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Vitamix 5200 for $200 or 300 for retail?

A few weeks ago I bought a Vitamix 300 for full retail from Macy's. Thought I needed the latest and greatest, so I went with that. I love it of course, with the exception of blending smaller amounts - it doesn't do so well (which is funny, because if you look at the stock photo of the red one on Macys' site, it shows an amount definitely less than their recommended 2 cups or whatever for the next-gen pitchers http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/vi...). They recommend purchasing the older style 32 oz pitcher for smaller amounts. Call me crazy but after spending $530 on an appliance I don't feel inclined to spend another $100+ on another jar. Here's the dilemma...a friend of a friend is selling a new-in-box/never registered 5200 for TWO HUNDRED BUCKS. I'm so tempted to get it and return the 300 to Macy's. At that price, I wouldn't even mind spending the extra $100+ for a smaller pitcher, though then I wouldn't really need it unless I decide to put it under my cabinet. Has anyone tried both models? I seem to remember reading a review or two that said the 300 seemed to pulverize seeds somewhat better, which is important to me as I have texture issues with many foods - although I am not sure if I can justify it being ~$365 important (including tax) when I'm sure the 5200 already does a fantastic job.

What would you seasoned Chowhounds do?!

Aug 24, 2014
jpayne80 in Cookware

Green smoothies in Vitamix?

Wow...thank you!!!

Jun 09, 2013
jpayne80 in Cookware

Green smoothies in Vitamix?

Ha! I love it! Maybe that's how I should've started my original post out..."pretend you're cooking for a picky toddler, and reply to me that way!" :D

Jun 06, 2013
jpayne80 in Cookware

Green smoothies in Vitamix?

Thanks for the replies everyone! I'll give your suggestions a try and see if I can find something I can live with. Worst case scenario, I resell it. ;)

Jun 06, 2013
jpayne80 in Cookware

Green smoothies in Vitamix?

I just bought a used Vitamix 4500 for about 1/2 its retail cost, mostly because I want to start making meal-replacement smoothies. Now here's where I get weird... ;) I can count on both hands the fruits and veggies I actually like. My issue with most vegetables is the taste; with fruits, it's primarily a texture or seed thing. I do like the actual flavor of most berries. For greens, I like kale the only way I've ever prepared it (in chips), and I like spinach; however, I don't want my smoothies to actually taste like either. Will whatever berries, yogurt, etc I put in there overpower the greens? And will the Vitamix completely pulverize berry seeds? I know...I have major food issues - not for lack of being willing to try anything though. Thanks in advance for any help, suggestions, beginner recipes, etc anyone can provide. :)

Jun 05, 2013
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ISO a flat-bottomed whistling teakettle

Thanks - just left BBB with this exact style, $8 with 20% coupon. Always a good feeling coming I'm waaay under budget, lol.

Nov 21, 2012
jpayne80 in Cookware

ISO a flat-bottomed whistling teakettle

We have a cooktop range (if I could go back in time 18 months, we wouldn't, but that's neither here nor there ;-)) and my husband has mentioned that his old tin teakettle doesn't seem to heat water as quickly, probably due to the ring on the bottom. He's a bit of a traditionalist and won't just use my coffee maker to heat water and I doubt he'd appreciate an electric water heater because "it would just take up more counter space" so I thought a glass teakettle would be a useful Christmas gift. I just assumed they would all be flat-bottomed but reviews on a few on Amazon have indicated otherwise. Does anyone know of any specific models that have a smooth bottom? Doesn't necessarily have to be glass but I would prefer it to be under $50. Thanks!

Nov 20, 2012
jpayne80 in Cookware

Ninja Cooker (the slowcooker, not the blender)

Marking, as I was thinking of putting this on my Christmas list. :) (never thought I'd turn into that person who asks for functional items as gifts! ;D)

Nov 18, 2012
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Does the Breville Smart Oven replace a microwave?

I have always had a separate microwave and toaster oven but our microwave is dying (hopefully - ha! ;-)) and I'd love to ditch this microwave cart taking up room in our kitchen. I've been reading good things about the Smart Oven but I'm just not clear on whether it functions as a microwave as well as an oven? We use our microwave several times daily (especially for baby food!) so that is a must.

Also, I was planning to use a BBB 20% off coupon if I purchase it, but I read the exclusions and Breville is listed. However, I read on another thread where some had used the coupon to get theirs; was Breville a recent addition to the exclusions or does the coupon work despite the exclusion?

Nov 18, 2012
jpayne80 in Cookware

new vs old cast iron on a glass cooktop?

Thanks everyone! After more discussion with the hubs he says keep the old and we'll chance any scratches ;) I'm also getting another 10" Wagner and 8" Griswold from a local seller for $30! :D

Aug 22, 2012
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Has anyone tried Grand Gourmet cast iron cookware from Meijer?

They have some colors of enameled cast iron on sale for 40-60% off! I got a blue 5qt covered casserole dish for $16. 3qt ones are $12. There's also an offer through Mperks to get a free 5qt dutch oven (they are labeled on the box as casserole dish but there's no difference) in the lime green shadewith any cookware set purchase! Some great deals right now if they're decent quality!

Aug 22, 2012
jpayne80 in Cookware

new vs old cast iron on a glass cooktop?

I'm a cast iron cooking virgin. This past weekend my project was to strip my 10" Wagner, 2 - 8" Wagners, and 6.5" unbranded skillets to prepare them for lard seasoning. However, I thought I remembered reading somewhere that for a glass cooktop newer CI may be better? Something to do with the ring around the bottom of older CI, I'm thinking...? Aesthetics are a concern as my husband tries to keep our 1.5 year old Kenmore looking new. So I could probably easily eBay my Wagners, buy Lodge, and still come out ahead. I have read this thread (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/762368) and this thread (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/417089) but I didn't see anything mentioning that newer may be better. Thoughts? TIA! :)

Aug 20, 2012
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