Monthly Archives: July 2012

Vitamix Mix’n Machine… Not Just for Blending!

Everyone knows that nothing beats a Vitamix when creating smoothies, salsas, and spreads, but did you know that Vitamix also carries an Ice Cream Agitator machine called the Mix’n Machine. Great for mixing candy bits with ice cream, creamy milkshakes, and more, this product  will perform perfectly every time!

Vitamix Mix’n Machine

The Mix’n Machine easily mixes candy, cookies, or fruit with ice cream or frozen yogurt for exciting, creative, and highly profitable mixed-in treats and shakes. Depending on your business needs, the Mix’n Machine can be placed on a counter or mounted to a wall.  The smart product design includes:

  • Brushless induction motor for durable and consistent speed regardless of blend thickness
  • Protective, removable splash guard for easy cleaning
  • Variety of efficient agitator options allows you to mix both hard and soft ice cream and yogurt

Vitamix also offers the Mix’n Machine Advance- the industry’s leading frozen treat mixer. It can incorporate candy, cookies, and other hard-to-mix ingredients into hard or soft serve ice cream or yogurt to easily expand your menu options. The Advance is the perfect option for high volume establishments. The smart product design on the Mix’n Machine includes:

  • 6 optimized programs that allows you to customize your dessert options while still delivering consistency from location to location
  • Easy to use pulse control to quickly refresh desserts
  • Automatic shut-off and end-of-cycle indicator light to improve ease-of-use and eliminate wasted ingredients
  • Cup activated lever with a smart delay for simple one-handed operation
  • Variety of agitator options

Vitamix engineers their products for outstanding durability and convenience, making it a favorite in the frozen treat market. Each machine includes a Mix’n Machine with 10 removable/reusable agitators. Like other Vitamix products, this machine comes with a standard 3-Year Limited Warranty on parts and labor on the full unit.


I Have a Problem with my Vitamix!

Proper care and maintenance of your Vitamix will ensure that it continues to perform for hundreds of drinks. However, if there is a problem with your Vitamix, here is what you’ll need to do to get your questions answered or your product repaired:

For equipment performance questions:

  • Contact Vitamix’s Technical Service Department at 1-800-886-5235, Monday-Friday from 8:00am-7:00pm. If you call after hours, your call will be handled by a properly trained Third Party Call Center.
  • To expedite the process have your serial number ready.


  • All cartons returned must be marked with the return authorization number. If you want to return the item, it must be in the original carton and unopened. No returns will be accepted after 6 months of ship date.
  • Custom ordered merchandise (when the product is built to a buyer’s specifications) may not be returned.
  • Returned goods must be shipped to Vitamix prepaid and will be credited at invoice less 20% restocking charge.

Order Status Inquiries:

  • Please contact Vitamix directly at 1-800-4DRINK4. Have your purchase order ready

We hope this helps you if you ever have a problem with your Vitamix product. Of course we are more than happy to assist you here at Burkett as well with any other inquiries or to assist you with contacting Vitamix.


Vitamix Recipe: Gazpacho

No one needs to remind you or your customers how HOT summertime can be- especially this year. You definitely are not going to see hot soups like Cream of Asparagus and Minestrone being ordered like hotcakes this time of year. Instead, give your customers a more refreshing soup, like Gazpacho.

In honor of July’s Product Palooza, it’s only right to give you a recipe for Gazpacho that requires the use of a Vitamix Blender (although you can use any blender to make this of course).

Gazpacho (Makes 15 Cups)


  • 9 C Fresh Tomato Juice
  • 1 C Red Wine Vinegar
  • 3/4 C Olive Oil
  • 6 Large Ripe Tomatoes, quartered
  • 3 Cucumbers, peeled and quartered
  • 3 Small Onions, peeled and quartered
  • 3 Sweet Green Bell Peppers, seeded and quartered
  • A few dashes of Hot Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Garnishes: Sour Cream, Chopped Bell Peppers, Cucumber Spears

Vitamix Vita-Prep 3 Food Blender


  1. Place all ingredients in a Vitamix Vita-Prep 3 Food Blender Container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 5.
  3. Blend for 30-45 seconds.
  4. Stop machine and season soup.
  5. Serve in a chilled Rolled Edge Cup and garnish with a cucumber spear, chopped bell peppers and dollop of  sour cream.




How would you like to win a FREE set of Hurricane Glasses, Serving Tray and a $50 Burkett Gift Card to be used towards the purchase of a Vitamix Blender of your choice? Just head over to our website and leave a Product Review on ANY Vitamix Blender or accessory for your chance to win this awesome Vitamix gift set!

What Kind of Blender Does Starbucks Use?

Very often, we are asked by customers, “What kind of Blender does Starbucks Use? That’s the blender we want!”

For years, Starbucks used a Blendtec Blender, but recently the company switched over to Vitamix, who created a blender specifically for Starbucks’ needs. Today, Starbucks uses  the 48oz Vitamix Blending Station Advance, better known as- “The Quiet One.”

The quietest machine on the market, it is the ultimate blender with unparalleled sound reduction, as well as exceptional beverage blending. These features were also able to improve the speed of service, meaning users rarely have to reblend a drink.

The Quiet One’s smart product design means that because of its advanced vibration dampening technology, this blender it is up to 4 times quieter than the competition (18 decibels quieter) which creates a more enjoyable atmosphere for customers. The magnetically designed floating sound enclosure is dramatically easier to clean and disassemble since there are no screws involved.

Like most Vitamix Blender’s, The Quiet One has a variable speed control and automatic shut-off, providing the user with the flexibility in creating endless recipes. Designed specifically with coffeehouses and high-end bars in mind,  it features:

  • 6 program buttons
  • 34 optimized programs
  • Powerful 3 peak hp output motor
  • Air management design allows for reduced noise, improved reliability, and reduced down time.

The blending containers is also uniquely designed for faster, smoother pouring and a long lasting blade life. What does this mean to you? Time and cost savings, along with improved customer experience. The container’s double-sealed bearing also provides improved wash-ability, extending life of the blade assembly. Also, a superior keypad sealing and one piece circuit board provide improved reliability.

Vitamix Blender Care Tips

Ensure your Vitamix Blender continues to perform for years to come by regularly checking on the functionality of the main components of your machine. Like with any blender, three parts of the Vitamix are most susceptible to going bad if not properly cared for.

  • Blade Agitator… Slowly rotate the blade assembly by hand to ensure it turns smoothly with some Imageresistance. Replace the blade assembly if the following occur:
  1. Washer failure or oil leaking.
  2. Seal failure/visibile seal indents due to worn socket.
  3. Seal gone / visible ball bearings.
  4. Rounded teeth due to removing container while running.
  • ImageCentering Pad… Check every 5 months to make sure that your pad is laying flat on the base. Replace the centering pad if the following occurs:
  1. Tearing at container posts due to banging on counter or improper cleaning of centering pad (caused by placing pad in dishwasher or using improper cleaning or sanitizing products).
  • Drive Socket… Check the condition of your drive socket every 3-4 months to ensure that the “teeth” are sharp. Replace drive socket if the following occurs: Image
  1. Worn teeth due to removing container while running.
  2. Worn grooves due to placing container on motor base without centering pad or touching container while machine is running.
  3. Cracking at setscrew due to overtightened screw or a foreign object in the container.
  4. Drive socket or blade assembly needs to be replaced.

Just checking these three components on a regular bases and making sure to properly use your Vitamix Blender will extend its performance. If you need to replace any of these parts, please contact our Sales Consultants for assistance. 1-800-828-8564


Vitamix Recipe: Zucchini Pancake Batter

A Vitamix Blender is not just for blending and smoothing soups, juices, and salsa. Get really creative for your customers with this delectable recipe for Zucchini Pancakes. It’s easy to make and a healthy alternative that your customers will love.


Zucchini Pancakes


  • 1/3 C Milk
  • 2 C Chopped Zucchini
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/4 t Salt
  • 1/4 C Sugar
  • 1 t Cinnamon
  • 1/4 t Allspice
  • 1 1/2 C Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 t Baking Powder


  1. Place milk, zucchini, egg and the spices into your Vitamix Food Blender.
  2. Select Variable 1. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 4 or 5.
  3. Blend 15-20 seconds. Remove lid plug and add flour and baking powder through lid opening. Replace lid plug.
  4. Blend 15-20 seconds or until mixed.

How would you like to win a FREE set of Hurricane Glasses, Serving Tray and a $50 Burkett Gift Card to be used towards the purchase of a Vitamix Blender of your choice? Just head over to our website and leave a Product Review on ANY Vitamix Blender or accessory for your chance to win this awesome Vitamix gift set!

Product Palooza Giveaway: Vitamix Goodie Bag!

Who doesn’t love Vitamix? Of course it’s an expensive piece of equipment, but definitely worth every penny. To help you save some of those pennies, this month we are giving away a $50 Gift Card to be used towards the purchase of any Vitamix Blender or accessory of your choice! Along with that you’ll also receive a set of Anchor Hocking Hurricane Glasses to pour your favorite Vitamix made drinks into, as well as a stylish Stainless Steel Serving Tray to serve up those delicious drinks.

How do you win?

Just leave a Vitamix Product Review on our website and your name will be added to the giveaway. Just make sure you leave your email, address, and a phone number so we can reach you if you win!

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Your Ratings & Reviews will likely be rejected due to the following:
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  • Reviews that are not relevant to the product being reviewed
  • Reviews that contain content about competitors
  • Reviews that attempt to solicit responses from others
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  • Advertisements, “spam” content, or references to other products, offers or Web sites
Upon approval your review will appear in its complete version submitted. We reserve the right to use your review and or segments of in advertising and other company communications, however we WILL NEVER share any of your personal information.
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5 Tips for Properly Using a Vitamix Blender

When you spend good money for a reliable blender like a Vitamix Blender, taking special care of it will ensure that it lasts as long as possible.

  1. NEVER BANG THE CONTAINER… Do not bang the container against a surface as this will cause the sharp cracks in the bottom of the container to rip the container posts.
  2. TURN OFF THE MACHINE BEFORE REMOVING CONTAINER… Do not remove or place the container on the base while the machine is running. This will wear down the blade assembly and damage the drive socket.
  3. DO NOT SHAKE OR RATTLE MACHINE WHILE IN USE… We’ve all done it- shake the blender machine to make the contents blend smoother and faster. However, doing this is a big NO-NO! Doing so will damage the blade assembly and the ‘teeth’ on the drive socket.
  4. DO NOT PLACE FOREIGN ITEMS IN THE CONTAINER WHILE BLENDING… This can cause the blade to chip and lead to personal injury.
  5. NEVER OVERFILL THE CONTAINER… Overfilling sets the off the Thermal Protector and your machine will shut off. Turn the power OFF, take the container off of the base and wait for the motor to cool down. Your mixture may be too thick or you may process the ingredients too long at a LOW speed setting. If you detect a burning odor, add more liquid to your mixture or lessen the load. You should also check the condition of your container bearing assembly.

How would you like to win a FREE set of Hurricane Glasses, Serving Tray and a $50 Burkett Gift Card to be used towards the purchase of a Vitamix Blender of your choice? Just head over to our website and leave a Product Review on ANY Vitamix Blender or accessory for your chance to win this awesome Vitamix gift set!

Vitamix Recipe… Spinach Artichoke Dip

Looking for a tasty appetizer to put on your menu? With the Vita-Prep Food Blending machine you’l be able to whip up this delicious starter dish for your restaurant. Enjoy!

Spinach Artichoke Dip


  • 1 C Light Mayonnaise
  • 1 C Light Sour Cream
  • 2 Lemon Slices, peeled and seeded
  • 20 oz Package of Frozen Spinach
  • 1/4 t Salt
  • 1/4 t Pepper
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 C Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 C Artichokes, canned and drained or frozen and thawed
  • French Bread & Pumpernickel Bread, lightly toasted and sliced or Tortilla Chips or Pita Bread
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C).
  2. Place all ingredients, except artichoke hearts, into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  3.  Select Variable 1.
  4. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 4.
  5. Blend for 15 seconds. Remove the lid plug.
  6. Add artichokes through the lid plug opening.
  7. Blend for an additional 5 seconds.
  8. Pour into an oven-safe dishand bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly.
  9. Serve with chips, pita bread, or pumpernickel bread.


How would you like to win a FREE set of Hurricane Glasses, Serving Tray and a $50 Burkett Gift Card to be used towards the purchase of a Vitamix Blender of your choice? Just head over to our website and leave a Product Review on ANY Vitamix Blender or accessory for your chance to win this awesome Vitamix gift set!

How to Select the Right Vitamix Blender for Your Business


When we think of high volume, premium blenders, we think Vitamix. But which one is right for you?

Commercial food blenders are categorized into two different types: beverage blenders and food preparation blenders. Beverage blenders make smoothies, frappés, and frozen cocktails silky and pulverizes ingredients quickly. Food prep blenders provide power and performance anywhere from delicate chopping to blending coarse ingredients. Whatever your food service needs, Vitamix has a blender that will meet the demands of your business with easy to use controls, durability, and flexibility.

Use the table below to find a list of guidelines based on usage to help you select the right Vitamix machine for your business. With options such as automatic shut-off, optimized programs, and built-in timers, Burkett Restaurant Equipment carries the right Vitamix machine to suit your business. Visit the Vitamix page on the Burkett website for more information, fast purchases and shipping, or call 1-855-224-2079 to speak with a sales representative.

Number of Blends/Day Type of User Recommendations
1-50 drinks per day Smoothie Shop or Restaurant Drink Machines
2 Speed, 2 Step Timer
Drink Machine Advance
1-50 drinks per day Bar or Restaurant Bar Boss or Bar Boss Advance
50-100 drinks per day Smoothie Shop or Restaurant The Quiet One
Blending Station Advance
Over 100 drinks per day Bar, Restaurant or Cruise Ships Portion Blending System
1+ blended product per day Any end user with Mix-ins Mix’n Machine
Mix’n Machine Advance
Type of Blends Type of Use Recommendations
Any ingredients for back of house Food Preparation Vita-Prep
Extra thick and heavy use Food Preparation Vita-Prep 3
Large Capacity/Heavy Blends Food Preparation XL Machine


After choosing the right machine, consider additional containers for your Vitamix blender to cut down on serving time between batches. Multiple containers allow for processing multiple batches of soups, smoothies, frozen cocktails, and purées leading to shorter prep times and fast service. Find the right container for your machine on the Burkett website here!

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