Archive for November, 2013

Make your own almond flour with a Vitamix Blender

Almond flour is expensive, significantly more so than the same amount of almonds.  If you have a Vitamix blender, it’s significantly cheaper to buy raw almonds and turn them into almond flour with your Vitamix, and it’s incredibly easy to do.

Take raw almonds, blanched if you care about that light almond white color, and put in enough almonds to not cover any of the blades.  (If you put in a larger amount of almonds it becomes easier to accidentally make almond butter.)  I tend to blend about 30-40 grams at a time, but I’ve yet to make anything that needed more than 75 grams.  Turn the blender on high, and blend for 10 seconds or until the large chunks are gone.  Use a spatula or other tool to get all the almond flour off the walls and base so it can flow freely again, and blend for another 10 seconds, repeating a third time if needed.

You’ll end up with a much finer flour than you get with a food processor or coffee grinder, and you don’t need to bother with sifting.

It’s honestly that easy, and the weight of the almonds before going into the blender is almost identical (you won’t get every single piece of almond dust) to the weight of the almond flour you end up with, so you can weight your almonds before blending and not worry about making more or less almond flour than a recipe calls for.

Vitamix’s Black Friday special: $50 Off Any Container Purchase

Vitamix just sent out their Black Friday special this year. It’s $50 off any container purchase, which is definitely good for anyone looking for a smaller container or dry grains container to use along with their standard container. The other bit of news that was important in the e-mail was that it confirms that the promotional pricing I mentioned in my last post is only good through Saturday, November 30th.

The $50 off on the purchase of any Vitamix container is actually good all the way through Monday, December 2nd.

Here is the e-mail I received from Vitamix, for anyone interested:

Vitamix's Black Friday special: Take $50 Off Any Container Purchase

Vitamix’s Black Friday special: Take $50 Off Any Container Purchase

Holiday Promotional Pricing on Vitamix (Awesome Pricing!)

I received an e-mail from Vitamix this afternoon that I thought would be worth sharing.  Vitamix has never been one to have sales or coupons, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that they’ve got some very attractive prices on their Certified Reconditioned series.

In previous years, the biggest promotion I’ve ever seen Vitamix offer in November is a Black Friday $50 off their 5200 Healthy Lifestyle package, and these deals look much more attractive than anything I’ve seen on the reconditioned series in the past.  These days, people that people start looking for Black Friday specials in October, so I it makes sense that Vitamix is starting their promotional holiday pricing now.  I’m still surprised, since I think it’s a more attractive promotion than anything I’ve seen Vitamix offers in past years.

I’ve written about whether or not the 7500 is worth the extra money, but with the promotional price on the Vitamix Certified Reconditioned Standard (the Vitamix 5200 and its sister models), I’d probably recommend that as the most attractive model to someone who’s been on the fence.  (Maybe it’s the psychological impact of them crossing the $300 threshold) It’s the lowest I’ve ever seen it priced, and significantly cheaper than when I purchased my first Vitamix, which also happened to be a Certified Reconditioned Standard.  I loved that blender, it’s still under warranty, and my parents are still using it very regularly today.

For those interested in the actual e-mail, here it is, in it’s entirety:

I received this e-mail from Vitamix in my inbox this afternoon, they have some very attractive prices on their reconditioned vitamix blenders right now

I received this e-mail from Vitamix in my inbox this afternoon

In my post explaining why I think Vitamixes are worth the price, I list several reasons.  All of those reasons apply to the refurbished models as well, which all come with a 5-year warranty.  Both new and refurbished models can be ordered directly from Vitamix.com, and the free shipping combined with the saving on the refurbished models make ordering a refurb directly from Vitamix.com the most reasonable way to pick up a Vitamix blender that I have found.

Update (11/27/2012):  As seen on this page, now through Cyber Monday, Vitamix is offering $50 off any container purchase.  That page also has confirmation that the promotional pricing mentioned here is only good through Saturday, November 30th.