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Yippee

Vitamix

Hi, all:

Do you think it's safe to grind 600g of berries in the Vitamix at once? I'm hoping to streamline the grinding process and avoid inhaling the flour dust, but I also want to make sure that I don't break the machine.  Thanks. 

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MichaelLily

Modernist Bread suggests using the grinding cup attachment. They say it is inexpensive. He also says you can use a food processor or coffee grinder if you have to.

Look into the grinding cup to see if it is reasonably different from the blending cup. I’m thinking either way you probably won’t hurt the blender, but you might not get a fine mill.

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Yippee

for the information. You're right about not hurting the blender. I just ground 600g of berries in the blending cup, and I didn't see (or smell) any problem. I probably won't get an extra cup because I cannot clutter my kitchen any further. I won't complain about the flour milled by the Vit because it is already a hundred times finer than that from my KA mill!

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chleba

I did this for a couple years.  Freeze the berries first, and don't put more than up to the 3 cup line (not sure how much that is in grams, been a while since I've done it - I usually just ground in smaller quantities).

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Yippee

I froze the berries today for the first time. Are you still grinding with your Vitamix? 

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chleba

No, I use a commercial coffee grinder now.  Oh, I was using the vitamix dry container (mine's an older unit from about 10 years ago before they had the cool ones of today), but I think the regular container should be fine, too?  You may want to sift, as you'll get an errant cracked berry that missed the pulverization - I only sifted once, there were three or four, no big deal - it's messy, flour goes everywhere (everywhere!), so I decided an occasionally partial berry was a-okay! :)

Coffee grinder is an ek43 - for anyone curious, there's no benefit to the grain burrs which have been discontinued.  I had to stop coffee due to terrible heart burn, and this thing was sitting around, so I tried it.  Works fantastic.  Don't judge me :D :P~~~~

EDIT: earlier, I wrote not to go above the 3 cup line.. actually, you might consider not going above the 1 cup line just to try it out the first time if you have the newer machines.. smaller amount may not work as well.  I have no clue on the build quality of the modern ones, wouldn't want to give you bad advice and break it :(

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Yippee

The less hands-on work, the better. Honestly, I'd skip grinding if I can buy what I need, but it's been so confusing/uncertain what (kind of rye flour) I will be getting so I have to bite the bullet. Thanks again for your information.

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