How does a Vitamix heat soup? We get this question all the time in the Raw Blend office and I thought I would take the time to explain exactly how Vitamix can cook steaming hot soups in minutes. It is important to note that Vitamix Blenders do not have a cooking mechanism. There is no miniature oven inside nor does it have a switch to activate any heating element.
How does a Vitamix heat soup?
Vitamix heats using friction heat. Imagine if you could run your hands together 500 times a second how hot they would get… well the same principal is happening on the blades. The blades are spinning at over 500 times seconds which creates friction energy that will boil cold water in 8 minutes. The temperature will increase by 10 degrees every minute. This is the time to add in that you should never have to sharpen your blades as Vitamix blades are already blunt.
Blunt blades plus a powerful motor is what sets Vitamix apart from other blenders. The only time you need to ever remove your blades is if you have accidentally damaged them by leaving a metal spoon or similar inside your container. To watch a video on removing a Vitamix blade please see HERE.
When making soup all you need to do is add in your raw ingredients and blend on HIGH speed for about 4-5 minutes.
Can Vitamix cook meat?
No. Vitamix can not cook any meats and we recommend that you don’t do this no matter how inventive you are feeling. If you are wanting to add any meats to your soup you must cook them separately and then add them to your soup.
We also recommend cooking vegetables like potatoes as these are not recommended to be eaten raw. Read more about the dangers of raw potatoes HERE.
It is also handy to note that as you are not really cooking the vegetables, they are more being heated up which means you retain the nutrients. This is why raw foodists love Vitamix Blenders. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is that if you are wanting to keep most of your live food enzymes intact only blend your soup for around 3-4 minutes. The Vitamix will heat up around 10 degrees every minute. It’s always good to keep a kitchen thermometer handy if you are wanting to be exact.
The optimal food temperature for Raw Foodists is around 40 degrees Celsius. Any higher and you will begin to destroy precious enzymes. It’s always best to keep in mind as well that due to the fact that you aren’t cooking on a stove, a little bit of each ingredient goes a long way!
So if you are using chilli or garlic remember even the smallest amount is going to pack a powerful punch! It’s always a good idea to follow a Vitamix recipe when starting to make soups in your blender for the first time.
If you don’t like the taste it’s most likely due to the fact that you aren’t use to raw foods. I’ve had numerous customers mentioning that they hate the taste of a certain soup. For example: Broccoli. Not a lot of people like the raw broccoli soups so it’s best to lightly steam the broccoli before hand and this makes a huge difference. Your taste buds will always become use to this after a while and they will soon become your favourite recipes!
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get a nourishing hit of fresh vegetables and give your soul a warm soup hug!
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