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Vitamix Aer Disc Container Review

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The Vita­mix Air Disc Con­tain­er comes with the stan­dard 48 ounces capac­i­ty Vita­mix Ascent-Series con­tain­er. How­ev­er, instead of blades, it has an inbuilt spin­ning disc with holes which is sup­posed to pull ingre­di­ents down through the holes for aer­at­ing and emul­si­fy­ing them while the hard­er ingre­di­ents like fruits, herbs, and ice are not pureed. The con­tain­er is designed for Whip­ping, Emul­si­fy­ing, Mud­dling, and Foam­ing tasks with your Vita­mix blender. 

Com­pat­i­bil­i­ty: The Air Disc Con­tain­er is com­pat­i­ble with Smart Sys­tem (A2300, A2500, A3300, A3500, and Ven­tur­ist) and Clas­sic Series (5200 Stan­dard, Stan­dard pro­grams, Explo­ri­an E320 and Explo­ri­an E320, 5300, 6300, 6500, Next Gen­er­a­tion mod­els – 750, 7500, and 780).

Warn­ing for the Ascent series blenders: Although the Air Disc con­tain­er looks like a Self-Detect Vita­mix Ascent-series jug and com­pat­i­ble with Ascent machines and works with the Ascent blenders, it is not a self-detect con­tain­er, so the Ascent pro­grams (such as self-clean­ing and oth­ers) will not work with this container.

Vitamix Aer Disc Container Performance

Here is the Vita­mix Air Disc per­for­mance for each task:

Whip­ping: The stan­dard Vita­mix Wet­blade con­tain­er is also able to make decent whipped cream but the Air Disc Con­tain­er makes it quick­er and appears thick­er. You should select 4–6 Vita­mix speed for this task. The Air Disc con­tain­er can make hot and cold whipped cream equal­ly well.

I tried to make the Peru­vian cock­tail called Pis­co Sours with the whipped egg white from the Air Disc recipe book­let and it was amazing.

Foam­ing and froth­ing: The Air Disc excels at mak­ing foam. The stan­dard Vita­mix con­tain­er makes decent foam too. But the Air Disc jar pro­duce 30–60% more foam for the same time cycle, it can cre­ate both hot and cold foams(try excel­lent book­let recipe cold-brewed cof­fee and ice), and it makes excel­lent foam with skim milk and non-dairy milk (I tried the almond and coconut and it came out fab­u­lous). So you can enjoy your deli­cious foamy hot choco­late or cap­puc­ci­no with few­er calories.

To use the con­tain­er for mak­ing foam you must run your blender using 2–4 Vita­mix speed.

Emul­si­fy­ing: You can make most of the may­on­naise, dress­ings, and mari­nades recipes in the ordi­nary Vita­mix wet con­tain­er. How­ev­er, the Hol­landaise and Aioli are not always turned per­fect in my expe­ri­ence. The Air Disc con­tain­er solves the problem.

I also made a great bul­let­proof cof­fee in the Air Disc con­tain­er, which requires emul­si­fy­ing and foaming.

Mud­dling: A mud­dling is a bar mixol­o­gy tech­nic to smash and mix cock­tail ingre­di­ents to incor­po­rate fresh fruits and herbs into your drinks. The mud­dling is used to make such pop­u­lar cock­tails as the moji­to, mint julep, or caipirinha.

You will not be able to use a mud­dling tech­nic using your stan­dard Vita­mix con­tain­er. And this area where the Air Disc is excelled. The Air Disc is designed to extract the fla­vor, pulp, and incense from the ingre­di­ents like mint, lemon, orange, and oth­er fruits and herbs leav­ing the rind and fiber aside and it does bet­ter than man­u­al mud­dling tech­nics. With Air Disc it is so straight­for­ward, you just slice your fruits, cit­rus, and herb ingre­di­ents, add them to the con­tain­er with water, ice, and sweet­en­ers, and the machine makes all the mud­dling for you. It must be men­tioned because the air disc will not crus but a bit agi­tates it you have the ice pieces in the final cocktails.

Aquafa­ba: The Air Disc recipe book­let is the source where I first time come across the Aquafa­ba term and out of curios­i­ty researched about it.

Aquafa­ba (AF) is the water left after cook­ing some legume seeds like chick­peas which mim­ic the appear­ance and nutri­tion­al prop­er­ties of egg white (com­pris­es of pro­teins, car­bo­hy­drates, and anoth­er plant sol­u­ble). The Aquafa­ba can be used as a direct replace­ment for the egg white in many veg­an recipes includ­ing meringues and marsh­mal­lows. The stan­dard Vita­mix con­tain­er can­not foam the Aquafa­ba to make meringues and marsh­mal­lows while the Air disc con­tain­er makes it easier.

A made a deli­cious Vita­mix Aquafa­ba Fluff recipe and was sur­prised by the qual­i­ty and test, it was worth to try.

Using and cleaning

The Air Disc blade like any oth­er stan­dard Vita­mix blades is per­ma­nent­ly inbuilt into the con­tain­er and not remov­able for clean­ing. You have to clean it in a self-clean­ing way, man­u­al­ly with kitchen uten­sils or in the dish­wash­er (it is dish­wash­er safe).

The Vita­mix AER Disc Con­tain­er comes with an Aer Disc Con­tain­er Recipe Book­let, Low-Pro­file Tam­per, and 3 years Full war­ran­ty. Vita­mix web­site has 28 recipes specif­i­cal­ly designed for the Aer Disc. 

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the app does not has any recipes for this con­tain­er yet, but Vita­mix promis­es to cor­rect this in the future.

Vita­mix Aer Disc Con­tain­er, via Amazon

Con­tain­ers and Acces­sories, via Vitamix.com

Con­tain­ers and Acces­sories, via Vitamix.ca

Summary

The Air Disc con­tain­er, cer­tain­ly, is not the most ver­sa­tile Vita­mix acces­so­ry. The Vita­mix blender can do many of Whip­ping, Emul­si­fy­ing, Mud­dling, and Foam­ing tasks with stan­dard Wet blades con­tain­er (mind the vol­umes, though) but Air Disc con­tain­ers are designed to make these jobs even bet­ter. So for some cat­e­go­ry of users, it could be a very worth­while addi­tion to the kitchen gears.

It is whip­ping dairy full-fat milk near­ly as good as the stan­dard wet con­tain­er. How­ev­er, it is much bet­ter per­forms whip­ping tasks with non-dairy milk and show the out­stand­ing result with whip­ping Aquafa­ba that may bring the cook­ing expe­ri­ence for Veg­ans to a dif­fer­ent level.

If you make a lot of the mud­dling type of cock­tails, mock­tails, and lemon­ades, then these con­tain­ers are wor­thy of your atten­tion. It is excel­lent at extract­ing fla­vor from the fruits and herbs incor­po­rat­ing them into your favorite drinks even the pro­fes­sion­al bar atten­dees’ man­u­al mud­dling tech­nics can­not achieve a com­pa­ra­ble result at this task with the Vita­mix Air Disc container.

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2 Comments

  1. Sylvia Villanueva

    Is this aer disk com­pat­i­ble with vita­mix VMO100 from 2010 if not do you gave any ass­esories that can be used with my vitaix that does the same. I am look­ing for a none blade that will only mix. Thank you

    • lucy

      Hi Sylvia,
      Yes, the Vita­mix Air Disc Con­tain­er is com­pat­i­ble with the Vita­mix VMO100 Blender. The VMO100 mod­el is a com­mer­cial ver­sion of the 5000 mod­els with the same con­tain­er shape blades and motor blade con­nec­tion design.

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