A couple of days ago, I had tried making apple sauce in the Vitamix. I blended it on very high, and ended up with a smooth pulp that reminded me of the Heinz Apples baby food from my childhood. I decided to make a lot more, and do a combination of canning some and turning a lot into fruit leather.
The day I decided to do it, it was a bit late to start the dehydrator. I the meantime I read the maual, and learned that I should only have been using a procesing speed of no more than 5. Good job I checked before going through a crate of apples.
Yesterday I was working and ran out of time. So, I started today, Washed the first batch of apples, quartered them, cut out a small part of the core, and started to process them o a low speed, gradually oving up to 5. I even remembered to puti a teaspoon of lemon juice.
There was a lot of apple at the top of the container, which my tamper just wouldn't reach. I wiggled and woggled it, to no avail. Then the lid popped off. As I wasn't delaing with liquid, I didn't suffer the cartoon-like deluge that normally happens. But I did realise that I could push the apples down now.....
Oh s**t I've broken the blender, I thought. But no, the blades were still whirring away. There was chopped apple all over the workstop. What had happened?
And then I saw the end of the tamper. Or rather, where the end of the tamper used to be.
What a stupid woman!
The whole design of the lid and the tamper is to prevent the tamper coming into contact with the blades. I fished out the bog bits of tamper, but I could see that there were still bits missing. I had to assugn the jug contents to the compost heap. What a waste.
At least I know that tampers aren't that expensive. I went online to order one. 10-15 days delivery (seriously? What sort of crap service is that?!). I then thought that I could get a smaller wet jug which comes with a tamper - the tampers are, alledgedly, the same. I had been considering getting the small jug, but it seemed such an expensive outlay. Mind you, I'm about to outlay for a tamper, so if I am going to get one, now would be the time. I have a Lakeland fairly close by, so I could be back in business by this afternoon. Or I could order online and pay for next day delivery.
Out of stock.
In the end, John Lewis had them in stock, and they do next-day-to-store delivery. I also have a substantial John Lewis voucher, so the additional outlay isn't anywhere near as awful as it could have been. Well, that's what I'm telling myself.