Can the Vitamix Replace a Food Processor?

Can the Vitamix Replace a Food Processor?

Can the Vitamix Replace a Food Processor? 

People often ask, “Can the Vitamix Replace a Food Processor?”

Absolutely.  Let’s start with something easy, like vegetables.

A food processor is typically used to chop or mix ingredients.  If you’re making a salsa, a chopped salad, guacamole, etc., you would place your ingredients in the container and use a low setting (1-4) on the Variable dial to get a nice, rough chop.  You really only need to pulse for a few seconds to get that rough chop. 

The video above shows the Vitamix being used to chop carrots, but you could do the same with greens, cauliflower, herbs, or any type of organic material.  Harder vegetables and fruits like beets may take a little more finagling, but don’t be afraid to kick the Variable speed a little higher while using your tamper to push those items down into the blade.

Emulsions

Another answer to the “Can the Vitamix replace a food processor?” question is when it comes to whipping or making emulsions. 

Can the Vitamix Replace a Food Processor?The words “emulsion” or “emulsify” are often used incorrectly.  When you emulsify something, you’re not just blending ingredients; you’re taking two substances that don’t go together, like oil and water, and whipping them so hard and fast that they are now chemically interspersed and will not separate. 

Chefs often use food processors or mixers to make common emulsions like mayonnaise.  You can also do so by hand, but that takes longer and is more strain on your wrist and arm.

It takes about 20 seconds to make mayonnaise and other emulsions in the Vitamix.

What Else?

Plenty.  Peanut and other nut butters, shredded cheese, dips and spreads like pesto or hummus, soups and sauces; virtually anything a food processor can do, a Vitamix can do better.

So…

Can the Vitamix replace a food processor?  You betcha.  These are just a few examples of how to do so.  

But what about you?  How do you use your Vitamix?  Leave a comment below and let us know!

No-Oil Almond Ginger Dressing

No-Oil Almond Ginger Dressing

No-Oil Almond Ginger Dressing
Yields 3
Benjy makes this from-scratch dressing with no added oil, thus cutting down on fats. All fresh ingredients, mostly raw, and refreshing with a little sweetness.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
7 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
7 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup water (or more)
  2. 1/2 cup unsweetened soy, hemp or almond milk
  3. 4 tablespoons tahini or unhulled sesame seeds
  4. 2 small cloves garlic or 1 medium clove garlic
  5. 1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
  6. 1/2 cup raw almonds
  7. 6 dates, pitted
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into Vitamix in order listed. Blend until smooth; roughly 2-3 minutes. Add more water if a thinner consistency is desired. Chill.
Adapted from Dr. Joel Fuhrman
Adapted from Dr. Joel Fuhrman
Learn2Blend http://learn2blend.com/
No-Oil Almond-Ginger Salad Dressing

 

Video: Crush Ice in the Vitamix

Video: Crush Ice in the Vitamix

Watch as Benjy crushes ice in less than 10 seconds in the Vitamix, then slices through it like it’s butter.  Great training for margaritas or snow cones.

The secret is to “float” the ice with water, and then run the machine on high for about 10 seconds.  To get an even finer crush, use the tamper.

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