Apparently sometime last year an executive at Vita-Mix walked into the engineering department with a brick and said “I’d like to blend this”. What was then created is the most powerful blender on the market, the Vita-Mix XL.
I got the chance to see this blender in action at the NAFEM show a couple of weeks ago. The Vita-Mix booth had the XL front and center along with some chefs doing menu demonstrations and then passing out the results.
It was pretty amazing the things this blender can do. At one point a pico de gallo was made, handed out to the crowd and then with the flick of the switch turned into a puree almost instantly. You could visibly see the chef’s enjoyment over using such a powerful piece of kitchen equipment.
Up until now, if you needed a food blender most likely you would be shopping for a Waring CB15 or Vita-Mix Vita Prep which are significantly less expensive than the Vita-Mix XL. So what are you getting for that extra dough?
- Larger capacity: The XL features a true 1.5 gallon container as opposed to a 1 gallon container. The way this container was designed allows for it to actually hold a full 1.5 gallons. Also included is a 64 oz container for smaller batches.
- Horse Power: 4.2 peak HP. For comparison, that’s most likely more than your kid’s go-cart.
- Control: Features include a smooth variable speed control, a pulse function and pre-programmed timed cycles that allow you to set programs for your various menu items.
- Food Safety: The clear copolyester container is BPA free.
In addition to all the usual features and benefits talk, the Vita-Mix XL is just plain cool. Walking into the kitchen everyday and seeing this monster of a blender is sure to put a smile on any chef’s face and cutting down on prep time is certain to make any owner happy. So happy in fact, he or she might let you take it home at night to whip up some margaritas for you and your friends.