Did you know all Blendtec and Vitamix blenders are considered juicers? While they are not traditional juice EXTRACTORS, meaning they do not squeeze/extract only the juice from the fruit or plant, they make a “wholefood juice” by pulverizing and liquefying the whole fruit or plant including skin, seeds, pulp, etc. By doing this, they are able to keep all the fiber AND allow your body to easily absorb the highly nutritious vitamins and minerals found in the skin and seeds, all that are left behind in juicers.
Many people are well aware that both Blendtec and Vitamix can make (the best!) green smoothies, but to make a true liquid juice will require more water or other liquid than that usual smoothie recipe. Blender Babes recommends between 1.5 to 2 cups (12-16 oz) of filtered water for most green juice recipes. We also like to use red grapes (for the high antioxidant resveratrol located in their skin) to add some natural sweetness as well as additional liquid. :) Blending water with highly fibrous leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, herbs, and even seeds (preferably organic) – will yield a nutritious and detoxing juice.
Blendtec features an automatic WHOLE JUICE button, which runs for a 50 second cycle at various, fluctuating speeds (longer and more powerful than the SMOOTHIE button) and most of the time pressing this button once will yield a juice consistency. However whenever we want the thinnest consistency possible when use several cups of greens vs 1 cup spinach for example, we add a minimum 1 cup of ice and use the SOUP button, which runs for 90 seconds at the highest speed almost the entire cycle.
When juicing with any of the Vitamix standard models, such as the Vitamix 5200, will probably require use of their patented tamper for a few seconds, and you will have to run the blender until you SEE it’s a consistency you prefer. Juicing manually like this with the Vitamix, we usually run the blender for 1.5 minutes, again when using large amounts of greens, before we turn it off. The newer Vitamix models, such as the Vitamix 750 do have an automatic SMOOTHIE setting which runs for 50 seconds, however we prefer the manual settings to be able to run longer when we’re juicing – although we LOVE this for regular and green smoothies!
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