Vacuum Blending VS Traditional Blending

So, what exactly is a vacuum blender? Nope, it isn’t a vacuum cleaner attached to a blender (now THAT is some sci-fi stuff). Vacuum blenders such as an Optimum Evolve feature a special function that sucks out oxygen from the blending jug before blending. Now, why do we want to do this? Well, it’s simple!

Eliminating air from the blender jug is a one way ticket to smoother, less frothy smoothies, soups, and sauces. It also is a fantastic way of preserving nutrient content and reducing the rate of oxidation in your foods. It goes without saying, vacuum blenders are now all the rage as they overcome an issue that is otherwise present in traditional blending.

What is Vacuum Technology?

The use of vacuum technology in the blending industry is still fairly recent, but it’s been an essential part of food storage since the 1940s, when people realised that oxygen played a key role in food getting spoiled. Many of our grandmothers would spend days at harvest time using a canning process to preserve food, especially fruits and vegetables, for the months when these ingredients weren’t available.

Thankfully, less time-consuming vacuum technology has made its way into our homes today, allowing us to obtain similar results without having to stand near a hot pressure canner for hours. For example, a new range of blenders has appeared on the market, equipped with their own built-in vacuums to remove any oxygen before blending.

You might be thinking that ingredients are now a lot more readily available year-round — so why bother with removing oxygen since you don’t plan to preserve your smoothie for months? As you’re about to learn, there are many other advantages to using vacuum technology.

Health Benefits of Vacuum Blenders

At first glance, vacuum blenders look very similar to any high-performance blenders, but there’s a key difference. Before they start blending, vacuum blenders remove the main culprit in the degradation of food, namely oxygen.

When food is blended at high-speed in the presence of air, a process called oxidation causes the ingredients to lose nutrients. So, there are many benefits associated with blending in an oxygen-poor environment.

The Pros of Vacuum Blending:

Reduced Oxidation

Although oxygen 14 is something that is vital to life, it also has the ability to spoil our food, as well as reduce essential flavours and nutrients. A vacuum blender, however, removes any air that is present in a blender and therefore prevents these issues from occurring. It is almost impossible to avoid oxidation in traditional blenders, but thankfully, we now have a solution to this issue!

Increased Nutrition

It has been said that oxidation prevents smoothies from being as healthy as they could be as the process can destroy precious antioxidants.

They Make Smoothies Taste Better

The flavour of any ingredients is more powerful as a vacuum blender compacts these ingredients. This is particularly great if you’re making tasty smoothies, but it may not be as important if you’re creating spinach/kale-based drinks.

Fresher Flavours and Brighter Colours

The lack of oxygen in the blender helps to prevent ingredients from browning and therefore enhances the flavour too.

Reduced Separation

If a smoothie is not drunk fairly quickly after blending with a traditional blender, the lighter ingredients will start to float to the top, hence separation occurs. With a vacuum blender, the ingredients tend to combine better and therefore separation is not as noticeable.

Prevents Nutrition Loss

When exposed to the air, vitamins A, C and E can become destroyed. Therefore when using a vacuum blender, this issue can be reduced due to the lack of air that is present in the blender.

Reduced Foam

Smoothies can become foamy when using a traditional blender, as the air gets trapped when blending. This is especially the case when making smoothies using leafy green vegetables. When you use a vacuum blender, the vacuum aspect helps to significantly reduce this issue.

Pros of Traditional Blenders:

Fast Processing

Traditional blenders such as the Vitamix are high speed and therefore blend very quickly. With a traditional blender, you don’t need to waste time waiting for the air to be pumped out from the blender.

Tamper Use

Traditional blenders come with a tamper. Therefore any ingredients which are thick can be pushed down onto the blades. A vacuum blender does not allow you to do this, as they do not have a tamper.

Flexibility

You are able to stop a traditional blender if you want to add more ingredients to your blender. This cannot be done with a vacuum blender as the vacuum is affected if you open the lid mid-blending.

As you can see, the pros of using a Vacuum blender truly do outnumber the pros of using a traditional blender. Of course, depending on your individual needs, your choice and preference may differ.

Here is a factual comparison between the Optimum Evolve Blender VS The Vitamix Professional Series 750:

  • Optimum Evolve
  • Vitamix Professional Series 750
  • Affordable

Compared to traditional blenders such as the Vitamix, this blender comes in at 40% cheaper.

Comparison of Optimum Vacuum Blender VS Other Vacuum Blenders

It’s apparent why the Optimum Evolve supersedes a Vitamix. We will now take a look at why an Optimum blender should be your first choice when compared to other vacuum blenders:

Kuvings SV-500

This vacuum blender has a 3.5 HP motor, which is capable of 2000–20000 RPM. This blender weighs over 6 kg.

Vidia BL-001

This blender has a powerful 960-watt motor and achieves 20,000 RPM. There is a 2-year motor and parts warranty.

BioChef Living Food

This vacuum bender has a 1680 watts motor. It comes with a ten-year motor warranty, seven years for the parts and two years for the accessories.

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