The VitaMix Craze
I've been meaning to write about this for a couple of months, but I've been sidetracked a number of times. We bought a VitaMix Super 5000 -- finally -- which we've been using to make shakes, smoothies and ice cream. And juice. BTW, if you've never used one of these high-powered blenders, then you have no idea how cool these things can be for making drinks and ice cream.
We had been looking to get one for nearly a year, but we kept putting it off to do research. Finally, after reading all sorts of reviews of the top products, we settled on this brand and model, and it has been really good.
My wife has been happily making nut/seed milks (almond, sunflower, sesame seeds) every few days, and I've been able to make some good citrus or berry juice blends.
And it takes about 3 minutes to make ice cream. You can't beat that!
Needless to say, I really enjoy this purchase. I generally reserve this amount of enthusiasm for computing technology, not food processing equipment.
Did I mention that you can make ice cream and smoothies in about 3 minutes?