I finally ponied up for a Vitamix 5300. I've used it once and I'm disappointed.
First, I was surprised (and not in a good way) that the instructions state that you may not add ingredients unless the lid plug or tamper are in place. I am accustomed to making emulsions by blending everything except the oil, then slowly adding the oil.
I made this passion fruit dressing by putting all of the ingredients in the Vitamix then blending (starting at the slowest speed then working up to the highest speed). All of the honey remained in the bottom of the blender jar. I tried blending a second time. All the honey was still at the bottom of the blender jar. I ended up whisking the dressing.
Am I misunderstanding how to use a Vitamix? If this is the best it can do I plan to return it. My thirty year old Waring bar blender does a better job of emulsifying and I can add ingredients while it's running.
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