If it looks like a blender, blends like a blender, and makes smoothies like a blender, then it must be a blender. Unless it’s a Vitamix. In that case, it’s a blender, a food processor, an immersion blender, a peanut butter maker, an oat flour blitzer, a whipped cream whipper, and the list goes on and on. I married into a Vitamix family. My husband grew up using this high-powered blender. His Uncle Rex sold these machines for many years. And his mom, Tamara, got him a Certified Reconditioned Vitamix as a college graduation present. It’s the same blender we’ve been using all these years. (Read on for giveaway.)
This post is a four part series sponsored by Vitamix and The FeedFeed. I’ve been using a Vitamix my entire adult life and have been known to travel with my Vitamix by car. I use my Vitamix as a blender, food processor, and sometimes a mixer. Thank you for supporting a brand that makes my kitchen run more smoothly.
I grew up with one of those leaky, screw apart blenders, that could barely handle ice. We replaced it every couple of years. You know, right after the warranty expired. And because of that, we rarely used that unreliable small appliance. It couldn’t be trusted. So when I married into a Vitamix family, I didn’t believe in a world where blenders actually worked, much less a blender that would let me over-use and abuse it. This tool is now my right-hand man in the kitchen, my sous chef. At minimum, I use it daily. It’s durable, minimal (in that it does the job of 4 small appliances), and it works like it should. A minimalist kitchen must-have. And with that, [read in Oprah giveaway voice] I’m so excited to tell you that I get to give one lucky person a new Vitamix Ascent Series. Before you enter, let me show you several homemade pantry staples made right in the basin of this blender. (Uncle Rex, how am I doing?)
Homemade Pantry Staples
Oat flour is something I use in a lot of recipes as a binding agent or flour. You can buy it at the store, of course, or you can just as easily make it in your Vitamix. To make: Add desired amount of regular oats, and blend on high into a fine powder, about 10 seconds.
You’re mid-recipe and out of powdered sugar. Not a problem. To make: Add regular sugar to the Vitamix and blitz on high until you have powdered sugar, about 12 seconds. You can also make extra fine sugar this way, pulsing at medium speed until granules are extra fine, not powdered.
This is one of my favorite things to make in the Vitamix. You could just as easily make it in a stand mixer, but you can’t just as easily add hot water and dish soap to the basin to blend it clean. To make: Add desired amount of heavy cream and sweetener (powdered sugar or maple syrup) and slowly turn up the speed to medium-high, blending until stiff peaks, about 20 seconds. However, use your eyes as a timer for this one. It can turn from whipped cream to butter fast. If you take it too far, remove from blender and fold in a bit more cream to soften.
Skip the $10 jar from the store and make your own. You can get wild here. Mix nuts, add cinnamon, sweeten with honey or maple syrup, or not. Salt to your liking. For creamier results add a bit of oil, like grapeseed oil or coconut oil. To make: add dry roasted peanuts to the blender. Add in salt and sweetener if desired. Blend on medium-low until a creamy consistency has formed, about 1 1/2 minutes. Slowly add in a drizzle of oil to add creaminess while blending.
Once again, skip the store and stay home. It’s so simple to make your own. To make: try this base recipe. Add in roasted red pepper or whatever your stomach desires.
And now, for the best part of all, the giveaway! To enter: Giveaway closed.
Leave a comment below with either your worst blender flub story or the first thing you’d make in your blender by 12/11/18 at 10 am CST. Must be 18 to enter and live in the US. Winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!
Oh I would totally gift this to my boss & encourage her to make oat or nut milks.
The first thing I made in the blender was a thick banana “shake” made from frozen bananas and a combination of cashew and coconut milk. It was absolutely delicious!!
I would love a vitamin to try all the staples.something that won’t seize up the second time you use i
Ooooh, oat flour! I’d totally make that first!
I would make pina coloda smoothies to help hydrate my skin in the dry MN winter. A little taste of summer to get me by:)
Oh man! I would make nut butters, smoothies that are actually smooth, Asian sauces, macadamia milk, and most importantly: cashew coffee. Also, I’d try not to shoot chocolate protein powder all over my ceiling like I did in my Ninja.
If I won I would love to make my own powdered sugar! I always either have too much or too little!
I have used my plain, old, regular blender to make 4-ingredient flourless peanut butter banana bread and it was horrible! It would not spin and turned into a huge mess. This would be the first recipe I make. I love to bake, but being able to have a Vitamix to save time and make simple baking recipes would be heaven! I am dying for a Vitamix! 🙂 Thank you!
I failed to completely seal a lid on a blender after putting in ingredients for tomato basil soup… I was at my mother-in-law’s house and completely covered her kitchen (and myself) in tomato sauce! I think clean up actually took longer than making the soup. Not my best day!
I would love to make a yummy green smoothie! Would love to incorpate more yummy veggie and fruit goodness in my family’s routine!
I have many blunders with my blender one being the blade flying off after the plastic base broke. I would gift this to my daughter who makes her own baby food and formula and has a second whittle one on the way! Good luck to everyone.
If I won, the first thing I would make is oat flour! Such a pain trying to make it in my tiny magic bullet!
A smoothie! I know it sounds a bit basic but we’ve had the type of blender that you make smoothies in…with the cup upside down. And I have spilled WAY too many to count!
I would make my own peanut butter!
My blender fail is hard to admit- I couldn’t figure out how to work my magic bullet for the first month I had it. Once I finally figured it out, I felt even worse about myself and questioned the time/money spent on advanced college degrees! I have been wanting a Vitamix for YEARS but have never pulled the trigger (again, college degrees). The first thing I would make would probably be a coconut milk latte. I’ve heard it’s a little slice of frothy heaven.
Homemade hummus! And anything else on your blog!
My worst flub has definitely been trying to blend soup without opening the top to vent- makes a mess!!
Haha! I’m reluctant to talk about the splutters of romesco I keep finding from my last blender flub. The struggle was so real that day. 🙂
I would make my 4 children the best smoothie that they have ever had!!
I’d make myself a blended beverage and then I’d make some roasted red pepper hummus!
I would make smoothies and nut butters.
I was once grinding hazelnut and wafers for a cake in my blender and opened it before it came to a complete stop- hazelnut flour mixture EVERYWHERE! I mean it was delicious but everywhere! It took me a while to clean up the kitchen!
I’d make a yummy green smoothie with my son! 🙂
I would make a smoothie!
I love making hummus at home…so easy and so much better than store-bought. So i would make that for sure. Awesome giveaway!
I would make almond butter ☺️
The first thing I would make would be a smoothie for my husband, because he is really bad at making smoothies. He blames our crappy blender, but I think it’s partly his inability to make any kind of food that tastes good. I guess we’ll find out if we win a Vitamix.
I would make alllll the smoothies!
The first thing I would make is my vitamix is almond butter which is also my biggest blender flub of all time! Almond butter cannot be made in a food processor ?!
Currently using one of those leaky, screw apart blenders! ? I would love to have a blender that I could make smooth, creamy nut butter, quick whipped cream and try making baby food as well!
I was making homemade dog treats and forgot to put the lid on after adding oat flour and wound up covering my kitchen in a thin dusting of flour. Spent days trying to clean it up. If I were to win the Vitamix, the first thing I would make is a nice thick tomato basil soup.
I would make almond butter and peanut butter first! Store bought doesn’t even come close to homemade.
I’ve always wanted a vitamix! first thing I would make is homemade hummus – yum!!
All the hummus!
I would make all the yummy staples especially the hummus! We go through it like crazy!
i would be so thrilled to make a creamy roasted butternut soup for a chilly winter meal ?❤️
The first thing I would make would be to blend my coffee with coconut oil! Yum!
If I won, the first thing I’d make would be smoothies for my son! He’s obsessed.
I’ve never owned a full sized blender, just have never splurged for one. I do own a Magic Bullet, which if I had a penny for every time I haven’t screwed the blender lid on tightly enough – I’d definitely have a couple bucks. The worst thing to clean out when the mix seeps out the sides!
I definitely would be trying to make hummus or the peanut butter recipe if I won the Vitamix!
HUmmus and peanut butter!!!
I made butternut squash soup and had to put it in our crappy blender. It didn’t turn out so well. It couldn’t handle it and the liquid shot out of it and all over my sister’s arm and wall. She ended up being fine but it wouldn’t come off my walls lol. Shortly after my leasing office decided to paint our walls for free (totally not related to the soup fiasco) and it all worked out in the end!! No more giant yellow stains!
I would make your DELICIOUS chicken tinga sauce .. and not have to do it in two batches in my mini food processor 🙂
I would start by making my own almond milk. It looks so easy and a high-powered blender will do the job!
I tried to make bean dip in the blender and I was in a hurry for a summer white party and it exploded everywhere. Massive mess. The first thing I would make is my Christmas Pecan Sandies I do ever year as gifts. I make over 20dozen and this would be a dream. I have heard amazing things and have been collecting recipes but haven’t ordered myself one.
Absolutely adore our Vitamix! Even though I absentmindedly left a spoon in it, filled it with soap and water, and attempted to run it to clean it. Big Mistake! That was a scary sound! It only bent the blade a bit, thankfully. A new Vitamix for our families’ inventive concoctions would be much appreciated!
Puréed everything! I would love to make my own baby food, but hate my immersion blender. My wee one is crossing his baby fingers…
Being able to have a blender that also works as a food processor sounds incredible… because the last time I used the food processor I ended up in the ER with a sliced open toe thanks to my husband dropping the blade on my toe when attempting to dry it (butter fingers!). Maybe, just maybe, this awesome Vitamix could avoid an expensive ER visit with it’s much easier to clean format.
My most iconic blender story dates to the early months of my marriage. After blending up some tomato soup, the bottom of the blender came off, and the entire batch disappeared down the drain, in a blink of an eye. It was somehow in slow motion and appallingly fast, at once. After this experience I felt I truly understood the proverbial phrase “down the drain” in its fullest. My gracious husband, who albeit his remaining dinner appetite, consoled me. And we laugh – now 🙂
One time I was running the blender and some of the ingredients were stuck to the sides of the blender cup. I removed the center section of the lid and gently put my long, silicone spatula down the side to start scraping, and, of course, my hand slipped and the spatula fell down into the blades. It was chopped up very nicely before I could stop the blender. Not going to be THAT stupid ever again. I have been cooking since I was about 9. I really should have known better! That is my tragic tale.
I would definitely make a peppermint milkshake if I won a Vitamix!
If I won the Vitamix, the first thing I would make would be s smoothie bowl and then homemade peanut butter to drizzle on top!
LOVE your blog and instagram❤️ The first thing I’d make is homemade peanut butter. Looks SO easy with the Vitamix! We make smoothies every day and I really want to try some blender soup recipes. Thank you for offering this giveaway.
When I was a kid, my brother and I would use a cheap blender to make smoothies and milkshakes as our after school snack. Our cheap blender was the kind you screwed apart at the bottom as well and it was a pain to clean! So awful, I vowed to never get one for my own home! I currently use a single cup blender and it does okay, but I would love to have a vitamix to finally make real smoothies. (And everything else I’ve been dreaming of) Winning a Vitamix would be a dream come true. <3
Where do I start?.. I would make my family’s favorite cranberry orange relish, the filling to an amazing lemon square recipe and our nightly smoothies! My food processor is hanging by a thread so I would LOVE to have the Vitamix!!
My kids routinely fail to actually tighten the base before they blend their smoothies. Drippy mess, everywhere!
Our blender came with my husband when we got married; passed down from a family member. It finally gave up on use this fall (after 12 years) and I’ve been doing the obligatory research and saving up to buy a new ‘fancy’ one with all the bells and whistles. The first thing I’d make is my favorite smoothie – frozen bananas, almond milk, instant coffee, peppermint extract, and scoop of chocolate malted milk powder. Tastes 10 times better than any frozen coffee drink you can buy, and I miss it so much!!
I just love when I put all of the ingredients into my standard blender and get it all set to go, only to realize I’ve screwed the bottom together wrong (insert eye roll). The mess that ensues is reason enough to never to use it again! I’d love to be able to make hummus for my chickpea loving family in a Vitamix 🙂
The first time we tried to make margaritas in college I put the rubber ring on the wrong side of the base and my roommate dropped a spoon into the blender as it was running.
No drinks were had that night.
Wow! I would consider myself very fortunate in the kirtchen if i had the luck in winning this piece of art machinery!
Until you described it and alll the wonderful things it makes, i never would have known of the Vitamix!! I am a minmalist at heart and having any additional appliance is a thoughtout careful decision for me, it needs to be multifunctional and useful for out family home of yummy recipes. It would definately help with our plant based lifestyle. We do our meals mostly from scratch, this machine would help me simplify and take away (minimize) me having to but ithe hummus and peanut buttee, or the organic oat flour at the store!! This is genius!
The best part? It would the best christmas gift i would ever Receive. I am a single morher to three. It would mean a very happy new year to me! **fingers crossed**
The first thing I’d make is peanut butter!
My blender failure is the all too common, hot soup. Thank goodness most of my cooking failures happened while we still rented. Butternut squash soup on the ceiling…oh man.
The worst incident with our old cheap blender was when my husband and I were making homemade deer/rabbit repellent. The recipe included hot sauce, raw eggs, minced garlic, cayenne pepper, vegetable oil. Once it was mixed my husband went to remove it from the stand and it came apart. All that glorious sauce was all over my counter, down into a cabinet and to the floor. We still laugh about what a stinky mess that was and that blender is only allowed out in the garage.
I had no idea I needed a Vitamix until I read this blog post. I’d start with a fresh batch of nut butter to spread over a warm piece of hearty toast, with a little drizzle of honey. mmmm.
My first blunder was not remembering to cover my hamilton beach blender when blending hot liquids (covered the kitchen but learned a lesson). I would make a lot of things (smoothies, cashew and almond butter, hummus and other dips, soups and anything else I could think of). Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!
It’s been awhile since I made hummus. If it were summer, I would make a caramel frappe.
A smoothie of any kind. Blended smooth! No ice chunks!
First thing I would make is hummus with lots of garlic and lemon. Food processor never gets it ver smooth.
I would make smoothies for my kids and I!
Blender blunders don’t occur since I avoid using the blender because it doesn’t mash things up enough. The first thing I’d make if I win is a fruit and veggie smoothie that is actually smooth! Yum!
I would make hummus! Love love hummus!
My current blender is a combo of food processor AND blender… so actually it doesn’t do either job very well, and the glass pitcher is not big enough either… but I thought I’d save money and space by buying it. With a new blender I would finally be able to make smoothies and fruit soups and hummus.
The first thing I’d make is hummus!! Love fresh hummus with warm pita!
Homemade Peanut butter!
Coconut butternut squash soup!
I would definitely make peanut butter first for my boy who has autism, spd, and arfid, and eats too many processed foods!! This would be life changing!
Forgot the lid while making a smoothie
After my previous blender died a couple of years back, I didn’t even replace it due to a small kitchen with minimal space. Now after a move to a home with a much larger kitchen, I am in desperate need of a blender. First thing I would blend? A really, really smooth green smoothie with no discernable bits and pieces of fruit and veggies. I have never been able to achieve that before with my old blenders.
Oh, mine is the ol’ perverbial not fully tightening the bottom of the mixing container. And the first thing that I would make would have to be frozen margaritas to celebrate winning a Vitamix!
My most recent blender flub was when I was making a smoothie and didn’t screw the blade on tight enough. The rubber gasket got sucked up into the blender and chopped into a million pieces. Not easy finding a replacement either. If I had a vitamix I’d love to try making the whipped cream and soups.
Most annoying blender moment was using cheap screw apart blender like you mentioned and blade getting misplaced in a coffee mug and couldn’t find it – and it often leaks protein shake around the rubber seal. Would love to win this Vitamix and blend up smoothies (and much more) at home for a lot less. Thanks faux the giveaway, it’s definitely a good thing!!
I would make carrot ginger soup.
Oh gosh! My worst blender flub was when I was explaining to my children, (as I’m preparing a smoothie) why we don’t watch certain movies, the same way we don’t eat brownies with only a tiny bit of dog poop. As I’m telling this and making the smoothie, I forgot about my small rubber spatula in the blender and blended it into the smoothie. We did not drink that smoothie either!
My first recipe would be to make sweet potato soup.
I would definitely make a simple peanut butter first, then try my hand at different nut butters and flavorings.
I have never really used a blender so I have no funny stories, but I’d love to win this one. I would love to make smoothies and other fun drinks for my kids and myself! (My kids would love a chocolate milkshake!)
I will gift this to my son and he will make all the things! Soup, salsa, smoothies, sauces! If he could do it all at once he would.
We have a weekend favorite of banana oatmeal pancakes that are blended together before it goes on the griddle. I have a feeling this would be voted in as the first thing made with the Vitamix.
In my 20’s a friend had to move in with her folks temporarily & a bunch of us came over. Somehow I ended up making everyone multiple rounds of grasshoppers & fried the motor on their blender. ? I’d make a big ol’ smoothie! Thanks for the opportunity!
I would make a smoothie. It seems simple, but I left my old blender with my last boyfriend and I miss making smoothies big time.
I would make some homemade salsa
I poured hot red chile sauce into a blender and watched as a powerful volcano erupted before my eyes. The finale was that the blender motor seized up for life. I can visualize using a Vitamix in countless ways, the possibilities for use in my home would be endless! I’d be so grateful to have one in my kitchen.
I would absolutely make whipped cream! It’s such a pain otherwise. Great idea!
I would make atole with guavas! I make it right now and when I strain the guava puree there’s chunks… a creamy base would be amazing!
I would make atole from guavas! My blender leaves chunks of guavas in my strainer when I make it…. a creamy base would be a dream!
When the seal cracked and I had wonderful sticky margarita slowly, unknowingly drip all over the counter… yes, that was a definite flub.
I would make chunky peanut butter.
A number of years ago I spent a summer in southern Mexico interning at a creative resource center for the local community. While I was there, my living arrangements were with a sweet elderly lady, Lolita, who rented rooms in her house to college students like me. During my stay I enjoyed her homemade salsa recipe on the daily, and I eventually convinced her to share her recipe with me. Several years later I was teaching high school Spanish and I thought it would be a brilliant idea to teach my students how to make authentic salsa from scratch. Lolita’s process involved mixing the roasted tomatoes and jalapeños in a blender, so I did just that. To my great misfortune, the rinky-dink school blender I was using in class that day had a faulty base on the basin. As I lifted the basin to carry its contents over to another counter the bottom gave way, spilling all of the contents onto the floor, which subsequently splashed all over me and a student who was wearing brand new white shoes and white jeans. Fortunately, she was very understanding and forgiving, but after that traumatic day I never made salsa with my students again.
My most recent blender flub was not tightening the blade enough and the rubber gasket got sucked right into my smoothie. Didn’t realize it at first until I got a piece of rubber in the straw. Not easy finding a replacement. First thing I would make with the vitamix would be the whipped cream. Looks yummy!
The first thing I’d make is a cashew date cream to dip apple slices in 🙂
My daughter loves smoothies but will not drink them if any chunks are left. Cheap blenders leave chunks. I could really use a great blender to do its job.
I would love love love a Vitamix! I’m not too original – I want to make green smoothies that are actually smooth, or acai bowls for my teens who want to spend $7.50 a pop to buy them. I’ve also always wanted to try making a velvety borscht. So much more! Thanks for give away! Oh, what about margaritas????
Oh gosh! My worst blender flub was making a smoothie for the kids and I was just telling them that we didn’t watch certain movies because of certain content, in the same way we wouldn’t eat brownies with just a tiny bit of dog poop, just as I said it I forgot my small spatula was in the mixer and I turned it on and chopped the bottom off the rubber spatula ? we did not drink the smoothie either!
I’d make a peanut butter banana smoothie
I would make a green smoothie
I was pureeing homemade tomato soup in a cheap blender and failed to hold down the lid. Tomato soup all over walls, counters, curtains! Quite the mess.
I would definitely love to make my own hummus with different flavors like garlic or cinnamon spice.
I would make smoothies and whipped cream for hot chocolate! My blender smells like it’s burning sometimes so probably time for a new one.
I would make banana faux ice cream, followed by this awesome blender whipped cream recipe to top it with!
What a phenomenal prize! I’d first practice, making oat flour, pizza dough, and then use it to puree my yummy Turnip Soup. I’d be like a kid in a toy store, going crazy trying new things. : )
I would love to make peanut butter!
I like to blend my coffee with coconut oil & cream in the blender. Also it would be nice to have a really smooth frozen margarita!
I would LOVE to be able to make a smoothie with ice and not crunch my way through the entire cup of it. ? Have dreamed of using a Vitamix for years!
I would make butternut squash soup
I’d make a yummy fruit smoothie! I’ve been thinking of using some frozen mango chunks, raspberries and “other”!
I’d definitely be giving whipped cream a try
The best soups soups soups
When there is nothing to eat throw everything left in fridge a can o beans. And if nothing else water
Dinner every time yaaaaaaaay
The other day I was at my mom’s and I dont even remember what I was even trying to make, probably a smoothie, anyways her blender doesnt really work that well. I had a small batch of something going so i actually took the lid off while it was going, which didnt seem like a problem till i put the lid back on and the lid kept sliding off due to the fact that I got splatters in its side and no longer suctioned like normal. i dont think I really made anything that day..
Soooooooo much holiday hummus in green and red flavors! AND minty Panda Freeze cocktails!!!! ??
The first thing I would make is a new york style cheesecake. Gorgeous blender!
First thing I made was pesto! Yum!
Oh, do I remember those screw apart blenders. My most recent one was part of a combo Cuisinart blender/food processor. It was very difficult to get the blade assembly screwed on correctly. The first thing I’d probably make with a new blender is pancakes – my favorite way to make them. Love knowing I can use a blender to make powdered sugar, an ingredient I would no longer buy but might need on occasion.
I would make your whip cream to go with our buttermilk pancakes, since its my daughters favorite topping! Thank you!
Not making sure the base was completely scored on! Whoops!
If I won, I would make the homemade whip cream to go with our buttermilk pancakes, since its my daughters favorite toppings! Thank you!
I would start making peanut butter again.
The plastic top of my Ninja came off and went under the stove. Since then I have to hold a towel over the hole. It would be great to own a Vitamix!
I had what I thought was a brilliant, time-saving idea: to use my decades-old blender to shred a chunk of tired Parmesan that had been sitting for months in the back of my refrigerator. I dropped the block of Parmesan in the plastic container of the blende, hit the “grind” button, and wham! The Parmesan broke through the side of the plastic and catapulted out like a missile. I wasn’t injured, and I’d learned the limits of my old blender.
If I won, I would make margaritas! And frozen mojitos of course. And cubra libres. Any time I have tried to make one in a regular blender the ice is still chunky.
On a personal note, thank you so much for the post! I never considered most of your ideas.
The worst was trying to purée hot soup. Had my hand on the lid to make sure it didn’t blow off. The soup blew through all the cracks around the screw on plastic ring in the lid (you know, where you are supposed to pour in additional ingredients) and burned my hand! Put a damper on enjoying dinner that night!
My daughter and I love smoothies for breakfast, but my blender just doesn’t work well anymore. I would definitely whip up a batch of smoothies!
As a culinary student, I have been coming across so many great uses for having a Vitamix blender. Also, as a culinary student I spent most of my money on tuition and can’t really AFFORD a Vitamix blender. LOL.
I would make nut milks, butters, and cheeses for sure. Marinades, pestos, sauces, and soups would come out lovely as well. Veggies burgers in a pinch, cauliflower fried rice for the healthy side, and maybe a chutney to go atop the burger. I also loooove falafels so that and the sauces to go with it would be made in the Vitamix blender.
So many options and I wish to try them all at home. 🙂
Over filled our blender while making red chile sauce. Total mess!
I only have an immersion hand held blender that I use for making smoothies and soups. One day I quickly held it over the sink to clean and forgot to unplug and whipped the tip of my finger.
I had no idea you could make powdered sugar by blending granulated sugar! I’ve been wanting a Vitamix for years to replace my cheap blender and huge food processor that’s such a pain to clean. They are, unfortunately, well out of my price range. As a Celiac with soy and dairy issues, I try to make most of my own food, but I don’t always have the time. With a Vitamix, I could easily make my own flours, powdered sugar (thanks for that tip!), hummus, nut butters, mayo, pestos, and nut milk. Can you tell I’m getting excited just thinking about it?! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity and for your great blog!
i would like to try to make nut butters with an awesome vitamix.
I’d make everything on your list.
I would make a home made Nutella, creamy with extra portion of dark chocolate
Flub: Not enough venting when blending hot liquids. Cap popped and a mess everywhere.
Always in need of powdered sugar, but I would make me a truly smooth smoothie or a milkshake.
I’d make more butternut squash soup – I’m in love with it this year, apparently.
If I won I would make ALL the hummus I can!!
Whipped cream, didn’t know you could make that in a blender, awesome!
Soup! I love a good blended soup and we have had some, uh, explosions with lesser blenders.
Homemade almond milk would be at the top of my list!
I would probably make up a Dutch baby using your awesome recipe!
My husband makes some amazing homemade ice cream smoothies so I would get him right on that if I won!
My worst flub is I purchased a brand new blender and dropped the glass while tripping over to dog after adding strawberries. Such a mess! Thank you for the amazing giveaway!
The first thing I would make is a strawberry smoothie!
Would make an acai bowl
I think my worst flub with a blender included making restaurant style salsa. I thought my blender would be quicker to use but instead it made it all chunky and thick and it was making it too frothy so I had to take all ingredients out and hand chop them. Also with guests waiting for dinner to be served. Salsa looked bad but tasted good still!
I’d make some amazing protein smoothies for my oh-so-picky 13 year old hockey player!
Alton Brown has this recipe for a dairy-free chocolate pie made with silken tofu (it’s an incredibly excellent recipe even if that isn’t typically your thing), and the first time I tried to make it I actually burnt out the motor in my cheap ‘college years’ blender!
Well we are into smoothies right now – so I’d have to say that!! Want a Vitamix bad!!!!
This is awesome! I would love to make all the different flours… quinoa flour, spelt flour…& the milks: almond, cashew, etc. I’ve had some pretty bad loose lid accidents with blenders in the past- worst with dark berries or beets! ??♀️
One time I made hot chocolate on my Vitamix, everything went very well until I opened the lid and steam came out and gave me a very good instant facial ???
I would totally use this for making staples like oat flour. Haha my mini food processor definitely struggles to get the job done!
Peanut butter, for sure. And then…a peanut butter milkshake?
My blunder is the collection of silicone spatulas that have nicks, cuts and chunks from bad run ins with blades! Largely due to my blender never really making things pourable smooth, I have to hunt and dig for the last drops almost every time!
Baby food! I have been doing my best to make everything from fresh ingredients and feel like an efficient blender would help this mama out!
I would definitely make peanut butter first!
My husband dropped our vitamix And broke it!
I’d make falafels from the Minimalist Kitchen 🙂
I don’t actually know the details of the blender disaster that took place in my house. I got home and found traces of a smoothie explosion in the kitchen and a guilty looking son. Asked him if the lid came off and he mumbled an incoherent reply. I was cleaning splatters of smoothie for weeks after, but it was months later when I found the hidden broken blender container pieces under the couch on the sunporch. To this day I have no idea why he didn’t just cop to the whole thing. And I still haven’t replaced the blender. Winning one would fix that – and it’s safe – he’s since gone to college and joined the army and is stationed in Germany, a safe distance from a replacement!
I would gift this to my dad – he loves making smoothies!
I definitely tried to use a wooden spoon to impatiently push down the sides of a smoothie while it’s blending and got wooden shards in my smoothie. But then I was so sad about losing it all that I tried to handpick all the shards out and definitely just ate a bunch of sharp wood bits. To be honest, I still shy away from smoothies because of that trauma!
One time I accidentally left the small cap that comes off the rubber top of the blender in the blender as I was making butternut squash soup. It got chopped up a bit before I noticed, so I had to dig through and find all the shards of plastic. I didn’t want to dump it all in the trash:(
A few years ago I made roasted tomato soup. After simmering the soup I put it in my blender to blend it and make it super smooth. I didn’t let the soup cool first – HUGE mistake. When I turned it on to blend the pressure from the heat caused the lid to fly off. There was tomato soup all over my kitchen, even in the ceiling! What a fun mess to clean up!
Too many to count! Tomatoes, smoothies, malts… Thanks for hosting the giveaway!
I’ll have to admit this outright but I’ve still never been able to perfect a blended high-fat iced coffee, always comes out separated and strange!
First thing I would make would be Almond Butter. I have a serious addiction to the stuff …. it would be so much fun to be able to make it at home!
4 different flavors of Hummus!!
I would first make milkshakes for my boys! ?
Burnt out my last blender. We kept saying, “what is that smell?” I would make tomato soup from my own tomatoes and Cannalini beans.
My worst flub was trying to make cashew creamer for my coffee in my blender. I turned it on, turned around to put the utensils in the dishwasher, and when I turned back around I saw the blender smoking. Yikes! So this would be nice, lol. Thanks for the giveaway.
Six years ago I was a poor college student who really wanted to make your homemade hummus recipe but I didn’t have a food processor. I figured what the hell, I’ll make it in the blender. After adding the chickpeas I tried turning it on high, pulse, anything, but the chickpeas weren’t getting mashed. Several minutes later the blender base starts smoking and no longer is making any noise. So not only did I not get hummus, but I broke my blender in the process. ?
If I won the first thing I’d make would be Paleo blender bread or nut butter. Thanks for the chance.
The first thing I would make if I won would be delicious green smoothies for my son and I!
Worst blender mistake? “I can just carefully stick this wooden spoon in there to knock stuff off the side without bothering to turn it off first, it isn’t going to go down far enough to get, ahem, splintered in the blades”, ruining the entire batch of whatever that was….
If I won, I’d make Purée baby food for my infant, and smoothies for the rest of the family.
If I won, I’d be making purée baby food for my infant, and smoothies for the rest of the family. I was doing that until I broke my last blender. It broke when I turned on the blender while a metal spoon was left inside!
Blissfully unaware, I whipped up a batch of frozen margaritas and took them poolside to my guests. Later I came in to find the blender empty. Strange. I hadn’t noticed anyone get refills… the rubber gasket in the blender bottom was missing and the now thawed sticky concoction had drained down the counter, into the utensil drawer, and the cavernous corner cabinet below.
I think pesto would be my first thing made in the Vitamix!
Once, we made margaritas that ended up having plastic chunks in them from the a piece of the ice maker breaking off into the ice bin and getting whizzed up!
Peanut butter! With honey and cinnamon
I’d make Hummus ?
I have had so many blender fails throughout the years it’s hard to remember any one specific instance, but trying to make pesto or smoothies in a subpar blender is honestly the WORST! Can’t wait to own a nice blender someday that I won’t have to worry about if a recipe will actually blend or not…
I would make gazpacho
I’ve never made nutbutter before but love the idea! No more TJ’s almond butter
Mayo in my vitamix! A friend made homemade mayo with 3 ingredients and that is what I knew I wanted to make. I saved and saved to buy it and 6 years later it’s still my favorite kitchen tool!
I would try to make nutbutter.
The first thing I’ll make is definitely hummus!
Carrot ginger soup!!!
I once had milkshake go all over my kitchen. like everywhere. I have wanted one of these mixers for years!!
We had a Bosch (with blender attachment) given to us for our wedding, but the blender was defective and everything spilled out the bottom into the Bosch! It was such a mess, and I wasn’t world-wise enough to take the whole machine in and insist on it being cleaned out/repaired from the damage the defective blender caused. I’d make hot soup first in a Vitamix! Or a smoothie I don’t have to chew.
I would love to be able to make nut butters! Now on to the story, when I was first married, I didn’t know the first thing about cooking and attempted to make pureed soup (I didn’t have an immersion blender at the time) – I had spent time preparing it – it was hot – I opted to puree it in my glass blender. Needless to say, we did not eat soup that night, glass chards didn’t sound too appetizing – I sat on the floor and cried – then had a good laugh. I haven’t owned a glass blender since – but I’ve learned a few things since then! Love your blog 🙂
Hello! I love your idea of using this for whip cream! I would say I would make that first but I’m reality I would use it to make our daily smoothies. I use a magic bullet to make our families smoothies one by one and this would save so much time! Then I would use it to obviously make this whip cream that same evening 😉
Love your work! Thank you for sharing.
I would use it to make Indian dosas and idlis since those batters require a high speed blender and a super smooth consistency to give amazing results!
I’d make cherry-vanilla smoothies for me and my little boy! ❤️
It’s not my story but it’s a good one. My mother in law was making a dish for a holiday, and it required oil. She put the oil in and made the dish, and when she was cleaning up, she couldn’t find the oil cap. Turns out, she blended it with the rest of the ingredients! My current blender is such a hunk of junk that if I did that, the cap would probably come out in one piece.
You can make powdered sugar with a Vitamix?!? How cool!
I would make peanut butter with your suggestion
The first thing I would make is Oreo candy cane blizzards!!
I’ve always wanted to make my own non dairy milk on the go close second being a good cashew cream.
We ❤️ PB so the first thing I would make would be PB! We go through so much of it.
I would definitely try to make my own peanut butter! Making nut butters in my current blender always leads to overheating…
I failed to screw the bottom on tightly on my budget blender and turned it on. I had smoothie leaking everywhere!! I’ve had a Vitamix on my wish list forever. Thank you for the chance to win!!
I will definitely try whipped cream. That is a great idea!
I would definitely make hummus first!
Probably would make whipped cream for some hot chocolate. It got cold fast! Would love to make hummus too, never had much luck with homemade, maybe the Vitamix is the key!
First thing I made in my Vitamix was butternut squash soup for Thanksgiving.
It was amazing! I make it each year and everyone raves about it.
I tried all those other blenders that swear they are as good as a Vitamix,but it they just arent. It took me a while, but I’m so glad I did.
I wanted to make my own dairy free soy free milk !! Then , I wanna try hummus and my own almond butter.
My old blender makes my smoothie not so smooth, with lots of pulp & tiny bits.
I have had to keep my food processor for making mayonnaise. I can’t get good results with my “old” Vitamix. I would use the wider container to make mayo and donate the food processor to Habitat.
My worst blender experience,,, I’ve litetslly had so many I can’t hardly choose one. But to keep it short, I once had a Vitamix knockoff that had a spoon instead of a wand to push things while the blender was running… Well, this spoon couldn’t reach the ingredients so I took it out and used a wooden spoon to push the fruit mixture into the blade… only for me to accidentally touch the blade and chop up my wooden spoon. Determined, I ate the smoothie anyway! ?
That was the slowest smoothie bowl I’ve ever eaten. Combing every bite for pieces of wood. I was not throwing it away! I hear the Vitamix has a stick that doesn’t touch the blade so I hope to win!
Caster Sugar! The Great British Baking show has me using fine baking sugar in everything. How fun to make it myself.
Definitely bitchin’ sauce! And I wouldn’t have to soak the almonds before blending!
My husband & 2 teenage boys eat peanut butter by the truck load so I would make my own peanut butter with some yummy honey with this ridiculously amazing VitaMix!
TBH…my daughters would be the first to use the vitamix! They are 17,15, and 11 and have taken over our kitchen. They have begun to suggest new cookbooks for them to experiment with. 🙂
I’d love to see what they would make first in their vitamix … probably some sort of a protein drink. I would definitely try your hummus recipe!
I was a nanny and making a smoothie- the dad happened to walk in right as I opened the blender and tried to mix it … just a lil with it still going? I used a metal fork… to my dismay- smoothie all over my face, the ceiling and the cupboards.. I was in shock and he walked over and handed me a rubber spooon and said use this next time.. and we laughed for years after this!!
Hummus! I love hummus and would love an easy way to make extra creamy hummus without peeling my chickpeas!
The blender we have now is a literal pain to clean. My fatherinlaw and I have both seriously cut our hands cleaning it! ? We’ve been talking about getting a vitamix, but can’t justify it as we just got our other blender, which will remain unnamed. Maybe when someone loses a finger we will splurge!
My worst story actually comes from yesterday? I’m a food blogger, but I’m also a recent college grad so I’m still using my tiny, crappy blender that I bought from Walmart when I was 18. I tried to make a little recipe video to show my followers how I make a recipe that I love, and not only was the blender unable to fit all of my ingredients, it actually CRACKED and spilled chocolate milk and melted chocolate everywhere!
It was an absolute disaster and it was at that moment that I realized I need a big girl blender and I’ve been dreaming about the Vitamix for ages!! Which is why this giveaway is coming to me at the most amazing time? it’s like a sign 😉
Oat four! Hooray!!
The first thing I would make is ice cream for my husband!
I have wanted a Vitamix for years!!! The first thing I would make is Creamy Cashew Coffee!!
Pesto! …if I can keep my 4 year old from eating all the basil leaves off our plant. She calls it her “salad.” The Kitchen-Aid mixer we received for our wedding sadly broke, so we are without a blender now!
When I was a kid, I left a spoon in a glass
blender. Needless to say when I turned it on , the thing exploded and when ALL over the kitchen. I mean, at least a 10 foot radius from the scene of the crime. Luckily no one was hurt! I’d love to make a creamy smoothy with a vitamix!
The first thing I will make is the PB! We go through the fancy store ground stuff like hot cakes! My last blender was not very tough- the blades got all bent up just trying to mix ice!
If I won first thing I’d do is bring it over to my boyfriend’s place so we can make a new kind of mole, which has been our thing lately. Being Mexican and having someone who not only enjoys Mexican food but wants to make it is priceless!
Did I mention he just redid his kitchen and it’s look amazing there. 🙂
I once dropped a metal spoon into my blender when I was trying to get it to blend better. The blender survived, but the spoon did not.
Definitely blown up blending hot soup. We love green smoothies, but our blender never really gets the spinach smooth. First thing for sure.
I am currently on Weight Watchers and would love to make some healthy smoothies.
I recently went dairy free (lactose intolerance that I ignored for years..) and I am trying to make my own cashew or oat milk. But my current blender just can’t handle it. So that is the first thing would make!
Also maybe some hot, creamy soup in this Minnesota cold ❄️
I overworked my stick blender to death making butter masala sauce (too thick, perhaps?) and am very sad to be stuck with the screw-apart leaky cleaning nightmare blender now! Vitamix is on the list for if I win the lottery, lol!
I’d definitely make my own cashew or peanut butters!
Hummus! And then almond butter.
The other day I was trying to be healthy and make a smoothie for myself and my toddler (the only way she will eat veggies) and the motor froze up because it overheated and got stuck on. I had to unplug it and let it cool down however, the cup is still attached with now old smoothie stuck inside. I have been looking at a Vitamix for sometime and with a second one on the way it would make it much easier to incorporate healthier dishes for the fam.
The creamiest dreamiest hummus!!!
I would make a fresh green kale mango smoothie to fight off all these flu bugs at this time of the year!
Fresh tomato sauce, over everything and it didn’t even taste good! I’d try a redo with the vitamix!
I once attempted to blend butternut squash soup in my regular old blender. It was too hot and the pressure popped the top off and my entire kitchen was covered in soup!!
I was making thanksgiving dinner and a guest was helping me. She was whipping cream in the kitchenaid and draped a towel over the entire mixer. I was standing there in amazement at her ingenuity when the towel caught on the churning rotor and splattered cream everywhere and dragged that towel all through the bowl of cream. I’ll never forget that. ?
White chocolate hazelnut butter! And, whipped cream. I would love to see how it compares with making it in a stand mixer.
Hummus and nut butters. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t been frustrated to tears with blenders in the past trying to make something that should be smooth and comes out crunchy!
I was skeptical of the Vitamix at first, having grown up with a crappy screw apart blender that could hardly handle making a smoothie. But then my mom bought a Vitamix and oh man that thing is amazing!
The first thing I’d make would be oven roasted butternut squash soup, which doesn’t quite blend to the desired creamy smooth texture with my mediocre blender. And then I’d move on to all the nut butters!
Gosh, i have been eyeing a Vitamix forever. I always watch longingly during their Costco demonstrations. Being the mom of two, hungry toddlers who love smoothies, I would make smoothies everyday—freezer prep them in little baggies and pop them in the Vitamix! My oldest boy hates texture, so the Vitamix would get the fruit (and my hidden veggies) smooth enough for him to love!
One night this past year while treating my kids to a smoothie for dinner, my tiny single-serve blender got choked up on the frozen fruit and the bottom of the jar cracked around the blades and filled the motor with strawberry banana smoothie! I still haven’t replaced it ??♀️
I use my blender for slushy iced coffee in the summer and to pureé soups in the winter!
I would make fresh pesto! My current blender can’t hack it ?
Yup. My bleak-blender-blunder story = purple specks of smoothie explosion on my newly updated white kitchen. Talking, ceiling, cabinets, floor…explosion. The lid wasn’t secure.
I have several major health issues including a genetic problem. I have wanted to start making smoothies and healthy homemade soups and foods to boost my immune system. I don’t have extra energy to cook long meals. I never won anything but they’re is always a first!
My daughter is obsessed with smoothies but I’d probably make a soup and blend it… if I won!
Hummus would definitely be the first thing I’d make! I have an ancient blender and a mediocre food processor and neither can manage to make a creamy hummus!
I made the mistake of putting blueberries in my smoothie one morning and the cover wasn’t on tight. Blueberry smoothie went everywhere – including the ceiling! Had to repaint the ceiling because it stained. I have never used blueberries in a smoothie again :). Would love a Vitamix!
Would love to make my own oat flour first, haven’t tried that before!
I would make some of my frozen drinks like a margaritas and peanut butter and my awesome green salsa.
On my first paid catering job my pea soup exploded out of the blender. I didn’t secure the lid and it made a mess all over my kitchen and all over me. To this day I sometimes see a random
crevice in my kitchen of dried up soup I missed. I’m just glad I made a double batch…
If I won, I would love to gift this blender to my mother-in-law. I have my own Vitamix and I love to use it for smoothies and soups!
I have a very picky 3 year old daughter who does not like eating vegetables. She is taking a cooking class for toddlers and loves the smoothies that they make. If I got the Vitamix, I would be making your coconut blueberry smoothie recipe every day!
One day, I was visiting a friend. We were talking in the living room and we heard the blender go on in the kitchen then we heard a scream. We ran into the kitchen and looked at the scene in horror. My friend’s 11 year old boy had placed ice cubes in the blender when it was on and had cut his fingers. There was blood all over the kitchen. Luckily the boy only ended up with a few stitches.
We were hosting a Harvest Party and after an already hectic morning of cleaning up ants that had infiltrated our kitchen that morning, the lid somehow didn’t make it on the blender when we blended the main course we were planning to serve at the party – butternut squash soup. Orange soup blasted out all over the kitchen. I was still finding little orange dots on the ceiling and other places months later!
My blender blunder happened when I bought a bag of mixed fruit containing coconut pieces. I didn’t find out until after I got to class and started drinking my smoothie that my blender can’t handle coconit chunks. I had to chew my smoothie that day.
First thing I’d make is a *real* SMOOTHie. No more coconut chunks, no more whole pieces of spinach, no more being afraid to use kale, and no more getting random chunks of fruit stuck in my straw!
The first thing I would make would either be my favorite cherry smoothie, or potato soup. It’s been too long since I’ve made either one! ❤️
Definitely a green smoothie to balance our all the holiday baking!!
I think I’d make a creamy soup first!
Green smoothie and forgot to put the lid on. Green smoothie ceiling!
Nut butter! Didn’t realize how easy it could be – love the dash of cinnamon idea!
I would love to make nut butters and sorbet.
Hummus!!! My family and I love hummus and I’ve always wanted to make it homemade. The blender’s we’ve had haven’t been strong enough to make such a yummy spread. So that’d be the first thing we’ll make, if we’re chosen!
Peanut butter!! My husband and I always fight over whether we want creamy (me) or extra chunky (him). I think it’d be fun to try different levels of peanut to oil ratios to get the perfect flavor and texture!
If I won, I’d be on smoothie duty all day everyday! Gotta get skinny, help me out fam!! ?❤️
I’d make a beet smoothie – because I tried to make one for my mom last week, and the plastic spinny thing that turns the blade on my kitchen aid blender literally disintegrated before I could get the smoothie blended! Had to try to chop up the smoothie ingredients with a knife!! (Didn’t work, btw. Lol. )
I would love to try making my own peanut or almond butter. And I can never go wrong with a peanut butter banana smoothie.
I love your idea of making oat flour! I always see such great looking recipes I want to make, but I refuse to buy any specialty flours for $10 which I will only use a cup’s worth before storing it in the back of my cupboard for years to come. Homemade fancy flour, what a novel idea!
When I was 5 I wanted to make blueberry baby food for my baby brother and you can imagine how well that went. The ceiling is still blue.
Imma make all those nut butters. Justin’s maple almond, move over.
I’d make a yummy green smoothie! But next up would be almond butter! Our blender just bit the dust and I’ve been eyeing this blender!
I’m entering to win one for my mom. We bought one as a wedding gift to ourselves after watching a QVC demo 8 years ago. So they are pretty indestructible…unless you are me. I almost burned out my motor because i “somehow” managed to damage the container (dishwasher is a no go ?? kids…it damages the blade sealants). I also managed to get the plunger to close to the blade so it looks “loved” lol. They kindly sent me a new container (warranty is great) & motor is fine (thank goodness).
The first thing I would make would be a smoothie!
I’m entering to win one for my mom. We bought one as a wedding gift to ourselves after watching a QVC demo 8 years ago. So they are pretty indestructible…unless you are me. I almost burned out my motor because i “somehow” managed to damage the container (dishwasher is a no go ?? kids…it damages the blade sealants). I also managed to get the plunger to close to the blade so it looks “loved” lol. They kindly sent me a new container (warranty is great) & motor is fine.
While not fancy, the first thing I would make are banana smoothies for my daughters and I. My 3 year old has been talking about the banana smoothies we made at granddaddy’s house and since we visited in May and I would love to make those for both of them again!
I would make my own powdered sugar (who knew it was just ground up sugar?) to ice my Christmas cookies! They will taste even better with homemade powdered sugar 🙂
The first thing I would make would absolutely be hummus!!
I’m entering only because I’d love to win for my mom (I have one & love it). But of course I have a blender blunder story….I didn’t read the washing instructions clearly & being an 80s kid, everything goes in the dishwasher. Ladies & gents, don’t put your Vitamix container in the dishwasher…it ruins the seals & the blade will get stuck. I was literally burning the motor out (I could smell it)…this went on for weeks to months before I called Vitamix. Vitamix was so kind & sent me a new container (warranty is awesome & motor is fine). I’ve also managed to accidentally push the plunger into the blade (don’t ask..) so it’s a bit chewed up but works fine.
I would love to try to make pecan butter!
Similar to other readers, my blender blunder came from the bottom not being screwed on tight enough. My friend and I were having our weekly “cooking club” in college when our fancy pants basil ice cream went all over the place! Thankfully, we were able to salvage most of it. We had a great laugh and still do!
If I had a Vitamix blender the first thing I would
make is pistachio butter to use in a cake for my brother.
I would make a chocolate hazelnut spread – mmm!
I put the tamper of a Vitamix at work on the inside of the lid instead of out and ended up exploding everything onto the high ceiling.
I’d make homemade mayo first. I can’t get it the right consistency in a regular blender.
My favorite blender mishaps involve decorating the ceiling with soup.
I’d make walnut butter with honey and sea salt (that I keep buying for $15)!!!
I would loooooove to make my own homemade peanut butter! What a game changer!
I’d make walnut butter with honey and sea salt (that I keep buying for $15)!!!
I would definitely make some peanut sauce! And smoothies of course!
I hardly ever use my blender anymore since it doesn’t grind up ice, but I would love to make sauces and blended soups!
I’ve wanted a vitamix for years, but gingerly use my existing blender so it doesn’t die. But now I may kill it on purpose so I have an excuse to get one. Why did I only realize they could make peanut butter now? ?
I use mine at least 4-5 times a week. Recently I listened to my husband (??♀️) that it could go in the dishwasher. After a few washes as I put stuff in to blend my husband noticed a crack but said it was fine. I turned it on full blast for my smoothie. After a few seconds a giant, plastic shard shot out across the counter and HUGE mess everywhere. Plus there were pieces in what was eft, so the worst part was no smoothie that day…
SMoothies for my son that are chunk free
I would love to make either almond butter or peanut butter. We eat so much of it at our house. It would be nice to make it with simple ingredients.
I also grew up with a blender that could barely handle ice, let alone serve as a replacement for multiple appliances! I’d love to try making pureed soups!
I would die if I won this!! It would be awesome! Let’s see, I forgot to put the lid on one time…of course. Everyone does that once!
I would use this all the time to make smoothies. Boring answer, but true!
id Love to really make a solid smoothie. Mine always has bits of spinach no matter how much I blend it.
I’d make cranberry margaritas… ?
The first thing I would do is experiment with nut butters! I am obsessed and I hate spending the money at the store. Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter… yum!!!
I’d love to make pesto and hummus. But first smoothies for the kiddos!
I would love to make my own peanut butter! All the ones from the store are filled with so much sugar.
If I were to win the Vitamix I would make Hummus. Lots of hummus. It is a staple snack at our house and being able to make it quickly/easily ourselves t home would be great! I also like the whipped cream suggestion! Thanks for continued inspiration! You are fantastic!
This is beautiful! The first thing I’d make is the batter for the Swedish style (but high protein) pancakes. The are a fave of both my daughters:)
When I was in high school I was making a smoothie. I used a wooden spoon to try to stir it up but forgot to turn the blender off…It got stuck and smoothie went everywhere!
I have been waiting to make some dosa better in Vitamix but off late we are on nut butter wagon and those can get very expensive. This would be best for them.
When our blender recently broke part of the plastic in the bottom of the blender mixed in with the pancake batter I was making. I didn’t realize it until we were eating the pancakes and my family realized there were bits of white plastic in their mouths. ??♀️ We could really use a new blender! We have been living without one for 3 months!
I’ve wanted to go on a nut butter adventure. All sorts of nuts and see what I come up with. For sandwiches, desserts, dinner (Thai peanut sauce, anyone?) or snacking. I want to he adventurous next year!
I would love to make smoothie bowls! The blender I have now doesn’t blend as well, and either still has chunks or makes it to runny! It would be awesome to have something so versatile as well!
I started cooking when I was pretty young. I made a potato and leek soup- but was so excited for it to be done I put it in the blender boiling hot. There may still be soup in some of the crevices of my moms kitchen.
I’d make chimichurri aioli! Its a favorite at our house! 🙂
I make Ree Drummond’s salsa in my Vitamix every week- soooo good! My Vitamix is awesome but I would love an upgraded version!
I’ve had too many blender fails to count- we’re currently on blender #3 (and by now I should have just purchased a Vitamix to begin with, clearly) but making baby foods was a nightmare when my twins were little. I could never get the consistency right (it was never puréed enough) and now even hummus or smoothies aren’t as smooth as I’d prefer. Also really intrigued by the ability to make your own nut butters and oat flour!
I would make a clean, homemade chocolate hazelnut spread! Yum.
If I won, the first thing I would make would be the spicy carrot soup from Pinch of Yum! My current blender is the worst and just can’t get it to it’s true smooth and creamy potential!
I would make soup, it’s cold in Minnesota! Or hummus for my kids who like to dip their veggies in it.
First thing I would make would probably be a nut butter or coconut butter! Both are delicious!
My friends never let me live it down….I read the recipe wrong and blended half the ingredients in a recipe rather than just the sauce ones ? All turned out fine but oh was it embarrassing.
I would love to make smoothies and healthy snacks for our family. Thanks for these great recipes!
Hot soup blunders are sadly common in my life. With a new blender? Hummus and nut butters! Dreamy!
Food and Wine magazine’s recipe for fire roasted tomato bisque!
If I won. Butternut squash soup. I only have a small single cup blender that holds 12 ounces. I once tried to make a soup in it and warped a cup due to the heat of the veggies. Ughh. I long for the day I can whip up creamy thick butter squash soup!
ALLLL THE HUMMUS !!!!!!! ALLLLL THE SOUP!!!
The first thing I would make are smoothies with my kids! Our current blender turns off mid-smoothie when it overheats and is so loud it sounds like it might be preparing for takeoff. It’s definitely time for an upgrade!
I will make a nice veggie filled super smooth smoothie for my kiddos. We make smoothies a lot with my current blender, but it’s not a Vitamix, so my 5 year old has taken to calling them bumpies!
I’ve never had a nice blender. I think the first thing I’d make is a batch of smoothies or maybe salsa…
The first time I tried to use a blender by myself I spent waaaaay to much time trying to get the pitcher to click in.but I’m much more gadget savvy now.
A year ago my husband and I finally decided to use our new blender (Ninja brand, not Vitamix!!) to make milkshakes for some friends. As he was pouring the shakes, the blade fell out and landed on his foot. We spent the night in the ER thinking it would only be some stitches but turns out the tendon was cut and he needed surgery and had a boot and scooter for 8 weeks. Those were some pretty expensive milkshakes!!
Tonight I used my food processor to try to purée butternut squash for a curry recipe. The purée turned out thick and chunky. So gross… I would be so grateful for this vitamix and so would my family!
I’d probably try mixing up some homemade ranch dressing.
Worst blender event….hot tomato soup exploded all over me, white walls and ceiling. First thing to make in a vita mix would be almond flour or green smoothie
If I won, I would make nut butter first. I have never tried it before, but I love peanut butter!
My big flub was putting top soup in the blender with the lid on nice and tight. I was at my grandmother’s. Split pea soup went everywhere. We figured out what the plastic, removable cap on the top was for after that.
I would make a green smoothie!
How about a nice cream soup for the cold weather we’re going to get this week? I have mushrooms in the fridge calling my name.
Then in August I’ll make all the chilaquile sauce, pesto and ketchup my garden throws at me.
oh gosh! when I was first married I attempted to make pureed soup – I had spent so much time preparing it – I had a glass blender, the soup was hot – needless to say, the blender didn’t last, the soup was filled with glass, and it ended with me in tears on the floor (a total new wife meltdown!) – I’ve learned a lot since then. Thankfully!
Oh, lordy… the whip cream had never occurred to me! Brilliant!!! I would definitely give that a go!
almond butter! ?
I love this! I’ve always wanted a vifamix based on how powerful it is! I would make some super silky sauce for enchiladas
I’d make coconut milk, followed by cashew butter, followed by cashew milk… oh, wait, just one thing. 😉
I tried making cauliflower Alfredo sauce! It was awful! Still too afraid to try again! ?
I will make all of the nut butters! Peanut, almond, cashew, pistachio….we eat these by the spoonful in my house!
Smoothies. Boring. But I broke my blender. And my kids have been missing their smoothies!
i’d make nut butters!
I would *definitely* make my own peanut butter!!!
Thanks for the pantry staples inspiration.
I used my blender to blend my hot coffee to froth it and the lid popped off and coffee spewed everywhere ?
The first thing I would make in a new blender is vegan cashew ice cream!!! My current blender can’t get it smooth enough—still yummy but not perfect.
I’d make hummus!!
I killed our cheapie blender a few years ago, around Christmas, blending Oreos to make those delicious (and so simple) Oreo truffles… #sohealthy
The first thing I would make is bulletproof coffee. I know it sounds like a simple first thing but I want to try it like all the bloggers do. ??♀️??
If I won, I’d make banana ice cream (even in the dead of winter!). My best friend made it for me in her Vitamix using ONLY frozen bananas and it was life-changing and magical.
I already have a Vitamix and know of making nut butters and soups and almond and oatmilk. The list goes on however if i do win the Vitamixer i would give it to my brother and his wife as he sometimes has a hard time digesting solid food!! This would help them immensely!!
i’d make some homemade salsa!
Worst blender flubb!?
Typical, leaving the top off and blitzing a smoothie… smoothie everywhere, enough said.
First thing I would make in My Vitamix if I won?
A smoothie, suprise, surprise!! I love kale smoothies but hate that my blender leaves kale bits that don’t get pulverized, every time! Ugh. However I hear that Vitamix makes the smoothest smoothies around! 🙂
Sweet! Practically instant whipped cream!
I would make banana ice cream ?
Well one of my first times using my Kitchen Aid blender, proudly registered for at William Sonoma, I was attempting to blend the tomato sauce I had made for my new husband. Didn’t put the top on right and the red splattered all over the kitchen in our first home. I wore a good majority of it, too. Had to wipe down cabinets and scrub grout. It’s where I learned to dislike the tile countertops! Still have that blender ??♀️
I was really into making smoothies as a teenager. Was making it at a friend’s house and they had one of those blenders with the screw on base. I managed to unscrew the bottom without realizing and then lift up the blender jar and all the smoothie emptied out the bottom and down the counter… so terrible
First thing I would make with the blender is a green smoothie with no bits of kale or apples in the smoothie.
Always the lid off blunder where it’s of course a smoothie with red berries that stains your white kitchen cabinets. ? Would love to make juice in a blender and see if it can save me from buying a juicer.
First thing I’d make is a perfect smoothie. My ages old blender just isn’t cutting it, even with simple fruit and liquid, can’t evtn think about adding vegetables. So, the very first thing would be a green smoothie!
I’d make almond or cashew butter!
I was making a smoothie on a friend’s blender one time. I asked “Is this thing on right?” I was assured that yes, it was on right, that’s just how hers worked. When it was done I pulled the pitcher off the base, but the cap/blade on the bottom didn’t follow. The whole smoothie fell out of the bottom. Would love to have a Vitamix for morning smoothies!
I can’t wait to make a banana milkshake with a new vitamix!
I would definitely do the peanut butter & hummus! Then my lovely celery stick snacks would be way more enjoyable!!! Keeping toes & fingers crossed! What a great gift this will be to the winner!!! ????
I am currently using an emulsion blender as a full blown blender and you can only imagine who delightful that is going for food making! Every smoothie I make some how ends up outside the cup! I would blend up everything in the world and make it! I want a vitamix sooo bad but can’t afford it!
I would have to try making peanut butter for my family – and baby food for my little one too! ?
Ruining a new silicone spatula trying to get my 40 year old blender to make a batch of basil pesto. That would never happen with a Vitamix!
I’d make some soups!
I have the same hot soup blunder that many others have shared. I think the first thing I would make would be flavored peanut butter, quickly followed by hummus!
I would love to try making peanut butter & hummus. I have RA so I use my current blender to ‘shred’ cheese or ‘chop’ veggies. My kids also LOVE smoothies.
first order of business is to re-create my favorite smoothie (who cares that it’s nearly winter!) from my local juice shop that i shell way too much on, on a regular basis. once im a pro, ill start concepting and experimenting with new smoothie recipes that will have me saying “what juice shop?”
Worst flub was turning on a blender fill of liquid without the top. My kitchen got an unexpected deep clean?
While working at a cafe in college, I would often leave the top off the blender while making smoothies ?♀️ I would love to say I’ve learned my lesson, but just last week, I did it again!
I would love to make some nut butter. I have never attempted to with my current blender because I know it wouldn’t be able to handle it.
Making smoothies with my childhood best friend. Can’t remember the exact sequence of events but the blender was turned on, no lid, smoothie definitely ended up on the ceiling! ?
First thing I would make is hot soup! It’s amazing that a Vitamix can do that for you !!!
A Vitamix for my creamiest soups!
I would finally make butternut squash soup! Between my crappy upright blender and immersion blender, I have yet to make a properly smooth squash soup ??♀️
… oh gosh.. thankfully only once.. but tried to blend some hot soup… opps…
Peanut butter…my kids eat through a Costco jar in days!
I tried making cashew butter in a cheap blender. Ugh!
My friend Emily is moving to Kenya and I think she needs to take this with her.
The first thing I would do with a new blender is teach my kids how to make smoothies with the TOP tightly secured and the plastic pour lid on too. I can’t tell you many times I’ve cleaned up the counter, walls, cabinets covered in green smoothie. So, I guess the first thing I would make would be a green smoothie. 🙂
I would love to make my own almond milk!
I’d love to make homemade peanut butter!
I’d make hummus!
I know those cheap blenders! My nightmare blender story comes about 2 yrs into our marriage. I was making a simple smoothie for company and the blades just completely fell apart. The sound it made was horrible!
Lol…i hate cheapy blenders ,so i don’t use them. I would LOVE to make smoothies in a Vitamix!!!!!
My worst blender flub was really after I made a nice big green smoothie and then promptly spilled it all over the kitchen counter, floor and cabinets. The first thing I would make in my new Vitamix blender would be peanut butter, banana smoothies for my 12-year old son who has a smoothie every morning for breakfast.
Oh goodness, I tried to make almond butter once with a little hand held blender that you had to hold the button down the whole time. Needless to say, there was no almond butter to be had. Oh the things I’d do with a good one! Loving the EASY recipes you posted above, and so shocked at them to be honest.
I would definitely make some nut butters, and transfer smoothie duty away from the tired and sometimes-leaky food processor. 🙂
I make a smoothie everyday for my kids and I. Every so often, the lid comes ajar and suddenly I have smoothie all over my cabinets and myself. You would think I wouldn’t continue to make this mistake over and over, but somehow when I’m rushing around trying to get out of the house, I do!
When we were selling our old house, I had to repaint the ceiling in the kitchen by the blender because there were a bunch of dots all over it….
Love this blog!!! Have a wonderful holiday!!
If I won the Vitamix, which is gorgeous, I would make powdered sugar immediately for the frosting for my gluten free sugar cookies for Christmas! My mind has literally been blown that it is that sinooe to make powdered sugar, what?!? You rock fauxmartha and your name is so great. Thank you for your insight and quirky fun posts 😉
I would make a creamy maple sage butternut squash soup!
It’s not the season, but a green smoothie, hopefully one without giant flecks of spinach!
Didn’t have the lid on countless times with smoothies flying everywhere!! First thing I would make is almond butter, store bought is so expensive!!
Broccoli soup with raw broccoli ? currentlyibrig my food processor up with rubber bands so it will turn on.
We love hummus so that’s the first thing I would make!
Once I tried to make almond butter in a cheap blender. I blended and blended for nearly an hour and still only had pulverized almonds. The blender started to heat up and there was literally condensation on the inside. I finally gave up and haven’t tried since. I also used a cheaper blender to blend a carrot soup and the top flew of and I got blistered burns on my arm. Would love a Vitamix at home! PS- love your blog!
I would make a delicious soup that all my Vitamix friends always talk about 🙂
My blender disaster was pureeing my onions and cilantro while making salsa so they tasted odd and the color was a gross brown.
Oh, just the usual cap-not-fully-on-accident— but, man— what a mess! I need a vitamix in my life. I’m not sure what has taken me so long to get one. I think I’m delusional that I’m going to win one someday. ??♀️
One time I tried making almond butter….yeah my blender was NOT prepared for something of that caliber. I’d love a vitamix to make my own at home!!
I had roasted veggies and prepared a broth and poured it into my blender to make a soup but sadly, blender stopped working for some reason. When we were younger I’m sure my brother and I accidentally blended a smoothie without the lid being fully on. ?
I’d love a Vitamix for making lots of things – smoothies, hummus, soups, and frozen margaritas!
Peanut butter! My little one and I are obsessed.
I once made Bulletproof coffee in a blender where the cover is the blade and it opened and “blended” all over my kitchen!! WORST!
the first thing I’d make is nut milk, any and all varieties.. my horror story is the infamous hot liquid explosion!!!!! never will I make that mistake again .
The first thing I’d make would be soup!
All the nut butters and milks!
We go through hummus like crazy, so I would start by making your recipe above. Sounds delicious!
I have been begging my husband to allow me to press Order on a Vitamix for years now. We make our own yogurt so the first thing I’d make would have to be a raw yogurt smoothie. (although someone else saying “margarita” got me thinking… 🙂
I made the mistake of not letting my spinach cool enough before putting it in the blender. I hit chop and soon the top flew off and I had spinach EVERYWHERE. Kitchen fail!
My husband wanted to make a Mexican mole sauce and didn’t have the lid on tightly, needless to say we spent almost an hour cleaning the sauce and ended up ordering pizza. A new blender would mean smoothies, sauces, soups and trying some of the pantry staples you mentioned in your post.
i’ve actually never had a blender, so i have no horror stories to share! but, that means that i’ve never been able to make super smooth nut butters or nut milks in my food processor, so THAT’S what i’d tackle with the Vitamix first 🙂
I’d make that whipped cream so fast! Hot chocolate season is here and nothing is better to top it off!
Opening the lid and looking down to see how everything is blending. And you guessed it, I turned on the motor and got food all up on my face.
I have never owned a good blender. I’ve also never been able to get homemade hummus the consistency I like. Therefore, hummus would be the first thing I’d make followed by the silkiest pureed soups imaginable. ATK’s broccoli-cheese soup comes to mind.
First thing I’d make is a cozy winter soup – maybe tomato basil?
Baby food! Due in 11 days with baby number two and dreaming of the fun days when we can show this baby the joy of food!
I tried blending rice once to make rice flour and it ended up scratching up the entire inside of my blender. So disappointing.
I was pureeing hot lentil soup and it shot up to the ceiling when the top popped off. Such a mess. A new Vitamix would mean margaritas all the time!! Fingers crossed, and thanks for the opportunity!
The first thing I would make would be a fresh pesto tied with my favorite green smoothie as its always too thick with my current blender. I’ve always dreamed of the vita mix ?
If I won, I would make my favorite strawberry/blueberry/coconut milk/spinach/mango smoothie!
We used to have a blender that attached to the base by screwing in the plug on the bottom. Of course the one time I didn’t screw in the bottom well was when we were making a smoothie which ended up all over the counter! ??♀️ And the amount of plastic mixing spoons that have been broken in our blender too, ha!
I’d love a Vitamix to make my morning green smoothie!
Epic fail. I was making West African Peanut Soup and was blending the hot soul to purée it. When I took the blender off the base I wound up wearing hot, orange-colored peanut soul. Painful and less than appetizing in appearance!
I think the first thing I’d make in my blender would be some very garlicky hummus. Yum!
Omg I want this!!! I would make almond milk ASAP!
The first thing I made in my cheap mixer once I lived on my own was a smoothie. The only issue was…I couldn’t figure out how to get the pitcher off the stand, so I untwisted it and the entire smoothie went all over the counter.
I rather brilliantly decided to use a silicone spatula to scrape down the sides of my blender while my blender was on. I somehow thought I would be smart enough not to push it too far down- yeah, not so much. In an attempt to save a second or two I not only had to re-do the recipe, but also buy a new spatula.
Can’t seem to remember to only fill a blender 1/2 way with hot soup or it’ll overflow.
Nut butters and cashew cream. I’ve read about homemade ones forever but have never had anything powerful enough to attempt it! I would love to be able to play around with nut butters.
Like a good Georgia girl, the first thing I would make in my blender is pecan butter!
Love these pantry staple ideas! I would love to make my own nut milk, since I have been cutting out dairy due to Crohn’s disease
Not really a flub, but sometimes I’ll be making a smoothie in the morning, and I can hear my toddler yell through the monitor “I WANT SOME SMOOBIE!” Makes me laugh every time.
I’d probably make some hummus or some peanut butter – both staples at my house!
Haha mine is pretty similar to others, but I made a batch of frozen coffee without securing the lid all the way. The smell lingered in the kitchen for a while after cleaning it, but coffee smells great so it was all ok 🙂
My dear husband lugged our trusty old Vitamix from Indianapolis to Chicago and used it to make POUNDS and POUNDS of fresh ginger pulp to add to an industrial beer brewing project. The poor thing took a beating, but it didn’t give up!
I’ve had my fair share of smoking blenders ? I’ve been dreaming of having a vitamix for years now! The first thing I’d make would be blender pancakes, or my breakfast smoothie!
So many blender blunders!! We make smoothies often in the mornings and the kids love to help. A lesson was quickly learned not to plug in blender until all ingredients are added and the lid is secure…..very berry smoothie everywhere!
The first thing I would make in my Vitamix is some homemade baby food purées for my new nieces and nephew!
I would make hummus with momma lils peppers. Also, my blender literally almost caught fire this morning, so I guess that’s a bloop… time for a new one!
I would love to make some homemade nut milks.
The first thing I would make in a shiny, new Vitamix is a smoothie with lots of good greens – my current blender has a hard time breaking them down enough for an enjoyable consistency!! Thank you for doing this!! ❤️
The first thing I would make would definitely be a smoothie!
Nut butters! My food processor doesn’t get them creamy enough for my liking. Walnuts and almonds would be an awesome combo! Nut butters in the store are so expensive!
Oh whipped cream is the FIRST thing on my list!
The first thing I’d make would be nut milk or maybe smooth soup or hummus! Really any of the many thing she I can’t quite get smooth enough with my cheapie blender! And my worst flub was using a wooden chopstick to move ingredients around in my not-great blender and it getting stuck in the still moving blades, leading to an awful splintery smoothie. Yikes!
Whipped cream. Heck yes. And my own powdered sugar!!! Pretty please!!
Oooo…nut butters would be the first on my list! A walnut, hazelnut and almond butter…all together with cinnamon and sea salt!
I would love to try peanut butter! And baby food for my 9 month old. Crossing my fingers!!!
Such a thoughtful post! I hadn’t thought of any of these uses for a vita mix and I’ve had my eye on these!
I’d make some sort of fresh fruit frozen drink. Maybe a strawberry margarita!
I have only ever owned a cheap MagicBullet type blender and just last week I was using it to make a smoothie and smoothie started coming out the base, and it started to smoke! Needless to say I am in dire need of a new blender and have always dreamed of a Vitamix 🙂 love that you can make powdered sugar!
I forgot there was a bottom seal on my cheap blender, and the strawberries I was blending leaked all out onto my counter!
I would make whipped cream to go on homemade pumpkin pie!!!!!
We had a lid fly off our blender while making blueberry smoothies. Purple sludge exploded everywhere – even the ceiling! Would looooove a Vitamix!
My most recent blender flub would be last week.. I put the bottom on made my shake per usual and the bottom started to rattle loose.. it was a mess. I’m in need of a new one. Would love to win, I’ve heard AMAZING things about Vitamix! And the first thing I’d make would be soup!! How cool would that be!?
What a blessing it would be to have a Vitamix in my kitchen. I received my first blender as a wedding shower gift 30 years ago this month. Just about the time that I started eating a kinder vegetarian diet. One of the first recipes that I made with my inexpensive, but pretty new blender was a creamed soup with broccoli and soy milk. Back then, you could not buy soy milk at the grocery store in my rural hometown, do I had to buy it at a health food store 30 miles away. Being a total blender newbie, I added the very hot soup to the blender, placed the lid on top tightly, turned the blender on high, and had the scare of my life! Thankfully I was not burned, but my kitchen wall was quite a mess. After that, I stuck to making only cold recipes in my little blender. Thirty years later, I still enjoy preparing homemafe vegetarian and vegan meals for my family, and would so enjoy the expanded meal and pantry options provided by a Vitamix. Thank you for your awesome Facebook page and blog and Happy Holidays to everone! >D
First thing: Almond Paste! I hear it’s easy in the Vitamix! And so much better!
Worst story – I was making butternut squash soup in my brand new, white cabinet kitchen. Poured hot soup into the blender, threw on the lid and started to blend. The pressure from the steam caused the top to pop and orangey yellow liquid flew all over the kitchen. It was dripping from the ceiling. What a mess!
I would make almond butter first. That stuff is like crack, sooooo addictive, but also expensive. Thanks for the chance!!
Worst blender story is when I signed up to volunteer in my daughter’s first grade class last year for her Japanese feast for a unit on Japan. I signed up to do the salad and salad dressing and we were supposed to bring our own kitchen supplies. I brought our blender we got ten years ago as a wedding gift and when I got there I found out we were cooking with the kids not for them. So I get everything set up and we get to blending the dressing and a piece flies off the blender and starts making the most god awful noise, smoking etc. Of course, the room full of 6 year olds think it is hi-larious and are all laughing and my daughter is telling everyone “my mom broke the blender!” So I had to improvise (whilst sweating and swearing in my head) for the ginger dressing. Let’s just say it wasn’t the tastiest dressing b/c it wasn’t blended at all..huge chunks of ginger and pieces of carrot! It was NOT a fan favorite! ?. My husband said we could try to replace parts on the blender and fix it…but I think it was beyond fixing and it went in the trash! I’d love love love this Vitamix..would surely save me a repeat performance if I ever go back to my daughter’s school to cook again!
The first thing I would make is my favorite pistachio pesto sauce! Whenever I try to blend it in my single serve blender I have to remove the blades so often that it takes forever to become sauce! And the pistachio never gets fully blended so much sauce ends up quite chunky.
My blender blunder was caused by my mom who wanted to make a quick snack before we headed to a doctors appointment. This is when she still had her 1980s wedding-gift-blender, the smoothie wasn’t blending fast enough so to expedite the process she grabbed a wooden spoon and carefully stuck the handle through the opening to try and give it a push. In a blink of an eye, the blender blades caught the handle and smoothie shot up like a geyser, coating the ceiling and ourselves in pink slime. We (well, maybe just I) just stood there in amazement, laughing until we cried, and were definitely late to that doctors appointment! Cleaning the ceiling is no small feat!
I had one of those single serving blenders. I didn’t realize the cup had cracked in the dishwasher. Stuff sprayed out of the crack all over my kitchen. WHOOPS!
I would immediately make my fave Caesar and pistachio dressings. YUM!
I’ve gotten overzealous with cheaper blenders, pretending they were vitamixes, and have heard the chug-a-chug-a-crunch-crrrrrrr sound one too many times. Gosh darn it, apples!
Since i started keto, I have been obsessed with peanut butter. I will definitely make peanut butter first. ??
I was making beer cheese soup and didn’t heed the warnings about not filling the blender all the way. I added the hot ingredients in, added the cover, and pressed “on.” It went all over the ceilings and walls and I never tried soup in a blender again.
I would make a smoothie for my toddlers that is steathfully healthy.
Vitamix is definitely on my list this year! The first thing I would make is peanut butter! Our family loves it 🙂
I would try so many things! Peanut butter, hummus, and better smoothies are at the top of the list.
I would love to make vegan “nice cream” with frozen bananas and a variety of flavors. ?
First thing, hummus!! Mmmmm
I would make a smoothie for sure! But I’m also intrigued by making my own powdered sugar.
Let’s not talk about the time I lost a wooden spoon into a smoothie…let’s talk about this amazing butternut squash toast I just had in Nashville and how I need to recreate it and it’s silky bottom layer of earthy purée that only owning a Vitamix can achieve! Dear Santa please!
Ooo, have had to catch the lid several times when pureeing soup. I always forget. First thing I’d make? Smoothies, probably. My big kid and I love them!
Definitely have a few ? my most recent blunder was forgetting to put the top on before puréeing a soup. It had turmeric in it and staind everything it touched! Scrubbed the heck out of that one. I also recently broke my moms old hand me down Hamilton Beach glass blender. Oops!!!
Once, I didn’t have the blade secured in the blender and I was blending carrot soup. When I turned on the machine, the blade came loose and hit the side of the blender and cracked the whole thing. It was an absolutely mess and a wasted dinner 🙁
I’ve made soup once when I worked for a family who had one. I cannot wait to make it again- so neat! Also, I’m super impressed with the peanut butter.
The first thing I would make is spiced peanut butter!
I was psyched to surprise some sweet 1st graders with a fresh fruit smoothie after teaching a nutrition lesson…. unfortunately the surprise was my trusty blender calling it quits right as we counted down to see all the fruit get mixed up #nodrumrollplease – thankfully they were just as happy with some cut up fruit instead!
I would make all the soups! Potato, carrot, butternut squash, tomato—you name it!
I would make a boozy milkshake to celebrate the holidays!
My husband tried to make Mac and cheese in a blender for Christmas dinner one year. It was a bust.
I’d be excited to make custom PB like mentioned above and experiment with adding different spices like cardamom almond butter.
When I was growing up we had an aaaancient blender. It was such a pain to use and never worked well! I have been longing for a Vitamix for years! As soon as I get one (and ?? I will win this one the first thing I will make will be a huge batch of nut butter to share with my neighbors!
First thing I would make would be a smoothie!!! A girl loves her smoothies ?
The first thing I would make is soup! I love the idea of throwing all the ingredients for homemade tomato soup or butternut squash soup into a blender and letting the blender do the work! Alas, I’ve never had a blender that was up for the job. My blender can’t even make a smoothie smooth.
I would make some oat or almond milk for my hubby, hummus and potato leek soup! And that’s just day one 😉 can you tell I’ve been dreaming of a Vitamix since leaving my career as a barista?
My worst blender flub would be making marinara sauce in culinary school for the first time and accidentally leaving the lid off. Let’s just say my chef whites I was wearing that day never recovered!
My cousin and sister and I had a cooking show called wash your hands before you eat, when we were 8 and 9 years old! 🙂 my sis was the video lady and Kellie and I the chefs! We were making smoothies or something and one of us forgot the lid… needless to say, we have documentstion of our little alarmed faces and smoothie flying everywhere for the rest of our lives. Wedding replay maybe? 🙂
After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, my whole life changed and I had to learn how to cook! I rely, or should I say relied on my blender so heavily… up until 4 months ago. I used it for daily smoothies and making nut butters. This lifestyle really improved my health from bed rest to being able to exercise again. As I said, 4 months ago, I was making homemade date caramel and my blender started smoking so much I thought it caught on fire! The motor was ruined and I haven’t had the funding to buy a new one. This has been my dream blender for so long and I would make my homemade vanilla coconut almond butter. Thank you for the opportunity!
Did not know about the powdered sugar trick! I’ll definitely be trying that if I win!
Uhhh….bitchin’ sauce…duh!!! I have wanted one since that first introduction. Especially since my food professor just bit the dust…seems like the perfect replacement ?
Worst Blender Experience: Trying to puree hot broccoli cheese soup I had made. I know you know what happened!!!!
I stuck a spoon in it while making strawberry smoothies and ended up with smoothie on our vaulted ceiling!
I also grew up with one of those underutilized blenders that never performed well, so I don’t have one. As someone who LOVES whipped cream, but was recently told to stay away from dairy, I’d attempt to make a DF whipped cream in that high-powered machine! 🙂
The first thing I’d make is hummus! I make it every week in my food processor, but I’d love to have a more powerful blender to make it and the cleanup for be wayyyyy easier!
Oh how I would love a Vitamix! I think first I’d make an ultra lush smoothie with no lumps!
I would definitely make a hummus recipe!
Worst blender catastrophe….hot soup in a blender exploding all over the kitchen. I didn’t realize it was a thing that would happen because it was hot.
I would make my favorite grain free vegan pumpkin pie! I’ve only made it in my mother in law’s vitamix because I’m afraid it wouldn’t come out well in a regular blender!
Whipped cream! I put cream in my mixer once to whip but forgot about it until I heard butter thudding around in it!
I’d mix up a batch of grasshoppers for the entire family to share (non-alcoholic for the kids of course)! A sweet treat with a festive minty coloring!
We were living in a 400 sq ft apartment. Already late for work I was trying to run out the door as my husband was making our morning smoothie. He took his hand off the lid for one second and the green smoothie ended up on every inch of that 400 sq ft apartment. I was so late I had to leave most of it on the walls and clean up later!!! Never taken my hand off a blender lid since.
I would love to see how smooth I can get peanut butter in that blender!
Almond butter! My ninja can’t handle it! Also, love how you can make many goodies low waste by making them at home like powdered sugar!
That hummus recipe looks easy enough, I think I would give that a whirl!
Worst thing i blended was the metal spoon that i accidentally dropped into the blender ??
What an amazing machine! My worst blender story was when my lid fell in and plastic shattered everywhere! I would love to make any and everything in this but im a big smoothie fan so smooth smoothies would be amazing.
The first thing I’d make is Hot Toddy Batter. Mixed with a little hot water and whiskey, it’s perfect for these cold nights!
Oh man… my oldest son (7) has arfid, sensory processing disorder, and autism. If I could get foods to a smooth enough consistency that he approved of without having to buy processed crap…. I don’t think I would ever turn it off!! Haha! First up, his fav, peanut butter!
P.s. your book changed my kitchen!! Love everything you do!
Oh man! The first thing I would try my hand at is some creamy peanut butter! How fun to be able to make it in my own kitchen!
I would LOVE to make almond butter. Then hummus. Then whipped cream. And lots of smoothies. And oat flour. It would be amazing to make everything to quickly, too!
I tried to make coconut milk in my blender…an it worked! But then I put it in my fridge and it separated into one large chunk of coconut fat and a jug full of water ??
I would make smoothies! Our immersion blender leaves offensive “bits” that my kids do not care for. Because, you know, it’s a totally different food if fully pureed 🙂
Just the other day I was making a smoothie and right before I pushed the on button I saw the milk running out the bottom and all over the counter. A friend of mine has a better story. She was making raspberry jam and she used her blender to process the berries. With the one batch she forgot to put the lid on!! raspberries everywhere – the ceiling, the counter, the floor, the cabinets. And she laughed. i would have cried!
Making a quick hummus for my kids …. opened the can of “chick peas” added all the ingredients blended up …. Doesn’t look right but I am in a rush feed it to the kids. They won’t touch it so I taste it I used some random white beans.
Was making cauliflower alfredo sauce when my blender broke mid-way. Not sure what it was but it won’t turn on at all so yeah… definitely will try to make that again if I win so my kiddos can enjoy a plant based version of the classic pasta alfredo!
PS – thanks for sharing all the things you can make with it, I’m totally sold on how powerful it is!
Homemade peanut butter!
Almond butter and Indian chutneys would have their name all over this baby!
For me it’s a tie between hummus and peanut butter! I would love to experiment with making different kinds of nut butters.
I’d make nut butter, obvi
I broke our blender making margaritas once! I threw in one of those huge ice cube molds that was of a sphere and it shattered my blender bowl when it hit the side ?
Major flub: my partner and I were living out of the country a few years ago, and because of the language barrier, I wasn’t able to read the labels on anything at the store. I decided I had to make homemade adobo sauce for a recipe, since I certainly wouldn’t be finding it anywhere already made. I put the mess of sloshy ingredients in our hand-me-down blender that smelled like it was burning with each use. The lid came loose mid-way, and we had adobo sauce all over our little kitchen. Sauce turned out pretty tasty though!
I would make nutella first thing in order to make all sorts of Christmas treats, like the holiday star bread!
I would love this! The first thing I would make is peanut butter! I have never made it because I don’t have any appliance that will get it perfectly smooth. Fingers crossed!!!
Oat flour! We have a Vitamix that is almost 20 years old and we use it all the time. I’m scared it’s little motor isnt going to make it much longer. Totally worth the money… They are magical in the kitchen.
First dish would be Curried butternut squash soup! Roasted butternut squash and onion blended with coconut milk and curry spices.
I would make it ALL! I would be a blending babe. But for real, I would blend allllll day!
The first thing I would make is hummus!! My husband is a hummus fiend and we have to buy the party-sized tubs of it to keep him hummus-happy : )
Nut butters! I haven’t been able to dial in my homemade Nutella yet (not exactly a pantry staple); this has to be the secret.
Margaritas! My blender broke. Last year and haven’t replaced it. This vitamin would be a dream come true
First thing I’d make would be homemade ALMOND PASTE to fill Danish Kringle or Dutch Banket, both of which are holiday and birthday treat recipes that have been handed down through our family history. No blender has been able to handle it thus far which makes for a annual flub.
Love these ideas! I would love to make breakfast smoothies in a Vitamix!
Cauliflower soup would be the first thing I make in my new blender!
Worst blender foul – Accidentally hitting power when the lid is not on. Oof!
The first thing I’d love to try is making peanut butter, then powdered sugar and oat flour for a batch of Christmas cookies. Then settle in for a cozy night with some soup. Wow… I need one of those fast, haha!!!!
The 1st thing I will make is a smoothie!! Merry Christmas!! XOXO. Thank you!!
My blender requires me to use earplugs. I need a new one for the sake of my longterm hearing.
Powdered sugar?! Powdered sugar!!
My mom has a vitamix. My first blender oops was trying to make an orange smoothy, adding WAY too much ice, turning the motor on without realizing it was still switched to high….the worst, most awful sound came screeching out of that thing. My mom didn’t let me touch the blender for a week!
Homemade hummus, homemade hummus, homemade hummus!
I’ll answer both questions! My blender flub story….I didn’t realize that cheap blenders can’t blend hot liquids without exploding them everywhere! So, that’s exactly what happened last time I tried to “purée” a soup in my old blender. Now I have a Ninja, which is wonderful, but it’s sure no Vitamix!! I’ve always wanted the real deal! The first thing I’d make? HUMMUS. Yum.
The first thing I would try would be that peanut butter! I think my worst blender flub would have to be hot cauliflower soup, over-filling the blender and having it fly all over the kitchen (and me)! ??♀️
I have always wanted to try my hand at making homemade peanut butter!
The first thing I would make is a smoothie!
My last blender was not good, but we found it left by the last tenant in our old apartment, so it was free. The blender jar was glass, and to make my morning smoothie I had to continuously stop the machine and shake the jar around to actually make it all blend. Just last week, the inevitable happened, and the blender jar slipped from my hands while doing this and shattered glass and spilled mass amounts of green smoothie all over my kitchen! NO CHEAP BLENDERS EVER AGAIN!
It’s soup season! I would use the Vitamix to blend up a variety a silky smooth batches of soup. Easiest meal prep ever.
Teenagers and blenders…..epic flubs! I would make pesto and then hummus and then margaritas and then feast!
The first thing I would make is a green smoothie with spinach, kale,apple and?
Thanks vita-mix for this giveaway.
All the pureed soup! And then some pistachio butter…maybe with chocolate? Yum.
The endless options! I’d make soup first, then almond butter, then hummus that is smooth as butter.
I love to make smoothies in my loud leaky blender. I remember making a broccoli carrot blended soup when I was younger and I never ate it again for some reason.
Hot soup, lid not secured…need I say more! Eek.
spinach and fennel soup! An immersion blender doesn’t get it smooth enough! yum 🙂
Hummus! Or, homemade almond butter. There are so many possibilities!
Absolutely would be making your peanut butter pronto! My partner goes through at least a jar a week and we’re mesmerized by the nut butter grinder at our local co-op.
I would love to make cashew spread to incorporate into recipes for a cheesey flavor substitute!
I would love to be able to make a cashew spread!! My daughter has a dairy allergy and I’d love to incorporate into recipes for a cheesey flavor substitute!! Would also love to make my own oat flour, seriously didn’t know it could be so simple!
I’d make baby food…. and some tomato soup!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been baking and out of powdered sugar so I stopped and went to the store to get more…I had NO idea you could make it from regular sugar! This is game changing. Thank you so much! I’m sure the vitamix is a crucial element for making it!
Definitely the worst for me was trying to make pesto in my crummy screw apart blender – it came out lumpy every time!
I tried to make a cashew spread in my blender but it wasn’t high powered enough. I had to really chew the spread to say the least lol!
Hands-down my most horrifying blender blunder was forgetting to put the cap back into the blender cover…before pulsing hot potato-leek soup. While already dressed in my Christmas best. It’s a wonder my mother ever let me back into her kitchen after all the clean up we had to do!
The first thing I would make in this blender would definitely be a smoothie! We love smoothies, and I have had less superior brands crack (even though is was a plastic pitcher) and leak at the base around the blades because of the all the frozen fruits I like to use and the force required to make them nice and thick.
I’ve been wanting to make some chia seed jam….oh and baby food!
While trying to perfect my Bloody Mary recipe I overfilled my blender pitcher and hit blend (lid on) causing a giant liquid explosion that looked like a murder scene. Not fun to clean up and haven’t tried since. I still feel like I could find a tomato juice spot on a cupboard door if I looked hard enough.
The first thing I would make is whipped cream. Looks delicious!
I would make all the powders! Powder sugar, oat flour…..
I’d make my own almond butter!
I would make peanut butter because we’re always running out!
Definitely blended a wooden spoon into my strawberry margaritas. Woopsadoo!
When I was in 1st grade my teacher had me over for lunch She was making cole slaw in the blender. I had never seen a blender before. She forgot to put the lid on and cabbage went all over her kitchen.
I once was using a wooden spoon inside my blender to help everything get blended but the blade caught the wooden spoon and the margarita’s ended up with a little extra wooden protein in them!
We received a KitchenAid blender as a wedding gift. The first time I used it I picked it up while it was still blending and stripped the mechanism that uses to blend. It is still sitting over my oven, because I am convinced I’m going to fix it. We’ve been married 6 years…
NUT BUTTER! I would start with fresh peanut butter, something I could never dream of making in my basic blender. Then the fun would begin… getting creative with cashews, almonds, coconut oil, honey, and more. My mouth is already watering!
I would love to try the humus and peanut butter recipes!!
I’ve been dying to make some spicy hummus in a blender! Seems like a simple, fun way to do it.
I want to make my own powdered sugar and almond flour!
I’ve made cauliflower soup with a blender prior to receiving an immersion blender and I didn’t realize that you shouldn’t put in super hot things and close the lid right away. The physics of all that led to a messy explosion and devastating loss of some soup 🙁 . If I had a Vitamix, I would definitely try to make my own fresh soymilk like the kind I drink almost every day when I’m in Taiwan or Vietnam.
I’d have to make hummus. I’ve always wanted to make it. Maybe I’ve been waiting for a Vitamix and didn’t realize it!
I would love to make homemade peanut butter. It’s pretty much a food group for my 6 year old!
It’s soup season! The first thing I’d make in my blender would be tomato soup!
I would love to make but butter! The easy cleaning of it is so amazing!
I made some salad dressing and forgot to put on the lid. Needless to say the salad dressing was everywhere! Just grateful it wasn’t hot soup. 🙂
Peanut butter! It would save me so much money! 🙂
I would make actually smooth, smoothie bowls and smoothies for my kiddos.
I would make hummus! My kids gobble it up!
How about the time I jammed my spatula in my blender while it was running. I would make myself a lot of smoothies!
Overflowing a blender with hot soup – no good!
I love the idea of making whipped cream! I also would use this to make epic smoothies
First thing I would make would be peanut butter!!
My greatest blender flub is a repeat habit of leaning over to smell whatever’s in the blender just as it burps.
Biggest flub – making blender hollandaise sauce & forgetting the put the lid on. Woops!
I’d love to make a beet hummus!
In the past whilst using cheap blenders, I have attempted to make smoothies or sorbet and had the pleasure of smelling the blender burn to its death as it tried to break ice or frozen fruits with no success. So of course the first thing I would make, if I won a Vitamix, is a delicious “nice cream” sorbet sans the foul burning smell!
I’ve always been curious to see how soup turns out in a vitamix. My friends tell me it even makes the soup hot!
I had a blender fiasco just last night! Was making some roasted cauliflower & bell pepper soup and added everything to my very old, very well used blender… but didn’t notice the new chip in the lid. Warm soup in my face and the cabinets! Had to jump in the shower it was so bad ?
I’d love to try making flavored peanut butter! My family is obsessed with PB&Co. I’d love to try recreating the White Chocolate Wonderful.
the time I let my daughter use the vitaxix on her own to make her 1st berry smoothie and she didnt put the lid on tight enough…we had to repaint some of the white walls/ceiling due to the berry stain! ??♀️
Is there ever a bad time to make whipped cream? 🙂
The bottom of tree blender wasn’t secure and everything started leaking out. I made it worse by trying to pick it up and the rest fell out onto my counter. ?♀️
When I first started dating my partner, she brought her Vitamix over to my apartment. I didn’t know anything about them, but she raved about how amazing it was. I used it to make a smoothie, and needed to move the contents around, so I grabbed a hard plastic chopstick and used it to stir everything around. The blender made a strange noise and my partner screamed from the other room “are you breaking my vitamix” to which I replied and indignant “no!” The blender kept blending and so I figured everything was good. While drinking my smoothie, I thought to myself “these raspberry seeds are much harder than normal.” When I had one that I couldn’t chew, I inspected it and found that instead of a raspberry seed, it was a TINY piece of highlighter green plastic chopstick! The blender worked so well that it pulverized hard plastic! I knew then that the vitamix was the best blender around. We no longer have that vitamix so I’d use it to make smoothies again, but this time without the plastic.
I would make a citrus juice by blending oranges, lemons and grapefruits. That’s how my aunt was making yummy juice in her Vitamix almost 40 years ago when I visited her as a kid! Thanks for the giveaway!
The first thing I would make would be baby food. My daughter is just starting to like eating purées.
What an amazing giveaway! I have had this blender on my wish list for some time. I would love to make anything and everything in this blender. Smoothies, soups, nut butters, hummus, etc. And I love the idea of making my own pantry staples. How cool!
I tried to make soup in my old low-quality blender after simmering the broth…. huge mistake. It flew everywhere and covered me with hot veggie broth!
Blender flub–i prepped my usual morning smoothie but didnt have time to make it, so stuck the blender jar in my freezer. Next day went to make the smoothie, it must have frozen in a solid chunk because it did not BUDGE and I blew out my blender motor! Lesson learned. Firat thing I would make would be my daily Green smoothie, maybe some hummus or a creamy squash soup
Nut butters are definitely first on the list!
Ah, deciding it was a good idea to stick a wooden spoon down in the blender to scrape the sides. Got caught in the blades, chewed up the spoon, ruined the salsa, bent the blades. I’ve never used a Vitamix – I would make hummus,, smoothies, salad dressings, cream soups…. So many options! =)
I’ve always wanted to make my own but milk at home but I don’t have a powerful enough blender to do it!
Too many choices…and not enough time…soup, yogurt, ice cream, nut butter.
The first thing I would make in my blender would be whipped cream, because homemade whipped cream is THE BEST!
Worst blender flub was trying to blend a hot butternut squash sauce in my nutribullet and having it explode and leak into the wells ? but I’d be making honey roasted almond butter asap with the Vitamix!
What an exciting giveaway!! I received my current blender as a gift in college, so it’s definitely seen better days! My husband and I are trying to eat cleaner and more vegetarian- this would be used immediately for sauce substitutes.
I would love to make fun nut butters!
I’d try my hand at almond flour for macarons again, after failing in my previous attempt.
When I was a kid my dad was trying out tofu recipes. I was helping him make tofu pudding and opened the blender while it was going. Such a mess with tofu all over the kitchen and popcorn ceilings!
Creamy soups galore! I’ve lived in Arizona all my life so 60 degrees is freezing and definitely soup weather.
First thing I’d make would definitely be whipped cream! I’d add a little maple syrup for sweetness and put a dallop on hot chocolate for my boys and my hubby!
I would definitely make pancake batter and whip up some flapjacks! I recently found a great low-carb recipe that uses almond flour and even some cream cheese to add some richness! The blender is vital to get the cream cheese to mix in smoothly – a hand mixer just won’t cut it! Thanks for your great content, and Happy Holidays! Hope you’re also getting this gorgeous light dusting of snow that we’re getting in Rochester today!
I would make peanut butter and, of course, smoothies.
I once tried to make corn chowder ( I like about half of it lightly puréed) and the bottom of my blender wasn’t attached properly… needless to say there wasn’t much soup for dinner!
I remember seeing as a kid at the county fair a guy with a blender demo making a smoothie using fruit anda whole egg, shell and all. I recently tried this at home and I was really gross. Chalky with crunchy bits of shell. I think I might try it again but only if I get a more powerful blender.
I would make nut butter and almond milk first!!
I would absolutely make homemade almond butter if I were to receive this Vitamix!
The first thing I’d make is whipping cream with a hint of almond to top a homemade fruit tort!
When I was an idiot college kid, my friends and I tried to make rum and coke slushies in the blender. Have you ever tried to blend a carbonated beverage? We had to wipe down the ceiling. ? I promise I won’t do this with a Vitamix blender.
It’s not quite my blender story, but my mom’s. Early on after getting a new blender, she had trouble figuring out how the base went on. She didn’t quite have it right – and some of what she was making flew right out. Which wouldn’t be so bad, except she was making borscht soup!! Beets everywhere! We were cleaning them off the walls and cabinets for weeks.
Oh man, I don’t know what I would do without my vitamix. So far so good for 5 years without any major incidents!
My favorite thing to blend up is soaked almonds, some water, and a bit of salt to make a ricotta replacement for lasagna.
Once I was making a potato soup and I don’t know if it was the quantity or the heat, but the top flew off and hot soup splattered all over the kitchen ha! I would love to make fun nut butters if I won!
I’d make peppermint whipped cream for hot cocoa!
What WOULDNT I make?! Lol I would def start with my morning smoothies and venture out to soups!
I would make my own vanilla spiced sunflower seed butter
Bitchin’ Sauce, circa 2012. That’s what made me a Faux follower, and that’s what I would make in the Vitamix.
Being Indian, Curries and Chutneys are a daily part of life. My kitchen cabinets have been screaming mercy after the million blowouts i have had cause i didnt have the patience to wait for the mixture to cool down before pureeing it.
I would make nut butters and nut milk, replace the expensive grocery store versions!
Ooo I’ve never used a blender to make whipped cream! I’d try that first! ?
I love the thought of making peanut butter in a new blender. We go through pb rapidly at my house! 🙂
When I first started dating my partner, she brought her vitamix over to my apartment. I had no idea of the power of the blender at the time. I made a smoothie and needed to move the contents of the blender around a bit and instead of grabbing the tamper, I grabbed a plastic chopstick and moved things around. The blender made a strange noise and my partner (from the other room) screamed “are you breaking my blender?” To which I replied a loud “No.” the blender kept going and I assumed all was well. As I’m drinking my smoothie I remark at how hard the raspberry seeds were to chew. Much harder than normal. When I inspected what I thought to be a seed, it was a highlighter green TINY piece of chopstick, I’m talking smaller than a raspberry seed. We compared the chopstick I used to a regular one and about an inch and a half had been chopped off and blended. The power of the vitamix! We had a hearty laugh about it and still talk about it to this day! That was the day I knew vitamix was the best blender (and all around appliance) around. That blender eventually gave out on us, so I’d love to use this blender to start making smoothies, again. But this time without the chopsticks!
The first thing I would make in my vitamix would be a cheesecake! I can never get all the lumps out of cream cheese with a hand mixer, and find that even though I currently own the worlds worst blender, it still works a little bit better. This thing is so bad I can’t even describe it. I’ve never seen another blender like it and there’s probably a reason for it! Having a vitamix would be awesome and I know I’d get a ton of use out of it. Thank you for doing such awesome giveaways!
I would not stop using it! We eat gluten and dairy free and there is no end to the homemade substitutions that are possible!
A Vitamix would be a dream! I’ve wanted to make green smoothies with kale and other veggies for years but my 18 year old regular blender can’t handle it!
I recently broke up with my boyfriend, and part of the deal was that he got to take our beloved Vitamix! I would love to be able to make cashew cream + cauliflower soup the way I used to!
I would love to make fresh whipped cream to top off my hot chocolates around this time of the year 🙂
A difficult house guest, who may or may not be my mother in law recently visited from the east coast. She came to town with a new ailment /affliction/issue in addition to her usual list of food sensitivities and household allergies, most of which I am inadequately prepared for both physically and emotionally.Her first request upon arrival was the use of our blender to liquify her chicken noodle soup as she was experiencing a mouth sensitivity due to an oral surgery three weeks prior. My sweet 11 year old daughter was home with her and helped her with this bizarre task. Mid-purifying she (house guest, not daughter) dropped the lid into the blender and next thing I knew: chicken soup everywhere! and a destroyed blender!
The first thing I would make with a new Vitamix would be vanilla malts, because they are awesome.
The first thing I would make his whip cream. I love homemade whipped cream!
I would make hummus, cookies, soup and all the other things I’ve killed my traditional blender with over the years. Thanks for your generosity with this giveaway! And thanks, Uncle Rex!
The first thing I would make would be some yummy hummus!!?
A Vitamix would be a dream! I’ve wanted to make green smoothies with kale and other veggies for years but my 18 year old regular blender can’t handle it!
First thing would be homemade nut milk!
Hummus for sure!
Hummus! So much better than store bought
I would love to be able to say that I haven’t churned up multiple spatulas in a blender, but I can’t.
Worst blunder was thinking the little cap on the lid wasn’t necessary when I couldn’t find it. FALSE!
Oh goodness, Too many times I’ve left the little ‘window’ part of the lid off and causes a splatter explosion! If I won, the first thing I would make would be some nut butter!!!
The firts thing to make is green juice, current blender makes green… purée (?)
I would seriously go crazy with making all the nut that I could think of! Then I would try my hand at making hummus… I’m not sure why I haven’t yet.
The first thing Is make is peanut butter with my daughter! She’s 4 and loves to help at the grocery store and without fail every time we walk by the peanut putter station at Whole Foods she asks to make some. It would light up get eyes to make it at home!
Vegan condiments and sauces, then hummus.
Happy holiday season to you!
from a Minneapolis native now living in New York State
I’ll definitely be making some smoothies to combat the winter blahs!
I would make two totally different items! I love the tortilla soup they do at live demos at Costco and I would try the whipped cream recipe too
Smoothies with no chunks of frozen veggies or fruit!
I’d love to make all the things. It makes me
giddy to see all the things you can do with this. I’m a fan of having one appliance do so many jobs. Mostly I’d like this so that spinach would be undetectable in a smoothie. Mua ha ha!!?
This post has me realizing how little I take advantage of what a blender can do. You have me convinced regarding the superiority of a Vitamix! I would try that peanut butter recipe.
I have used a number of blenders from cheap to expensive and they have all had the same thing happen. I’m blending I turn the appliance off but then notice that it isn’t all blended so I turn the appliance back on and splash the top leaks and I’ve got a mess to clean up. Oh the mess!!!
Well this time of year my husband always makes homemade Bailey’s for sipping and to add to coffee so probably that!
I think the first thing I’d make would be hummus, but it’d be hard to decide!
I would seriously go a little crazy making all the nut butters that I could think of! And then, I would try my hand at making hummus… I’m not sure why I haven’t yet.
The first thing I’d make in a new blender would be peppermint whipped cream to go with hot chocolate for this cold weather!
I would make some homemade roasted almond butter ??
I once put too much hot soup in the blender. The heat and pressure blew the lid off! What a mess.
I love my Vitamix and have been a daily faithful user of it for over 10 years! I couldnt live without it. I make daily green smoothies in it for my husband. I am thinking i would like to try making more soups with it. Vitamix is the best!!! Mine is over 10 years old and i would love a new one with variable speed control that works!
Smoothies! My current blender is making some very loud and strange sounds while we make my son’s daily smoothie.
If I won I’d make some peanut butter! No more store bought ones with loads of sugar in it!
Puréed cauliflower- random but the perfect winter healthy option!
Would LOVE to make macadamia nut milk!!
tbh i’d probably make a smoothie! not that exciting but i like them!
Oh man! Just last week I was making a soup that called for blending after the crockpot. I threw it in my little personal ninja blender and flipped it upside down and the entire thing exploded all over my kitchen and me….tears ensued.
There are so many things I’d want to make right away in this bad boy! But hummus, PB, and pesto are at the top of the list!
I want to start making my own almond milk! And almond butter. And all the things!!
Oh man, I have started the blender so many times without the top on!! Instant disaster, blueberries on the ceiling. I would love to make some homemade Nutella!
My biggest blender blunder was when I still lived at home in high school. My parents had one of the older blenders and I didn’t screw the bottom of it on correctly. Went to turn it on and half the milkshake started pouring out of the bottom!! If I win this vitamix I will spend the winter making smoothies and milkshakes galore without the mess!!!
The first thing I would make is homemade nut butter!
I’d love to try making homemade peanut butter or almond butter! YUM!
I would make a blueberry smoothie!
I’d make creamy butternut squash soup with the vitamix!
Creamy (almond or peanut) buttter!! ❤️??
The first thing I would make is sauce for butternut squash and black bean enchiladas! They are a favorite in our household, but I inevitably spray tomato’s all over my kitchen every. single. time. I think my old immersion blender needs to go!
I’m a bit crazy for ice cream, so a new blender would be amazing to try out new “nice-cream” recipes! I’d also love to try out some new sauces and smoothies.
I would for sure make soup! My husband is obsessed and has been asking for a Vitamix forever.
Worst blender fail was processing hot roasted pepper for soup early in my cooking career – hot soup cracked the (cheap blender) and went EVERYWHERE.
I’d definitely make some peanut butter and a proper smoothie first. I’ve been using what can barely be called a blender for breakfast smoothies. It can hardly chop up a banana.
(sorry if this is a double comment; I tried to leave on one my phone, but it didn’t seem to work!)
I’ve heard a Vitamix can make hot soup out of cold ingredients because of the power of the motor. I’d definitely try that to see if it’s true 🙂 plus I love soup!
The first thing I’d make would be a green smoothie with kale in it! I hate that regular blenders seem to leave to many flecks and texture!
I would make creamy delicious butternut squash soup in the Vitamix and crispy croutons in the oven to go on top!
I’m guessing (hoping?) my biggest blender flub is a common tale – while using someone else’s Vitamix I saw the variable speed dial was set to “1” so I thought I was good to go. I failed to notice, however, that the blender was in “high speed” and not “variable” mode when I turned it on.
The top doesn’t seal well on mine so even with my hand pressing down I wrap a towel around the edges when it’s on to prevent spray ? I had no idea you could make so many essentials with the Vitamix!
I have always wanted to make a homemade version of Nutella. I love it, my family loves it, and we eat it on everything all the time. That would be the very first thing I would make.
I would make a banana date smoothie right away!
I would definitely make whipped cream first! And then some almond butter:) mmmhmm!
We had a hot black bean explosion in our blender. Turns out they don’t come off of flat ceiling paint very easily!
I would love to be able to make soup and fresh pesto , yum!
I’ve never made much in a blender and finally realized its power when my friend made homemade mayo. I’d love to try my hand at many homemade staples with this blender.❤️
Would love a blender that can legitimately handle nuts – to make milk, nut butters, etc -and banana “ice cream.” See this whole other world I’ve been missing out on??
My worst blender flub was using my grandmother’s (ancient) blender and not realizing that its wires were frayed. Cue the sparks and awful melted plastic smell. Thankfully no one was injured and no fires had to be put out.
The classic mistake of forgetting the lid. ??♀️ I would definitely start making my own almond milk and cashew butter!
Once attempted to uncouple blender top from blender bottom when making soup and instead unscrewed the entire bottom ?♀️
Forgetting to check if the lid was locked and shooting smoothie all over my kitchen!
I’ve heard a Vitamix makes hot soup out of cold ingredients! I’d have to try that just to be sure it’s true!
I would make peanut butter for my son!???
I’ve been making breakfast smoothies and what can barely be called a blender as it can almost not handle whipping up a cutie orange. I’d make a proper smoothie, and homemade peanut butter!
We are smoothie fans in our house so we would probably make a smoothie first! And follow it up with hummus!
100% I would make nut butter – and then try to make powdered sugar because how cool!
I would definitely be trying my hand at homemade hummus! I’ve only attempted it once and it was a flop – the food processor I have just wasn’t up to the task.
Worst: chunky “smoothie” I think the fail is in the name.
Future: healthy nut butters for my kids
I would love to make cashew milk!
I would make fruit juices and hummus. Would love to own a Vitamix!
The first thing I would make is homemade nut milks! I’ve been wanting to incorporate these into my routine instead of buying store bought!
I’d make powdered sugar first!
Oh I’m excited to make but butters! Love these tips.
Tried to purée a soup and it was too hot. The lid flew off and tomato soup went everywhere ?.
The bottom of my blender was not screwed on all the way while making a smoothie – HUGE mess!!
I would make roasted garlic hummus for a crudite platter!
I would make green smoothies! I try to make them before work now, but it takes too long to blend, so this would really help!!
Blender fail – when you blend so much you shred the plastic part that connects the container to the base 🙁 First thing I’d make would be whipped cream for hot cocoa or sundaes depending on Texas weather that day!
I’d do hummus!
Now I want hummus! Can’t wait to try making powdered sugar too.
Amazing! If I won, the first things I’d make are a smoothie for me and my 3 year old and some purées for my thisclose to eating 5 month old! And then…. pesto and hummus and nut butters and cocktails…. ? Thank you!
I had/have a cheap nutribullet that I have a love hate relationship with, one day it basically blew up in my face. The blades that turn it chipped off in the bottom of the smoothie!! Thankfully I didn’t try to take a bite into the smoothie!!!
My worst blender experience is trying to make vegetarian taco ‘meat’ in a magic bullet. I overblended and ended up liquifying it LOL. I would definitely try making homemade almond milk the next try 🙂 great contest and content!
My biggest blender flub was not realizing that cheap blenders are just that, cheap! I spent a lot of time on a complex recipe, using the blender a LOT, before realizing the grooves in the lid were full of an impossible to reach (and impossible to clean!) mold. The whole thing went right into the trash! So disappointing.
If I won, the first thing I would make would be powdered sugar- it’s gingerbread house season!
When I was a teenager I got my hair caught in the blender blades and had to cut it off to free it. It was quite comical and also awful.
I would love to make a nut butter as my first thing to make.
If i won I wouldn’t make somebody sort of fruit and veggie drink. Something to help fight these winter colds.
The first thing I would make is butternut squash soup 🙂
Etherally smooth hummus!!!
I would make almond milk. I make it now in an old cheap blender. I need to hold a dish towel over the lid to catch the liquid squirting out the top. Also,would love it as a replacement for my immersion blender which I use to make hummus and soups. I have been dreaming of owning a vitamix!
somehow my damper stick got all chopped up by the blades :'( i still don’t know what I did!
Using my parents’ 20+ year old blender on the chaotic countertop, for FLAX seeds, and the lid came apart and flew off. Result — geyser of itty bitty flax seeds and bits EV’RY.WHERE. They remodeled the kitchen, or I think they’d still be finding seeds… OOPS.
I would make almond milk ricotta! I printed a recipe to try this week, but I already know my blender isn’t gonna cut it 🙁
If I were to win, I’d make almond butter! I’ve gone through two blenders and they always leak at the bottom. Would be grateful for a high quality blender!
I never thought to make nut butters in a blender (mostly because mine is a total dud), so that kinda blew my mind today! That is what I would make.
First thing I’d make? Probably Pantry Oatmeal Dough Bites!
Eek!! I’d love to win! I aspire to be a mom who makes delicious veggie-rich smoothies for breakfast. I’d make those first if I won.
I would make whipped cream!
Pretty much that all too common story, I have forgetten to put the lid on and ramped up the blending speed to the max. And of course it’s only happened when I am in a hurry so the clean up puts me further behind. I love that. Ha.
If I won, I would make peanut butter!! Yum! I love peanut butter, but have never made my own before. Maybe I’d get fancy after that and try a homemade Nutella.
I would make baba ghannoush every week!
Classic story, not letting the hot soup mixture vent. The soup ended up all over the cabinets, walls, countertops and myself.
Hummus! So excited to make creamy goodness!
I have a Vitamix and LOVE it. Tomato soup is my favorite thing to make in it. If I win, I’ll give it to my sister!
If I won, I think the first thing I’d make is salsa. I looooove it homemade, but I’ve been contemplating on whether I should buy a food processor or a blender. This seems like the perfect mix of both!
The first thing that I would make would be some yummy nut butter, customized just the way I like it! ?
If I had a Vitamix, I would definitely want to immediately start making my own nut butters and nut milks! Great post and ideas you have here! 🙂
Piña Coladas! My husband and I honeymooned in Mexico and have been craving a good piña colada ever since 🙂
Smoothies are a daily meal/snack at my house, but I’d like to start making nut butters in a new blender!
I only own a stick blender, so naturally my blender flubs all include sauces sprayed everywhere. I’d love a Vitamix to fix that!
I would make my own nut butter!
I would love to try making hummus in a Vitamix! I’m tried before and let’s just say it wasn’t a smooth process and I went right back to store bought.
I would probably make a dairy free pesto! I currently make it with by very inefficient hand blender.
I’ve put in cherry pits by accident to make smoothie. And it was YUCK! I’d make broccoli cheddar soup if I won this babe!
I would make dairy free ice cream!
I would love to make smoothies for my son!
My worst blender flub is every time I use my blender, honestly. Mine is similar to what yours used to be, in that after every 2-3 uses, I need to tighten the screw on the bottom, for fear of everything spilling out! My hands get oil all over them in the process. Not fun! Would love a good quality one!
One evening this winter I was getting out our blender to make a smoothie while I was horribly sick with the worst cold the blender slipped right out of my hand and broke into a million pieces. I stood there, laughed for a second and walked right out of the kitchen to my twin sister got home and helped me clean it up. ? Still need to replace it!
I can’t wait to make three varieties of vegan cheese sauce for a baked potato party (that attendees won’t realize is a vegan affair until they have to tell me which cheese recipe they like best).
The lid! Use the lid. 😉
Watermelon margarita, all over the ceiling.
First thing I would make is a really good green smoothie for my toddler and I. After many years of gritty not so smooth have to chew smoothies, I’d be so excited for that and of course hundreds of other things you can do with a vitamix!!
Ooh first order of business in a new blender would definitely be some nut milk!! It’s one of my favorite (and so easy in a vitamix) things to make at home – my go to is pepita/almond milk with a touch of honey and sea salt ??
Oh dear, my mother in law once used our blender for onions and did not wash it well. Let’s just say my next smoothie had a very interesting flavor profile ?
I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and have been adding in more and more foods that can help my body feel better- smoothies and juices and soups full of whole foods that fight inflammation! A Vitamix is at the top of my Christmas list to help support my goals!
I had the top pop off of my blender while making tomato soup and had hot soup go everywhere. Ugh. I would probably make nut butter first – it takes sooo long in my current blender!
I’m working hard to help heal my daughter from chronic health issues that have plagued her for most of this year and I truly believe that wholesome, quality food is critical. Eating takes too much energy for her most days now, but this beautiful machine would be a vast upgrade in creating nutrient dense soups and smoothies. My fingers are crossed!
One time I made the mistake of not putting the cover on tightly and when turning on the blender it sprayed everywhere.
Oh you know the classic story, trying to purée hot soup in my blender, which happens to be on the smaller side, and not letting it vent since I was in a hurry and said “it will be fine”. Needless to say, it was not fine. It went all over the cabinets, the floor, the countertop and of course me.
The first thing I’d make in the blender is hummus! ?
I’d make allllll the nut butters and almond milk….and some whipped cream just because it’s my favorite 🙂 my current blender hates me and an upgrade would be amazing!!
I’ll definitely be making all kinds of nut butters with honey!
I was making a smoothie before going to work and didn’t *quite* get the base of the nutribullet screwed all the way on.
Berries and juices everywhere. ?♂️
The first thing I would make in my new blender would be HUMMUS! ? I buy hummus every week at the grocery store and would love to be able to start making my own. I would love to have a vitamix!
I would make carrot ginger soup!
Is love to try making peanut butter in the blender. I love all of your ideas here!
The first thing I would make are frozen margaritas 😉
Most toddlers love smoothies (and they’re an easy way to get some extra nutrients in), that is of course your blender is old and noisy….then your toddler hates it!
I made a salad dressing with pablano peppers I had roasted and skinned and after blending, the bottom fell off and I had dressing everywhere in my kitchen. And a very sad salad!
I had a cute vintage blender that I used even though it sucked until one day when i noticed it smelled like burning and the cord was breaking. So much for being cool with my vintage blender. ?
My son is turning 6 months soon so… baby food!
A vitamix has been on my wish list for over 10 years! The first thing I would make is hummus-I love it for snacking, topping a salad, even a side dish! I really hope I win! 🙂
Hummus! I have been wanting to make my own for a while now!
We were making a green smoothie recently and the bottom blades had somehow loosened. Green smoothie EVERYWHERE. Another: blending butternut squash soup and the top wasn’t on tight. Soup EVERYWHERE. Clearly we need to learn how to use a blender… ha!
I’d make some chocolate hummus for the holidays!! Yum!
I filled my blender too full with ingredients to blend Chipotle Soup, and it exploded EVERYWHERE… the ceiling of my kitchen, cupboards, MY HAIR, the floor, counter… everywhereeeee! LOL
Well blunder would be the time or times I’ve forgotten the lid or not paying attention removed but to add something before it was in a place to do so??♀️ I’d make pancakes and açaí bowls for breakfast because weekly breakfast staples are a must do for our next blender!
Worst – trying to puree hot soup and filling it too full. Lesson learned. First thing – smoothies. I would love to get my kids (and myself) hooked on green smoothies.
While making Potato Leek soup, the bottom of the blender loosened during the pureeing process- lots of hot soup on the counter and down the sink – although I love my old blender, it seems it is time for an upgrade!
The first real recipe I made in my blender was humus. I was amazed at how easy and delicious it was. Sadly on cleaning my blender container in the dishwasher, I melted it.
I’ve failed to cover the top of a cheap blender more times than I know! What a mess with liquid flies. Would like a good one.
If I won, the first thing I would make in the Vitamix would be a creamy vegan cashew sauce! I’ve never been able to get a cashew sauce completely smooth, and would LOVE to have a quality blender to do the job right!