Making soup in a Vitamix blender is a great way to whip up a nutritious meal with minimal effort. But can you put boiling hot soup directly into the blender without damaging it? Let’s take a look at whether it’s safe to blend boiling soup in a Vitamix.
The Boiling Point of Water
First, let’s review the boiling point of water. Water boils at 212°F (100°C) at sea level. This is the temperature where the liquid water transitions to a gas (steam). Once water reaches this boiling point, bubbles will rapidly form throughout as the water converts to steam.
So boiling water is right at this 212°F (100°C) mark. Boiling soup will be around this same temperature as well, since the main ingredient is water.
Vitamix Blender Operating Temperatures
Now let’s look at the operating temperatures of a Vitamix blender:
|Vitamix Model||Maximum Operating Temperature|
|Classic Series||140°F (60°C)|
|Ascent Series||140°F (60°C)|
As you can see, the maximum operating temperature for Vitamix blenders ranges from 140°F to 160°F. This is quite a bit below the 212°F boiling point of water.
Risks of Putting Boiling Liquid in a Vitamix
So what happens if you put boiling hot liquid into a Vitamix blender? There are a few potential risks:
- Container cracking – The sudden temperature change from boiling to room temperature could potentially crack the container.
- Damage to components – Excessive heat can damage the blender’s motor, lid, or seal.
- Deformation – High temperatures could warp or deform plastic components like the lid.
- Safety hazard – Pressurized steam mixed with fast blades is extremely dangerous.
None of these outcomes are desirable. A broken Vitamix blender can be expensive to repair or replace. But even more importantly, blending boiling ingredients presents a safety risk for the user.
Tips for Blending Hot Soup
Instead of putting boiling soup directly into your Vitamix, here are some tips for safely blending hot ingredients:
- Let the soup cool – Letting the soup simmer down below 140°F is ideal. This reduces the temperature differential.
- Blend in batches – Blend a smaller amount of hot liquid at a time. This prevents pressure buildup.
- Start on low – Begin blending on the lowest speed setting before increasing speed.
- Use a towel – Place a towel over the lid to prevent steam burns.
- Remove center cap – Vitamix lids have a removable center cap to allow steam to escape.
It’s also recommended to avoid completely filling the container when blending hot liquids. Leave some headspace for expansion.
Preferred Hot Blending Temperature
Vitamix lists the maximum safe temperature for hot blending around 115°F to 120°F. This well below boiling, but still hot enough to make soup or other heated drinks and foods.
Starting with ingredients in this temperature range is a good target. Then the blending friction will increase the temperature slightly for piping hot results.
Putting boiling soup in a Vitamix is not recommended by the manufacturer. The high 212°F temperature exceeds the operating limits of Vitamix blenders and can potentially damage components or cause unsafe pressurization. For best results, allow soup to cool significantly below boiling prior to blending. Target a starting temperature around 115°F to 120°F. Then use low speeds and blending techniques to safely mix hot soups or other heated liquids. With some simple precautions, you can achieve hot Vitamix blends without putting your machine at risk.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I blend boiling water in a Vitamix?
No, do not blend boiling water in a Vitamix. Boiling water exceeds the safe operating temperatures and can potentially crack containers, damage seals, or cause unsafe steam pressure.
What is the maximum temperature a Vitamix can handle?
Most Vitamix models have a maximum operating temperature around 140°F to 160°F. Vitamix recommends keeping blends under 120°F for best results.
Why can’t Vitamix handle boiling liquids?
The plastic container and components are not engineered to withstand rapid temperature changes from boiling point to room temperature. This can cause cracking or warping. Also, steam pressure can build up unsafely.
Should soup cool completely before Vitamix?
Soup does not need to cool completely, but it should be well below boiling. 115°F to 120°F is optimal. Some simmering also helps blendability.
Is it ok to blend warm soup in a Vitamix?
Yes, blending warm (not hot) soup in a Vitamix is fine. The key is keeping temperatures moderate, below 140°F maximum.
The Takeaway on Hot Blending
Blending hot liquids like soup in a Vitamix can produce steamy, comforting meals and drinks. But take care not to overheat the machine. Letting soup simmer down well below boiling helps prevent damage from excessive temperatures. With simple precautions, you can safely blend warm Vitamix recipes for mealtime enjoyment.