Monday, September 22, 2014

Tomato Basil Soup and Why I returned the the Vitamix

This is NOT a sponsored post, product review or paid post. This purely my opinion.

I had a Vitamix. I tried to like it. Everyone else said it was amazing. I found it to be an over priced kitchen gadget that didn't live up to the hype.  Fortunately Costco has and AMAZING return policy which allowed me to return it for the massive price we paid ( $400+ for a blender) It just doesn't do enough to justify the price. In fact a Kitchen Aid Mixer is a MUCH better deal. It can do a lot more with the variety of attachments.

A few days ago I went to Buppert's Farm to pick up product. They had tomatoes for canning for $10.00 for what I think was a bushel as you can see $10 worth was A LOT of tomatoes.

  1.  Remove the skin with hot water and ice. 
Fill one bowl with ice and cold water 



                                                      Boil water and drop the tomatoes in it!

                                             After they are in boiling water for a minute use a spoon and drop the hot         tomatoes into the ice water.

This makes the tomatoes very easy to peel!

I didn't have a bowl big enough for all the peeled tomatoes! 

Set up the kitchaid and attachments! This works so much better than the Vitmix because it also removes the seeds!

Look how nice! The good stuff goes in one container and the seeds into another. 

Look how nice! 

It made so much I had to also fill my Ninja Crock Pot 

The "recipe" is so simple

After putting the tomatoes through my Kitchen Aide Vegetable and Fruit Strainer. I added the following.

1. 1 container of Trader Joe's Beef Broth in EACH the stock pot and Ninja 3 in 1. 
2. 1 Cup fresh basil in EACH stock pot and Ninja 3 in 1
3. 1 or 2 heads garlic in EACH stockpot 
5. Teaspoon or more taste of Artisanal & Organic Mediterranean Oregano
6. Then just let both simmer on law for a few hours! 

This is so easy! If I used a Vitamix it would have taken FOREVER to get all the tomatoes into soup form! This is why I returned it and prefer my Kitchen Aid Mixer and attachments! 


  1. I really like tomato soup.. that with some bread. is now making me hungry

  2. I would love to have a Kitchen-Aid. It's been on my wish list for years now.

  3. Those tomatoes looked tasty. My Dad has a Kitchen Aid - it really is a convenient, beautiful machine...For real, they come in a lot of pretty colors.

  4. This sounds delicious! I don't blame you for returning the Vitamix... I love my Kitchen Aid mixer. :)

  5. I grew up with a kitchen aid mixer in the house and I don't think anything will replace them. That looks yummy!

  6. I don't have either of these appliances but I would love to have a Kitchen Aid mixer however.

  7. Grilled cheese is my favorite paired with tomato soup. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  8. Your tomato soup sounds delicious. I have never made it from scratch before.

  9. I love the Kitchen Aid mixer. I do have the Blendtec which I do adore.

    I love tomato basil soup, it's my favorite!

  10. That soup looks delicious. I wish I had a Kitchen Aid mixer… or Vitamix. Or a Kitchen Aid AND a Vitamix. I'm a food-toy hog. lol

  11. whatever works for you. glad you found a product that works well for what you are cooking. looks good.

  12. I'm a KitchenAid fan myself too. I didn't know about that attachment though. It's awesome!

  13. I want a kitchenAid so bad maybe this Christmas. I can see how fab it is just imagining how long it would take me to prepare those tomatoes.