Vitamix Skills: Coleslaw

Since purchasing my Vitamix blender I find that I am always searching for ways use it that are out of the ordinary.  When my friend told me about chopping cabbage in the Vitamix I thought it was an urban legend.  How could the Vitamix roughly chop, doesn’t it just pulverize?  It has been months since I have had the blender and for as much as I love coleslaw I haven’t yet tried to shred cabbage. Tonight was the night to experiment.

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It took me several rounds to figure out exactly how to make this work, but I think I finally found the best setup for a restaurant quality chop.  It’s not that cabbage is hard to chop, but it is time consuming and it’s so tempting to buy the bag of shredded mix.  Save yourself the money and add some freshness to your life by shredding yourself.

Step 1:

Take a small wedge or two of cabbage and place in Vitamix.  Fill with water to the point that the wedge floats just above the blades.

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Step 2:

Turn the blender on and increase to level 4 quickly, let run for under 10 seconds.

Step 3:

Pour into mesh strainer to separate from water.

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Blend in batches for desired amount.  Don’t forget to check out side dishes for my summer coleslaw recipe: https://seasonsforcooking.com/2013/09/01/summer-bbq-coleslaw/

Summer BBQ Coleslaw

Coleslaw is an easy to make summer staple.   A flavor that will cool you off when eating spicy BBQ but not get lost in the meal at the same time.  I found a recipe a few years ago that I changed very slightly to the version I made today.  It is just a little creamy but has a nice punch of vinegar at the same time.

Ingredients:

1/3 Cup light mayo

1 Tbsp cider vinegar

1 Tbsp red wine vinegar

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

2 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp poppy seeds

1 red onion, chopped

1 lb coleslaw mix

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Directions:

1. Mix together the mayo, vinegar, oil, sugar, salt, poppy seeds into a creamy dressing as shown above.

2. To this, add your chopped red onion and coleslaw mix until everything is evenly coated.

3. Allow it to sit in the fridge a few hours before serving.