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Juicing Joys!

Is a juicer, a juicer, a juicer? That’s not an error or mistype–I mean is there significant difference between the 40.00 juicers and the 950.00 juicers? Well I can go less extreme than that. How about the 40.00 ones and the 200.00 ones?
So as I have been raw-ifying my kitchen–removing the microwave, putting the dehydrator front and center, getting a good food processor (thanks Somer!!)–my final wish list item was a juicer. A solid juicer. Not the best, but a good one–not the worst either! In searching, there were all kinds of words I learned to pay attention to: centrifugal, masticating, dry/wet pulp. Then, is it a horizontal set up or vertical. Hard to clean or easy? And, as if another standard was necessary–how many pieces does it come apart in. Dizzying!
In the end, I went with the Omega 4006 model. Masticating. Horizontal. Dry pulp. 5 pieces.
To test my investment, I put it up against a 40.00 black and decker juicer–in fact they each had similar reviews! People are happy with their Omega’s and their Black and Decker’s! But I answer my own question of value in getting the more expensive machine in saying this: the B&D did have chunks of forgotten beets in the waste cabinet with the rest of the “wet” pulp, it was so loud I couldn’t even hear my Omega and there was about as much foam as there was juice!
So I guess it does make a difference! Another kitchen appliance where you truly get what you pay for.

Jinji’s Favorite Rainbow Juice
2 stalks of celery
Handfuls of parsley and cilantro
1 green apple
2 red beets
3 carrots
About 1/4 pineapple

Enjoy!

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Sorry Brad! There’s a New Chip in Town!

ImageI mean I don’t want to brag…BUT!  And ok, so when’s the last time you had a curly sweet potato chip?  Maybe that’s the charm of them though!  I will say this: They are CRUNCHY, they crack like chips do, you can put them on sandwiches like you do other chips (I had a manna bread sandwich with peppers, avocado, wilted kale and these chips…sensational!), and they are still so delicate and delish!  One thing I will do differently, perhaps, is slice them a tad bit thicker on the mandoline.  See, my theory going into it was that I would slice them extra thin because then they would dehydrate quicker.  False.  Those bad boys took every minute of 24 hours to finish!  But how exciting!  So here was my process (I suspect I will do the same for future chipping…zucchini, beet, kale (maybe…overrated), eggplant):

  • Step one: Don’t Peel.  Stare the veggie in the eye (or nub), and commit to not peeling it.
  • Step two: Get out the mandoline, and slice away.  Pick a thickness that makes sense to you, and stick with it.  Consistency is key!
  • Spray evenly with coconut oil spray (sooo much more flavorful than other oils, and save yourself the unneccessary fats by using oil)
  • Sprinkle with seasonings.  Make it spicy, or cheesy with nutritional yeast.  Less is sort of more.  I think I went overboard, but they are still delicious!
  • Dehydrate for a long time.  Literally, these took 24 hours!  It’s ok to check on them, you won’t ruin the process.
  • When they’re finished, if you don’t house them all in one sitting (you might!), let them cool for about 5 minutes.
  • MOST IMPORTANT if you want to impress friends the next day, and enjoy crispy chips with your lunch, store in an absolutely air tight container.  Don’t be that person that gets people all excited only to find out they aren’t like they were the night before.  Fail!  Limp “chips”.  Preventable.  Air-tight container!

So the dehydrator and I are officially friends now.  I’m planning on making some breads soon.  Maybe a pizza.  Maybe I’ll warm my morning Manna bread in it.  Maybe I’ll warm up some stuffed portabella’s.  Endless!  In fact, we’re SUCH great friends, that I have officially rImageeplaced an old, dear friend of mine.  One that has stood by me, and been quite useful in times of desperation.  But I’ve known for some time, that this friend was no good for me…the good ole poisonous Microwave.  Gone.  Took a knee under the counter.  I officially have a raw kitchen!  Working on getting another juicer now.  The old one I have holds too much juice in the pulp.  Any suggestions??

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