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VITA MIXER 4000

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Caperchick

VITA MIXER 4000

After years of wishing for a Vita Mixer, I've found one in beautiful condition at our local Value Village for $19.99!  I'm looking forward to getting to know this appliance and wonder if it anyone uses one to grind flour or mix bread dough in it?  Would love to hear from anyone who uses one and what they use it for.

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swtgran

First of all, what a deal!!!!!  I just purchased the 5200. 


In order to grind grains or make bread, a special container is necessary.  I think it is around $99.  Since I have a nutrimill I opted not to purchase it.  I do love it for lots of other things, though.  I probably use it 2-3 times a day, on average. 


There are recipes at their website and a lot of videos demonstrating what you can do with it.  Terry R

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Caperchick

Hello Terry:


Thanks for the info! I'm heading to their website now. I think I'm in for some interesting times in my kitchen.


Regards,...........Lyn

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Leolady

And this model does NOT need another container for grinding grain. 


That is only for the plastic jar newer models -- needing another jar.

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Caperchick

Thank you for your information.  I have read through the manual and realized that I could grind flour with the stainless steel jar. 


What do you do with your Vita Mix 4000?  Do you grind flour or mix bread dough in yours?  If so, how do you find it?


Regards,.............Lyn

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Leolady

I just use mine as a blender.

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AddyB

I have been using this model to grind wheat and rye. I always freeze the grains before grinding to prevent overheating. I grind abour two cups at a time and stop when the outside of the metal container stops feeling cold. This takes about 1.5 minutes. I usually bake only two loaves at a time so the grinding isn't a lengthy onerous process.


I don't get a soft flour (i.e. similar to bought flour) but it is not really coarse either. It is much finer than coarse semolina. I don't know if longer grinding would give me a finer texture but I am quite satisfied with the results I have now.


I never mix  or knead dough in the Vitamix.


 

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Caperchick

Thank you for this great advice, freezing the grains first. I ground some wheat berries and was shocked at how hot the flour became. Now, I'll know better.
I'm not impressed with the recipes in the manual, too junky for my taste.

I apologize for being so late in replying to this post, life has been hectic and I'm just getting back into this blog!

Warmest regards,
Lyn