Guide 101 – How Do You Make Juice?

Guide 101 – How Do You Make Juice?

If you have been following our posts about which juicers to buy, the best juicers for different fruits and veggies and our famous posts about the best vegetables and fruits to juice then read on to enthrall yourself in a more detailed guide on how to make juice. Today we cover the details on prepping your ingredients for juicing and then how to serve them to get the best fresh, homemade juice experience possible. If you prep those tasty, healthy ingredients before juicing properly then you will end up with a tastier juice and with less leftovers that you don’t know what to do with. Here is our list of how to prep what.

Apples Core your apples and remove the seeds before pushing through your juicer.
Apricots Rinse and slice in half to remove the pit.
Asparagus Rinse the stalks carefully and push through juicer, putting the bottom of the stalk through first.
Avocado You can blend your juices in a blender with an avocado to thicken it up, but never put an avocado in a juicer.
Bananas Similar to the avocado, never juice bananas! But feel free to blend your juices in a blender with a banana to thicken it up.
Beets (Beetroot) Peel your beets before juicing them! This will avoid the “earthy” taste that many people complain about after juicing an unpeeled beet. Depending on the size of your beets, slice to fit your juicer shoot. Juice your beet greens, too!
Bell peppers Rinse and remove the stem, but you can save time and forget removing the seeds – it’s fine to juice them. Cut to size and juice.
Blackberries Rinse in a strainer. They don’t keep well after being rinsed, so best to wash them the day you plan to juice them.
Blueberries Rinse in a strainer.
Broccoli After rinsing, juice it all. From the stalk to the head, you can receive many nutritional benefits from juicing broccoli.
Butter lettuce Rinse leaves individually, checking for dirt and sand. No need to remove the stems. Roll the leaves up and run through your juicer. Leafy greens move best through your juicer when followed by a harder fruit or vegetable, like apples, celery, or cucumbers.
Cabbage Green and red cabbage are great for juicing. Be sure to select a cabbage head that is firm with crisp leaves. Cut the cabbage in quarters, or smaller if needed, so it easily fits into the juicer shoot. If you don’t like the taste of beets, you can substitute red cabbage in any juice recipe that calls for beets.
Cactus pears Peel and cut to size if needed.
Cantaloupe (Rockmelon) Remove the rind, flesh and seeds before juicing this orange melon.
Carrots Rinse thoroughly before passing through the juicer and that’s it! You can juice your carrots with the greens and skins still on.
Celeriac (Celery root) Wash carefully, as grit can get stuck in the nooks and crannies of this hearty root vegetable. As with beets, if you don’t prefer an earthy taste, peel the celeriac first. Cut to fit your juicer.
Celery Rinse thoroughly and add entire celery stalk through the juicer (even the leafy tops).
Chard (Silverbeet) Rinse leaves individually, checking for dirt and sand. No need to remove the stems. Roll the leaves up and run through your juicer. Leafy greens move best through your juicer when followed by a harder fruit or vegetable, like apples, celery, or cucumbers.
Cherries Rinse and use a small paring knife to remove the small pits before juicing. Add a handful to your juicer at one time.
Chayotes Wash and chop to fit your juicer, then juice!
Collard greens These are a great leafy green, and can be used if kale (Tuscan cabbage) isn’t available. Wash the large leaves and roll up before juicing.
Cranberries Rinse and run through juicer. Make sure you juice them with something sweet because these are really tart…not like the commercial cranberry juice you buy in the store!
Cucumbers Cut the cucumber in half and use it to help push leafy greens through your juicer. No need to peel.
Dandelion Juice as you would any other leafy green – wash leaves and roll up. Push through with firmer produce. These have some bite to them, so use sparingly, or round off with a sweet and juicy fruit, like pineapple.
Eggplant I’ve never juiced eggplant and I don’t think I ever will! I think eggplant is best for eating.
Fennel bulbs Rinse and cut them to fit through your juicer and you’ll notice a slight flavor that might remind you of black licorice.
Grapefruit Peel and try to keep as much of the white pith on as possible since the pith contains nutrients that help your body absorb the vitamin C and other amazing antioxidants found in citrus fruits. Cut to fit your juicer and juice. You can keep the seeds in as they contain excellent nutrients too.
Grapes Wash your grapes, remove them from their stems, and add them through your juicer. Experiment with all color grapes.
Jicama Wash, slice, but don’t peel jicama before adding it to your vegetable juicer. The jicama juice will contain nutrients that were near the skin even after the skin’s been pulped away.
Kale (Tuscan cabbage) Use any kind – lacinato, red, green, purple, curly, etc. – and add the leafy green through your juicer after rinsing. It’s best to add 3 – 4 leaves at a time.
Kiwi (Kiwifruit) Peel and run through your juicer, seeds and all.
Leeks Keep the root and the green part on the leek, and slice in half the long way. Gently separate and rinse between the layers. Check for dirt or sand hiding between the layers.
Lemons Peel and try to keep as much of the white pith on as possible since the pith contains nutrients that help your body absorb the vitamin C and other amazing antioxidants found in citrus fruits. Cut to fit your juicer and juice. You can keep the seeds in as they contain excellent nutrients too.
Limes Peel, and try to keep as much as the white pith on as possible (you can use a peeler for that), since the pith contains nutrients that help your body absorb the vitamin C and amazing antioxidants found in citrus fruits. Cut to fit your juicer, and remove the seeds. If you have a centrifugal juicer, you can keep the seeds in. They contain excellent nutrients too.
Mangos Peel and cut spears of mango from the core. Makes a great tropical juice when mixed with pineapple! Also lends a great creamy texture to your juice.
Melons Cut into wedges and remove outer skin with a knife or peeler. You can juice these with seeds.
Mustard greens Juice these like you would any leafy green but definitely choose a small amount of mustard greens. This potent green will give a very strong taste and adds lots of spice. It will literally warm your insides.
Onions Go easy on these, as they can give your juices a super strong flavor. Some people prefer not to juice these at all. Peel papery skin and slice to fit your juicer, if needed. Onions are another one to start with a small amount, taste your juice, and add more if you like it. If eating raw onions bothers your stomach, you probably want to skip juicing them.
Oranges Peel and try to keep as much of the white pith on as possible since the pith contains nutrients that help your body absorb the vitamin C and other amazing antioxidants found in citrus fruits. Cut to fit your juicer and juice. You can keep the seeds in as they contain excellent nutrients too.
Papayas Cut in half and peel the skin. You can leave the seeds in to juice them.
Parsnips These are super easy, like carrots, especially if you have smaller or skinny ones. Just rinse and run through your juicer! If they’re larger, you may need to slice in half lengthwise. Use these to run leafy greens through your juicer.
Peaches Cut in half to remove the pit and juice.
Pears These can be juiced whole. Just wash and slice to fit your juicer, if needed.
Pineapples The heavier a pineapple is, the riper it is. Grab hold of the top and twist off. Slice into quarters, cut out the woody core, peel the skin, and juice.
Plums Wash and slice in half to remove the pit. These give your juice a gorgeous color with an antioxidant punch.
Pomegranate Here’s a trick for this tricky fruit: Fill a bowl up with water. Slice pomegranate in half without pulling the halves apart, and then submerge in the bowl of water to break it apart. This keeps the juice from squirting everywhere. Then, keeping it in the water, break the pomegranate into chunks and tease the seeds out. The white parts will float and the seeds will sink. Remove all the skin and the white parts from the top of the water and use a slotted spoon to remove the seeds. Then juice the seeds!
Radishes Just rinse and run through your juicer. Leave the root and stem on, but remove the leaves if they have any. Watch out! These can spice up your juice in a flash, so add small amounts at a time. If you’re feeling cold, adding these to your juice will warm you right up.
Raspberries Just rinse and juice. Add a little bit of lemon to a juice made with raspberries, or combine them with fresh peaches for a peach melba juice.
Romaine lettuce (Cos) Rinse leaves individually, checking for dirt and sand. Roll the leaves up and run through your juicer. Leafy greens move best through your juicer when followed by a harder fruit or vegetable, like apples, celery or cucumbers.
Scallions Just rinse and juice! No need to remove the roots or dark green parts because you can juice it all. These have a strong flavor, like onions, so start small.
Spinach Wash well because some bunches can have a lot of grit on them. Roll into a ball and run through your juicer using firm produce, like apples or carrots to help push the leaves through.
Squashes This goes for all squashes, including pumpkin and summer squashes: scrub and remove stem. If the skin is really tough and thick, you might want to peel it. Otherwise, slice and keep the seeds in (you get those extra cancer-fighting chemicals by keeping in the seeds), and juice.
Strawberries Delicious and sweet, they have a powerful flavor when you juice them – so just mix them with other berries, or maybe one or two other fruits. Just rinse and pop right in the juicer.
Sugar snap peas Rinse and run through juicer. These don’t have very high water content, so they’re not going to yield a lot of juice. Juice along with carrots to drink your peas and carrots!
Sweet potatoes Scrub and cut into chunks. Sweet potatoes make a delicious dessert juice.
Tangerines Peel and try to keep as much of the white pith on as possible since the pith contains nutrients that help your body absorb the vitamin C and other amazing antioxidants found in citrus fruits. Cut to fit your juicer and juice. You can keep the seeds in as they contain excellent nutrients too.
Tomatoes Wash and remove stem and any leaves. If they’re large, you may need to slice to fit your juicer. No need to take out the seeds. Fresh tomato juice is worlds away from that canned stuff!
Turnips Scrub and chop in chunks to fit your juicer. Turnips in a juice make a great drink for cooler weather when those tropical fruits aren’t in season!
Watermelon Makes an amazingly refreshing juice, especially in hot weather. Cut into wedges and remove the skin and rind. You can keep the seeds in.
Wheatgrass Some juicers are better at doing wheatgrass than others. If you’re just doing a small amount, any kind of juicer should be able to handle it. Rinse the wheatgrass, twist or roll into a ball, and push through with something juicy and firm, like apples. Gives a nice and strong green flavor to your juice, and provides lots of great green chlorophyll energy.
Zucchinis Scrub and cut off stem, but leave the other end on. These are great for pushing through greens.

See below the most recommended juicers in the market today:

ItemBreville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice ExtractorBLACK+DECKER JE2200B 400-Watt Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor with Custom Juice Cup, BlackHamilton Beach 67601A Big Mouth Juice Extractor, BlackOmega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer - Black and ChromeJack Lalanne's 100th Anniversary Fusion Juicer SLH90
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ColorStainlessBlackBlackBlack and ChromeBlack
FeaturesExtra-wide 3-inch feeder chute can create 8oz. cup of juice in just 5 seconds. Stainless steel cutting disc surrounded by Italian made micro mesh filter to extract up to 30% more juice and 40% more vitamins and minerals than other juicers.A high quality strainer and stainless steel blades, pulp is separated out while nothing but natural, nutritious juice is effortlessly strained into the 300-ml pitcher belowEasy to assemble and store - just insert the strainer and lock on the lid with latches. No special tools neededHigh juice yield; auto pulp-ejection function for continuous juicingExtra large feeder accommodates most fruits and vegetables, removable, adjustable non-drip spout
Price145.99 USD34.98 USD52.96 USD269.10 USD64.79 USD
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Different Herbs and Spices – How to Prep and Juice

Basil Carefully wash the leaves, removing any grit. If your basil seems very gritty, submerge in a bowl of cold water and swish around. Remove and rinse. To juice, tear the leaves off the stems and roll up. Push through with firmer produce.
Chinese 5-spice powder Don’t put this through your juicer!! Just sprinkle into your juice.
Cilantro (Coriander) Wash thoroughly. You can juice the stems and the leaves.
Cinnamon Don’t juice this either! Sprinkle ground cinnamon on juices with apple, pear and sweet potato.
Dill Rinse and pull the delicate fronds off the stem to juice.
Garlic The flavor is strong, and so are the benefits. Use fresh garlic and peel before running through juicer. Start with a small amount and taste your juice before adding more. Better to start small and add more than the other way around!
Ginger Peel your piece of ginger by cutting the size that you need for the juice and then take a spoon to peel the skin back. You can also use a knife to cut it but a spoon does the trick. Ginger doesn’t produce much juice but it does add a rich flavor so be careful not to go overboard.
Jalapeno (Chili pepper) Wash and juice. As you probably know, these are pretty spicy, so use with care!
Mint Wash thoroughly and remove leaves from stem before juicing. Goes great with pineapple, grapes, watermelon or strawberries.
Tarragon Gives a nice herbal flavor to vegetable juices. Wash and tear leaves off their woody stems before juicing.
Parsley Carefully wash the leaves, removing any grit. If it seems very gritty, submerge in a bowl of cold water and swish around. Remove and rinse. To juice, tear the leaves off the stems and roll up. Push through with firmer produce.

Serving Freshly Squeezed Juice

There are many ways you can serve juice but we prefer these tall, large glasses so you can really get a dose of healthiness. We also couldn’t help but be charmed by these neat glasses which look hand painted and will set off your mornings with a smile. If you want to go the extra mile then add a tropical stirrer like these below.

Always add some crushed ice to your juice and a slice of lime or lemon. Serve chilled and everyone will love your homemade juice and will want you to make it every day of the week, whatever the weather.

If you want to try something interesting then add some soda cans to the table to mix with the fresh juice. In addition to sodas, offer an array of fresh fruit juices during breakfast and lunch. In addition to the serving pitchers, display the actual fruit alongside the beverages. It offers a beautiful visual presentation and showcases the flavors in a fun way. We also love small shot glasses brimming with different juices. If you are having a party then this a great way for everyone to have a taste of something. Do some quirky recipes and mix and match different ingredients. Line them up on the buffet table and let everyone choose from yellow and green to pink and blue. You will be the talk of the neighbourhood after you try this! Whether you’re serving energizing juice shots in the morning or bold tequila shooters in the evening, individualized sips are a great grab-and-go option. They also give guests the chance to branch out and try new flavors and libations while networking.

If you want to go the extra mile then serve freshly made juice in coffee mugs on a saucer and add a slice of strawberry or an orange slice on the plate. This was taken from the idea that when you order coffee you get a biscuit with it so why not order juice and get a slice of fruit with it?

The Best Microwaves Under $100

The Best Microwaves Under $100

A good, powerful microwave can make all the difference in how a kitchen works and usually high-end priced microwaves can offer a lot of functions for the modern day kitchen. If you can’t afford the more expensive models then there are still some sleek, practical and affordable options available on the market. Today we are going to walk you through some of our favorites which are reliable and under the $100 budget. We have come up with a list of the top microwave which come under this price range and our team tries to test the products out before we actually post our reviews so you can trust us if you are looking for an honest opinion.

How To Choose A Microwave

If you already have budget in mind then there are still some things you need to think about when it comes to making your final choice. You need to think about the location, if you are looking for above the countertop or built in model then you will need to double your budget. For $100 consumers can find some compact microwaves which will fit onto the countertop. Think about the space you have left on your counters and where exactly you want to put. An inch or so can make a huge difference on space if you don’t have a lot of it.

Check out our list of the best microwaves under $100!

ItemRCA RMW733-BLACK Microwave Oven, 0.7 cu. ft., BlackDanby Designer 0.7 cu.ft. Countertop Microwave, Black/Stainless SteelWestinghouse WCM770B 700 Watt Counter Top Microwave Oven, 0.7 Cubic Feet, Black CabinetHamilton Beach 0.7 cu ft Microwave Oven (1, Black)RCA RMW733-WHITE Microwave, 0.7 cu. ft., White
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ColorBlackStainlessBlackBlackWhite
Features700 Watts Output: 10 Power Levels
Glass Turntable
700 watts of cooking power, 10 power levels, Simple one-touch cooking for 6 popular uses10 cooking power levels provide great cooking flexibility
6 convenient quick cook settings include popcorn, baked potato, pizza, beverage, reheat and frozen dinner
10 power levels | 6 quick set menu buttons
Child-safe lockout feature | Kitchen timer/clock
RCA 0.7 Cubic Foot Microwave with Electronic Touchpad
700 Watts Output: 10 Power Levels
Price54.99 USD66.89 USD61.24 USD59.99 USD50.27 USD
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You need to have a look at the different functions which microwaves offer. Even the most basic of options will have a time, a defrost mode, cooking time and various power levels. If you find one which has default settings then this could be better because it has settings programmed in such as pizza, popcorn and frozen dinner for example.

Always look into the design and the controls. Choosing something that is practical and easy to clean is always a better option and will cause a lot less stress. Look for something that doesn’t have small knobs as grease and dirt can get trapped and then they won’t function as properly over time. Here is what we have come up with, our teams top choice for microwaves under $100.

Kenmore Countertop Microwave 73092 Review

Voted as number one on our list we chose the Kenmore countertop version. Although this is a low-priced model it has been made with durable and high quality materials. This is average in size and will fit onto any kitchen top with ease. This has actually been designed by the company Sears but is powerful with a 900 watt motor and will even defrost large amounts of frozen meals.

In white, black or stainless steel this offers a different design for any kitchen decor. This model has ten different power levels which you can cook and heat various types of food in. The door can be opened with the traditional simple push-button and there is even a top rated feature, multi stage cooking. We fell in love with this model by Kenmore because they offer a modern design, easy to clean buttons and controls and have all the functions one looks for in a microwave and all around the $80 price range.

Danby Countertop Microwave Review

Coming up second on our list is the Danby countertop model. This is great because it is compact in size but not too small to get everything done that you need doing. Although less in power, only 700 watts it still offers enough heating power to heat your meals so you won’t be waiting too long. They have colored versions and a stainless steel model. The only difference is when you purchase the stainless steel model it comes with a door handle rather than a push button. The glass turnable inside is really easy to clean and dishwasher safe and it is fool proof with the easy controls. If you don’t want the smallest model at just $40 dollars then you can choose from four different sizes all under the price range of $100.

Danby DMW7700BLDB 0.7 cu. ft. Microwave Oven - Black
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This microwave has the one touch cooking option and again ten different power levels which make it even more popular. Danby make affordable equipment and appliances for the kitchen and we can’t find fault with the simple, stylish and affordable microwave.

Panasonic NN-SN651B Black 1.2 Cu. Ft Countertop Microwave Oven with Inverter Technology

We chose this model as third on our list of runners-up because it comes only $5 above the $100 price range. Saying that Panasonic is a reliable and high quality company who have happy customers all around the world. This sleek microwave comes in black or white and is superb for the money. It will fit into any kitchen with ease and has a powerful wattage to get the heavy duty tasks done with 1200 watts. The inverter technology keeps the flavor in the food, doesn’t dry it out and has a turbo defrost option. The controls are set on a flat panel so you don’t have to worry about dirt and it comes with all the modern settings and power control options that one needs in a microwave. Panasonic offer affordable quality for the whole family and have designed extra features like a child safety lock, a keep warm feature and even a delay start feature. We have talked about this model in one of our previous posts, we really can’t get enough of it and the constant repetition is a hint at our boss to buy us one for the workplace!

Westinghouse WCM660W 600 Watt Countertop Microwave Oven, 0.6 Cubic Feet, White

If you are looking for something simpler, even more affordable and somewhat traditional then go with the Westinghouse model. You can buy this in either white or black but is a lot more reliable than the computer programmed microwaves. The only thing we don’t like are the knobs but they can be taken off to clean. This model has six convenient cooking levels and a simple 30 minute timer. The grip handle makes it easy to open and close the door with ease and it offers still enough power for your needs at 600 watts.

This straightforward version of the microwave is incredibly easy to maintain and keep clean which is why it is such a popular option. This is our top pick for no fuss microwaves.

Finally Making The Choice…

We chose these four microwaves out of about twenty because of a number of reasons and we based our choice on design, function, power and other customer reviews. We try to offer equality when it comes to reviewing products and we also try to not listen to the negative reviews. We go into the process open minded so we can offer our readers an honest opinion. If you are now finally making the choice then trust our picks which will give you the best value for money but still offer you a modern design to your kitchen. A lot of hotels and bed and breakfasts like these more affordable versions and next time you drop into a hotel then check out to see if the room has a microwave. More often than not you will find one of these models there – this is a great way to try before you buy!

We do think that if you increase your budget to $200 then you will probably get an even more modern, reliable model microwave and sometimes the thing to do is pay more to save more in the future. Many people like to buy the cheapest appliances they can find but end up disappointed. Don’t forget that the more you pay, the more you get. A microwave needs to be durable because of the heating process, it needs to be made of high quality materials so it doesn’t warp or even explode. Be assured though that all electrical appliances have to be certified before being set on the market so you know you and your family will be safe with whatever choice you make. We hope our article today has been of use and don’t forget to come back because our next posts are even more interesting!

The Best Blenders To Crush Ice

The Best Blenders To Crush Ice

During the time that we spend reviewing and testing various blenders we have come across many questions which our readers ask us, like what is the blender for money? What is the best blender for milkshakes? We try to answer every question professionally and with a lengthy post which gives you all the details you need to know about whatever it is you are asking us.

Today we are going to be talking about the best blenders which crush ice. It is great to have a powerful blender anyway to get through those hard carrots or cabbage heads but ice seems to be a popular thing to blend. We have even got some some great recipes for cocktails with crushed ice, milkshakes and blended smoothies with ice for those hot summer months. You can check those out on our previous posts. It might sound a little strange that we actually want to help you choose the right products but that is why we are here and we want to provide you with valuable information which is actually of use to you. Today we have looked into various blenders which claim to blend ice, but here comes the million dollar question. Do they? Find out more below.

Come and check out the top blenders to choose from as listed below:

ItemMagic Bullet NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer SystemHamilton Beach Stay or Go Blender with 32-Oz Jar, 2 Personal Single Serve 16-Oz Jars & 8-Oz Chopper, Black (52400)BLACK+DECKER BL1110RG FusionBlade Blender with 6-Cup Glass Jar, 12-Speed Settings, Red BlenderOster 6811 6-Cup Glass Jar 12-Speed Blender, Brushed NickelHamilton Beach Personal Single Serve Blender with Travel Lid, Black (51101BA)
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ColorGreyBlackRedBrushed NickelBlack
FeaturesEffortlessly pulverizes fruits, vegetables, superfoods and protein shakesPulse action for chopping control, All of the included containers are made of shatterproof Tritan that is crystal clear, lightweight, dishwasher safe, and BPA-free12 Speeds + Pulse - Find the perfect blending power for everything from sauces to smoothies with 12 speed settings. The pulse function lets you create the perfect consistency700 power watts/450 blending watts
Crush Pro 4 Blade uses stainless steel, 4-point design to pulverize and chop with precision
14-oz. blending jar also functions as portable travel cup that fits most car drink holders
Price79.99 USD22.39 USD26.93 USD42.72 USD16.21 USD
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How Do I choose The Blender which I know Will Crush Ice?

This is an important question and one which we have asked ourselves. It all boils down to the fact that the blender in question has to be strong and have durable blades to crush its way through ice. Basically it needs to withstand the pressure – out of all the blenders we reviewed we only found two which beat the ice crushing test and those are the Vitamix and the Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004. Sadly to say we actually tried one that claimed to blend ice but it all just fell apart at our hands. We will show you that model so you can avoid it! Let’s begin by explaining to you how we tested our blenders and the results we got.

Ninja Master Prep Professional (QB1004)

When we talk about Ninja Master Prep we are talking about something amazingly affordable at around $40 and something amazingly awesome which actually gets the job done. We weren’t too sure how reliable this blender would be when it came to crushing ice because of the price but it exceeded our expectations.

Ninja Master Prep Professional (QB1004)
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We decided to try blending frozen food first and it did so with speed and less noise than others we have tried. We gave the first test a thumbs up. Our team then decided we would make some cocktails (don’t tell the boss) in which we added a lot of ice and huge hard chunks of them. Needless to say everyone on the team was a bit sceptic. We had this small, compact blender which is great for money and we had just overloaded it with ice. It actually worked and we all enjoyed a round on the boss. We love this blender for so many reasons apart from the fact that it got through ice and several times at that.

There is so many great features that we just can’t fault it. All the parts are dishwasher safe and with the purchase of the blender you get three different sized jars. It has an anti-spill splashguard, easy flip pour spouts and is designed with a super modern blade technology. It has actually never been easier to chop, blend and store all those yummy ingredients. It has a unique design which looks great in any kitchen and is compact enough that you can store in under the counter when you don’t need it.

Customer reviews are all top reviews and many say that this is a professional gem hidden amongst household appliances. We totally agree and we will be using ours for all our ‘work’ drinks, milkshakes, smoothies and soups. If you want something practical, something sturdy, something safe, something well designed, something that crushes ice with ease and something super affordable then grab the Ninja.

Vitamix 1782 TurboBlend, 2-Speed

The Vitamix turboblend is another blender that gets the job done but is more bulky and more expensive that the Ninja Master Prep. If you want a blender that you are going to use every day and keep it in one place – on the countertop – then the Vitamix is probably the right choice. This model comes with a 2 peak horsepower motor so depending on what you are blending or mixing you have two options to choose from. It has a locking lid design, a massive 64 ounce container, a patented tamper tool for mixing thick or hard ingredients and a cool recipe book.

Vitamix 1782 TurboBlend, 2-Speed
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Again all the parts are dishwasher safe and it comes with a five year warranty. The blades are stainless steel which make them super durable but the design itself could be a little more sleek. Some people like this style, black and tall. This is great if you are blending, crushing and mixing for a family of five but is probably a little too big if you are doing the solo blending thing.

Our team enjoyed testing out this blender and probably because we got more cocktails out of it but besides the point it did what we set it out to do and that was crush ice, a lot of it.

The Blender That Didn’t Work

As it goes we always fail in our review and don’t always choose the best ones to write about and this was one of those moments. The Bon Appetit Dual Action Power Blender with Metal Drive 1.3HP 8 Blade was a disaster and there was just too much wrong with it. We thought this would come out tops when it came to crushing ice but looks can fool my friends. This is one of those mid-range priced blenders which claims to do more than what your normal blender would do. This blender was a huge failure and left us with massive chunks of our ice in our smoothies. They couldn’t really be called smoothies though as they were full of chunks of fruit and veg as well. The cleaning up process on this model was even more difficult and it had a lot of nooks and crannies that you could probably only get into with a cotton bud.

For what we paid out on this model we were really disappointed with what it gave us and we were really surprised that the blender priced beneath this was a hundred times better. We have come to the conclusion that Bon Appetit do some great stuff for the kitchen but they lack in their blenders. Either way we say don’t go for this model because you will end up having a huge headache. We called the company and explained our situation, they were polite and friendly and did apologise but sadly they couldn’t do anything about it. They couldn’t return our money or swap it for another product so we now have a blender which is gathering dust in our cupboard at work. Anyway, we shall just move on to bigger and better things.

At Least We Had Fun!

Our team had great fun reviewing these blenders and every one of us came up with something to chuck in the blender. Some of the mixed cocktails tasted a bit funny though. We had a weird mix of kiwi, whiskey, vodka, ice, spinach and blueberry as one of them. We even thought that we could do this on a more regular basis – have everyone bring in one blending product, blend it all together and enjoy the effects of it after! Please do take note though, we don’t actually recommend using that recipe as it need cause an alcohol fueled debate between two colleagues!

Have fun and enjoy blending, but make sure you buy the right one!

Good Fruits and Vegetables to Juice – Plus Recipes

Good Fruits and Vegetables to Juice – Plus Recipes

Juicing has become a top trend and today you can get freshly squeezed juice anywhere you go. It is convenient to be able to make juice at home for the whole family, it is healthy, tasty and so much more economical than store bought juice. The whole process of ‘how to make juice’ is really easy and doesn’t require a lot of time or effort but getting the combinations of fruit and vegetables right to taste can sometimes be a little trickier. If you have checked out the best fruit and vegetable juicers and you have finally made that purchase then get started today and change the way you eat and drink. You will really start to see the benefits of juicing quicker than you think and there are so many variations you can try, you will never get bored! Our team of health experts have found some juicing recipes which will head all your health woes to one side.

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Juice For Healthy Skin

Fruit and vegetable juices, prepared in the right combinations, can help you to remove crud from your blood and tissues and restore alkalinity and balance to your system and your skin, you see the benefits of this crud removal in younger looking skin and increased energy. The best skin booster is cucumber. With over 90% of water in one single cucumber they hydrate like nothing else. They are high in minerals which can improve complexion and help give you a youthful radiance for your skin.

Below are the best fruits and vegetables juicers that you can purchase and use at home:

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To juice your way to perfect skin all you need is one or two whole cucumber, including the skins and a piece of apple so you can sweeten the juice with natural sugar. If you want a use for the leftover pulp, blend it into your next green smoothie for the extra benefits or mix it up into a paste and use it as a face mask for an extra glow to your skin.

Juice to Fight Aging

A lot of things can age you more such as stress, lack of sleep, harsh weather conditions, worry, lack of exercise and bad diet. You can help slow this process down antioxidant packed fruits and veggies that can be juiced. Not only is this juice recipe great to slow down the aging process but will give you that boost of energy that you need. One of the ingredients used in the following recipe is Kale and is known to have a number of health benefits, it is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat, is high in iron and Vitamin K which is a must have ingredient for pregnant women, it is packed full of powerful antioxidants and is high in Vitamin A.

Ingredients:

Juice it all together and the pulp can be watered down and used as a mask for tired and straw like hair. If you juice the berries separate then you can use the pulp to make a tasty homemade jam as well.

Good fruits and vegetables to juice
Good fruits and vegetables to juice

Juice to Get You in The Mood

There are a lot of foods that can help you and your partner ‘get in the mood’ but champagne and strawberries tastes better when not juiced. Did you know that there are fruits and vegetables that can boost your libido and are at the same time delicious? Celery contains an ingredient that increases those well-known pheromones in men that send out signals to women saying ‘here I am’ and watermelon helps to relax the blood vessels that increase sex drive, and avocados contain a B vitamin said to boost male hormone production. Try this tasty juice to get things going!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups coconut water or aloe vera juice
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 small piece ginger
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 handful basil
  • 3 figs

Juice For Sweet Cravings

If you have a bit of a sweet tooth but want to try and cut out those sugar boosts you crave then try a juice that will starve away your sweet cravings. Sugar cravings are down to the fact that the blood sugar isn’t stable and sometimes we need something sweet but there are ways to level out your blood sugar without chocolate cake and medicine prescribed from the doctor. Celery juice helps balance out the sweetness of this juice while providing electrolytes and alkalizing minerals, as well as helping to reduce sugar cravings and cinnamon contains compounds that help regulate blood sugar.

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Ingredients:

Juice it all together and add some frozen berries to give it a unique taste. You can also add a slice of pineapple which will make the juice extra sweet if this recipe it too sour to taste.

Juice to Boost Your Immune System

When the seasons change people get sick and when you go to work or pop to the shop people cough and sneeze and spread their germs. Not a nice thought but you are most likely going to get sick too. If you want to boost your immune system then make a habit of drinking a glass of this recipe every day. Broccoli is very high in vitamin C, which increases the production of infection-fighting white blood cells and garlic contains sulfur-containing compounds that have powerful immune-boosting antimicrobial properties.

Ingredients:

  • 1 small beet
  • 3 carrots
  • 8 stalks celery
  • 1 stalk broccoli
  • 2 cloves garlic

You can always make a batch of this in advance and keep it in the fridge. This is also a lovely drink with a dark red hue which makes it look like berry juice and is a drink you should get your kids and little ones drinking. We all know that little fingers touch everything and children aren’t as wary as us adults are about getting sick. You can always add a cube of sugar to make it sweet enough so that they will drink it!

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Juice to Help Digestion

If you have problems with digestion and you get bloated, have regular heartburn then the acid in your stomach is all messed up. Before you turn to doctors and medicine try changing the way you eat and drink and include a glass of this juice with every meal. We turn to the well-known digestive aid, papaya, when having stomach issues. The fruit contains papain, an enzyme that helps digest proteins. But it’s not the only powerful ingredient in this juice recipe, ginger relaxes the intestinal tract and reduces gas; also often used to quell nausea and cabbage helps cleans waste from the stomach and upper bowels, which improves digestion and reduces constipation.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 small papaya
  • 3 leaves kale
  • 1/8 head cabbage
  • 1 thumb-sized piece ginger
  • 1 wedge lemon

Juice everything but add the lemon to the juice without juicing it. It will slowly release its goodness into the freshly made juice.

Juice to Fight Off Colds

When you get a cold it causes headaches, muscle pain, tiredness and a whole bunch of other systems which you don’t need when you have to face the day ahead of you. When you start to feel a cold or a temperature coming on try to drink as much of this juice as possible which will keep those nasty symptoms at bay.

Ginger stimulates the digestive system and has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and the flu,  Cayenne pepper contains a high concentration of beta carotene, which helps rid the body of free radicals that cause cell damage and protects against infection. Finally, the high content of vitamin C in lemon juice can help safeguard your immune system from infection and the common cold.

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A Guide on All the Best Vegetables to Juice

A Guide on All the Best Vegetables to Juice

Have you ever wondered about the fruits and vegetables you drink? Have you done experiment after experiment but still can’t get the taste and texture you want? Although this all depends on personal preferences and tastes we have collected the top vegetables which you should be adding to your daily diet and the best ones which are great for juice.

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Most of these veggies that we have picked are perfect for cleanse programs, fasting or just for a healthy boost. The one thing you need to remember is that all fresh, raw and live produce is exceptional and stands out from the crowd, and this is what you should be using in your juice.

Drinking juices made from green leafy vegetables will help detoxify your body and flush those toxins out! You may have been told that “we are what we eat.” That’s only part of it. We are what we can absorb! There’s no point in eating all that broccoli if your body cannot digest and absorb the nutrients from it.

Come and check out the best juicers for your vegetables!

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Fresh vegetable juices supply you with a huge amount of nutrients that your body needs. Nutrients that are more easily and readily absorbed into your bloodstream, and feeds all 50 trillion cells in your body. This means every single organ in your body can perform at their best!

The results that can you can expect from daily juicing can be:

  • Mental clarity
  • More energy
  • Clear, glowing skin
  • Weight loss
  • Thick shiny hair and nails
  • Better digestion
  • Alkaline (balance body’s pH= no disease)
  • Bulletproof your immune system
  • Hydration
  • Happy, rejuvenated, refreshed, and great sense of well-being

There are some possible side effects that you can get from drinking a lot of vegetable juice. This is an initial reaction and once your body starts to detoxify itself the symptoms will go away. These might include nausea, irritability, sluggishness, tummy ache, or just a little off. This is totally normal and there is nothing to worry about, this is just the way your body starts to cleanse itself of years built up of toxins.

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If you are new to juicing then you should start off with ingredients which aren’t too rich in taste and vegetables that your taste buds are used to. This will give your body a chance to get used to it. After you feel you are on a steady path then you can start experimenting with different ingredients.

All About Detoxing Your Body

Imagine your kitchen sink is clogged up.  When you pour Drano down the pipe, what happens? It melts all the gunk and as the nasty stuff comes out it’ll be circulating around a bit. You have to actually run hot water down to flush all that out.

Detoxing your body with daily juices is the same process. Imagine the gunk as toxins in your body. As toxins are released from your organs and blood, they need to go somewhere! That’s why it’s crucial for you to do one of the following techniques to help speed up the flushing process of toxins.

  1. Take an Epsom salt bath for 20 minutes.
  2. Exercise to sweat it out.
  3. Drink a lot of water and tea so you urinate often.
  4. Sit in a sauna.

Starting to Juice

You can pretty much juice all different types of vegetables and fruits. We recommend starting out with:

  • Celery
  • cucumber

Celery and cucumber make a good base since they are easy to digest and are more palatable. They also yield a lot of liquids!

These vegetables aren’t as nutrient dense as the following vegetables below. Once you are more comfortable with drinking green juices, you can advance to the following vegetables:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • spinach
  • cabbage
  • bok choy
  • fennel

And finally the most bitter tasting, yet so full of nutrients is the following:

  • Kale
  • swiss chard
  • dandelion greens
  • collard greens

You can also add herbs to your juice! Herbs have powerful healing properties. Start off with a small amount. A couple of sprigs will do.

  • Parsley
  • cilantro
  • mint

Add a natural sweetener

  • Fuji apples
  • carrots  (You can use any type of apple, but I find that Fuji is the sweetest) .

Other vegetables/fruits to consider:

  • Bell peppers
  • oranges
  • pineapples
  • sweet potato
  • broccoli
  • grapes
  • pears
  • watermelon
  • asparagus

There are endless combinations of fruits and vegetables you can use to juice. However, it is ideal to have a higher ratio of vegetable. Vegetables are the most nutrient dense and best thing you can put in your body.

Storing Your Juice

As soon as your juice hits the air or light, it will start to oxidize and lose nutrients. It is best to drink the juice immediately to reap the benefits. If you are a busy working person (which we all are, right?) you won’t have time to juice every single day. Sometimes it’s necessary to juice double the amount and store it in the refrigerator.

It also depends on the type of juicer you have. With a masticating juicer, you can store your juice for up to 72 hours. With other juicers such as the centrifuge, it is best to drink it within 24 hours.

  • Pour your juice in a glass bottle, or BPA-free bottle with a tight cap. Fill it all the way up to the top!

We love storing our juice in a mason jar, like this one here.The jars come with the caps; however we prefer these white screw caps.

Popular and Amazing Carrot Recipe

Have you ever tasted a juice so creamy, sweet, and healthy? If you’ve never had fresh, squeezed carrot juice, you are in for a sweet surprise.

We consider carrot juice to be a perfect base for any vegetable juice recipe due to it’s sweet, yet mellow taste. Carrot juice will mask any green taste of vegetables and add sweetness to the overall taste.

Similar to apple juice, carrot juice pairs well with any type of green leafy vegetables such as lettuce and celery. It even plays well with strong and bitter kale!

So whether you’re juicing for weight loss, or looking for a way to maximize your intake of vitamins and minerals, check out delicious carrot juice recipes!

When was the last time you ate this many carrots? Probably never! Can you imagine all the vitamin A you can obtain through a 12 oz glass of carrot juice?

Carrots are known for the generous amount of vitamins A, C, and calcium.

As for the myth about turning into an oompa loompa with orange skin, that really is just a myth. Vitamin A will help you maintain healthy eyes and skin.

Carrots also have the following nutrients:

  • beta-carotene
  • folic acid
  • chlorine
  • magnesium
  • sodium
  • zinc

Let’s get right to the carrot juice recipes that you’ve been anxious to try! After all the talk about how beneficial carrots are for your body, I’m sure you’re almost about to start drooling.

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By itself, carrot juice has a smooth sweet taste. It’s like sipping liquid butter!

Juicing carrot juice is as simple as it looks. Wash the carrots thoroughly and make sure you cut the top off and discard it. The top is usually where all the toxic impediments are hanging out. It is best to buy organic carrots. You can leave the skin on if your carrots are organic. Otherwise, we would suggest peeling the outer skin off.

If pure carrot juice is a bit too sweet for you, try combining other fruits and vegetables!

Adding an apple can boost your health benefits. You know the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” Well I think an apple and carrot a day should be the new phrase! This recipe is a classic, but the ginger gives it that extra “zang.”

  • 4 carrots
  • 2 apples
  • 1/2 inch knob of ginger

Carrot Juice Recipe with Pineapple, Grapefruit

  • 4 carrots
  • 1/5 of a pineapple
  • 1 grapefruit

Carrot Juice Recipe with Orange, Ginger

  • 4 carrots
  • 2 oranges
  • 1/2 inch knob of ginger

Carrot Juice Recipe with Bell Pepper, Parsley

  • 4 carrots,
  • 1 bell pepper
  • handful of parsley

Carrot Juice Recipe with Pears and Celery

  • 4 carrots
  • 1 large pear
  • 3 celery stalks
  • Half a lime
  • Optional: Substitute celery for stronger tasting greens such as kale, lettuce, cabbage

Carrot Juice Recipe ~ Ultimate Blood Detox

  • 5 carrots
  • Handful of spinach leaves
  • 4 romaine lettuce
  • Handful of parsley
  • Ginger
  • 2 celery

Spinach has a lot of iron, which is the main ingredient for hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is found in red blood cells and is responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body.

If you don’t have enough iron, that means your body isn’t able to produce enough hemoglobin. The result of not getting enough oxygen to muscles is fatigue!

If you want to feel that long lasting energetic feeling throughout the day, drink this green carrot juice.

The Anti-Aging Power of Beets

Beets are high in folate, vitamins A and C, iron, potassium, manganese, and fiber.

Anti-aging benefits include:

  • Beets have powerful antioxidants that help fight signs of aging. They also stimulate cell production, which can protect your skin from premature aging and wrinkles.
  • Beets contain nitrates which stimulate blood flow to your brain
  • Beets are also anti-inflammatory due to antioxidants called betalains.
  • These red vegetable also helps support your liver by increasing detoxification, an important factor in keep you from accelerating the aging process.

Recipe for Beet Juice

  • 1/2 beets
  • 5 romaine lettuce
  • 1 fuji apple
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 inch knob ginger

Wash and peel beets. If your beets are not organically grown, discard the stems. That area between the top of the beets and stem is where pesticides hang out! Put all the ingredients through your juicer. Enjoy with some ice!

The Benefits To Lime Juice

Limes are packed with vitamin C (ascorbic acid), a natural antioxidant, important for boosting the immune system, protecting against colds and many bacterial illnesses.

Nutrition

Consisting of 90% water, limes are fat-free, have no cholesterol, and when the pulp is left in the juice, it is high in fiber.

As with all citrus fruits, they do contain a moderate amount of sugar, so should not be eaten in great quantities.

Minerals include small amounts of:

  • Calcium – bone and teeth health.
  • Magnesium – muscle health and preventing cramps by stabilising the nerves.
  • Phosphorus – for cell wall, bone and teeth health – it combines with many other minerals in the body.
  • Potassium – brain function, cell and muscle health and preventing cramps.
  • Zinc – immune function, eye, nail and hair health, but also other organs. Zinc combines with many other vitamins and minerals in the body.
  • Vitamin E (skin, nails, hair, and cell health) and vitamin K (blood and bone health), plus niacin (blood and heart health) and folate (cell and DNA health) are found in small amounts, in addition to a large dose of vitamin C (immune functions).
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Eight ways lime juice fights against illnesses

It can play an important role in fighting several common and some much more severe illnesses.

Treat and prevent common colds

Vitamin C has been shown in many studies to be important in preventing and recovering from colds and flu. Add the juice to glasses of water to increase vitamin C intake throughout the day, especially in winter during the cold and flu season. A hot lime, honey and ginger drink can be used to calm a sore throat and boost your immune system at the same time.

Aid digestion

Citrus juices have been found to remove harmful bacteria and reduce gastric inflammation, again because of their high vitamin C content. Add the juice to your meals to improve your digestion and protect against gastric illnesses. Limes go extremely well in Mexican and Thai dishes, highlighting flavor with a fresh, acidic taste, and can be used to tenderize meat.

Super-charge your immune system

Lime juice in particular has been shown to have other positive effects on immune systems. One study found it even stopped the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as Golden Staph, from multiplying.

Improve malaria treatments

In conjunction with malaria medication, lime juice significantly improved both the speed and success of treatment. Plus it is negative side-effect free.

Protect your eye health

Vitamin C was found to protect the cornea in eyes against ultraviolet B radiation, produced by the sun.

Reduce inflammation naturally

Vitamin C has been shown in many studies to have good anti-inflammatory effects. If you suffer from arthritis, fibromyalgia, sciatic nerve pain, gout or other inflammatory conditions, consider using citrus juices more regularly!

Manage diabetes

Used in conjunction with metformin, vitamin C supplements help diabetes sufferers manage their blood sugar levels. The best way to increase vitamin C is to have a healthy diet with vegetables and fruits with high levels of this vitamin.

Prevent bacteria in cooked foods

Because of a lime’s high acidity, it can neutralize some dangerous bacteria, found in foods which have been stored incorrectly. One study showed that the juice added to foods strongly protects against cholera, especially when the dishes were stored without a refrigerator.

Add the juice to meals that sit outside a fridge for long time to protect against bacteria, such as at barbecues and potluck dinners. It is highly unlikely you’ll be fighting golden staph, malaria and cholera in your own home. However, these studies clearly show that lime juice has a powerful and healthy effect on our immune systems and to kill bacteria.

How to use lime juice

  • Squeeze some juice into a glass of water, or add sliced limes to a jug of iced water.
  • Use as a mixer for home-made cocktails and mocktails, such as mojitos and daiquiris.
  • Make sweetened cordial or limeade – perfect for summer!
  • Make fresh lime curd or marmalade.
  • Make some desserts – jelly, key lime pie, or sorbet.
  • Make a birthday cake.
  • Add to Mexican or Thai dishes when cooking for a fresh finish.
  • Marinate meat, pour over grilled chicken breasts or fish to make them tender and juicy.
  • Make a tangy salad dressing with various herbs, sesame seeds and olive oil.

Lime juice can improve your skin

  • Dandruff: wet scalp with the juice, and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing with water to reduce or eliminate dandruff.
  • Skin mask for oily skin: combine 1 teaspoon of the juice with 1 teaspoon of rosewater and 1 tablespoon of pureed cucumber. Apply to skin, leave for 10 minutes, then rinse. Do not use this if you have sensitive skin.
  • Scrub for oily skin: combine 1 teaspoon of lime juice, 1 tablespoon of ground oats and 1 tablespoon of ground almonds to make a rough paste. Scrub face and rinse. Do not use this if you have sensitive skin.

Home cleaning tips

  • Odor control: Boil cut limes and juice to freshen up a musty smelling home.
  • Rust: Sprinkle salt on the rust and squeeze some juice on the salt until it is soaked. Leave for a few hours, then scrub the rust away.

Storage

Freshly squeezed lime juice keeps in the fridge for up to a week in a tightly sealed container like this one. You can store the juice longer by freezing it in ice-block containers, like these. When completely frozen, store the cubes in a strongly sealed freezer bag. Alternatively, processed juice is readily available, and will keep in the fridge for a month. It is also typically higher in vitamin C.

A Formula For Juice…

We have found that a really good juice contains the following: something sweet, something tart, something high-yield (which produces a lot of juice for its size), something earthy, and maybe something herbaceous or spicy. Earthy flavors include root vegetables as well as greens like kale, spinach, and beet greens. With a general formula like this one, the variations are endless; but here are some of my favorite ingredients from each category.

  • Sweet: apples, pears, grapes, melons, pineapples, oranges, kiwis, mangoes, berries, grapes
  • Tart: lemons, limes
  • Roots: beets, carrots, turnips, parsnips
  • Greens: Kale, spinach, lettuce, chard, arugula, mustard greens, beet greens, dandelion, sorrel, broccoli
  • Herbs: Basil, parsley, cilantro, mint
  • High-yield: Cucumbers, celery, fennel, tomatoes, melons
  • Spicy: Ginger, hot peppers (use judiciously)

Balance Your Ingredients

Cucumbers, celery, and apples are juicing tsunamis; but a little bit of ginger or mint goes a long way. Be aware of the behavior of each ingredient in the juicer (which will be immediately apparent when you’ve juiced it once), and try to maintain a reasonable balance between flexible, mellow ingredients and more intense ones.

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Peeling and Not Peeling Produce

In many cases, leaving the skin on the produce you juice is just fine—even pineapple skin can roll just fine through most decent juicers. Especially if you’re using the skin, do be sure to buy produce grown with organic practices when possible. A few exceptions, where you should peel:

  • Kiwis.
  • Produce that’s been waxed.
  • Citrus fruits, if you want the pure taste of the juice without the skin’s oil and the bitterness (it’s fine to juice the whole thing, but it really does change the flavor).
  • Any other ingredient where you’re concerned the skin will affect the taste (for example, you might do a taste test with melons, though it’s technically fine to juice the skins).
  • And, if you’re visually astute or serving to a crowd, any peel that might negatively affect the color of the final juice (say, cucumber skin in a cucumber watermelon juice).

The Best Vegetables and Fruits to Juice – Recipes and Health Benefits

The Best Vegetables and Fruits to Juice – Recipes and Health Benefits

Did you know that having a few glasses of homemade juice a day could well and truly cover more than the general intake of vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy. Literally every type of fruit or vegetable can be juiced with ease for a fresh glass of healthiness. Depending on personal tastes you can make it as thin or as thick as you like and depending on the juicer you buy, it involves minimal preparation. You can make a batch up and pop in the fridge in a jug and have it on hand when you need it. Check out our previous post on the best juicers for fruits and vegetables. Our team covered a whole range of juicers at different prices and picked out the best ones perfect for any budget or family size.

When juicing you are taking on a healthier lifestyle and you can easily swap that soda can for a fresh glass or carrot juice and soon you will feel and see the effects it has on your body. You can really change the way you live and work and your body and mind will feel it to. Here are some of our favorite recipes to try for various effects.

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Best Recipes For Hangovers!

Everyone knows that it is really hard to get rid of a hangover, your head hurts, you are tired, your eyes are sensitive and well you just feel awful. A lot of people try the old cure, having a dose of the drink that made you feel that way and others eat greasy food to calm the stomach. If you want to cleanse your body of all the alcohol you consumed and feel better, quick then try some of these recipes. We also explain what each ingredient does.

Red Tangy Spice Ingredients

  • Beet Root – 1 beet
  • Carrots – 5 large
  • Celery – 2 stalk, large
  • Ginger Root – 1 thumb
  • Jalapeno – 1 pepper
  • Lime – 1/2 fruit
  • Spinach – 2 cup

Red Magic  Ingredients

  • Beet Root – 1 beet
  • Celery – 2 stalk, large
  • Spinach – 3 cups
  • Spirulina (dried) – 1 teaspoon

Beets have been shown to help cleanse the blood, cleanse the colon and strengthen the gallbladder and liver.

The high grade content of iron in spinach makes it a great blood builder. It regenerates and reactivates the red blood cells and supplies fresh oxygen to the body.

The high content of iron in beets regenerates and reactivates the red blood cells and supplies fresh oxygen to the body. The copper content in beets help make the iron more available to the body. A great blood builder. Also, the cleansing virtues in beets juice is very healing for liver toxicity or bile ailments, like jaundice, hepatitis, food poisoning, diarrhea or vomiting. This drink not only will calm your stomach but calm your nerves because of celery, because of the high calcium content & helps in controlling high blood pressure. Raw celery should be eaten to reduce high blood pressure.

A recent study also shows that certain protein compounds in spinach are beneficial in lowering high blood pressure.

Did you know that beetroot is also helped to cure leukemia. Beet root is a traditional treatment used for leukemia. Beet root contains an amino acid betaine which has an anti cancer properties. Red beet therapy, consisting of consumption of approximately two pounds of raw, mashed beets daily, has been favorably reported for cases of leukemia and tumors (includes cancer). Research also shows that beet juice can help inhibit the development of colon and stomach cancer.

Juice For Beautiful Looking Skin!

Having a shiny and fresh complexion is what really makes you look and feel younger. There are juices which you can drink for healthy skin, hair and nails and here is our top tasting juice for this purpose. The more healthy ingredients, the better in this case.

All About Going Green Juice Ingredients

  • Apples – 3 medium
  • Celery – 3 stalk, large
  • Cucumber – 1/2 cucumber
  • Ginger Root – 1/2 thumb
  • Kale – 4 leaf
  • Lemon – 1 fruit
  • Orange (peeled, de-seeded) – 1 large

The silica in cucumber is an essential component of healthy connective tissue, which includes intracellular cement, muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bone. Cucumber juice is often recommended as a source of silicon to improve the complexion and health of the skin, plus cucumber’s high water content makes it naturally hydrating–a must for glowing skin.

Lemon juice, being a natural antiseptic medicine, can participate to cure problems related to skin. Drinking of lemon juice mixed with water and honey brings glow to the skin.

The anti-oxidant in orange help protect the skin from free radical damage known to cause signs of aging.

Celery contains sodium, which has been called a youth maintainer in the body. It’s loaded with minerals and contains vitamin C as well, which helps maintain elasticity of the skin.

Ginger helps improve circulation to the skin. It is also a powerful cleansing agent that helps keep the skin free of blemishes.

Apples contain vitamins A and C which prevent sagging skin, as well as copper for brightening and toning.

Kale contains vitamins A, E, K, C and calcium, which fight free radicals leading to premature aging.

Breast Cancer Awareness Juice

After a lot of experimentation, we’ve come up with a juice that comes out pink, tastes incredible AND can help prevent breast cancer!

Please share this recipe, especially for the month of October! Show everyone what juicing can do for your health, and still taste great while bringing awareness to breast cancer.

Ingredients

  • Lemon – 1/2 fruit
  • Tomato – 1 large whole
  • Watermelon – 1 large wedge (approx 1/8 of melon)

The general idea is to put the lemon in, then the tomato, then start feeding in watermelon until you hit 32oz.

Lycopene (from red watermelons) has been extensively researched for its antioxidant and cancer-preventing properties. It is reported to be especially protective against prostate cancer. Recent studies shown that limonoids in lemons inhibit the development of cancer in laboratory animals and in human breast cancer cells.

Cucurbitacins, compounds found in watermelon, have been shown to induce cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in human breast cancer cells. The high carotenoid levels found in watermelon are also likely to offer protection against breast cancer.

Tomatoes are a good dietary source of melatonin. Melatonin protects against breast cancer in several ways, including by reducing aromatase activity within the breast, thereby reducing estrogen production. Several studies of early-stage breast cancer survivors have found that higher levels of carotenoids in the blood are associated with both lower risk of breast cancer recurrence and lower risk of a new primary breast tumor.

The combination of folic acid and the other essential vitamins in watermelon plays an important role in reducing the risk of colon cancer as well.

Juice For Weight Loss

With so many people juicing for weight loss, it’s easy to get confused and misinformed by others, especially if you’re new to juicing.

It’s important to do more than just juice for weight loss. You’ll find a lot of people starting on a juice fast and losing weight, while others juice to add healthy nutrients to their diet, which aids in weight loss.

Turmeric Sunrise Ingredients

  • Apples – 2 medium
  • Carrots – 3 medium
  • Celery – 3 stalk, large
  • Ginger Root – 1 thumb
  • Lemons (peeled) – 2 fruit
  • Pears – 2 medium
  • Turmeric Root – 6 thumb

Related to weight loss this juice can help prevent constipation. Lemon juice helps to cure problems related to indigestion and constipation.

Apples also contains a natural laxative. When juiced, it helps aid bowel movements. It is most effective when mixed with carrots and spinach juices, you can expect bowel movement the next day. Regularly eating apples also will ensure bowel movements due to its gel-forming fiber, pectin. It improves the intestinal muscle’s ability to push waste through the gastrointestinal tract.

Carrots have a cleansing action on the liver and helps it to release more bile, which will cause peristaltic action. This can help to relieve constipation and help with digestion.

The high pectin content in pears is a diuretic and has a mild laxative effect. Drinking pear juice regularly can help to regulate bowel movements.

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Best Blenders For Milkshakes – Plus New Milkshake Recipes

Best Blenders For Milkshakes – Plus New Milkshake Recipes

Our team of researchers have done plenty of research about blenders and the best blenders for protein shakes, the best blenders for soups and even the best blenders for veggies so here is our take on the best blenders for milkshakes. We personally don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a milkshake and well, homemade ones are the best. If you want to take your milkshake love to the next level then have a look at our recipes as well! Milkshakes come under the category for beverages which include cocktails and frozen smoothies. You need to make sure you research the blender you are buying before you purchase it because getting that perfect milkshake it is all about the quality of your blender. It all depends on power, versatility, size and functions. Here is what our team have come up with – the best blenders for milkshakes, here we come.

Blendtec Total Blender, FourSide Jar

When it comes to blenders we love blendtec. They design a whole range of blenders for every use around the home and their quality beats others hands down. We have chosen this model because of price, function and style. The four sided blender comes in a variety of colors, red, white and black. These blenders are classed as commercial blenders and will really get the job done, especially when it comes to milkshakes.

Below are some of the best blenders that you can choose from

ItemMagic Bullet NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer SystemHamilton Beach Stay or Go Blender with 32-Oz Jar, 2 Personal Single Serve 16-Oz Jars & 8-Oz Chopper, Black (52400)BLACK+DECKER BL1110RG FusionBlade Blender with 6-Cup Glass Jar, 12-Speed Settings, Red BlenderOster 6811 6-Cup Glass Jar 12-Speed Blender, Brushed NickelHamilton Beach Personal Single Serve Blender with Travel Lid, Black (51101BA)
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ColorGreyBlackRedBrushed NickelBlack
FeaturesEffortlessly pulverizes fruits, vegetables, superfoods and protein shakesPulse action for chopping control, All of the included containers are made of shatterproof Tritan that is crystal clear, lightweight, dishwasher safe, and BPA-free12 Speeds + Pulse - Find the perfect blending power for everything from sauces to smoothies with 12 speed settings. The pulse function lets you create the perfect consistency700 power watts/450 blending watts
Crush Pro 4 Blade uses stainless steel, 4-point design to pulverize and chop with precision
14-oz. blending jar also functions as portable travel cup that fits most car drink holders
Price79.99 USD22.39 USD26.93 USD42.72 USD16.21 USD
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When you purchase this amazing blender you are purchasing up to nine appliances in one simple, compact machine. This isn’t the only reason we love it but we love all the neat functions and the high quality materials that blendtec have used on this blender. This blender is known to get through the toughest of blending tasks and offers you a fast and affordable option for all your cooking needs in the kitchen. Forget about the wrist workout as well because Blendtec’s extra-strong jar material is exceptionally light. So the only thing you need to worry about lifting is your next delicious blend. Blendtec’s ultra-hard stainless steel blades are cold-forged and tuned for heavy use. This allows them to be stronger and resist corrosion much better than lesser blades and their patented vertical wingtips and precision angles are engineered for ultimate efficiency. The distinct single-blade design allows your ingredients to fall easily in front of the blades.

Most blenders are dumb. It’s pretty much “go” and “stop,” with a few speeds in between. But a Blendtec looks after itself – monitoring everything from speed to operating temperature to motor safety. All while flawlessly executing pre-programmed blend cycles. For ease of use, easy cleaning and well a blender which delivers perfect results each and every time go for the Blendtec total blender.

Strawberry Mascarpone Shake Recipe

Try out this sweet summer recipe for a dose of ‘tasty’.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup strawberries, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 4 tablespoons mascarpone
  • Seeds from 1/2 of a vanilla bean
  • Additional strawberries for garnish if desired

Directions:

Pulse the strawberries a few times in a blender then blend on medium high speed until smooth, about 30 seconds.

Add the ice cream, mascarpone, and vanilla bean seeds to the strawberry puree and blend on medium high speed just until smooth, about 30 seconds. Garnish with strawberries if desired and serve immediately.

Oster 4093-008 5-Cup Glass Jar 2-Speed Beehive Blender, Brushed Stainless

For a sleek look and powerful blending options we chose the Oster beehive blender. It has classical controls and for the price you are paying you don’t need to worry about breaking the bank either. The features on this blender that we love include a 2-speed toggle with 600 watts of ice crushing power, a 5-cup dishwasher-safe glass jar which is Thermal Shock tested to withstand extreme temperature changes, a stainless steel Ice Crusher blade for perfectly crushed ice every time and an Oster All Metal Drive system for lasting durability made of durable die-cast construction.

This model will fit well into any kitchen and makes for ease of use when blending and it is so durable that customers claim to be still using it after thirteen years of use. We love that you can pull it straight out of the dishwasher and blend hot soups or frozen veggies and we can’t help but find the overall design more than appealing.  This blender equals up to affordable quality and a long lasting appliance.

Why not try a toasted s’mores milkshake recipe which will bring warmth to any cold, winter evening.

Toasted Marshmallow recipe

Broil 8 marshmallows on foil, turning, until browned. Make Vanilla Milkshakes by blending 1 pint vanilla ice cream, 1/4 cup milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla and a pinch of salt and add 6 of the toasted marshmallows. Top with the remaining marshmallows.

S’mores recipe

Broil 8 marshmallows on foil, turning, until browned. Blend 1 pint chocolate ice cream, 1/4 cup milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla, a pinch of salt and 6 of the toasted marshmallows. Top with crushed graham crackers and the remaining toasted marshmallows.

Hershey's S'mores Kit, 3 LB 9.1 Oz
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Hamilton Beach 730C Classic DrinkMaster Drink Mixer, Chrome

Back in the days of our grandparents when technology wasn’t so in front like it is today they used these traditional blenders which is basically a stick that whips and mixes while you hold the jar underneath. This model is a take on that and has mixed both the old with the new so you get flawless results every time you blend.

This is a Retro, drugstore-soda-fountain style with 70-watt motor, ideal for milkshakes, malted milks, fruit smoothies and health drinks, it is professional-style with a stainless-steel cup which holds 28 ounces, it has a tilting head for easy access with 2 speeds, the spindle detaches for easy cleaning and it comes with a whopping 2-year warranty!

The classic style of Hamilton Beach Drink Mixers takes you back to the days of shakes and malts made with real ice cream, fresh fruit and thick chocolate syrup. Now you can mix these delicious drinks in the comfort of your own home. Mixing versatility is optimized with two speeds—you can also make fluffy batters and beat eggs for omelets—as well as enjoy the convenience of an easy-clean, tilt-up design. We also chose this because the price is unbeatable and Hamilton have thought of everyone when designing this blender. The young, the old and even the pro’s love this simple yet sassy blender which we think every kitchen should have – standing proud on their worktop and inviting you to make smooth and silky milkshakes.

Bring more fun into your kitchen. Mix up amazing milkshakes, malts, and other tasty drinks, made possible by The Original Drink Mixer Company—Hamilton Beach.

Kids will love this Caramel Milkshake

Milkshake

  • 1 pint vanilla bean ice cream
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup salted caramel sauce

Salted Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 3½ tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon gray sea salt, crushed or kosher salt

Directions:

For the salted caramel milkshake, combine the ice cream, milk, and caramel sauce in a blender and blend until smooth. For the salted caramel sauce, in a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the sugar and water over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and bring to a boil, without stirring.

If necessary, use a wet pastry brush to wash down any crystals on the side of the pan. Boil until the syrup is a deep amber color, about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the sugar from the heat and carefully whisk in the heavy cream. The mixture will bubble. Stir in the unsalted butter, and salt. Transfer the caramel to a dish and cool.

A Coffee and Donut milkshake that adults will love!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup iced coffee
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 2 cups coffee ice cream
  • 1 cup vanilla bean ice cream
  • 1 to 2 large cake donuts
  • 4 ice cubes
  • Cinnamon sugar for rim, if desired

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. If desired, wet the rim of the glass and coat it in cinnamon sugar before pouring the milkshake in. Serve and enjoy! If you want to make this for a dinner party for adults then drop in 50 grams of coffee liqueur or even brandy for the men! This goes down well with everyone – if you want to make this for kids then swap the coffee for hot chocolate!

The Best Rated Kitchen Faucets

The Best Rated Kitchen Faucets

When you are choosing the finishing touches for your kitchen such as appliances, faucets and worktops the first thing you look at is style, but is it good quality and good value for money? Our team have searched high and low for the best kitchen faucets for your kitchen and here is what we have reviewed. We have thought of everything that is important such as durability, quality, design, style and price. We understand how important it is to install a faucet that is practical for everyday use and won’t break the bank.

Today with technology the way it is you can even get touchless kitchen faucets, pull down kitchen faucets, two handle faucets, one handle faucets and industrial faucets. Deciding which is best for you depends on your space available, what you are looking for personally in a faucet and how regularly you will be using it. You can get stainless steel, chrome, gold, copper and even white and grey. Some companies even have colored faucets if you want something a little different to brighten up your kitchen. Here are two amazing faucets which we found to be the best on the market today. Of course, your choices are endless but Delta and Moen really beat other faucets hand down and our team voted these two faucets the best for any kitchen, any style and any budget.

Delta 9178-AR-DST Leland Review – Best Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet
We understand here that it takes money, time and effort to upgrade your kitchen and we don’t think you should skimp when it comes to the finishing touches like the faucets. Getting a kitchen you truly desire can also be fun and exciting and we want to make the procedure less stressful by helping you make the right choices.

Gone are the days when you only had a choice of three types of faucets to choose from and well, it can be really overwhelming. Companies have taken kitchen faucets to a whole new level and we love this one by Delta. Our team rated this is a top faucet because of its functionality purposes and its unique design which happens to be a favorite with nearly everyone.

This particular model faucet comes in a teapot design which doesn’t sound too charming but when you see it – you will love it. Delta have also thought about versatility and have made this product in five different colors. Each color turns the faucet into either classic, modern or traditional. You can choose from arctic stainless, chrome, stainless and bronze. This means you can really add the finishing touch to match the decor you have previously chosen. This model comes with a high arc spout that has the ability to swivel a full 360 degrees for ease of use. Because there is only one lever to deal with switching from hot to cold is really simple, and adjusting the flow is precise due to the internal technology used. Of course, you can easily switch from a stream of water to a spray, the manufacturer has added a very clever touch when it comes to the spray mechanism. The spray wand has a magnetic feature. This means each time it retracts, it’s held in place without an issue. You may need some help with installation, but for those of you with a bit of DIY plumbing experience you should be able to handle this, and you can choose from an escutcheon plate for three hole installation or one hole.

Choose from the best rated kitchen faucets below

ItemRefin Chrome Single Handle Soft Pull Down Commercial Style, Sturdy and Durable Kitchen Sink FaucetVCCUCINE Best Modern Commercial Brushed Nickel Stainless Steel Single Handle Pull Out Sprayer Bar Kitchen Sink Faucet, Small Pull Down Kitchen Sink Faucet Without Deck PlateKraus KPF-2250 Single Lever Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet, Stainless SteelPremier 126965 Waterfront Kitchen Faucet With Two Handles, Chrome, Lead FreeRozin Single Handle Kitchen Sink Faucet Pull Out Spray Deck Mounted Mixer Tap Nickel Brushed
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ColorChromeStainlessStainlessChromeNickel
FeaturesThis faucet has very sturdy construction and incredibly easy to install. Its heavy all metal construction especially suitable for the marble or ceramic panel. Some thin stainless steel panel maybe bended by its heavy construction.So please order it carefully.Dual Function Pull-Out Sprayer: aerated stream & powerful cleaning rinse.Single-Lever Design for Effortless Flow Control
Spout Swivels 120 Degree for Easy Sink Access
Hybrid material housingNo Information
Price87.90 USD45.99 USD69.99 USD35.48 USD48.00 USD
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Overall we love this faucet and we think it is really good value for money. It allows you to add your own stamp to your kitchen, it is attractive and uses diamond seal technology so leaks will never be a problem and it also comes backed with a lifetime warranty.

Moen 7594ESRS Arbor Review – Best Touchless Kitchen Faucet
If you one of those people that is looking for something a little extra when it comes to faucets then this is the one for you. Having the latest technology, the best style and perfect function within the reach of your fingertips is what makes this the perfect choice for someone who wants the most modern and sleek faucet on the market. With this faucet you can enjoy the fact that it doesn’t just offer hot and cold water but a bunch of features which you and your whole family can enjoy, plus it makes washing dishes a little less of a task and something enjoyable.

Moen really listen to their customers and have taken on board what they say about their products and well this is their end result. This faucet comes in only three colors but you still have a nice choice to choose from, chrome, spot resist stainless steel and oil rubbed bronze. So now you know it will fit with your décor what about the overall look? Well, it has a high arc pull down spout and a stylish looking handle. Notice the word “handle” and not handles. Having one handle instead of two means you can adjust temperature and flow from one place, and this particular model is ergonomically designed so it looks as well as feels good. The spout sits at about 15.9 inches high which makes it perfect for filling large pots and pans, plus the pull down braided hose is 68 inches in length which makes the most difficult cleaning or rinsing jobs an absolute breeze.

The best bit is the features and there is so many your head will spin. We love the MotionSense technology which, after all, is what you’re probably most interested in.

Moen have made it possible for this faucet to tell what you want it to do just by using a few simple hand movements. This makes jobs at your kitchen sink far quicker, and best of all because you don’t have to actually touch the faucet there is less chance you’ll be spreading germs around (especially useful when you’re handling raw meat).

There are three ways you can use this faucet. The first is the sensor at the top that starts and stops the flow just by moving your hand over it. The second, called the “ready sensor”, knows when you place your hand or a cup beneath the spout. This will activate the water flow and will automatically shut-off when you move away from it.
You may at this point be wondering what the third option is, and this is why you still have the handle. From here you can manually adjust the temperature and flow of the water from your faucet.

The pull-down system is where Moen have really listened to its consumers and is one of the most user-friendly on the market. They have included a good number of enhancements with the spray wand and among them is the flexibility you have.

The wand will easily move in any direction you wish, and when you’re filling pots or pans away from the sink you can make use of the pause button so there’s no need to worry about water going everywhere when you move back. Once you’ve finished using the wand, it won’t need any help when returning to the docking station. Simply let go and it will do the rest!

Spot resist is yet another feature with this kitchen faucet. The manufacturer has used materials that will not leave spots (perfect for hard water areas), and fingerprints will be a thing of the past. This means you won’t have to clean it as often. Installation of course, is something everyone wants to be as easy as possible and this model won’t let you down in that respect either. Using their own Hydrolock system water lines are simply snapped into place, eliminating the need for additional tools. Customers have raved about this faucet and it is great value for money so you know you are getting affordable quality when buying this kitchen accessory.

Take a look at how the motion sensors work on the Moen faucet in this video review.

Best Microwave Ovens Under $100

Best Microwave Ovens Under $100

What is a kitchen without a microwave? Most of the general daily tasks that you do in your kitchen can be done with a microwave and with ease. You might need to defrost meat, reheat food or just warm something up. Let’s be honest – you just can’t substitute such an appliance. Although saying this many people don’t want to spend hundreds on a microwave which is why we have researched the top models this year which come under $100. We can help you save some money and get the best out of your investment. Check out our cool microwave meals as well if you want to dish something up in a hurry!

Kenmore 0.9 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave White 73092

When you buy Kenmore you know you can’t go wrong. This microwave just squeezes into the under $100 budget but it is designed by a company that America has been trusting for decades for kitchen appliances. The overall design in white and black is sleek and modern and is compact in size but offers just short of a foot of size inside. It is really powerful and pumps out 900 watts of power over 10 different settings. For an even heating experience your food will be exposed evenly thanks to the rotating glass dish that measures 10.6 inches in diameter and it is dishwasher safe so you can easily clean up any spills.

The Best Microwave Ovens Under $100

ItemHamilton Beach 0.7-cu ft Microwave Oven, Black (White)Farberware FMO11AHTBKN Classic 1000W Microwave Oven, 1.1 cu. ft., Metallic RedBella 900-Watt Microwave Oven, 0.9 Cubic Feet, Red with ChromeOster OGH6901 0.9 Cubic Feet 900-Watt Countertop Digital Microwave Oven, Stainless Steel/BlackHB 700 Watt Microwave, .7 cubic foot capacity (Black)
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ColorWhiteRedRedStainlessBlack
FeaturesDigital, one-touch cooking features: Popcorn, potato, reheat, frozen dinner, beverage and pizza6 One-Touch cooking functions for popcorn, potato, pizza, frozen vegetable, beverage, or a dinner plate; Memory Function stores and calls up cooking settings instantly1-6 minute Express Cook controls; +30 second control; 6 Quick Start one-touch cooking functionsRemovable glass turntable
900-watt of cooking power with 10 adjustable power levels
10 power levels
6 quick-set menu buttons
Price44.50 USD99.99 USD79.99 USD55.45 USD39.99 USD
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Despite the price Kenmore won’t let you down with this microwave and it has an average of 4.2 stars out of five from 100 happy customers. If you don’t like it in white you also have the option of black and stainless steel. It features six smart touch settings and ten different power levels so you can get perfection every time. We also love that it has child lock and defrost settings plus a neat LED display! You really get your money’s worth with this modern microwave from Kenmore.

Blueberry Muffin in a Mug

Try out this healthy and tasty muffin in a mug which can be whipped up in minutes. This is great for a quick breakfast option or for something sweet after dinner. It is packed full of protein and is great with whipped cream on the top.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 T golden flax meal.
  • 2 T almond flour
  • 2-4 t of Stevia (Truvia or Gentle Sweet)
  • ½ t aluminum free baking powder
  • 1 flat T coconut oil
  • ¼ C blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • butter (optional)

Directions:

  • Crack 1 egg into a coffee cup and whisk it well with a fork.
  • Add 2 T golden flax meal.
  • Add 2 T almond flour.
  • Add 2-4 t of Stevia (Truvia or Gentle Sweet)
  • Add ½ t aluminum free baking powder
  • Add 1 flat T coconut oil
  • Stir vigorously with a fork until mixed together.
  • Fold in ¼ C blueberries.
  • Microwave on high for 1 minute.

Oster OGB5902 0.9-Cubic Feet Microwave Oven, Black

The oster microwave has everything you need packed in one sturdy and reasonably sized appliance. It comes with a glass turntable which again the most important part – is dishwasher safe. All the functions can be chosen with a breeze and it is so easy to use thanks to the single touch options. As well as having different settings for food it has a defrost option which you can set by the weight of the food and it even has express cooking features. It has a digital timer and a digital clock and some of the settings are pizza, popcorn and even frozen dinner! With 10 adjustable power levels you can get everything done in this heating box. It also comes with a child lock to make it safe for little fingers and it has an overall of four out of five stars from over 120 satisfied customers.

For durable and long lasting, sleek and modern and of course practical and inexpensive – Oster is the microwave to get.

Microwave Lemon Garlic Broccoli

For a fast fix vegetable side dish which goes with just about anything try this juicy, tasty lemon and garlic broccoli dish which we personally love!

Ingredients:

  • 1(14 ounce) bag frozen broccoli florets or 2 heads of fresh broccoli, cleaned and cut into florets
  • 1⁄4cup water
  • 2tablespoons olive oil
  • 1tablespoon lemon juice, bottled is fine
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes(optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, adjust to your liking

Directions:

  • Microwave broccoli and water in covered bowl on high for 6 minutes or until crisp and tender.
  • While it is cooking mix the rest of the ingredients together.
  • Drain cooked broccoli.
  • Pour lemon garlic mixture over broccoli and mix to coat.
  • If using fresh garlic cover the dish and let sit for about 2 minutes to allow heat from broccoli to “cook” and remove the raw taste from the garlic.
  • If using garlic powder you are ready to serve.
  • Match it up with some beef brisket cooked in the pressure cooker and some boiled tatties!

Panasonic NN-SN773SAZ Stainless 1.6 Cu. Ft. Countertop Built-In Microwave with Inverter Technology, Stainless Steel/Silver

When we recently talked about the best kitchen appliances to buy we found that panasonic was one of the top rated companies as of yet. To add to this revelation we found a neat microwave which comes under the $100 budget. With this microwave you can enjoy faster cooking and heating times with the 1250 powerful watts of power. With the inverter technology you can enjoy even and seamless cooking results every single time and it even has a turbo defrost option which speeds up defrosting time. We are in love with the automatic sensor which adjusts time according to food and the simple, tactful controls are easy to clean and even easier to use.

Aside from these great features we love the stainless steel, black design which will give any kitchen that modern look. This countertop compact microwave can also be installed above countertops in cabinet spaces using the optional trim kit which you can buy separate. It has a keep warm feature which will keep your food warm until you open the door and a child safety lock as well. You can really take the guesswork out of your cooking tasks and this panasonic microwave is durable, long lasting and just great value for money. It has 4 out of 5 stars from over 200 customers and we really recommend this microwave, especially if you want to do a number of tasks with it.

Leeky Salmon in a Microwave Parcel

If you really want to try your hand at gourmet cooking then why not try it in your trusty microwave? This dish will give you something tasty to make when you are in a rush and well, we all love salmon!

Ingredients:

  • 2 salmon
  • fillets, 140g/5oz each
  • 1 medium or 2 small leeks
  • , about 200g/8oz in total
  • 50g frozen petits pois
  • 4 heaped tbsp crème fraîche, plus 2 tbsp to serve
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon

Directions:

  • Season the salmon fillets all over. Slice the leeks really thinly. Cut two 40cm square sheets of greaseproof paper and put a fillet in the middle of each sheet.
  • Top each fillet with leeks and peas, and 2 tbsp of crème fraîche. Sprinkle with tarragon and salt and pepper.
  • Make up parcels with the paper and stand them on a microwave-proof plate or tray. Microwave on full power for 5 minutes. Put the contents of the parcels on two plates and top each serving with a spoonful of crème fraîche. Serve with new potatoes.

We hope we have inspired you to make the right choice on purchasing a microwave which is under $100 and we hope we have given you some ideas on some amazing meals and snacks which can be prepared and cooked in the microwave. Who said cooking has to be difficult and lengthy? Make every task easier with the simple use that a microwave gives us.

Best Juicers for Whole Fruits and Vegetables

Best Juicers for Whole Fruits and Vegetables

Juicers are different to blenders and give a whole new meaning to smooth juice. When choosing one there are so many things to consider it can become quite a daunting and exhausting experience. As ever, our team are here to help and we are committed to making your experience as stress free and easy as possible.

First of all we have actually come to the conclusion that juicers that work on a slow juicing process are better than the quicker ones because they help keep the nutrients in the juice. We also have worked out that a quieter model is better if you have a kitchen space which is near other areas because the noisy models can wake up sleeping babies, drown out conversation and get so annoying that they end up being left in the cupboard and never get used.  When you buy a juicer you want something that is practical, has different juicing functions, has a wide spout for whole fruits and vegetables, has a good warranty on it and is good value for money. You might not believe there is such a juicer out there but we have come up with more than one! Read on to find out more.

Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain 700-Watt Juice Extractor

Coming up first on the list is Breville Juice Fountain. The first thing that grabbed our eye is the design and the price. At first we thought maybe the retailers had made a mistake but they proved us wrong and at an amazing 4.5 out of 5 star review from over 2000 customers we thought we had to try it out for ourselves.

See the Best Juicers for Whole Fruits and Vegetables

ItemJack Lalanne's 100th Anniversary Fusion Juicer SLH90BELLA 13694 High Power Juice Extractor, Stainless SteelKitchenAid KVJ0111OB Maximum Extraction Juicer, Onyx BlackCuisinart CJE-500BW Compact Juice Extractor, Black WrinkleThe Nutri-Stahl Juicer Machine - 700W Multi-Speed Easy to Clean Fruit & Vegetable Extractor
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ColorBlackStainlessBlackBlackBlack
FeaturesDishwasher safe parts- 800 Watts and Chute for fruits and veggies is 2.8 inches wideNon skid feet prevent the juicer from sliding on countertopIncludes 3-in-1 adjustable pulp screen, ceramic disc, BPA-free juice pitcher with foam control lid, pulp container, cleaning brush; 1 year warrantyJuice Pitcher holds up to 16 ounces of juice, and can be replaced for uninterrupted juicingHigh Efficiency Stainless Steel Micro Blade for Speedy Juicing
Price64.82 USD69.99 USD379.95 USD52.00 USD79.95 USD
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To wrap up this juicer in a few sentences we love that is has centered blade assembly, it operates for maximum extraction but on a slower setting, it has an extra large three inch feeding tube so you can get chunks of fruit and veggies in there and it is dishwasher safe with a one year guarantee.

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We also couldn’t help but notice that is compact in size compared to other models meaning it will take up less counter space but gets the task of juicing done just as well. The cutting discs are made from titanium which makes it extra durable and has an added stainless steel micromesh filter. It doesn’t leave the pulp as wet and soggy but more like sawdust which really helps for clean up after juicing but also means you are getting the best out of your food produce. The overall stainless steel appearance makes it modern and classic for any kitchen decor and is easy to wipe down in the event of a juicing disaster!

Try this juice drink that will give you wings – For a quick boost try this juice packed with some superfood ingredients! Great for those mornings when you don’t feel like going to work!

Ingredients –  

  • 1 medium beet (beetroot)
  • 1 cup (150 g) blueberries
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 handful of arugula (rocket)

Directions

Wash all produce well. Peel the beet. Juice spinach and arugula first then add berries, cucumber and lastly beet. Enjoy!

You can also use these substitute ingredients as well –

  • Beet – red cabbage, tomato
  • Blueberries – blackberries, purple grapes, red grapes
  • Cucumber – zucchini, celery
  • Spinach – chard, kale, romaine
  • Arugula – kale, collard greens, mustard greens

Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer, Rose Gold

We are totally in love with this golden rose slow juicer by Hurom. They design their juicers with function and health in mind so you can get the best out of juicing. We also couldn’t hide the fact that you can make ice cream from frozen ingredients with this model! Although more expensive it is worth the investment if you are planning on using it several times a day and you need it to be durable, long lasting and able to get through your fruits and vegetables produce.

If you are looking for both modern and stylish beauty then this is the one to go for because its streamlined look which is slimmer at the back means it will fit perfect onto any countertop space. It is designed with smooth curves which give it a unique look and it is made from materials which won’t rust. It rotates at a speed of 43 revolutions per minute which will ensure that your juice retains all the healthy ingredients and natural nutrients it should. Hurom have spent decades optimising their juicers so you can get the best tasting juice when using them. This particular model comes with a control lever and both fine and coarse strainers so you can control the amount of pulp you want depending on personal tastes. You will get bone dry pulp every single time which means no extra waste either it is a juicer that is versatile. It will juice fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts and even soybeans so you can create healthy juices, milk and even tofu. Did we mention it also makes ice cream?

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Did we mention it also makes ice cream?

Make Ice Cream in your Juicer – To make the banana ice cream, you freeze bananas and then, through a marvel of your juicers homogenizing function, transform them into a miraculously smooth, ice-cream like treat. With no sugar or cream, it’s all banana in flavor and texture, with even that fun, slightly gummy mouthfeel of a fresh banana. So simple, brilliant and good. Then you can move on to bigger and better things like these.

1) The Choco-coco: Mix in coconut and carob chips or powder.

2) Berry Banana: Mix in whole berries to the banana ice cream or freeze them too, adding them to the juicer the way you do the bananas.

3) Nutty-B: Process cashews and/or peanuts through the juicer just after you process the bananas. It will make a nut butter topping.

4) Pecan Pie: Add whole pecans as a topping, a drizzle honey and sprinkle of cinnamon on top.

5) Peachy cream: Chopped up peaches mixed in the whip makes a super nice dessert.

6) Apple Pie: Mix in chopped up fresh apples and mashed graham crackers.

7) Banana sundae: Since we’ve already got the banana down, top it off with caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, strawberries, and whipped cream.

8) Raisin craze: Mix in raisins, prunes and your favorite dried fruit for a fiber filled treat.

9) Pineapple-Lime: Chopped up pineapples, a squeeze of lime and a drizzle of honey on top of the whip go together nicely.

10) Strawberry-nana: Top your whip off with some strawberry chunks, and a drizzle of brown rice syrup as a sauce.

So Much to Make With A Juicer

If you do decide to get a Hurom model juicer then be aware that it is basically the mercedes benz in the juicing world and there is so much more you can do with a juicer than just juice. We have already stated above that you can make ice cream with it – it will come out the pulp tube though and aside from this and juice there are also so many other great things you can make. A good way of making use of the leftover pulp is to make face masks with it. You can make salsa dips, milk from nuts and even dog treats. Pulp burgers are also becoming more and more popular and sorbet and evening cocktails won’t go amiss either.

Best juicer for whole fruits and vegetables
Best juicer for whole fruits and vegetables

Keep on following us because next week our team is going to post some great ideas on how to use the pulp to make these wonderful things and they are currently working on different ways to use the pulp so you don’t have to throw it in the trash can. Who ever thought that a juicer could do something other than juicing? Don’t forget that blenders work differently to juicers and if you are trying to choose between the two then we recommend both because they both function in two entirely different ways.

Check out this demonstration of a hurom juicer so you can see it in practice before you purchase!