All Vitamix users like yourself must have heard about the wet and dry containers. Look closely inside the regular container that has come with your Vitamix blender.
You will see the letter ‘W’ on one of the four wings of the blade. The letter ‘W’ identifies the term wet. The Vitamix machine comes standard with the wet blade container.
Without any wait, let’s dive into what these containers are. And what do they do?
Does Vitamix come with the wet or dry container?
All Vitamix blenders come with the standard wet container. The sizes and the footprint of the Containers may differ.
You can buy additional dry or wet containers compatible with your blender model separately. These containers may come with either wet or dry blades.
The wet container works best for processing liquids, smoothies, frozen mixtures, crushing ice, sauces, soups, purees, batters, and wet chopping.
The reason this container is called wet is for the fact that it will blend anything, even dry ingredients, into a liquid(wet) product.
Sounds confusing? Let me explain.
The wet containers have a cross pointy blade design which produces a vortex that pulls ingredients down to the blades. This pulling results in the pulverization of any food inside the blender.
When you put dry grains, nuts, or coffee beans inside the wet container, the resulting product will be nut butter or squishy ground coffee. Wet blades will burn(smell and taste) any dry food item with oil such as nuts. Not good if you were expecting almond flour for pancakes or espresso for caffè mocha.
The dry container looks similar to the wet container from the outside. But, the dry container has a different blade with the mark ‘D’ on them.
These blades have a specific design for grinding dry materials such as nuts, seeds, and coffee to dry powder.
A dry container is best for making homemade fresh flour from grains on your own. It also works best for kneading bread dough.
The blades on a dry grind container create an opposite vortex, pushing the ingredients above away from the blades. The dry ingredients fall back and crush without pulverizing into squish.
A dry container can NOT process liquids efficiently.
Do I really need the Vitamix dry container?
Yes, If you are using floured grains and seeds regularly. You can grind fresh almond flour, powdered grains, wheat flour, and ground coffee at home.
It not only reduces the cost of powdered ingredients, but the freshness of the products is also unmatchable to the market products.
Can you use Vitamix wet container for dry?
No, You should not blend dry grains and seeds in a wet container. The dry ingredients will scratch the wet container wall and make it cloudy.
You will have a foggy wet container at your countertop. And you will not be able to replace it because Vitamix does not provide a warranty for aesthetic damage.
Vitamix dry/Wet Containers Interchangable?
The SELF-DETECT technology on the new Vitamix series, the Ascent Series automatically sense the container on the blender. These machines will not start unless the container is compatible with the blender model.
As an example, the 0.9-liter Dry Grains Container have is compatible only with the C-Series blenders / G-Series blenders. This dry container will not go with Ascent Series.
The Ascent Series has its own 48 oz. dry container with SELF-DETECT.
Can we change the blade on a wet/dry container?
Technically, you can. You can replace the blades at home if you have the special wrench sold separately by Vitamix for removing blade assembly.
But, the blades are sealed tightly by the manufacturers considering the leakage problems and best performance. Replacing a dry/wet blade in the container will make blending inefficient. Also, it will void the warranty of the product.