The all New Vita-Prep® commercial blender from Vitamix is a reliable power tool for gourmet and professional kitchens. This model includes the 64 oz Container, which you'll find indispensable. It is designed to simplify every task with either high or variable-speed blending. Just remember to start the Vita-Prep on a lower speed for heavier foods and then crank it up to high speed to finish your products to perfection. The Vita-Prep also includes a 54-page recipe manual that explains methods, variations, and suggestions for a myriad of menu items. You'll learn how to quickly prepare purees or chopped vegetables that cost less to make than fabricated products. Most importantly, the Vita-Prep is easy to clean. The container rinses easily, and the base needs little more than a quick wipe with a wet cloth at the end of the day. The Vitamix Vita-Prep is also available in the more powerful 3 HP model, the Vita-Prep 3.
The Vitamix Vita-Prep is powered by a 2.3 HP motor that outlasts other brands 3 to 1 and provides all the muscle you need for frequent operation. Surrounding the motor is a sturdy ABS plastic body that withstands abuse and is easy to clean. A metal-on-metal drive system connects the motor to the blending container for better durability as opposed to plastic. The Vita-Prep comes with either a 64 ounce high-impact, clear container, complete with blade assembly and lid, tamper, and black base, that is NSF-Certified. NSF certification is very important for restaurants that wish to promote food safety. The 2-piece heavy rubber lid locks into place and has a cap on top which allows you to add ingredients while the Vita-Prep is running.
When you juice whole foods in the Vitamix Vita-Prep, the cell walls of whole fruits and vegetables are pulverized. You get the delicious juice and all of the nutritious whole food fiber. Unlike a juice extractor that discards the pulp, the Vita-Prep starts with the whole fruit or vegetable and delivers all the health benefits of both the juice and the fiber. The Vita-Prep has the motor power, speed, container and blade design to make it happen smoothly by pulverizing the whole food fiber and breaking it into microscopic pieces that are easy to digest. You get a creamy, smooth juice full of fiber with no fiber "feel"!
Cooking soups in the Vita-Prep starts with fresh, whole produce and in 4 to 6 minutes you'll get a steaming hot soup complete with all the nutrients. The Vita-Prep blades turn so fast they generate enough friction to bring soup up to serving temperature. Simply toss in the ingredients identified in the recipe, secure the lid, flip the switch, and you'll experience a delicious, whole vegetable soup with no peeling or seeding required! To make a chunky soup, cooked meat or seafood may be added on low speed during the last few seconds. The Vitamix Vita-Prep does not stop at soups! You will be making lump-free sauces, gravies and puddings almost effortlessly. Fresh or canned fruits can be turned into delicious fruit syrups to use on ice cream, pancakes or waffles.
The Vitamix Vita-Prep is designed for grinding foods that contain moisture such as nuts and meat. The precision-crafted stainless steel blades draw the mixture down and into the blender for proper processing and do all the work for you. Water draws the item into the blades resulting in a uniform chop. The type of chop, whether coarse or fine, is determined by the speed selected on the Variable Dial. With wet chopping, you can easily prepare vegetables for soups, salads, stir-frying, side dishes and coleslaw. Wet chopping is also the recommended preparation for all raw vegetables where a uniform chop is required (e.g., salsa). However, when wet chopping ingredients for salsa, the moisture released by the vegetables is sufficient for the vegetables to circulate into the blades.
Dry chopping is used for such things as carrots, olives, nuts, coconut, onions, eggs and cheese. With the Vita-Prep, these tasks are quick, easy and require little cleanup. For best results, chop only one cup at a time. You decide how coarse or fine you want the finished product by adjusting the Variable Speed Dial. The faster the speed"the finer the chop. Remember, the precision-crafted stainless steel blades do all the work, so you don't have to. You can even combine some items used in the same recipe to save more time. Vitamix strongly recommends using the Dry Blade Assembly if dry chopping or dry grinding is primary purpose for your Vitamix Vita-Prep. You can either change it out with the included Wet Blade, or you can purchase an additional blending container with its own dry blade for the ultimate convenience.
The Vitamix Vita-Prep is designed for grinding whole grains, beans, rice and coffee. Freshly-ground flours take only 1 minute in your new Vita-Prep. Take whole wheat berries, such as hard red, soft winter white or Golden 86 and turn them into wonderful fresh breads, rolls and hot cereals. Even beans, rice, and tapioca are easily ground into flours for use in gluten-free recipes. Grinding your own grains will give you all the nutritional benefits of fiber-rich, preservative-free homemade bread.
One of the most amazing desserts you'll make in your Vitamix Vita-Prep is a delicious frozen treat. And what's even more amazing is that you'll make it in under a minute! Frozen desserts start with a frozen fruit ingredient. The secret is the high performance precision-crafted stainless steel blades that crush and cut up frozen ingredients in seconds. The blade action produces a larger frozen surface area that releases coldness. The Vita-Prep works so fast that it all happens in about 30 seconds. And there's no time for the mixture to melt. With the help of the accelerator tool, the mixture actually refreezes itself instantly and creates a smooth and scrumptious soft-serve frozen treat.
Start with grains from your freezer and turn them into fresh baked bread from the oven. Yes the Vita-Prep even kneads dough so you won't ever have to touch it. Making bread from start to finish is so quick and easy, you can make healthy, preservative-free bread fresh daily. Bread made the Vita-Prep way is superior to commercially produced white bread in many different ways"more dietary fiber, more vitamins, and fabulous, fresh, home-baked taste!
Like all Vitamix machines, this Vita-Prep is built to last. It comes with a 3-year warranty against defects in parts and workmanship which includes a 1-year labor service contract. (Other warranties may apply outside the US and Canada.) All Vitamix blenders are backed by J.L. Hufford's Satisfaction Policy.
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This is my first purchase with J.L. Hufford. I received my Vitamix quickly and was VERY well packaged. I will MOST definitely purchase from J.L. Hufford again.