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Best garden tool ever

By Penny Stine

OK, technically, my new Vitamix is not a garden tool. It will live on my kitchen counter, not in my garden or my garage. I will, however, use it to blend all my garden produce into lovely breakfast smoothies.

I wrote about the juicing craze that people have been using to boost their nutritional intake and/or lose weight a month or so ago, and that inspired my husband and me to start making breakfast smoothies with my old blender, which cost $5 at Goodwill and didn't really work well when it came to carrots or apples.
So I started doing some research and decided to buy a Vitamix. I bought a factory-reconditioned one from Vitamix, which came with a 5-year warranty. It was outrageously expensive, but I have been frugal about everything my entire life and decided to splurge. 
The Vitamix came last week, on the day I went home early because I was getting sick. The next day, my throat was so sore and swollen it hurt to swallow.
I used my new blender four times in one day. It is the coolest kitchen appliance ever. 
I took pics of one of my concoctions - I was filling it full of fruits that had mega-doses of Vitamin C in hopes that my cold would go away.

It didn't work, but I had fun playing with my new toy. 


The Vitamix came with a cookbook that had a bunch of recipes for blending raw foods - lots of smoothie and cocktail recipes for all the weird things I like to grow, like tomatillos and mint.

So far, I've had enough spinach from my garden to make exactly two green smoothies, but I'm hoping that soon, I'll be able to quit buying spinach and kale from Sprouts. 

 

 

Oh, and did I mention one of the best things about a Vitamix?  The blades are attached to the bottom of the pitcher, so when it's time to clean it, you simply fill it half full of warm water, add a drop of soap and run it on high for 30 seconds. It cleans itself. 

Now, that is my kind of kitchen appliance!
 

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