Let’s start with the basics- you’re looking to make some changes in your life, increase your daily intake of fruits and vegetables, or you’re hoping to give your body a much deserving cleanse. You have tried several different kinds of fads and diets that just aren’t cutting it. So you thought you’d give juicing a try and landed on this page. Before starting, it’s important that you understand the basics behind juicing, from understanding the benefits it provides to purchasing the best slow juicer for getting the job done- we’ve got you covered. What is Juicing? First things first, what is juicing? Juicing is the practice of extracting all of the juice from fresh produce. During the juicing process, the pulp and fibres are separated from the juice itself. Minimal nutrients and fibres from the pulp are lost, however in some cases, people use the leftover pulp and reminisces for other recipes to prevent waste. Once all of the juice has been extracted, the consumer then benefits from the fruits water in addition to the vitamin and mineral content. Today, juicing is made easy with several different kinds of tools on the market. Benefits of Juicing Health conscious people have and continue juicing for the numerous benefits it provides its consumers. Outlined below are the main benefits of juicing:
- A sure way of getting your daily intake of fruits and vegetables.
- Allows you to broaden your variety of vegetable intake. For example, Pineapple and apples can be added to cover the bland taste of the kale and cucumber but still provides the consumer with the benefits these veggies provide.
- When consuming fresh fruit and vegetables, all of the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and phytonutrients are efficiently and effectively absorbed.
- Potential weight loss.
Juicing is also said to help in boosting your immune system, remove toxins from your body, and even acts as an aid in reducing risk of cancer, however, no solid evidence has been found from differentiating juicing compared to eating them whole. Prepping Fruit for Juicer Juicing is effective and really doesn’t take much prep. We do, however, suggest giving your foods a good thorough clean before putting them through the juicer. Doing so will get rid of all of the harmful pesticides. As for the more pesticide prone vegetables, such as kale, we suggest buying the organic ones. Once they are all cleaned and ready to go, cut the larger fruits and vegetables into either halves or quarters, depending on their size. For instance, apples should be cut into quarters. Your fruits and veggies are now ready to be put into your slow juicer. You don’t need to worry about peeling any of the ingredients as the juicer separately the peels and pulp for you. Cleaning Your Juicer Depending on the type of juicer you own, the cleaning process is fairly easy. Rinse all of the pieces that have been in contact with the fruit right after use to prevent any build up from occurring. Some juicers are more challenging that others. Juicers like the Zweissen, Slow Juicer, are easy to take apart and put back together and are more often than not, dishwasher safe. Once all of the components are clean and dry, reassemble for next use. Happy Juicing!
Are you looking to eat healthier food, reduce prep time and save money? Well, we’ve got the perfect tool for you; a manual food processor. They are the perfect tool for making quick and tasty summer snacks. What’s even better is that it’s easy to do, as long as you know which ingredients to use. So we’ve gone ahead and compiled a few of our favourite salsa recipes that put your processor to work.
- 1 tbsp fresh cilantro
- 1 cup halved red and green seedless grapes
- 1 slice of lime
- 2 tbsp of minced red onion
- 1 peeled, pitted and diced Mango
- 1 seeded and diced jalapeno pepper
Directions: Add cilantro, jalapeno, onion, grapes and mango into a manual food processor (best when done in this order). Pump until desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper. Squeeze lime on mixed ingredients. This salsa can be prepared up to 6 hours ahead of serving. Cover and leave to chill until ready to serve.
- 2 cups of divided grape tomatoes
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 peeled garlic cloves
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- 1 small onion
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 stemmed jalapeno pepper
Directions: Cut jalapeno into thirds and cut onion into quarters. Add jalapeno, onion, cilantro, lemon juice and salt into manual food processor. Pump until coarsely chopped. Add half of the tomatoes and pump until coarsely chopped. Add the remaining tomatoes and pump until desired consistency. Cover and leave to chill until ready to serve.
- 1 peeled onion
- 1 stemmed jalapeno pepper
- 1/4 cup packed cilantro
- 1 garlic clove
- 4 tomatoes
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- Salt and pepper
- Optional: hot sauce
Directions: Cut onion and tomatoes into quarters. Add onion, garlic clove and jalapeno pepper into a manual food processor until finely minced. Add tomatoes, cilantro, cumin, lime juice, salt and pepper. Pumped until desired consistency. Add hot sauce if desired. Cover and leave to chill until ready to serve. Not only are food processors great for making salsa but they are also beneficial for other kitchen tasks. This includes; shredding large amounts of food such as nuts, cheese, chicken or veggies, or for making homemade dips, sauces and nut butter. Enjoy!
The Best Mandoline Slicer: Mandoline slicers aren’t just for professional chefs. They are more than just a sharp slicer. Having the right tools can improve your slicing skills and can significantly shorten your food prep time. Kitchen experts say convenient height adjustments, fast clean- up, and a comfortable hand guard are the most important features in a mandoline slicer. We often see cooks turning to a mandoline for large and difficult slicing tasks. Mandolines are good for slicing vegetables in a variety of thicknesses more quickly and evenly verse the work of a knife. Most mandolines can also be used for slicing french fries, crinkle and waffle cuts and even shred, dice or cube.
How to use a mandoline slicer: When deciding on your purchase know this: experts and owners both agree that you don’t need to spend a lot to get an outstanding mandoline. When on the hunt for the best slicer you will see various models varying in price; some stainless steel ones can cost over $200 and plastic slicers can go for as low as $25. Models with a higher price tag don’t perform any better than mandolines costing $50 or less. When dealing with mandolines, it’s important to keep your safety in mind. This means making sure the blade is razor sharp and properly using the hand-guard regardless of the comfort. It’s essential to be aware and alert when using a mandoline, and just as important to buying one that has positive review for blades that are easy to change and for a safe hand guard.
- most popular and basic mandoline cut
- varies in thickness depending on platform and blade
- traditional slices with straight edges
- similar to ripple cut
- mostly used for cutting potatoes into waffle fries
- available on some mandoline models
- can be used to add presentation to dishes
- long thin strips (similar to matchsticks)
- often used for carrots, celery, potatoes and other vegetables for salads and stir fries
- decorative cut
- thickness can be adjusted depending on mandoline- generally thin but not paper thin
- small v-shaped ridges up and down the sides of the cut food
- popularly used for making ripple cut fries and sweet potato fries
- also referred to as crinkle or ruffled cut
- requires a large and firm vegetable with a straight edge
How They Process Fruits And Vegetables
They break the food up into small pieces and then slowly but powerfully use an auger to cold-press the pulp through a strainer or steel mesh. They are very different from centrifugal models which tend to grind up your food with blades, often heating up the cells of the organic material, and allow the juice to fall into a chamber while tossing the pulp into another chamber. The pulp is often very wet and full of nutrients.
They Extract Juice From Even The Most Dry Vegetables (i.e. Wheat Grass)
These days Wheat grass has become a ridiculously popular health food that’s sold almost exclusively at stores that specialize in organic and health food. It’s very expensive and often has to be special ordered for customers. People that want to drink wheatgrass juice rely on this single or double auger masticating slow cold press juicers. They want to get as much juice as possible out of their investment in their health. The Zweissen Cold press slow juicer is an excellent and economical way to get into slow cold press juicing. Of course that makes it great for more readily available and less expensive vegetable like broccoli and kale as well.
If you’ve ever juiced before you might have been driven batty by the amount of foam sitting on top of your juice. That foam is not only impossible to drink but it’s also evidence that your juice has been oxidized. Something that centrifugal juicers tend to do a lot of. Oxidation is the cells being broken down. It happens naturally and it’s a process we can’t stop, but we can slow it down. Since the auger squeezes fruits and vegetables very slowly it grinds oxidation down to nearly a halt while centrifugal styles actually speed it up. The augers in a slow juicer are very slowly press the fibers through the chute to get the maximum amount of juice from them, with the smallest amount of heat and oxidation.
Is Masticating Better Than Centrifugal? Not Always.
When you compare masticating vs centrifugal juicers you’ll find that the biggest benefit to masticating is the higher juice yield, maximum nutrients, and low oxidation.
Key Concept: If you took the pulp from a centrifuge and ran it through a masticating unit, you’d get a surprising amount of juice in your glass. A centrifugal juicer simply grinds up your fruits and vegetables into a pulp and allows whatever fluids come out to be captured in a reservoir. The slow squeezing of the augers of a masticating juice machine squeeze every last bit of fluid and nutrient out of your pulp. This is absolutely crucial if you are spending extra money on more expensive organic produce.
Would You Be Better Off With A Centrifugal Juicer? Slow juicers are fantastic but they aren’t perfect. If you want to make a lot of fruit juice volume in a hurry you should consider a powered electrical centrifugal juicer instead. But if you would like maximum nutrition, and maximum juice extraction without oxidation or pulp and fiber loss, then you should try a slow cold press juicer like the Zweissen Cold press Juicer.
How can a slow juicer help you feel great, and detox as well? If you want to get rid of toxins and harmful chemicals in a natural way and in addition to lose weight, then a tasty and healthy detoxification drink is the right choice for you. At the same time the body will receive all the necessary vitamins and minerals, so today we will present a few morning drinks for detoxification.
Mango and Pineapple Juice
Drinking mixture of mango and pineapple juice is the best way to start the day. Simple put chunks of Mango and Pineapple in your Zweissen Slow juicer to extract all the health benefits without losing the goodness in a high speed juicer. The thick juice from a Zweissen slow juicer is rich in vitamins, minerals, and nutrients needed by your body. Mango and pineapple remove the toxins that have been accumulated in the system, digestive system and combat the harmful effects of free radicals and taste great too.
Watermelon Juice with Mint
Refreshing watermelon juice that has a simple and rapid preparation will help you to get rid of toxins in the organism, while you are refreshed during the long hot summer days. All you need is a few pieces of watermelon, two cucumbers, a few mint leaves, fresh cold water and a few mint leaves. Put it all through your slow juicer and you will feel the goodness from it.
Green Tea and Juice in a slow juicer
Green tea is the world’s number one tea as the most used tea worldwide because it is incredibly healthy with low caffeine, and lots of healthy elements. For better effect and to double the health benefits mix juice from a slow juicer with green tea. This juice is ideal for those who consume a alcohol and for those who are looking for detoxification of the body. This tea will help you speed up your metabolism and will feed your body with fiber and potassium as well.Good combinations we can suggest include Green tea with Tangerines, Orange, and lime. Add some apple or pear if you like to taste.
Are you looking for the best knife sharpener for keeping sharp sleek knife edges? Well you’ve come to the right place! There are several different ways for keeping your knives sharp, whether it’s using a sharpening stone or a knife hone your kitchen chores are bound to become a little bit easier. People often tend to underestimate the importance and safeties of maintaining the sharpness of knifes and are unaware of the tools available for making food preparation and cooking a more enjoyable experience. With that in mind, we have gone ahead and listed the different types of knife sharpeners with a description outlining when they are to be used and the advantages of using them. Sharpening Steels and Ceramics Sharpening steels such as the Zweissen Ceramica are long narrow rods made out of either ceramic or steel, with a holding handle at the end. Sharpening steels are good for both smoothing out rough edges and bringing the knife back to life after you’ve been cutting, slicing or chopping. The steels are for honing, which is the process where you glide the metal on the edge back into alignment, whereas sharpening is actually shredding the knife edge. The only steels that shred the metal are the ones made of ceramic or diamond steel.
Electric Sharpeners Electric Knife sharpener by Chefs choice Angle select Electric sharpeners are known for being a quick and easy solution for bringing a dull knifes sharpness back. These sharpeners are generally seen as a rectangular box with three blade slots, containing a spinning motorize wheel inside. Electric sharpeners are valued for the convenience and efficiency it presents, however, some users have noted they lose the control they have would using a manual sharpener. Knife Hones Knife hones come is various different shapes and sizes.
Depending on the design, Zweissen Diamante Two Stage Knife Sharpener knife hones have between one to three blade slots for honing and polishing. These knife sharpeners perform similar to the sharpening steel as they are only used for the maintenance of knifes. Knife honing is recommended for before and after cutting your goods to ensure a clean sharp edge. Knife hones like Zweissen’s Diamante, are the more cost effective than electric sharpeners and other sharpening methods. Sharpening Stones Sharpening stones are available in a variety of different materials and styles including oil, Bora Fine Coarse Sharpening Stonewater, ceramic and diamond stones. Regardless of the materials, sharpening stones are typically a rectangular block about an inch in thickness. This method works well as they strip the steel off the knife blade, unlike sharpening steels and hones. Sharpening stones are practical in the sense that they can be used for other household items such as razors, scissors, tools and other steel products. What people do not realize is that knives need regular maintenance in order to function properly and remain efficient and safe. When it comes to proper care, any professional chef will tell you that knives need to be sharpened on a regular basis. Now that you know the basics behind knife sharpeners, you are now ready to make your purchase! Please feel free to make your own comments and suggestions for choosing the best knife sharpener. Also, make sure you check out our line of knife sharpeners available at www.zweissen.com.