It is no secret that Vitamix blenders are able to make hot soup. This is one of their major selling points. But do all Vitamix blenders make hot soup? To answer this question, we need to dig deeper into what exactly it means to make hot soup with your Vitamix blender.
There are many different blenders offered by Vitamix. They make budget units with small containers for personal use and they make massively powerful blenders for industrial purposes, such as in restaurants, bars, and cafes. And the truth is that all of them have the ability to make hot soup.
It all comes down to the friction of the blades. And in this regard, any powerful blender is able to make hot soup. So long as the blades spin quickly enough, the friction will make your soup the perfect temperature. Not only that but with the usefulness of the blender you can blend the soup from raw ingredients while it is heating up.
How Does Vitamix Make Hot Soup?
If you have been shopping around for blenders, you have probably seen many blenders advertised that they make hot soup. But how exactly can any blender make hot soup when they can’t actually cook? I mean, how does your Vitamix make hot soup!
Your biggest concern is probably that this is false advertising, but that is not actually the case. Many blenders can indeed make hot soup, including your Vitamix blender. It is not about cooking so much as it is about heating.
Today we will learn how your Vitamix can make hot soup, what other kinds of hot things it can make, and how exactly you can go about doing it. Obviously, your Vitamix blender does not have a cooking mechanism, there is no heating element inside the blender, nor does it have a switch that activates a heat mode.
Nonetheless, just by spinning its blades, your Vitamix blender will easily heat up cold soup so that you can eat it directly. Let’s take a look at how.
The Science Behind Hot Soup in a Blender
OK, here we go. It is time to look at some science. You see, your Vitamix blender heats soup by using friction. You know that feeling when you rub your hands together and they get way too hot way too quickly? Well, imagine doing that 500 times a second. Your hands would get so hot that the skin would literally burn off!
This is what’s happening inside your Vitamix blender with the blades. Because the blades spin at over 500 times per second, it creates an intense amount of friction energy. So much energy can boil cold water in only 8 minutes. While that may seem like a long time, it is basically the same as trying to boil water on the stove.
As stated previously, the temperature inside your Vitamix blender will increase by about 10 degrees per minute. And so, when you place your cold soup inside the Vitamix blender and start to blend, it is being heated by 10 degrees each minute. It will only take about four or five minutes for your soup to reach full hotness.
There are only two steps you need to take for warming your soup. First, pour your soup in the blender. Second, turn the speed all the way up. After less than five minutes of blending, you will have piping hot soup that is ready to be eaten.
You can always add your pre-cooked ingredients in the middle of blending or before, depending on how blended you want your potatoes and other ingredients. If you are making chili or stew, you can definitely mix your pre-cooked meat along with the rest of your chili base. Just keep in mind that if you want large chunks, you will need to place them inside the blender afterward or they will be turned into mush.
Do all Vitamix Blenders Make Hot Soup?
Even the Vitamix machines that are budget can make hot soup. You don’t need to purchase the most expensive machines to get this feature. When it comes to the small, personal units that use to-go tumblers, you can also heat your soup! These machines are smaller and have motors that are less powerful, but if you keep the blades spinning the friction will eventually heat your liquid.
And it doesn’t end with soup. If you have lukewarm coffee, throw it into the blender for about 5 minutes and it will be heated to perfection. You can also do this to heat purees, sauces, and any other types of liquid food.
Can Your Vitamix Cook Meat?
The short answer is no. Your Vitamix blender can absolutely not cook meat, and nobody recommends that you try. No matter how clever you think you are, your Vitamix blender will not cook any meat.
If you are looking to add meat to your soup, you will need to cook it separately. This is not a recommendation, it is just reality. Additionally, you will need to cook your vegetables separately. For example, if you are adding potatoes into your soup, you will need to cook them first.
It is important that you understand the Vitamix blender is not going to cook your soup, it is simply going to heat it until it is hot. For this reason, you need to cook any ingredients before they get put into the blender. This includes vegetables, meat, and any other edible ingredient you intend to cook.
However, one of the great things about heating your soup in a Vitamix blender is that your soup ingredients will retain all of their nutrients because they are not being cooked. For raw vegetables, this is great and extremely healthy. This is why a lot of people who prefer eating only raw foods love Vitamix blenders.
As a general rule, stay aware that if you want to keep your live food enzymes completely intact, you only want to blend your soup for about 3 or 4 minutes. This is because the Vitamix blender will heat up by about 10 degrees per minute. Because of that, heating your food only for about 4 minutes will keep all the enzymes intact. It may be helpful to keep a kitchen thermometer with you if you want to get the temperature exactly right.
If you are not sure, the best food temperature for most raw foodists is about 40 degrees Celsius. If you make your food any hotter than that it is going to destroy all the precious enzymes you have been looking forward to eating.
How to Properly Heat Soup Using Your Vitamix Blender
There are some important steps to follow for properly heating soup inside your Vitamix blender. It is important to first note that you cannot heat or cook meat using your Vitamix blender. It doesn’t matter if you have the most expensive Vitamix blender on the planet, you cannot use it for cooking meat or other ingredients.
If you are adding potatoes or other ingredients that need to first be cooked, you must cook them separately and then add them to the soup later. This is OK, as it will give you a nice chunky texture in your soup rather than blending meat and hearty ingredients into a liquid paste.
The first step to heating your soup is to pour all your ingredients into the blender. Then you want to place the lid on the blender and turn the machine on high. You will need to keep an eye on the blender to make sure nothing goes wrong. You will be able to feel through the exterior of the container as the heat is intensifying inside, kind of like putting your hand on the exterior of a kettle while water is boiling.
It generally takes about 5 or 10 minutes to heat soup. Remember that your Vitamix blender will heat the mixture by roughly 10 degrees every 60 seconds. After about 5 or 6 minutes, and if the container is starting to feel hot, you can stop and check the mixture. Just remember that your soup will quickly lose its heat from the friction if you stop the blades.
Another thing to remember is that you need to keep your eyes open in case the motor begins to overheat. It shouldn’t, but if you have an older Vitamix or if you are using a different type of blender, there may be some issues with overheating of the motor. If you smell burning rubber, burning electricity, or if you hear an extremely disturbing noise coming for your blender, stop the process immediately.
Notes on Heating Soup with Your Vitamix
First of all, you do not ever need to sharpen the blades on your Vitamix blender. It is completely unnecessary, especially since the blades are never sharp to begin with. Keep in mind that your Vitamix blades are already dull at the beginning. They are blunt and used to chop and pulverize rather than slice. Never try sharpening your blades.
Also, you never need to remove the blades for cleaning. The only reason to ever remove the blades from your Vitamix is if there was an accident where something like a metal spoon got inside your container and bent the blades and you need to replace them. Otherwise, it is important to leave the blades where they are.
It is also good to keep in mind that friction does take some time to work. This is why frozen treats and smoothies are still ice cold after being blended. A smoothie only takes about 30 seconds to complete, which is not enough time for the blender to heat using friction, and therefore your favorite beverages are always ice cold.
Bonus Hot Soup Recipe: Curried Carrot Soup
As you now know, your Vitamix blender can make hot soup no matter which model it is. Every model has the capability of heating soup using the friction from its blades. Make no mistake, Vitamix blenders are the real deal.
And so, before we close I will leave you with a bonus hot soup recipe of curried carrot soup. This recipe is delicious, you can make it in under 10 minutes using your blender, and it is totally free of dairy or meat. This is an excellent carrot soup for a cold winter day, and it can be served as a full meal or as an appetizer.
- 6 Medium Carrots
- 1 Small Onion (Chopped in your Vitamix)
- 1/8 Lemon
- ½ Teaspoon Salt
- ¾ Teaspoon Curry Powder
- Ground Black Pepper (Just a Pinch)
- 2 Cups Vegetable Broth
- ½ Cup Soy Milk
- The first step is to blend all your ingredients in your Vitamix blender for about 6 minutes straight on the highest speed. Be sure that your carrots are quartered and steamed first and that your single onion is chopped and steamed. Also, your 1/8 lemon should be peeled.
- After 6 minutes the blades will have created enough friction that all the raw ingredients are heated. You can now remove the hot soup from the blender and serve it immediately.
- Keep in mind that Vitamix blenders work by intensifying the flavors of any of your aromatic ingredients, such as garlic, herbs, and onions.