|Chef Bev introducing us to the amazing Vitamix Total Nutrition Centre|
The picturesque valley of Olmsted Falls, Ohio is where the founder, William G "Papa" Barnard set up the company in 1921. Several versions later and we have the Vitamix Total Nutrition Centre (TNC). This machine replaces several of the kitchen gadgets and performs up to 50 tasks with the most amazing speed and efficiency whilst the blades can spin up to 240 m.p.h. A very impressive feature is the 7 year guarantee that covers both the Total Nutrition Centre and the Vitamix Professional Series 500.
This machine is the ultimate kitchen appliance that can blend, mix, knead, chop, make smoothies, creamy salad dressings, hot soup and even ice cream. We were treated to some great demonstrations such as a cocktail called 'Shagalicious' as we got there and finishing later with a fruity 'Margareta'! Glad I wasn't driving!
|Shagalicious cocktail on arrival!|
|Fruity Margarita cocktail|
In between Bev showed us how to produce firm favourites in minutes like a roasted red pepper hoummous, hot chocolate fondue (which started to thicken when cooling so could also become a lovely cold treat).
|Chef Bev demonstrating how to make houmus|
Ice cream is the simplest thing. You don't need to keep a large container in the freezer waiting till you want to make ice cream or heat any milk or creamy ingredients. You just freeze your fruit such as strawberries or even slices of banana, add to the container of the TNC and presto it becomes a quick and creamy ice cream! I am looking forward to lots of that in the coming months.
The invitation to the event stated that two lucky attendees would win a Vitamix Total Nutrition Centre to take home! This was quite an exciting prospect as these retail in John Lewis, Harrods and other good retailers at approximately £450.00!!
We put our business cards into a large glass bowl and Chef Bev picked the first winner's name. 'Heidi Roberts' - ooh ooh that's me I said extremely shocked, especially since Mr R had said "Hope you win one of the machines" as he left for work that morning.
The machine was delivered to my house the following week. How beautiful it looks taking pride of place in my kitchen.
|Getting ready for Saturday Smoothies|
|30 seconds later!|
I tried ice cream and it kind of worked - not as thick ice cream as I was expecting but I will try again next weekend. I froze blueberries, raspberries and strawberries to make a mixed fruit ice cream with double cream. At the BBC GoodFood Show last weekend Vitamix had a stand selling the machines so I got to have a quick chat with the guys demonstrating coming away with a bit more of an idea.
Next soup - yes from ice cream to soup! Very versatile machine and coming up after the soup is a red pepper houmus.
I am only getting started exploring this new piece of equipment! I am sure I will be reporting back to you again.