Hello, Vitamix owner (or soon-to-be!).
Let’s talk about The Dry Grains Container, shall we? Okay.
At a very high level, here’s what you need to know. The Dry Grains Container is:
- A nice add-on to your Vitamix.
- Purpose-built for grinding dry grains. (Duh.)
- Might not be something you actually need to buy.
Let’s discuss everything you ought to know about the Vitamix Dry Grains Container.
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Since 2012, I’ve been dedicated to educating the public about the benefits of using a Vitamix to ease into a plant-based lifestyle. I’ve been told to call myself the Vitamix King. But, I’m much more comfortable with Mr. Vitamix, or just The Vitamix Guy.
Do I need a Dry Grains Container to make…?
One of the most common questions I get about the Dry Grains Container includes a specific recipe. Flours, nut butters, seed meals, spice grinds, etc.
Now, your question probably comes from a demonstration you saw. “Let me show you how to use a Dry Grains Container to make X, Y, and Z.”
Let’s answer your question:
“Can the Dry Grains Container make the thing you’re wanting to make?”
Do you need a Dry Grains Container to make it, though? No, you probably do not.
Let’s discuss why.
Understanding How the Dry Grains Container Works
The Vitamix Dry Grains Container is similar to a standard 64 ounce “wet” container. Laser cut, hammermill blades, engineered to last, etc.
But there are two things that make the Dry Grains Container unique.
Size and shape of container
The Dry Grains Container is 32 ounces. That’s half of a standard (64-ounce) container.
The shape is also narrow, especially compared to the, now standard on Ascent Series, wide 64-ounce containers.
Here’s why the size and shape matters.
The Dry Grains Container’s low capacity and tunnel shape make small batches possible. The smaller the container, the fewer ingredients you need to cover the blade.
Size and shape of blade
The Dry Grains Container is designed to send ingredients upward. A reverse vortex, if you will.
Compare that to standard “wet” containers that send ingredients downward.
Why the upward flow?
This helps prevent ingredients in the Dry Grains Container from getting stuck or packed under the blade.
The blade is also smaller than full-sized Vitamix blades. This is so it fits in the narrow-shaped container.
Do I wish there was a third thing that made it unique? Yes.
But here we are stuck at a list of two without a notable third item. Oh well.
Dispelling Myths About the Dry Grains Container
Let’s clear up some misunderstanding about the Dry Grains Container.
Myth: You need one to make peanut butter.
You do not need a Dry Grains Container to make peanut butter (or any nut butter, for that matter).
You can make nut butters in any Vitamix container, “wet” or “dry”.
Here’s me demonstrating almond butter in a “wet” 64-ounce container (24:05)
The Dry Grains Container’s size, 32-ounces, make it nice for nut butters. The batch size requirement is much more reasonable than with a standard 64-ounce container.
But a “wet” 32-ounce container is just as good at making nut butters as a “dry” one.
Myth: You need one to make homemade flours.
You do not need a Dry Grains Container to make homemade flours.
Is the Dry Grains container designed to be the best container to make homemade flours? Yes.
The unique blade that sends ingredients upwards is terrific at making flours.
But unless you’re making flours from ingredients that are not already completely dry, raw almonds, for example, the difference in performance from a “wet” container making homemade flours is negligible.
For example, here’s us using a “wet” 32-ounce container to make homemade corn meal (for vegan cornbread) from popcorn kernels. Use your headphones, there’s a NSFW moment.
Myth: You need one to make doughs.
You do not need a Dry Grains Container to make doughs.
You can make doughs in any Vitamix container of any size. For example, we use our standard 64-ounce container to make vegan chocolate chip banana bread.
Myth: We have identified all the myths about the Dry Grains Container.
Let us know what we’ve missed.
Why a Second Container is Nice to Have
You can get a Dry Grains Container. Or you can get one of the other container options.
But either way, a secondary container is nice to have for:
- Small batches.
- Kosher considerations.
- Hassle-free meal prep.
- Primary container aesthetics, useful life extension. (Grains have a tendency to scratch Vitamix container walls more than other typical ingredients).
I could go on and on.
But a secondary Vitamix container is something I encouraged people to avoid. Why add clutter when the main container can do everything?
Well, since getting a “wet” 32-ounce container to compliment our Vitamix setup, a whole new world has opened up for us.
Life is so much better with a secondary container.
Who should get a Dry Grains Container
A Dry Grains Container is for you if: you already make your own homemade flours.
But if you don’t, here’s what I recommend: Wait on a secondary container.
Get good at using the primary container, first.
Then, if you really want a small, narrow one for small batches, you know you have some good options.
Dry Grains containers are not yet equipped with Smart Detect Technology. Thus, they are not yet compatible with Ascent Series.
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