When I read this post on Oh She Glows, I knew I had to give this a try. And it’s true: making your own coconut butter in a Vitamix is super easy. It only took the S 30 about 8 minutes, and while the result isn’t exactly making me squee, I guess this too can be modified with various flavours, and I think it’s another great feature of a high speed blender I wouldn’t have thought of by myself. Besides, I haven’t used coconut butter in baking yet, and I love baking with coconut milk, so I’ll have to give this a try soon.
All in all, the little S 30 seems to be a keeper so far. I’ll experiment some more with hummus and pasta sauces and salad dressings and smoothies, and if I come across something surprising and marvellous, I’ll let you know. And if the S 30 doesn’t suddenly and unexpectedly act up, it can stay (and will probably be named after something from a Jack Vance novel, since it comes from the future and makes nice food).
Of course I had to try it! Unfortunately, I can’t freeze bananas right now, since the unpredictable Fridge from Hell might find random ways of destroying them if I tried. But I can get frozen berries from the supermarket. So I threw a packet of frozen strawberries in the S 30 and turned them into sorbet. Just like that!
The motor got a little hot (I could smell it – but nothing alarming), but it didn’t switch itself off or do anything weird, and then I had strawberry sorbet.
It’s nice, and/but having tried it, I can easily see how you could modify it by adding yogurt, coconut milk etc. to make it into even better ice cream. And the Vitamix might prefer that too.
Ha! I made two big ice cubes! Not slush, not containers frozen into a big block of ice that fills what doesn’t even resemble a regular freezer compartment in the silly Fridge from Hell. And yes, I used American pill boxes, which a kind internet person once sent me because I mentioned I like how they look. (Probably just a case of TV-and-cinema-induced exoticism.) Anyway. The S 30 eats ice cubes for breakfast.
Also spinach leaves, pre-soaked chia seeds and a whole cardamom pod (which may be a little too much cardamom for one big smoothie, but I’m not complaining). Blended with a banana and soymilk, plus some cinnamon.
The second test recipe I chose for the little S 30 was the Chicky Tuna Salad from my favourite cookbook ever: Isa Does It by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. I’ve missed being able to make this in a food processor or blender, so now it’s back to being a staple recipe in my kitchen. The “tuna” factor in this vegan dish comes from two sources: chickpeas for the texture and seaweed for the flavour. And with some extra crunchiness from chopped-up carrots and sunflower seeds, it’s just about perfect, whether with some extra veggies on the side or all of it wrapped up in a wholegrain tortilla.
This time I had to be very careful not to accidentally overmix the vegetables. This little blender packs some serious power!
Chopping onions without tears (but with the carrots thrown in):
First casualty: the tip of my new spatula. (Memo to myself: 1. Make sure you’re fully awake. 2. If needed, find more coffee or tea. 3. Use the tamper when the motor is ON; only use the spatula when the motor is OFF.)