Vitamix advertises that their machines can be used to make hot soups, frozen desserts, and smoothies, but that’s just a small fraction of what this kitchen appliance can do. Here are seven Vitamix Kitchen Hacks you need to know today!
When my husband and I were registering for our wedding, there was one thing I knew I wanted to put at the top of our registry – a Vitamix. I had watched for years as my mom whipped up countless different recipes, watched the demos at Costco, and even spent an hour or two watching the QVC hosts sample everything from soup to whipped cream. To me, adding a Vitamix to our home appliances was a no-brainer.
My husband, on the other hand, needed a little convincing that a $400+ appliance was an absolute necessity. I’ll be honest – I can’t blame him. He hadn’t been exposed to the multitude of different ways the wonder-machine could be used, so I made it my mission to show him as soon as it was gifted to us. Since, we’ve been on a mission to use it as frequently as possible. I love when it comes to our Costco for demonstrations because it often inspires me to whip up something completely new and different that I haven’t tried yet.
Vitamix advertises that their machines can be used to make hot soups, frozen desserts, and smoothies, but I’m here today to share that those delicious ideas are just a small fraction of what this kitchen appliance can do! Without further ado, my favorite Vitamix hacks that make life a little easier and help to save a little money, too!
7 Vitamix Kitchen Hacks + Recipes
- Homemade Peanut Butter. My dogs take daily medication and I don’t trust store bought peanut butter for feeding to my pups. Three cups of unsalted peanuts and 1/4 teaspoon salt (with a dash of peanut oil if needed) is all you need to create this delicious homemade nut butter!
- Salsa. A friend of mine brought this to a party one time and I couldn’t stop eating it. Her only complaint was that it took her forever to chop things up, then feed it into her food processor and mix it all together. None of that matters with the use of a Vitamix. I put all of my ingredients in at once, blend on medium-high, and it’s ready in a flash.
- Pie Crust. Does anyone else struggle with creating pie crusts? Knowing that the temperatures have to be just right always sends me into a little bit of a panic-stricken tailspin. I mix my liquid ingredients first on high until they are emulsified. Then I sift in my dry ingredients. The pie crust dough comes together perfectly! I’ve created dough for pies (both regular and gluten free), as well as pot pies and wellingtons.
- Homemade Confectioner’s Sugar. Holiday baking usually means recipes that call for confectioner’s sugar, but what happens when you are halfway through mixing and realize you are all out? Vitamix to the rescue! I blend one cup of granulated sugar on medium, then high, until it is completed blended. The inside of your Vitamix container will begin to resemble a snow globe – that’s when you know it’s done!
- Cauliflower Rice. Cauliflower rice is pretty popular these days, but buying it pre-riced at the store can get pretty expensive and who has time to stand over a shredder before dinnertime? I chunk up a full head of cauliflower florets, toss them in the Vitamix, and in less than five minutes, you have cauliflower rice. Once you have your rice, you can make delicious recipes like this Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Dip.
- Meat Shredding. My husband is a big fan of chicken burgers, but finding ground chicken can sometimes be difficult here in Hawaii. I take thawed chicken breasts or tenders and set my Vitamix to low, then medium speed to grind them up. When they are ground to my preference, I add in other ingredients to create the “burger” mix and then scoop out the mixture for perfect patties every time. This technique also works really well for shrimp/shrimp patties!
- Dips. Everything from tzatziki to hummus can be made with the flick of a switch. Simply put your ingredients in (liquids first) and use your tamper to create the consistency you wish to achieve. Once you get the hang of it, be sure to test out my Best Ever Better-For-You Spinach Dip!
Bonus Vitamix Kitchen Hack for Cleaning Your Appliance
- Fill your Vitamix canister with water to about the halfway point, put in a couple drops of soap and return it to the base. Attach the lid and turn your Vitamix on high. After about one minute, your canister will be cleaned and just needs to be rinsed before you can jump right in to your next recipe!
We hope you find these Vitamix Kitchen Hacks + Recipes from SoFabFood Home Chef, Kait from CommuniKait, helpful! For more informational posts like this, be sure to stop by our Kitchen Hacks section to help you save time and money in the kitchen. For daily recipe inspiration, subscribe to our newsletter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Pinterest. Enjoy!