Vitamix Operation (4)

What speeds should I use on the Vitamix?

When you’re blending almost any kind of soup, smoothie, or frozen dessert, you’re going to do most of your blending on “High.”  You would start at 1, turn up to 10 (over about 3-5 seconds), then flip up to the “High” setting if your machine has it.  If your machine has presets on it, you can either use the preset, or use the above instructions (minus switching from Variable to High).

To add texture items to your soups, blend the soup on High, and after 6-8 minutes, drop the Variable dial down to 1.  At that speed, you can add ingredients for texture without the machine homogenizing everything like it did for the broth.  If you add larger items like chicken breasts or large tomatoes, you may need to quickly pulse the dial up to 5 or so.

To add texture to your ice cream, make the main mixture on high, and then drop it down to a 4 to add the ingredients (chocolate chips, nuts, fruit) through the hole in the lid.  Use the tamper to push those ingredients into the moving blade.  Make sure the lid is on, however.

My Vitamix container has a film on it. How do I fix that?

Try using one cup of water, one cup of white vinegar, and a tablespoon of baking soda.  Blend for a couple minutes, then clean out with a non-scratch pad.

This may not remove the entire film, but it should help significantly dissipate it.

What is the dry grains container used for?

A few things:

  1. Grinding up grains (rice, wheatberries, lentils, etc.) into very, very fine flour.
  2. Grinding spices.
  3. Grind coffee beans into grounds.
  4. Kneading up to a pound of bread dough.

It also comes with a cookbook.

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General Nutrition Info (2)

Are Apple Seeds Poisonous?

Many people think apple seeds contain arsenic and are poisonous.

This is not true.  But it’s not completely false.

Apple seeds contain a tiny, tiny amount of a cyanide.  When you eat them, your body metabolizes the toxin and you’re at a relatively low risk of any harm.  You’d have to eat a whole bushel of apple’s worth of seeds to feel the effects. 

However, grinding up the seeds does release the harmful compounds in the seeds. 

So, the long and short of it is to try not to eat apple seeds or put them in your smoothies.  However, if you inadvertently drop a few into a smoothie, no need to panic.

If you suspect you’ve eaten a lot of apple seeds for some reason, and are starting to feel any sort of nausea or ill effects, call your local poison control center.

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