I was recently given the keys to a new car. Or at least that is what it feels like. I’m working with Vitamix to spread the word about the power and versatility of it’s newest model, the Ascent Series.
I got a one on one lesson from the manager at their Solon retail store about all the cool things this new mega blender can do. What was most eye opening for me was to see this machine as much more than just a blender, it’s a food processor too. And I’m really looking forward to experimenting with all the different capabilities of Vitamix’s newly launched product.
The first thing I wanted to do was crank out a batch of my Carrot Ginger Soup. It’s something my kids and I both crave. It’s bright, bold and nutrient-rich. And now, it takes me half the time.
Instead of chopping the carrots up and cooking them in a sauce pan along with onion, garlic and ginger, then adding the remaining ingredients for the remainder of the cook time, I just added everything at once, then simply pressed the “soups” setting, which is a 6 and a half minute program designed to heat raw ingredients to a steaming hot soup by using the friction of the blades (which spin at more than 200 mph!). People, it was that simple. No pots and pans to clean up. No hot cook top come the warmer months. Boom, done.
The other programs available on the Ascent Series Vitamix are Smoothies, Frozen Desserts, Dips and Spreads and Self-Cleaning. Yes, it cleans itself! And it’s dishwasher safe if you’re so inclined. The programs are more of a guideline than an “autopilot.” Think of it like the “popcorn” setting on your microwave. It’s very useful, but not a fail safe option. This model also has a bigger blade than the classic Legacy Series blender, which allows for better access into the well to get more product out of the container (wasting less). In the coming months you can expect additional products for use with the Ascent, like a 20 oz smoothie container and a 8 ounce small batch/chopping container.
Want to make my carrot ginger soup yourself? Here’s my recipe:
Carrot Ginger Soup
2 cups chicken stock
1/3 of a medium onion
1/2 pinch of ginger, peeled
1 large clove of garlic
3 cups peeled carrots, roughly cut into 1-2 inch pieces
2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
Generous pinch of turmeric, (or cayenne if you like it spicy)
1/4 c. heavy cream
Add all the above ingredients except the heavy cream, in the order in which they are listed, into your Vitamix. (For a vegan version, substitute vegetable stock for chicken stock and use coconut milk instead of heavy cream.) Press the “soups” setting of your Vitamix. When the program is complete your soup should be completely blended, smooth and piping hot. Taste to adjust seasoning if necessary. Add the heavy cream and pulse, or blend for another 30 seconds. Serve while it’s hot! Make it ahead for later in the week, or freeze it for another time.
I’ll be attending a Vitamix class in early May to learn to make 10 other recipes with my new machine. And you can bet I’ll be trying it out with other recipes in my own kitchen. I see gazpacho, almond butter, and hollandaise sauce in my future. Buy the Ascent before Mother’s Day and save up to $90.
Disclosure: I was gifted a Vitamix Ascent Series Blender, and invited to a complimentary Vitamix class at their retail store as part of an arrangement I made with the Vitamix team.