Juicing for Extra Goodness

[ideabox]Update: Due to a supplier hiccup, I’ve written a follow up post that also deals with high speed blenders here! [/ideabox]

Juicing has been popping up on a lot of the news shows and daytime TV.  I’ve heard people convinced that it’s great for your health, and others warn me that it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

I consider us at Chantilly to be the curators of great gear for your home. The gear shops in Revelstoke are widely known as being great destinations for proper mountain gear (ever tried to buy trail running shoes in the “big city”? Now go to Universal Footwear…). Why can’t the local kitchen store be a great destination to wade through the mountain of stuff that’s available in housewares?

I digress. Back to Juicers. I’ve been reading about juicing and well, there’s a lot of angles you could approach vegetables from. Most of us are looking to solve one or more of the following issues:

  • saving time
  • saving money
  • eating more fruit/vegetables
  • preserving fruit/vegetables for later consumption that day/week/year

They seem to mostly tie together. A lot of people on my news feed in Facebook are talking about eating healthier, more locally, more naturally. A big concern is how to fit 3 full salads into one’s day, how to prevent throwing out wilted or molding produce, how to make it fun for the kids. Buying the commercially available vegetable juices is an option, and for those with very little time and for whom money might not be such an issue, it might be the best. Keep an eye on those labels, however. Not all juices were created equal!

On to juicers. Fresh produce is widely available, and especially if you have a garden, plentiful! Juicing is an easy way to consume a large quantity of vegetables and fruit and get their benefits. Search the web, and you’ll find lots of information about the details.

My takeaway:

  • Juicing is an easy, fast way to consume large quantities of fruit and vegetables (great if you aren’t a fan of greens)
  • Making your own juice instead of buying commercially made brands guarantees you’ll know exactly what is going into your body
  • You can make amazing recipes not available in the stores (add some cilantro or lime or fresh ginger for extra zing!)
  • If you’re concerned about losing the fiber in the pulp, use it in your sauce and soup recipes as a healthy thickener!

I’ve found a video of a guy from the states talking about the Juicepresso. Yes he sell them and I hope you’d buy from us (we offer in-store warranty care in Revelstoke!), but he’s fun to watch and really showcases how the Juicepresso works. (Our slow verticle juicer) You can also click on the image of the juicer to the right to see the breakdown of how the produce moves through the juicer.

We’ve carried Bosch kitchen appliances for a long time now (special order only; I’m working on an online catalogue to make it easier to learn about this stuff!), and there are several juicers available from them.

The Juicepresso is the slow vertical juicer showcased in the above video. As the slowest juicer on the market, it will give you the best quality of juice. It won’t do so quickly (remember: slowest juicer on the market), but it will be delicious.

The L’Equip XL Juicer is a more conventional masticating juicer and is a great option if you’re tight on the budget.

We’re also excitedly anticipating the release of the new Cuisinart juicer, which is intended to compete with the Breville.

I’ll be writing a more complete look at juicing later this spring, but I thought I’d get out a little info for those interested! The Juicepresso and L’Equip (or any of the other juicers from HealthyKitchens.com) are available for special order (they arrive within a few days). The Cuisinart model is expected this spring (hopefully I’ll have my more detailed article done by then!)