Are you wondering about the plastic stick that came along with your blender package? It is called a blender tamper tool or accelerator.
Most countertop blenders work on the principle of creating a vortex by rotating blades and pulling food down for proper blending. More liquids in the pitcher help to circulate and mix the ingredients.
But, when blending items with a low quantity of liquid such as frozen fruit, green leaves, nut butter, etc.
It needs a little help pushing the food toward the blades for consistent blends. This extra help comes from using the tamper on a blender.
A blender tamper is a BPA-free plastic cylinder with a top handle. It goes into the pitcher through the lid and helps to mix ingredients inside. The tamper allows a smoother and more uniform blending by removing air pockets from the mixture.
Universal tamper stick
There is also a model of the blender tamper that can adjust for any blender jar size.
The flat ring under the handle can adjust to many positions to change the length of the stirring part of the tamper stick and fit inside any container.
Using this blender tamper reduces the chances of damage that can cause by using alternatives to the tamper.
Is a tamper necessary in a blender?
No, a tamper is not necessary for every blender. If you are using a Ninja or a bullet blender, you don’t need a tamper or accelerator tool. The design of these blenders will keep mixing the ingredients without any external push.
Also, manufacturers such as Blendtec and Vitamix design their blenders to mix anything by pulling ingredients toward the blade during the blending.
But, for many dry ingredients such as nuts and tough food items such as frozen fruit, you will need an extra push to blend stuff smoothly. So, many people find it helpful to have some help in mixing items for more consistency of the products.
What is a tamper used for in a blender?
A tamper is a long stick/want tool that has a handle and a cylindrical stick. The tamper is used to mix ingredients that are somehow hard for the cross blades assembly to mix on its own.
The main use of a tamper is to blend ingredients that become sticky during blends. For example, when you put nuts to make nut butter they become gooey.
In such cases, you will need some extra support to push ingredients toward the blades for smooth and consistent blending. So, a tamper is used to blend creamy ingredients smoothly.
How to use a blender tamper or Vitamix wand?
Many Vitamix blenders compatible with the tamper have removable caps on their lids. Using a tamper without lids is not safe.
- First and most importantly, ALWAYS have the lid on! It will keep the wand from hitting the blades and damaging your Vitamix blender.
- Remove the cap from the pitcher lid and insert the Vitamix tamper into the jar.
- Push the ingredients down towards the bottom from all four sides
- Do not worry about pushing too hard. When used through the lid, the tamper won’t touch the blades.
- To avoid mess from the tamper, you can buy a separate holder for the tamper. Install the Vitamix tamper holder properly to store your Vitamix tamper near the blender for quick use.
Can you use a tamper with any Vitamix Blender?
Yes, you can use tampers with any Vitamix blender. The only thing you need to make sure of is the length of the tamper wand.
Also, if you use a tamper compatible with a large-sized pitcher with a small container, it may hit the blades and cause severe damage.
It is better to know the compatibility of a blender with a tamper tool before getting one for your blender.
The Vitamix C series may have a separate tamper while the newer Ascent series can have low-profile tampers.
When using a tamper of one blender model on another, always make sure the blade assembly is clear while moving the tamper tool around inside the pitcher.
What can I use instead of a Vitamix tamper?
You can use an alternative to a tamper stick if your blender doesn’t have one. You can also use a silicone spatula instead of a tamper.
Take care when using a device other than a tamper as it is not locked properly above a certain height in the pitcher and can hit the bottom of the blender while pushing the food down.
Install Vitamix Tamper Holder
When using a tamper with Vitamix, it is possible to create a mess from the dirty tamper. Also, it is unhygienic to reuse the tamper from the countertop back into the Vitamix. To put the tamper closer to the Vitamix blender without any mess, it’s nice to have a Vitamix tamper holder.
Once you buy a tamper holder for Vitamix separately, you need to install it on the blender.
Vitamix tamper holders come in two varieties.
This tamper holder for Vitamix can fit the C-series and G-series.
To install the Vitamix tamper holder on the classic series, you need to remove the blender jar from the motor base.
Put the mounting bracket over the rubber pad on top of the motor base.
Push the tamper holder bracket on the rubber padding to fix the holder.
Do not press too hard on the rubber pad because it may start to damage the orientation of the padding and result in vibrations during the blending process.
Vitamix Ascent and Venturist Tamper Holder
For New Vitamix Series
- Fits under the base left/right
The shape of the Vitamix tamper holder for both the Explorian series and the Ascent/Venturist series is almost the same.
Therefore, the installation of these holders is also the same.
First, you need to invert the blender base.
Then unwind the cord fully to make room for holder installation.
Finally, attach the tamper holder below so that the left or right side of the motor base is held by the ridge on the holder.