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    We Tried The Blender That Pinterest Is Obsessed With

    "I couldn't believe that I had made a healthy, quick dinner in under five minutes – start to finish."

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    So, Google throws up almost 4.5 million results for "Pinterest Vitamix recipes".

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    If you're someone that doesn't know a lot about kitchen gadgets, it might sound bonkers for a blender to be so popular.

    What's unusual about the Vitamix is that the heat generated by the blades can actually *cook* foods – so you can make a pasta sauce from scratch in the blender, or a soup – and serve direct from the jug.

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    Because of this heating element, "Blender soups" are a huge sub-category on Pinterest.

    And this Taco Soup recipe from Blender Happy is known as a ~ conversion recipe ~ ie – one that makes people go 'woah, I'm going to buy this blender!'

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    The author writes: "In fact, I know personally a couple of people that purchased their Vitamix after seeing this recipe made. Being able to enjoy fresh soup to your own specific tastes is a huge selling feature."

    The most important thing is to add items in the right order – so I began by putting carrots, tomatoes, celery and stock in the blender, then turning it onto the "soup" setting for five minutes.

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    I'd also recommend having everything measured out and to hand – unlike when you're making a regular soup, you don't have time to do bits and bobs while the stock reduces (for example).

    It's souper (sorry!) noisy, and really powerful – play this video to hear it go.

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    Once the soup base was cooked, I threw in a can of beans and some corn, then pulsed once or twice to give it some texture. (There's no need to blend it though, if you like a chunky soup!)

    The end result was easy as pie and so so delicious.

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    I couldn't believe that I had made a healthy, quick dinner in under five minutes – start to finish. This tasted so good, had no oil, and loads of fibre. If I had a busy home, or needed to cater for lots of people, I could see this being a lifesaver.

    This was absolutely delicious, and I'm giving it 5/5 rating.

    Next I tried to make some homemade Peanut Butter.

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    Homemade nut butter has hundreds of pins on Pinterest including this one from Amy's Healthy Baking. A big advantage to having a powerful blender is that you could also easily make nut or oat flour at home too.

    I decided to try the peanut butter recipe that came with the blender – and chose cashew nuts and almonds. The success of the taco soup had me chasing a powerful blender high.

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    Although I used the quantities given by the blender cookbook, this took ages to get smooth, as the nuts kept sliding up the sides of the jug. I followed the advice and pushed them down with the tamper, but I wasn't really getting anywhere – so cut my losses after 10 minutes of pulsing.

    The end result was a little grainy, but super-spreadable. I'd recommend adding in some oil – or really upping your quantities.

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    I'm willing to admit that if I'd used an oilier nut (like peanuts, rather than almonds), this might have turned out better, so I'm giving it a 3/5.

    I wanted to see how the blender would hold up for more textured recipes, and happened upon this recipe for falafel.

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    I often make falaffel from a packet mix – or I use my stick blender at home to mush up tinned chickpeas – so the idea of being able to make super-smooth falaffel at home was super-appealing.

    Things did not go to plan.

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    So, I realised that directions for a "blender" were not the same as those for a "2L Vitamix". The proportions were way off – the mixture was really really dry, and kept getting stuck in the blades. I tried everything: I pushed the mixture down, I blended it more, I stirred it. Nothing was working.

    So, I added a small amount of water (in retrospect I should have just doubled the ingredients), and accidentally made a falaffel smoothie.

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    I tried to salvage it, but even after 20 minutes of cooking it was An Absolute Disaster.

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    No matter how I cooked this mush, it stayed wet. 0/5

    A recipe that I kept seeing on Pinterest was Blender Guacamole.

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    So inspired by my beloved Antoni from Queer Eye, I said "yes to life! yes to guac!" and tried out this recipe by Baker Mama.

    I love the taste of coriander, but hate chewing the stalks – so making an initial paste with onion, garlic and coriander appealed to me.

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    The mixture didn't go as paste-like as I wanted, but I figured that with the creamy avocado blended, it would all mush together better.

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    But it tasted pretty good – there was a strong flavour base and it was perfect for dipping.

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    The end result? The guacamole was smoother than I would normally make – if I were making it again I would keep half the avocado back to chop roughly and stir through. 3/5

    Final thoughts:

    – OK, this blender is expensive, it's almost £500. But's very very easy to clean, and comes with excellent customer service – think of it like a Kitchenaid. The Vitamix rep who lent me the machine for this piece tells me that some people have their blenders for over ten years.

    – This blender is also powerful enough that I can see it being useful for anyone who has food intolerences – you can easily make your own oat flour, or cashew milk etc. It seems particularly good if you're vegan or considering going vegan.

    – Overall this blender isn't right for my lifestyle – I seldomly cook for more than two people at a time, and counter space is at a premium in my home. But if you're someone who has chronic pain issues (for example), then it's a quicker, easier way to make a swift meal than a slow cooker (it's cool to say 'make a chilli! but that involves planning a meal 12 hours in advance). If you're also catering for a large group regularly, then it's a solid investment.