I’ve always dreamt of having a Vitamix Blender. Unfortunately it just wasn’t in the budget and I quickly had to give up that dream. I’d enter contests to win one and of course never did. So I settled for cheap blenders that broke after a few uses (yes, all 6 of them broke). They never did what I wanted them to do anyway. Blending ice and frozen fruit effortlessly for a smoothie or creamy homemade nut butters and fine oat flour made from blending oats, the list goes on. The blenders never did any of those things. One day it popped into my head to check out AliExpress. In the past I’ve ordered small kitchen gadgets and most were fine. Could a blender be too? Now, I only ever ordered items under $5 so this was a big leap of faith (and money). I read the reviews and figured, hey if it breaks then it would end up being just like my other blender fails. But if it didn’t it would be magical!! Imagine spending under $90 for a blender that’s worth around $500-$1000 depending on where you live. So I did it. I pressed “confirm order” and hoped that my money wouldn’t go to waste yet again.
In under a week it was delivered to my door. I’m not embarrassed to say that this delivery was almost as exciting as the delivery of my own children! I even have a video to prove my excitement, though I won’t share it. Too much squealing! I immediately threw in some ice and watched hopefully. In mere seconds that ice became snow! Yes, snow! It definitely passed the ice crushing test.
Next up was a smoothie. I was a nice wife and made one for my husband (that’s the least I could do after he realized he married a crazy woman whose excitement for a blender was less than normal). To quote him, “This is the best smoothie I’ve ever had!” And I agreed! I did the same recipe I’ve always done, but this time it was perfectly thick and smooth! He also said that we no longer need to order smoothies, milkshakes, or blended frappuccinos out. I disagreed, unless he wants to make me the smoothie, because we all know food made by others is always better.
It’s been about half a year with this blender and I’ve put it to good work. My new favorite thing to make in it is this insanely creamy cashew butter (recipe posted below). I am so so happy with this blender.
Now, a huge disclaimer here- So far this blender is working amazingly for me. So much so that i’m telling you all about it. I bought this blender with my own money and the seller had no part in this post. I truly felt you needed to know about this. BUT if it does break and is not as good as it has been for me, please know I am just sharing MY experience. It is now your decision whether to take a chance on it as well. From the reviews, they have been very good at replacing broken parts if it happens during shipment. The motor at the beginning may start to smell as if it is burning, it got me quite nervous. Though after some research I found that it is normal for a new blender (even a brand new Vitamix) and after more use it should stop. Don’t be alarmed. The only “problem” I have with the blender is that the container does not sit tightly onto the base. From what I’ve heard, the original Vitamix does not either. This does not affect how the blender works. I’m just careful not to push on it as it blends.
In total I paid about $78 for mine. I ordered it with an extra drive socket, opener, and blade just in case I needed them in the future. This price has since gone up only slightly.
CLICK HERE for the Vitamix Dupe Blender I ordered- The brand name on it says ” Biolomix.”
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- 2 cups raw cashews
- salt, to taste
- Preheat your oven to 300°F. Place the cashews on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes or until they start to get only slightly golden. Watch carefully so they do not burn.
- Remove and allow to mostly cool.
- Place into your blender and start to blend on low speed.
- Use the wand to push the cashews better into the blade. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides a few times.
- Raise the speed and watch as the cashew mixture starts to liquefy. It may still be thick, but it will be very smooth.
- Add salt to your liking.
- Store in a container in your refrigerator for the best shelf life.