
Can a Vitamix replace a cheese grater?
Speaking of grating, one of the most laborious kitchen tasks is grating a brick of cheese. The Vitamix is a great substitute for the traditional hand grater. It takes a fraction of the time it would take with a hand grater to turn a chunk of mozzarella into a pile of freshly grated cheese ready to top your homemade pizza.
If you’re worried that clean up will be tricky, all you need to do is fill the Vitamix jar half way with water and a drop of liquid dish soap. Place it on the motor and run it for 30 seconds. All of the sticky cheese will come loose. Just rinse, and the jar is clean and ready to tackle another kitchen task.
Can a Vitamix replace a stand mixer?
This one surprised me, too, but you can absolutely make dough in a Vitamix blender. In fact, your Vitamix can do anything your stand or hand mixer can do—including making bread and pizza dough. The order in which you add the ingredients is key to success with Vitamix recipes. With most recipes, the wet ingredients need to be added first. I made a delicious banana bread in the Vitamix the other day and all of the wet ingredients were processed before adding the flour and other dry ingredients.
VIDEO: Follow the instructions and ingredient order from Vitamix and you’ll have bread dough ready to bake.
However, the Vitamix pizza dough recipe is different. You start with the dry ingredients and slowly add the water/yeast mixture. Although I have yet to try the pizza dough recipe, it looks delicious. Check it and other recipes out at the Vitamix website.
While the Vitamix is a larger investment, if you don’t already have a food processor and blender, think of purchasing just the one appliance instead of cluttering your counter space.
Editor’s note: Viewpoints received a sample from Vitamix for the purposes of this review.