Why Masticating Juicers Make The Most Sense

23 Apr

Juicing with a masticating extractor

Trying to decide between getting a centrifugal or masticating juicer is something beginners often stumble with. If you are new to juicing, then it is normal to struggle with which machine offers the best option. If you are at this point, then don’t fret, this is quite common and hopefully we can help you choose the right machine for turning around your diet. While centrifugal juice extractors do deliver a super fast and simple experience, you may be missing out on some of the juice quality and yield of a masticating juicer. This is the main reason that we recommend this type of juicer.

While masticating juicers may seem slower and require a little more patience to operate, they have tremendous advantages that make the extra time worth it. For starters, they can extract 15 to 29% more juice. Over time, this can really save you a ton of money as you are wasting less of your fresh fruits and veggies. But this is just one aspect that makes juicing with this type of machine beneficial. Below are just some of the reasons why you will be better off using a masticating juice extractor in the run.

Before we dive in, and in case you were wondering, we currently use the Omega VSJ843 upright masticating juicer in our kitchen. We have plenty of experience using both types of machines and we came to the conclusion long ago that for supreme juice quality and increased nutrient intake, using a masticating machine is the way to go.

Benefits of a Masticating Juicer

As more people turn to juicing it is important to get off to a good start with the right type of machine. Along with following some of the best practices of juicing, beginning with a masticating model should really help kick-start you on your path to cleaner living.

Less Oxidation

The slowly turning gear and blade greatly reduces the mixing of food with the outside air. Reduced oxidation increases the shelf-life of your juice. Unlike other methods, you don’t have to consume all the juice immediately. Some foods are know to be very perishable. They are therefore purchased more frequently and in small quantities. However, with a masticating juicer, one can purchase them in sufficient quantities, then juice to store for future. Additionally, it increases the shelf life of fruits on verge of getting spoiled.

Leafy Greens

This is perhaps the one big advantage of this type of juicing appliance. The juice yield and juice quality from this type of vegetable will be maximized. Centrifugal juicers will always struggle getting the most out of leafy greens as they tend to shred them into tiny pieces without being able to extract a whole lot of juice. If you want to juice food like cabbage, spinach, wheatgrass, or kale, you should definitely consider using a masticating juicer.

Less Heat

The gear operates at a much slower speed and therefore produces much lower heat. The wear and tear is significantly reduced. This can help the juicer last longer. It consumes less electricity and reduces the utility bill. Some enzymes and nutrients are sensitive to heat. A masticating juicer preserves them just perfectly.

Easy to Clean

Juicers that are difficult to clean makes juicing unpleasant process. A lot of time is spent on cleaning. However, a masticating juicer is not only easy to clean but safer to do so. There are no sharp edges to injure yourself when cleaning. The parts to clean are also few. Depending on the type, it is not so much complicated to remove the parts. Cleaning roughly takes 2 to 3 minutes.

Less noise

In comparison to centrifugal juicers, masticating juicers are silent. This, together with their efficiency makes them a top choice for a majority of people.

More Endurance

With a a single auger, a masticating juicer pulverizes and crushes high fibrous fruits and vegetables. Wheat grass, spinach, lettuce, celery, bottle gourd and some root vegetables may be a bit tricky with other juicers. However, they’re a walkover in a masticating juicer. It ensures you have variety of green juice in the kitchen.


Apart from extracting juice from vegetables and fruits, it can perform a variety of tasks such as homogenizing butter, cream, ice, almond milk and extracting milk from nuts. They are a perfect choice when preparing sauce, celery, and baby food. It is therefore very effective as some of the mentioned tasks cannot be performed by other juicers.


Every juicer, just like any other machine has its own set of limitations. None is 100% perfect. A masticating juicer is not an exception. The cons include:

More Expensive

Masticating juicers are typically going to be quite a bit more expensive than centrifugal machines, but they are well worth the investment. With higher juice yield, you will be wasting less produce and saving money in the long term. The initial higher investment will eventually pay itself off for you and your pocketbook.

Requires More Chopping

Unlike centrifugal juicers that handle whole fruits, more chopping is required with masticating juicers. Masticators generally have smaller food chutes and food must be cut up in order to fit. This adds to prep time.

Types Of Masticating Juicers

There are two main styles of masticating juicers that you should also be aware of before you decide to get one for your kitchen. Traditional masticating juicers are wider and take up more space on your countertop. These have been around for years and have a proven reputation for being true workhorses when it comes to juicing. Most of them also have the added benefit of being able to do other things in your kitchen, like grind and mince. This allows you to make homemade peanut butter, baby food, or even soy and almond milk. This added versatility means that you will get even more value on your investment.

Upright masticating machines try to offer the same quality juicing experience but in a space saving design. They are taller and take up less of your kitchen counter. These types of juice extractors however do not quite measure up to their horizontal counterparts. They are more prone to clogging and they are more expensive. They do however make a lot less noise and as long as you don’t over stuff the feed chute you should be able to avoid the jamming issues. They are also unable to do anything other than just juice. A vertical masticating juicer is a perfect option for those who have a small kitchen and need something that is whisper quiet.

Go With A Masticating Model

To fully reap the benefits that comes with juicing, choosing a good juicer is essential part of the process. A masticating juicer is effective for making both fruit and green leafy juice. It is also versatile. Its high cost is compensated with its durability and efficiency. Most masticating juicers comes with warranty, which is a step in ensuring that you end up with a durable product. The fact that it requires more chopping is compensated with the fact that it juices highly fibrous fruits and vegetables.

Toaster Oven Recipes That Won’t Derail Your Diet

21 Apr


Cooking with a toaster oven may seem elementary, but this is one kitchen appliance that can really elevate the meals that you cook at home. For a lot of people using their conventional sized oven can be a real chore. It can also use up a fair amount of time and energy. Having a countertop oven in your kitchen is a great way to make cooking a lot more efficient and fun.

As you will see below, you can make so much more than just toast. If you happen to get one with all of the bells and whistles that offer you advanced cooking technology, then you should be able to completely replace your full sized oven except for only bigger meals. There are loads of fantastic recipes out there, but here are just a few recipes to get you started that you can pull of in a toaster oven that will delight the entire family.

Mini Breakfast Pizza

We all know how having a pizza for breakfast can turn pre-assumed dull day to a brighter one. Thanks to your toaster oven, you can prepare one in not more than 10 minutes. Here is a quick recipe for a four servings.

You will need four eggs, Oregano leaves (dried) 1/2 cup of Italian cheese blend, 2 English muffins, and a 1/3 cup pizza sauce.


Preheat your toaster oven to 450 degrees, then coat a skillet with cooking spray: ensure you heat over medium heat until hot. Gently pour in eggs across the pan with an inverted turner to form a soft curd. Pull, Lift and fold the eggs until thickened. Remove from heat and do not stir constantly. Spread the pizza sauce on muffin halves, top with eggs and the Italian cheese and place on a baking sheet. Place your pizza in your toaster oven and let it cook until you see the cheese melting. This should take not more than 2 minutes. Sprinkle with oregano and you now can enjoy your delicious mini breakfast pizza with your family.

Toaster Oven Bacon

Bacon, everyone knows how to cook it, just fry, right? But, not everyone knows how to do it right with a toaster oven. Here is a little help.

You will need a bacon, of course, four slices at least for one serving, baking sheet, aluminum foil, and tong.


One terrible mistake those who claims to know how to prepare the bacon on toaster oven makes is preheating it, well I won’t advise that. Starting with a cold oven ensures that your bacon cooks slowly and evenly in good temperature.

Get your baking sheet and put a foil upon it. Prepare the bacon and put in the toaster oven when cold. Close the door of your oven and adjust the temperature to around 400 degrees then check the color of the bacon after around 20 minutes. If it turns brown then it’s ready if it isn’t it means that you need to increase the temperature if that’s possible in your toaster oven.

Baked Oatmeal

To many, baked oatmeal is a morning must, since it provides nutrients and fiber that our bodies require. All you need is few minutes in your toaster oven, and you have a wonderful and healthy breakfast.

You will need a bay leaf, 1 cup of rolled oats, raisins ( 2 tablespoons), a tablespoon of almonds and cinnamon, sugar and salt.


Boil salted water and the bay leaf in a small saucepan after preheating your toaster oven to around 375 degrees Fahrenheit. When water boils, add your oatmeal and turn it to a medium low mode. Add the raisins and toasted nuts to the oats, and then pour the mix into two ramekins. Top with cinnamon and sugar and bake for few minutes 20 minutes at most. You should not be ready to enjoy your baked oatmeal breakfast!

Toaster Oven Meatloaf (with chili)

Many people like a toaster oven meatloaf but do not how to prepare it right. Here what you need to make a delicious toaster oven meatloaf. You will need a 1/2 cup of milk, sandwich bread( white)ground round, onion and garlic, chili sauce, 1/4 glaze and ketchup, two lightly beaten eggs coarse sugar and brown sugar.


Preheat the toaster oven to 350 degrees F and with the rack at the bottom. Pour milk over sandwich bread until soaked then add pork, ground round, onion garlic, chili/ pepper parsley salt and the lightly beaten eggs in the bowl. Mix them completely but not to the point where your meatloaf will be dense. Bake for at least 50 minutes and let it rest for 5 minutes after removing from your toaster oven. You can spread two tablespoons on top and return to the toaster oven for another few minutes.

These are just a few basic recipes to get you started. If you have yet to get one of these versatile appliances for your kitchen then you do not know what you are missing. They also will not break the bank. According to some of the latest toaster oven ratings, the top machines will only cost you around $250, and if you do not need a full featured oven they can be had for a lot cheaper. Any recipe that you have that requires the use of an oven can be cooked in a toaster oven. Check out the video below of more great examples that you can prepare in your countertop oven.

Why Your Diet Could Use More Blueberries

20 Apr


Blueberries are a great way to add sweetness to your juicing recipes as well as provide exceptional health benefits to any juicing blend. This tiny, power-packed fruit is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals, which play an important role in protecting the body’s health. Blueberry juice is also a great source of potassium, Vitamin K and C, pectin and manganese. Its overall positive impact that it can provide people continues to be researched and everyday its potential continues to come to light. So what can regular consumption of blueberry juice help provide everyone?

Protects the Body From Neurological Disorders

Medical studies have revealed that blueberry juice helps in protecting the body against serious neurological disorders which are most prevalent in elderly persons. Drinking a glass of blueberry juice on a daily basis helps in protecting the body against Alzheimer’s disease among many other neurological disorders. Blueberry juice also promotes healthy skin, mental acuity and also protects the body against serious diseases.

Cancer Prevention

Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants such as anthocyanins. They also contain chlorogenic acid. The two combined may help in preventing and fighting different types of cancers. The antioxidants further protect the body’s organs and tissues against roaming cancer-causing molecules. These molecules are also known as free radicals. Free radicals do not only cause damage to the DNA and body’s cells, they are also a major cause of several illnesses and diseases which have been attacking man from time immemorial. Blueberries have plenty of ellagic and resveratrol. These two are antioxidants which are known to curb the growth of cancerous tissues.

Symptoms of Aging

Older persons may benefit from incorporating blueberries into their diet on a more regular basis. This is precisely because blueberries effectively prevent degeneration of the brain and mental abilities. Besides preventing mental deterioration, they also curb the effect brought about by aging of the brain. Blueberries contain lutein, which is a compound that helps in preventing a host of eye conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration. These two eye conditions are prevalent in elderly persons.

Prevents Urinary Tract Infections

Blueberry juice can effectively prevent urinary tract infections. The antioxidants contained in blueberries plays a role in curbing the ability of destructive agents to attach themselves to the lining of the bladder or urethra. Blueberry juice is also a great remedy for diarrhea since it contains high content of pectin and tannins.

Cholesterol Level Impact

Blueberry juice lowers cholesterol levels in the blood. It can also prevent diabetes. For diabetic persons, drinking plenty of blueberry juice helps in improving insulin sensitivity. Since blueberries are low in fat and calories, they can hence encourage weight loss. That is why they should be consumed regularly by those struggling to lose weight. Once they are included in the diet, blueberries are known to suppress appetite and keeping one feeling full for several hours after having a meal. This is imperative since it reduces the chances of becoming obese due to overeating junk foods.

Improves Heart Beat

Drinking blueberry juice and consuming blueberries regularly is health for the heart since it improves heart beat. It also reduces the chances of suffering from high blood pressure and stroke. Blueberry juice further improves blood flow to all parts of the body. The antioxidants and phytochemicals contained in blueberries helps in preventing heart disease.

If you have not added blueberries into your juicing regimen, then you are missing out.  Its sweet and tart taste can make a great addition to any juicing recipe. Below is a video showing just one example of how you can take advantage of the blueberry goodness.

Getting The Family To The Ranch Safely

20 Apr


As a parent, my kids are my entire concern from the time I wake up until the time that I go to sleep, so making sure they are protected at all times is paramount. When we first decided that it was time to find a car seat for our child, we both looked long and hard to find something that keep them safe and we would enjoy using. When we started, we had no idea just how many types of car seats were available out there. Getting a convertible car seat ended up being our course of action. It just made a lot of sense and we didn’t understand the appeal of an infant seat, especially for anyone on a tight budget. So for anyone in the market for a new safety seat, this is where we make our case for getting one of these seats for your vehicle.

Convertible Car Seat Economics

Getting the basics on car seat safety is a good starting point for new parents. Convertible car seats are going to make the most sense for your budget in the long run. While these types of seats may seem rather expensive at first, they end up saving you money over time. Infant seats are typically recommended for 18 months to 2 years, depending on your child’s height and weight. After that you will have to buy another seat to accommodate your growing kids. This will typically be a convertible car seat, or a booster seat. Buying multiple seats over the course of a few years will add up.

Convertible seats on the other hand are recommended for newborns up to larger children with weight ranges between 5 to 65 lbs. This greater range means that you will generally need just one seat over the first few years. You may need to buy a booster seat at the tail end of their growth spurt before they can use a regular seat belt, but these are usually less expensive. The less seats you have to purchase, the more money you save. It seems pretty obvious, at least to us.

Why Get An Infant Seat?

One of the main reasons that some folks prefer an infant seat is that they are generally lighter to carry, and some of them can snap right into a compatible stroller without the need to remove the child. You are paying for convenience. Convertible safety seats are going to be heavier and moving them from car to car is going to be more work. We can definitely see the benefits in this area for starting out with an infant car seat. But raising a baby is expensive, and for us, we had to figure out where best to spend our money. For us, the extra work was worth the couple of hundred of dollars we could save.

What To Look For When Getting A Convertible Seat

There are many different models out there to the point where it can seem a bit overwhelming. The best place to start is online. We did our research and read up on the current convertible child safety seat reviews to see which models owners liked the best. We then narrowed it down by safety features, comfort features, and then price. You could reverse the order and still get a high quality car seat so do not worry about shopping around.

Always buy new, never buy used. First, car seats have an expiration date so you may be getting something that has past is usefulness. Second, you won’t know if it has already been in a crash or not. Even though some car seats look undamaged after an accident, there joints or other aspects of the seat could have been stressed and weakened and they will no longer offer maximum protection. Buying new from a reputable outlet is always the best way to go.

Life is easy to take for granted and that 5 minute trip to the grocery store may seem like nothing to be worried about. But you should always be prepared for the worst, especially when driving. You can do everything right and still end up in a collision. Having a seat that fits your car will go a long way to protecting your precious cargo. If you wish to check the latest child safety seats to hit the market then you can find current reviews at www.mommatraumablog.com.