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Waring vs. Bamix Immersion Blenders

I had no idea. That is really good to know because I thought wattage was a big factor with how much power the blender has. I think I am leaning toward the Bamix after hearing that information. Does anyone know if the 10 year Bamix warrantly only applies if you buy directly from Bamix?

Dec 23, 2010
janitplanet in Cookware

Microwave - Really THAT bad?!

I am not a Sally Fallon disciple. The book was given to me a few Christmas' ago by my sister-in-law, who grew up in a very health conscious family. I mentioned Sally Fallon because that is was raised the microwave question with me yesterday. The way I view Sally Fallon's book is more like food for thought. She recommends many things I am not sure about. For example, she recommends a diet high in animal products, and frankly, I have just never been a big meat fan - not because somebody said it was bad or good. I just never preferred the taste. As a kid, I would turn my nose up on steak night. Fallon's book has 471 reviews on Amazon many high stars but some very low stars, too. Yes, she is controversial. Like I said, her book is simply a good "food for thought" book that probably contains both good and bad advice.

As far as Tom Valentine goes, I had never heard of him before, and as I mentioned in my post, I did not have the time to research that article further, and I was just noting who Sally Fallon quoted.

It seems that based on past and current studies, we cannot know beyond a shadow of a doubt whether or not anything harmful comes from using the microwave. A solution might be minimal use of the microwave. Who cooks all of there meals in the microwave anyway? It seems best used for leftovers or last minute meals. Personally, I would avoid it with infants as well simply because they are just developing so many things. Doctors say not to microwave babies milk, but I think that is due to uneven heating. I would never grill a babies food either.

Dec 22, 2010
janitplanet in Cookware

Waring vs. Bamix Immersion Blenders

Thanks so much for the advice. I couldn't find the Bamix Deluxe on Amazon, but I will check out Ebay prices. There is a Williams-Sonoma store by my in-laws who I will be visiting next week, so I would not have to pay shipping if I go with them.

So did you ever feel a lack of power from the Bamix Deluxe at 150 watts? Did you ever use it to make smoothies with frozen fruit or ice and did it have any problems doing that?

Dec 21, 2010
janitplanet in Cookware

Microwave - Really THAT bad?!

I was wondering this exact same question yesterday. Christmas vacation has allowed the time for me to pull out "Nourishing Traditions" by Sally Fallon. She is well respected by many in the health food world, but she also has her opponents. Much of her concern over the microwave is due to research that has not been done. As far as the small amount of research that has been done, she claims that it has shown that the microwave may have unfavorable effects on fats and proteins, making them more difficult to assimilate. In addition, she says that more recent studies carried out in Switzerland show that the microwave caused changes in vitamin content and availability. Finally, she says that eating micowaved food results in abnormal blood profiles, similar to those that occur in the early stages of cancer. I believe her source is "Valentine, Tom. 'Search for Health', Sept./Oct 1992, 1:1:2-13." I haven't had a chance to look it up myself.

She recommends using a jet stream oven if you need an appliance that is safe but cooks fast. I was going to research those next.

At the risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist, I do not think the fact that the government has not banned microwaves or that microwave food sells like hotcakes proves anything. The government allows all sorts of harmful things for the sake of money, but that is another story.

Personally, I try to avoid the microwave when I can, but I am a full time teacher and the mother of a three year old, so sometimes the microwave comes in handy. However, I did avoid the microwave for my son when he was an infant. My generation did not have microwaves when we were babies, and I do not want my son to be an experiment. Even now, I often give him cold food just to avoid the microwave. He doesn't know the difference yet. :)

Dec 21, 2010
janitplanet in Cookware

Waring vs. Bamix Immersion Blenders

I am in the market for a new immersion blender, and I have narrowed down my search to the following:

1) Waring WSB33 – 100 watt, 7” (available for $50+shipping from Webstaurant.com)
2) Waring WSB40 – 350 watt, 10” (available for $124 + shipping from Webstaurant.com)
3) Bamix Delux – 150 watt, ?” (available for $129.95 from Williams-Sonoma)

I like the first option because of the price, but I am worried that 100 watts might not have much power. It seems like the cheap models on Amazon have more power than that. However, it is supposed to be a commercial line used in restaurants. Has anyone used this model?

If I am going to jump to the next price bracket, it is between the Waring WSB40 or the 150 watt Bamix. I like the Waring because of the power, but I have heard so many good things about the Bamix. It is a Swiss line and the company offers a ten-year warranty. In addition, the Bamix comes with three different blades and an optional mini food processor for an extra $25. I am wondering if those extras make up for the lack of power compared to the Waring WSB40. Any thoughts on any of these models and how they compare?

Thank you!

Dec 21, 2010
janitplanet in Cookware