Now that the collective game plan is to hunker down at home for the foreseeable future, it’s not the worst time to stock up on kitchen appliances to help you make the most of your now-fully-stocked kitchen pantry — and a Vitamix blender is one of those name-brand products that comes highly recommended by professional chefs, serious home cooks, even Amazon reviewers because it’s really that good. You can use it to blend frozen fruit into a smoothie, give wilting herbs a second life by whizzing them with olive oil, or purée roasted vegetables into a silky soup. This 5200 isn’t the newest Vitamix, so it’s not Bluetooth-enabled and doesn’t have any fancy programs, but the motor is as powerful as that of any new model. (In fact, the blades on the 5200 create so much friction, you can even heat up cold ingredients as you blend them.) And right now, the Ferrari of blenders (in black, only) is 33 percent off at Amazon, for just $300.
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