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Chloe
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The Vitamix is like a 1/4 horsepower. I don't think anything is as powerful. It lasts forever..lifetime warranty. Makes soup from friction..no other blender does that.My problem with the infomercial kitchen gadgets is the quality. How long does it last?
My first Bullet lasted a year.  A year? I paid$60 and it lasted a year? I've had toasters last longer.  So sure, the Nutribullet looks great... easy, purees..makes smoothies, but It's $140 and will it break after 2 months? No one knows. It's a new item.

People were complaining about the Magic Bullet not lasting so I think they started making them better, because I still have the 2nd one I bought.


Here's where one container cracked....along the bottom where there are those rounded but squared off corners...a piece just broke right off....I think this was before they started changing their containers...maybe this was over 10 years ago that it happened and .yes for free they
replaced it....only now I think their longer guarantees costs $$.

As for the Nutribullet....Target, Bed Bath and Beyond have it for $99....trouble was I couldn't
find any local store that had any in stock...and I wasn't going to pay $149 for something I wasn't
sure I'd like....The Nutribullet website sells it for $119 plus free shipping....and if I didn't
get all excited and want it immediately, the cost of driving there in gas $$ probably equalled
an online purchase.  Just didn't want to wait...You know how impatient people can get after
they watch an infommercial....

But I've got a one year guarantee on this product after I send back the registration card. Or if
I register it online, they'll give me 3 extra free months of guarantee.  Not bad.

But still haven't tried it....have to go buy produce later today.

Only negative comments I read online was that it leaked...and a few people commented that the
issue was due specifically to overfilling the cup's capacity.  THere is a line drawn as a fill maximum....People stuff this to the top and there is no aeration capacity left.   Puts excessive pressure on the gaskets. SO knowing that, I'm hoping I'll enjoy using it.


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Just had to share my experience with my new Nutribullet...I love it!  I truly love it...It didn't leak and the
result was a very thick creamy smoothie..  I used kale, spinach, pears, pineapple, almonds and
pecans.  I think it was a bit too bitter and next time, less kale...but the consistency is great
and the perfect way to drink 2 cups of veggies and get plenty of fruit.  Thought about this after
I drank it....It needed a sweeter fruit.  It's suggested that you mix as many different items as possible.
Berries and kiwi next time.  Maybe cucumber instead of kale.  But this little machine is so heavy duty
and so well built. I'm really happy with my purchase and it won't be a problem using it every day
as it's super easy to clean.


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Just had to share my experience with my new Nutribullet...I love it!  I truly love it...It didn't leak  


Glad to hear that. I hope it lasts a few years for you. What comes with it? How many glasses? The Magic Bullet comes with 4 mugs plus other stuff. I never liked how the MB didn't totally puree the frozen berries.. I use the Vitamix for that.  Does it make peanut butter?
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I never liked how the MB didn't totally puree the frozen berries.. I use the Vitamix for that.  Does it make peanut butter?


Good questions.  I like my smoothies perfectly smooth, with no lumps of things in them and my heavy-duty Kitchenaid blender does a great job at that.  But it won't make veggies such as kale smoothly blended .

I use my Omega juicer to powder almonds.  It would be nice if I had one machine that would do both.



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Glad to hear that. I hope it lasts a few years for you. What comes with it? How many glasses? The Magic Bullet comes with 4 mugs plus other stuff. I never liked how the MB didn't totally puree the frozen berries.. I use the Vitamix for that.  Does it make peanut butter?


This is exactly what comes in the box.

http://www.nutribullet.com/index.php?r=site/whatyouget

You know there isn't that much information that comes with this beyond making those nutriblast
drinks...It has two blades much like the Vitamix and one is for milling grains but it says nothing
about making nut butter.  I'm wondering if they want you to purchase some kind of cookbook..
Remember I didn't buy this from the website but from Target...so it was just the box of what
they sell as a kit, a recipe booklet and a booklet that mostly talks about the benefits of drinking these nutriblasts.

I could purchase this book  http://www.nutribullet.com/index.php?r=site/accessories for
$29 but not sure if it's going to give me anything I can use...Once you own a Vitamix, you pretty much can make endless things. My main reason for buying the Nutribullet was portion size.  One drink...easy clean up.  And it has met my expectations. I wanted something I'd be forced to see and
use every day. My problem with my Vitamix is that it's big, and my portion sizes are often too large
for one serving. I don't like storing leftovers of a smoothie in the refrigerator..  I sort of think
the enzymes aren't as potent the next day.

Do you have a stick blender?  Easy to make pnb in that.  I also like my mini food processor for
making nut butter.  Easier to clean than the Vitamix.  Can you make nut butter in a Magic Bullet?

I usually find that although companies like to say it's possible to have just one appliance that can "do it all", I have my favorite appliances for making specific foods.  What my stick blender can't do, my Vitamix can.  And truthfully, this Nutribullet isn't doing anything that my Vitamix can't do....except to give me a portion size that will force me to actually be making these drinks very often.

PS

I just emailed Nutribullet and asked two questions.

Is their cookbook for $29 all raw recipes?
Can you make nut butter in this machine?

WIll let you know when I know.


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I use my Omega juicer to powder almonds.  It would be nice if I had one machine that would do both.


Wow..I didn't know the Omega powders almonds?! My Vitamix turns them into a meal more..Not ground enough.
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Wow..I didn't know the Omega powders almonds?! My Vitamix turns them into a meal more..Not ground enough.


http://www.omegajuicers.com/juicers/masticating-juicers/juicer-8006.html
This is the juicer I have.  It powders them more finely than a 'meal', but not as fine as flour.  I sprinkle it on baked sweet potatoes/ghee, but haven't tried baking with the powder.



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This is exactly what comes in the box.http://www.nutribullet.com/index.php?r=site/whatyouget


Thanks! I was thinking why should I get a Nutribullet if I have a Vitamix? I don't make more than I need. I usually use the lines on the pitcher and measure about 1 cup or so of liquid and then add the vegetables..etc..some ice.

I use the Magic Bullet but I'm not loving the way the bullet doesn't puree' the frozen fruit and I hate the chunks..I don't think it makes peanut butter. On that infomercial they did a lot of different things with it and peanut butter wasn't one of them. I mean it doesn't even chop onions all that great. You're right we need a different machine to do different things.  I have a stick blender. I didn't know you can make peanut butter with it?!    Wouldn't the peanuts go flying everywhere?  I can't imagine they'd stay in the bowl. I like using the stick blender when I make bean soups like split pea.
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My stick blender has a cup where the motor handle is sitting above a bowl which contains a blade....which  actually resembles a mini food processor.  I think the regular immersion blender unless you're using one with a covered container is going to get peanuts everywhere.  Ideally, a food processor makes the best nut butters.  I often throw a bunch of mixed nuts into my mini food processor, add a drizzle of a compliant oil and blend away until I have the texture and consistency I like.


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Alright.. i'm wondering if I can make almond milk using the Nutribullet?  anyone tried it?!!!

rice milk?!!
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I'd say yes to rice milk (though I've not made it nor do I own a Nutribullet), and yes to almond milk if you use almond butter and water. I make that in a hand-held shaker jar...

Chloe? Your thought on making almond milk using whole almonds in the Nutribullet?


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Regarding almond milk...  You can only fill this Nutribullet up to a maximum fill line...and the container
is very small in relation to a Vitamix.  I'm thinking there is a good chance it's going to leak.  THe ideal
situation for making these nutriblast drinks is a lot of leafy greens, fruits, other veggies, nuts, seeds
but not much liquid.  TO make almond milk, I"d suggest a blender or Vitamix over this Nutribullet...
The more liquid you use, the more likely it is to leak.  I had one issue with thinking I was just at the
fill line but probably added too much water so when I ran the machine, I did have a little leakage...

THis is the complaint of Nutribullet.  People say it leaks and it will.....but only if overfilled...which until
I get the hang of it, I'm seeing it's very easy to cross that line, even a little bit....which does cause a
problem.

Just don't think making almond milk in this machine is going to work well....You'd wind up with such
a small amount of liquid when done....Remember you have to strain the almonds out....What I think
almonds and water might make in this machine is an almond shake.....something super thick and
difficult to strain....I make almond milk in my Vitamix.

Honestly, it's not like these two machines are in the same category.....After using this Nutribullet,
I'm realizing it's very best application is for this nutriblast drink....something I'm having every day
and probably would not have gone to the trouble to have made it in my Vitamix.

I'd rather have a super awesome blender if I didn't have a Vitamix.....I would never spend $99 on
something that only did one thing really well....which is to make this highly nutritional shake....

The answer is "no".....Don't try to add a lot of liquid to a Nutribullet...It's basically best for making
a super nutritional smoothie....something very thick....and breaking down all the plant fiber.  It
met my expectations because I'm getting 2 extra cups of leafy vegetables a day (kale/spinach/
collards) plus an extra fruit and yesterday, avocado.  Sometimes I'm in the mood to eat vegetables,
mostly not.  This is solely why I purchased this machine.  Raw, plant foods in liquid form.  Yes I
know, my Vitamix would have been able to do the same thing but this is smaller and conveniently
sitting on my counter....My Vitamix wasn't sitting out....  And maybe an awesome blender could do
the same thing. But I don't own a blender.


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Well for traveling which we do alot of, i think the Nutriblast is ideal.  so that's why I purchased it.  We have a Green Star Juicer which we purchased 4 years ago that is fabulous.  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001D.....ef=asc_df_B001DZAAP6

But I've always wondered about also having a vitamix to use more of the fiber.

But here's what I was thinking.. since the Nutiblast seems to chop up seeds quite nicely as it juices.. could one put in softened almonds and a bit of water and get the job done that way.. and then take it out pour in a picher and add more water?  I mean why do you need to strain it?  From what I can tell with the nutriblast, there is nothing left to strain when it's done mixing.  
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Well for traveling which we do alot of, i think the Nutriblast is ideal.  so that's why I purchased it.  We have a Green Star Juicer which we purchased 4 years ago that is fabulous.  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001D.....ef=asc_df_B001DZAAP6

But I've always wondered about also having a vitamix to use more of the fiber.

But here's what I was thinking.. since the Nutiblast seems to chop up seeds quite nicely as it juices.. could one put in softened almonds and a bit of water and get the job done that way.. and then take it out pour in a picher and add more water?  I mean why do you need to strain it?  From what I can tell with the nutriblast, there is nothing left to strain when it's done mixing.  


Being you already purchased a Nutribullet, gotta tell you it's heavy for its size....It's smaller than
a blender but not lighter.

Yes, your idea of putting in softened almonds, a bit of water and then adding water afterwards
sounds like it would work well. If you try it, come back and share your results.  I'd like to know
if it can do more than what I'm presently using it for.  Just trying to avoid leakage, which I"m
afraid is going to get liquid down into the motor.  It's got plastic plugs covering screws sitting
over the motor area, but kind of wonder if cleaning out liquid constantly isn't going to cause
some to drip down deeper.  The thing about any machine that pulverizes food and liquid with
the container on top (turned upside down) is that leaking is more likely.  A blender contains
liquid more effectively.

Your green star juicer looks good. I have something very similar which I don't use....it has too many
parts and pieces to change.  I like simple!  I own 3 juicers....don't ever use them.  Too much trouble to clean.
And I don't like leaving large appliances sitting on my counter.  But this is just me.


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I put the green star away after every use. very easy to clean as well and put together and take apart.   it eats up whatever you put in it!!! fantastic juicer.. well worth the money.  

i had a friend who had a Green Juice Bar and she kept buying these cheap juicers.  i kept trying to convince her to just make one investment once and for all but no.. she'd go through um like crazy. a waste...

as far as the almond milk, i dont' think my regular blender is going to chop the almonds to bits like it shows a nutiblender does.. so i will certainly share the results.  

and finally for traveling.. well, we will just put it in a tote bag and into the car it goes.  i've carried my blender on trips for the same reason!      our suitcases and gear are much heavier than this little thing I'm sure!  
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I put the green star away after every use. very easy to clean as well and put together and take apart.   it eats up whatever you put in it!!! fantastic juicer.. well worth the money.  

i had a friend who had a Green Juice Bar and she kept buying these cheap juicers.  i kept trying to convince her to just make one investment once and for all but no.. she'd go through um like crazy. a waste...

as far as the almond milk, i dont' think my regular blender is going to chop the almonds to bits like it shows a nutiblender does.. so i will certainly share the results.  

and finally for traveling.. well, we will just put it in a tote bag and into the car it goes.  i've carried my blender on trips for the same reason!      our suitcases and gear are much heavier than this little thing I'm sure!  


Car traveling + Nutribullet = good idea.
Airplane traveling + Nutribullet = pretty heavy!

Although your regular blender might not chop almonds to bits, using almond flour (almonds that
are already in a powdery form) would blend well if added to smoothie ingredients made in a blender.  I Have this very old hand cranked little machine made by Zyliss that I must have for 25 years or more....It makes powder (flour) out of nuts. A slow process but it makes super fresh almond flour.
I could never replace this little appliance as I wanted to give one as a gift..  It's very small, fits into a drawer, has two different blade barrels and just works by easily turning a crank handle.

That's what I meant when I said in a earlier post.  Sometimes one piece of equipment does something so well, you keep using it rather than find the one appliance that can do everything perfectly.


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Hummm... very intriguing about using almond flour to kind of make almond milk.  what would be the downfall of this?  what would be the difference i wonder... have you tried it?
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Hummm... very intriguing about using almond flour to kind of make almond milk.  what would be the downfall of this?  what would be the difference i wonder... have you tried it?


Nope, haven't tried it...I wasn't referring to making almond milk out of it, but now that you've mentioned it, why not...although it would need to be incorporated into the water by blending rather
vigorously. I was thinking of just adding almond flour to a smoothie when adding fruits/veggies and
a liquid.....rather than using whole almonds.  Really was saying this for those who have blenders
but don't own gadgets like Nutribullet which will pulverize whole nuts very well.

On the other hand, a lot of people have just used almond butter plus water to make almond milk.

Ever try that?  I have and it works well.



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cool.. i like that almond butter idea!!!
much better than having to drink the kind from the store with all the gums...  
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Well I tried out the Nutri Blast today and it's great - but it does not make enough for us.

I usually juice greens and carrots and an apple and other fruits and add protein powder and other stuff like Chia seeds and so on and so forth and this little thing takes barely 2 cups of loose greens!  I usually juice up to a whole head of kale and 3 stalks of celery and a bunch of carrots, etc., etc. and end up with a full blender which hubby and I split ending up with two full glasses each.

So I"m going to keep it to use on the road when we travel and eventually when I can afford it, also get a vitamix.  Is two cups of greens in a cup enough for full nutrient content?  

I do like the fact I can put the entire vegetable in there and not waste any of the fiber.. I know there is debate on the web about what's better for you.. only the juice that is made with a juicer or the shake that is made with a vitamix where you are eating the entire vegetable.  What are the thoughts about all that on this board?

In the meantime, I guess I will keep using it.. but I'll just have to juice up three containers of leafy greens to get the same amount i'm used to getting from the juicer.




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BluesSinger, Two cups of greens is what the booklet says to use.  My SWAMI recommends 6 cups
of veggies per day....so my real goal is to just consume as much plant food as possible..I'm not quite understanding your question which was "Is Two cups of greens in a cup enough for full nutrient content?"

Did everything completely liquify?  Did you put in nuts or seeds?  Honestly, I didn't think the flavor was as delicious as I find juicing vegetables and fruits in my juicer but I do both... I think it's imperative to include fiber and skins because this is exactly what you'd get if you ate a raw piece of fruit or a raw veggie...I sort of see the Nutribullet as a masticator.....It's chewing up and breaking down the fiber.  Most people do not chew their food long enough....I know I'm guilty....I'm forever reminding myself to chew longer before swallowing.  Most people swallow too many large pieces before it has adequate time to thoroughly mix with saliva.

http://www.symptomfind.com/health/reasons-to-chew-your-food/



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I tried making almond milk using almond flour.
I was not in the mood to fuss.

I wanted a thick coffee creamer type of product.
I used Honeyville Farms blanched almond flour, water, and a Magic Bullet.
I blended almond with water until I got the thickness/viscosity of half and half. I did not strain it.
It was a bit chalky and blah.

I let it sit in the fridge overnight, figuring that the almonds would soak up some water or some magical chemical reaction would occur. I don't think it was much creamier in the AM, but maybe a little.
I added agave and a little salt.  
It was still a little bit chalky, but I am OK with it.

I have been drinking soy creamer in my occasional coffee. I do not like much sweetener and guar gum is not a favorite.

Of course, anyone who thinks about it will realize that I am type O and have absolutely no business creating a "creamer" for the occasional small cup of coffee that is a swami avoid for me.  




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I tried making almond milk using almond flour.
I was not in the mood to fuss.

I wanted a thick coffee creamer type of product.
I used Honeyville Farms blanched almond flour, water, and a Magic Bullet.
I blended almond with water until I got the thickness/viscosity of half and half. I did not strain it.
It was a bit chalky and blah.

I let it sit in the fridge overnight, figuring that the almonds would soak up some water or some magical chemical reaction would occur. I don't think it was much creamier in the AM, but maybe a little.
I added agave and a little salt.  
It was still a little bit chalky, but I am OK with it.

I have been drinking soy creamer in my occasional coffee. I do not like much sweetener and guar gum is not a favorite.

Of course, anyone who thinks about it will realize that I am type O and have absolutely no business creating a "creamer" for the occasional small cup of coffee that is a swami avoid for me.  


Next time, try making almond "creamer" with almond butter and water. Strain or not (I don't). Great in coffee or whatever you use creamer for...


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Quoted from prunella

I wanted a thick coffee creamer type of product.
I used Honeyville Farms blanched almond flour, water, and a Magic Bullet.
I blended almond with water until I got the thickness/viscosity of half and half. I did not strain it.
It was a bit chalky and blah.



I believe that any commercial product that has already been ground into flour is going to lose freshness and flavor.  And there is no knowing exactly what process they used to make the flour.  It may be a rather lifeless substance.  If you don't want to soak, rinse and blend your own almonds (and I understand the work involved!), I also think a good quality almond butter would make a tastier 'creamer'.



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