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Old 09-05-2012, 06:41 AM
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They are 8oz, and the one at the side of the picture is a 16oz. Still wide mouth?
Wide mouth lids will fit on the 16/32 oz. size. It looks like that's what yours are. Can you almost fit your hand inside one? I can, so I assume if you almost can yours are. The 8oz is not wide mouth. I checked the box and they are called "regular mouth".
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I just got 1 thing to say about this VitaMix thing..

HOLY $H!tz!!! This thing is A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!

If you are "fat bastard" (PH are you listening ) and need to lose weight but don't have the time to exercise.. GET THIS!! Make fruit and veggie shakes 3 time a day and you will cut down on your regular meal intake. I can see that I will lose ALOT of weight w/ this thing.. DAMN!!
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Hey Bee, do you carbonate those vitamix juices in the sodastream?

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Start a thread, I can copy the coffee related posts to your new thread later on.

"I like that you can make a pound at a time, ..."

That means that you can also ruin a whole one pound at a time... .. Got to be careful with making one pound at a time.

One pound is a lot. You should consider that coffee goes stale about 2 weeks after roasting and maybe want to roast enough for 2 weeks at a time. So that you don't need to freeze. But of course you can freeze.

What kind of coffee you make? That will tell you how much you need to roast.

Which roaster are you looking at?
I very well might start a thread later in the future. I mean, up to a pound I should say, I do buy in roughly .5 lb amounts, actually maybe a tad more. For a while now, I drink French press exclusively. (I used to have an espresso machine back when, actually I've had two.) On occasion, I make vacuum coffee as well. I watched the vid for the cheapest home roaster I found at SM, the Behmor 1600, but haven't found the time to investigate why the more expensive ones could be worthwhile.

Who knows how many lbs of coffee I could ruin while learning, but like I said before, a home roaster once told me how dirt cheap coffee beans are in bulk, and that I could buy in bulk because of how extremely long they last, so I don't think I'd lose much money in that sense. Of course, I need to confirm these things, which I haven't got around to. I've been buying bulk herbs from the internet too lately, I'm into bulk

Oh, wide mouth jars are on their way.
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I very well might start a thread later in the future. I mean, up to a pound I should say, I do buy in roughly .5 lb amounts, actually maybe a tad more. For a while now, I drink French press exclusively. (I used to have an espresso machine back when, actually I've had two.) On occasion, I make vacuum coffee as well. I watched the vid for the cheapest home roaster I found at SM, the Behmor 1600, but haven't found the time to investigate why the more expensive ones could be worthwhile.

Who knows how many lbs of coffee I could ruin while learning, but like I said before, a home roaster once told me how dirt cheap coffee beans are in bulk, and that I could buy in bulk because of how extremely long they last, so I don't think I'd lose much money in that sense. Of course, I need to confirm these things, which I haven't got around to. I've been buying bulk herbs from the internet too lately, I'm into bulk

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Savings can be huge. But it depends what you're comparing it to. If you're comparing to a supermarket brand like Eight O'clock beans, they'd cost you about $10/lb. Everything else there is about $2-$3 more, but everything in the supermarket is already stale coffee.

If you buy from a modern coffee shop who serves from top roasters (Specialty Coffee grade) then you'd pay about $20/lb. That is the type of green coffee you'd get from Sweet Maria's and they usually go for about $6/lbs I think. Price varies depending on the origin and the taste, which is set at the coffee buyers' auction.

So if you compare "beans to beans" you'd be saving about $15/lb maybe? At this saving you'd pay for the roaster in 20 lbs! Wow. Never thought of that this way.

Green coffee beans will stay "fresh" for months. I think Sweet Maria's consider 8 months the time when green beans are starting to get old and may lose their original flavors.

French Press... 1:17 ratio of coffee to water by weight. That's 20-21 grams of beans to 12oz (a regular mug) water. 4 minutes brew time. 200*F. Adjust to 1:16 to 1:18 if the coffee is too weak or too strong to your taste.


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Wide mouth lids will fit on the 16/32 oz. size. It looks like that's what yours are. Can you almost fit your hand inside one? I can, so I assume if you almost can yours are. The 8oz is not wide mouth. I checked the box and they are called "regular mouth".
I can fit 3 fingers but not all 4. I measured, the "mouth" is 2 3/4 of an inch wide.
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I just got 1 thing to say about this VitaMix thing..

HOLY $H!tz!!! This thing is A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!

If you are "fat bastard" (PH are you listening ) and need to lose weight but don't have the time to exercise.. GET THIS!! Make fruit and veggie shakes 3 time a day and you will cut down on your regular meal intake. I can see that I will lose ALOT of weight w/ this thing.. DAMN!!
Woohoo!!!

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I just got 1 thing to say about this VitaMix thing..

HOLY $H!tz!!! This thing is A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!

If you are "fat bastard" (PH are you listening ) and need to lose weight but don't have the time to exercise.. GET THIS!! Make fruit and veggie shakes 3 time a day and you will cut down on your regular meal intake. I can see that I will lose ALOT of weight w/ this thing.. DAMN!!
My morning meal...

1 scoop Wegman's soy powder
1 cup unsweetened soy milk
1 heaping tablespoon organic non-fat yogurt
1 banana
1 handful of frozen strawberries
1 handful of frozen mango

Blend soy milk, soy powder and yogurt on setting 1 or 2 for 15 seconds to incorporate wet ingredients with soy powder
Add remaining ingredients, blend on 5, work up to 10
Flip to full power and blend for another 45 seconds or so.

Serves 2 full glasses of an amazing smoothie with about 20g of protein per serving.

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You're asking the wrong guy out love. :what:

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Anyone with a good VitaMix recipe? POST HERE NAU!!!!

I just made this and it's super yummy (and ubber healthy).

Very simple:

1 handful of raisins
1 banana
5-7 almonds (un-roasted)
Water and Ice cubes.

Put the raisins in the blender's container with about 1/2 cup of water to cover the almonds.

Mix on "10" for a few seconds to break the raisins into small pieces and let stand for 15-30 minutes to soften.

Then add the banana and the almonds, mix on HIGH until the mixture is smooth. Add 4 ice cubes and mix again at HIGH until smooth. Add 4 more cubes and mix again to smooth the ice with the drink.

That's it.

You get a heavy creamy smooth drink that is naturally sweet. About ~20oz.
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Just go cheap on the Cuisinart immersion. I bought one on ebay dirt cheap. If you like it and think you'll use it a lot then spring for the more expensive one.

I use lots of wide mouth mason jars to store most of the stuff in my pantry (cracker, nuts, cornmeal, rice, cereal, etc..). I also use them in the freezer for soups and sauces. I use both the metal canning lids and I have some one piece plastics. You should be able to find them in some grocery or hardware stores pretty cheap.
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Make this yesterday.

1" thick pineapple slice. Rim removed. Leave the core in.
1 orange
1 frozen banana
Ice cubes - about 8

It was OK, but something in the complete taste was lacking. I'd give it a "7".
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Made this today:

1" thick pineapple slice. Rim removed. Leave the core in.
1 orange
1 apple(Fiji?)
1 frozen banana
Ice cubes - 6.

This one was MUCH better. The addition of the apple helped a lot. Also less ice cubes made the taste less diluted. I'll give this a 9 or a 10.

Delicious.
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Sorbet.... Crappy lighting for the phone camera. That thing looks nicer.

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"Drinkable" green juice

1 large tomato
Slice onion
1 garlic
half large carrot
small piece ginseng
3 celery sticks
half handful spinach - don't over do.
flat leaf parsley - makes all the difference.
half lime, the other half to squeeze fresh into the cup to taste.

No salt or spices.
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Made this last night. Had it on the sandwich today.

Homemade "spiced up" mayonnaise



2 raw eggs
2 tablespoons whole grain dijon mustard
Extra virgin olive oil (oh the horror!)
Juice of 1 lemon
1 clove garlic
salt
a pinch red paper flakes

Break two eggs into the blender container, and add the mustard. Turn the blender on slow and raise to speed to about 4 for a few seconds just to break the eggs and mix it with the mustard.

Ready with the oil bottle in your hand, turn the blender on, turn the speed to 10, then to High. Start drizzling the oil in a thin stream slowly into the blender, then increase the flow a little. Continue until you have about 2 cups of mayo in the blender. Switch off.

Add the rest of the ingredients, turn to High for about 20-30 seconds.

Done.

Keep in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Don't worry about the raw eggs, the lemon "cooks" them. If you're afraid of raw eggs, find pasteurized eggs. You can also make mayo with hard boiled eggs. Use only the yolks of 3 eggs in that case. Don't know how it works with the blender though. I used to make mayo with hard boiled yolks with a fork when I was in third grade... to eat with our fried shrimps...
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Fruit smoothies time....

Recipe 1:

1 orange, peeled, quartered.
1 glass (regular mug size, 12 oz) of frozen fruit mix [strawberries, pineapple, peach, grapes, mango] (this one. I buy the 6lbs bag from BJ's/Costco type store http://www.dole.com/EatRightLanding/...contentid=1382)
1 frozen banana
1/3 cup frozen blackberries (or frozen blackberry pulped/puree)
1 small handful (1/3 measuring cup) raisins
1/4 cup hazelnut (you can replace with any type of nuts you have)
1 cup cold water (if you omit the water, you will make a nice sorbet.)

Load the mixing container in this order and blend on high for 30 seconds until everything is very smooth. Done.





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Recipe 2. Variation on the above.

2 oranges
1 lime, halved and squeezed into the container, juice only.
1 glass (12oz) frozen Dole fruit mix
1 frozen banana
1/3 cup raisins
1 tablespoon flax seeds (Omega 3)
1 cup cold water

Add to the container in the above order and mix on high for 30 seconds.

This one will blow your mind with its flavor.

It will go well with added liquor... It just has that flavor.

These two recipes make about 0.8 liters of drink.
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VitaMix??!!

The BB&B vitamix is 529. Sams club has vitamix - more expensive, but appears to come w more stuff. http://m.samsclub.com/ip/vitamix-del...chTerm=vitamix

Who else sells this thing? ...are there better deals out there?

We joined a co op and are looking forward to making juice w our fresh veggies often. ...Felt we weren't getting what we needed out of using my old juicer (and omg clean up was a nightmare). My blender is nice, but not vitamix quality...


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Check out their website to clear out the marketing confusion of the various retailers. https://www.vitamix.com/

You can also take a look at their certified recondition selections https://secure.vitamix.com/Certified...-Products.aspx
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The BB&B vitamix is 529. Sams club has vitamix - more expensive, but appears to come w more stuff. http://m.samsclub.com/ip/vitamix-del...chTerm=vitamix

Who else sells this thing? ...are there better deals out there?

We joined a co op and are looking forward to making juice w our fresh veggies often. ...Felt we weren't getting what we needed out of using my old juicer (and omg clean up was a nightmare). My blender is nice, but not vitamix quality...


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Wife wants a high-end blender and friends raves the $400 VitaMix blender.

I am old school and got a $25 Warning blender 15 years ago (Glass Jar!!) Best Value per consumer report (which is the bible to a tight wad like me).

I don't have a problem spending the money is the stuff is indeed the greatest thing since sliced bread. Case in point the Big Green Egg.. It is the "Bomb" and worth every $100 bills

But We have a $200 Food Processor and I have my trusty old Blender for $25 (That I used 4 times a week making drinks and fruit smoothies for the past 15 yrs).

So what's so great about this thing?? I don't need to buy a "gucci watch" for the brand. Is there no comproble products out there for cheaper and "just as good" ??

Please help me out here..

Thnx beewang

P.S. I have never bothered to stand in line at costco and watch the demo so .. no.. I dunno what's so great about it..
Juicers are bullsh1t.

You are better off eating the orange or the fruit or the vegetable in it's whole state - unjuiced.

With all the fiber.

With the juice trapped within the fiber and then released slowly into your body as your stomach breaks down the fibrous walls encapsulating the juice, giving your organs time to absorb the sugars in a slower and natural way.

There is nothing intrinsically healthier about juicing.
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It works better than a regular blender or a juicer or a food processor because when you put fruit or vegies in it, the high speed breaks the cell walls of the fruit/vegie and it releases all the nutrients, enzymes, and fiber from it and makes it all very smooth.
this is actually not a good thing from a nutrition POV.

Simply, you are better off just eating the fruit whole.





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Experts agree that we are eating too much sugar, which is contributing to obesity and other health problems. But in the rush to avoid sugar, many low-carb dieters and others are avoiding fruits. But fresh fruit should not become a casualty in the sugar wars, many nutrition experts say.

Dr. David Ludwig, the director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children's Hospital, said that sugar consumed in fruit is not linked to any adverse health effects, no matter how much you eat. In a recent perspective piece in The Journal of the American Medical Association, he cited observational studies that showed that increased fruit consumption is tied to lower body weight and a lower risk of obesity-associated diseases.

Whole fruits, he explained, contain a bounty of antioxidants and healthful nutrients, and their cellular scaffolding, made of fiber, makes us feel full and provides other metabolic benefits. When you bite into an apple, for example, the fruit's fiber helps slow your absorption of fructose, the main sugar in most fruits. But fiber is not the full story.

"You can't just take an 8-ounce glass of cola and add a serving of Metamucil and create a health food," Dr. Ludwig said. "Even though the fructose-to-fiber ratio might be the same as an apple, the biological effects would be much different."

Fiber provides "its greatest benefit when the cell walls that contain it remain intact," he said. Sugars are effectively sequestered in the fruit's cells, he explained, and it takes time for the digestive tract to break down those cells. The sugars therefore enter the bloodstream slowly, giving the liver more time to metabolize them.
Four apples may contain the same amount of sugar as 24 ounces of soda, but the slow rate of absorption minimizes any surge in blood sugar. Repeated surges in blood sugar make the pancreas work harder and can contribute to insulin resistance, thereby increasing the risk for Type 2 diabetes.

"If we take a nutrient-centric approach, just looking at sugar grams on the label, none of this is evident," Dr. Ludwig said. "So it really requires a whole foods view."

Fruit can also help keep us from overeating, Dr. Ludwig said, by making us feel fuller. Unlike processed foods, which are usually digested in the first few feet of our intestines, fiber-rich fruit breaks down more slowly so it travels far longer through the digestive tract, triggering the satiety hormones that tend to cluster further down the small intestines.

Another nutrition expert, Dr. Robert Lustig, a professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, who has called sugar "toxic" at high doses and fructose the most "actionable" problem in our diet, is still a fan of fruit. "As far as I'm concerned, fiber is the reason to eat fruit," since it promotes satiety and the slow release of sugar. He adds a third benefit from fiber: it changes our "intestinal flora," or microbiome, by helping different species of healthy bacteria thrive.

Neither doctor favors certain fruits over others. But Dr. David L. Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, said that "to maximize the benefit, you actually want a variety" of fruits. He advises "eating the rainbow," since different colors signal different types of antioxidants and nutrients.

All three experts caution against choosing juice over whole fruit. While the best juice has nothing added, nothing subtracted, some important changes take place when you turn fruit into liquid. Chewing the whole fruit slows down consumption, Dr. Katz said, compared to when you "take an 8-ounce juice and just pour it down the hatch," which not only makes it easier to ingest more calories, but releases fructose faster into the bloodstream.

Plus, he said, with juicing, "you reduce some of the metabolic benefit of the fiber by pulverizing it so fine; it changes the physical structure."[/B] Commercially produced juices are particularly concerning since they are often filtered, removing fiber altogether. If you opt for juice, tossing whole fruit in a blender rather than squeezing it offers the best chance of retaining most of the fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Dried fruits also hold one of the main disadvantages of juices: volume. Dried fruit essentially concentrates the calories and sugar into smaller packets, making it easier to consume excess calories. But dried fruit is better than juice, Dr. Katz said, because it preserves the fruit's cellular structure, along with the health assets that provides. And since dried fruit travels easily and does not rot, it can make the difference in eating any fruit at all.

Dr. Katz's hierarchy? Fresh fruit, followed closely by dried fruit, with sweetened dried fruit a distant third, and juice in fourth place.

He said we should remember "a law we all learned from Aesop" and judge fructose "by the company it keeps," fiber and all.
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