HAPPY NEW YEAR!
What will 2013 bring, well looking out through my office window I see snow. Drifting around every so gently. As for what this year will bring, I honestly do not know, but I know that I will be a better person for it, a healthier one, and ultimately happier.
To say I am excited is an understatement. With the punishment I put my little $40 blender through I am really looking forward to getting this one by the end of the month.
I make a lot of nut based cheezes for hubby, he with his high metabolism and 6 day a week cardio bike workouts going to and from work, he had been gaining lots of lean muscle, but losing body fat like there is no tomorrow. So nut cheeze it is.
My little standard blender chokes, sputters and heats up both the motor but also my food I am trying to blend. Same with grinding nuts, seeds, etc, just heats the food too much.
When you heat your food, you are not only reducing it's nutritional value, but also destroying the enzymes. It also oxidizes your foods, which depletes it's nutritional content as well.
I had done a fair bit of research, questioning people, what to get, the big V or the Blendtec with the 4" blade. After many conversations, facebook comments, youtube video watching, and reading reviews. I decided on the Blendtec. Here is my reasoning.
1. It's cheaper. Over $100 cheaper actually. Even more if you find the right place to shop.
2. It's warranty is longer, by 2 years. That's a good point to keep in mind.
3. It's larger, can hold more and there for do more for me at once, reducing my time spent in the kitchen.
4. It's one large blade in that large carafe will make it that much easier to clean, vs trying to get around numerous sharp blades
5. It doesn't heat up your food like the big V does, so it's not oxidizing it as much, nor subjecting it to heat.
6. No need for a tamping device to push your foods into the blades, this sucks it right down from what I've seen/read/etc.
7. Little more compact, easier to fit under cupboards on the counter.
So there you have it, this is why I chose it.
Once I get it, I will be putting it to the test with almond nut cheezes, grinding seeds, and more. I will probably reserve my standard one for grinding hard things up first, to preserve the life of the blendtec blade, although a good mill, hand cranked would be great in the kitchen too. Then I can gift this one to someone in need
There is something to be said for growing your own green goodness, homegrown whether intentional or something that just happens to be in your yard, or a friendly neighbours is just amazing to use as a regular food source.
Personally I love wildcrafting my herbs and edibles. From Garlic Mustards to Dandelions and Violets, there is always something out there that one can munch on, or in this case, juice!
Here is today's star, the orange day lily, I have a whack of it growing in my yard, ok, well not a whack, but enough that it's both pretty and a useful food source as I have come to learn.
The flowers, buds, and leaves are edible for humans, the older waxy leaves are very very fibrous, my juicer had a hard time with it actually, so I guess it would be like trying to juice leeks, not exactly recommended.
Stinging Nettle, wonderful energizing plant, great for women in particular, and so nutritious, but be careful when harvesting, it does sting, I can't pick it without being stung, so I use gloves, however when just gardening, it never gets me, even if I reach right on in to it, although hubby, he gets stung just looking at it.
You can also see the lavender flower peeking out on the right and the garden mint and day lily leaf here too, as well as the wild strawberry leaves, which as it happens are more nutritious than the berries themselves!
So here is to good health and wild edibles or rather, juiceables.
The actual ingredients for this juice were as follows:
1 day lily flower & buds
1 day lily leaf or two
1 stalk rampant garden mint
1 handful of wild violet leaves
1 luscious lavender flower with stalk and leaves
1 stalk of sensitive stinging nettle
1 bunch beautiful beet leaves
2 stalks of hydrating celery
2 succulent navel oranges
1 very red delicious apple
1 knob of gentle ginger
4 large sensational strawberry leaves
When collecting anything from the great outdoors, whether it be in your yard, a field, park or elsewhere, if you are not 100% certain that the plant you are going to eat is edible for humans, please, DO NOT EAT IT! Always do your research first and double check that again. I've been eating wild edibles and have been practicing self taught herbology on myself and family for over 2 decades now. Stay safe out there!