Hey Kate! I've had my vita mix for a few months now and I use it for so many things! My morning smoothies including coarse kale leaves and chunks of ginger root... and boom gone within seconds. I also use it to make Nut/seed butters and flours. To make the dry stuff like pea/bean/nut/seed flours you need the dry container which has the dry blade. I also make dips, spreads, pestos, sauces. AND best of all I'm a soup freak... And the amazing thing about the vita mix is that you just toss all the ingrediants in there (raw carrots/beats/celeriac ect) and add liquid of choice... spices etc and turn it on... leave it for 6-10 minutes on hi setting and BAM soup that is HOT! I mean steaming! It's a fantastic essential in my house hold... makes like easy! Clean-up is easy too... once your done with your container put a bit of hot/warmish water and some dish soap... blend for a few minutes rinse and voila!