The Vegetarian Raw Foods Kitchen, Part 2

Champion — High speed masticating. This is the first one I ever had. I found it to be very quick, fairly easy to clean, although I didn’t like having to lubricate it every time before I used it. It’s heavy-duty and FAST! If you’re big on carrot juice, this is a great juicer. You don’t have to do much prep as the speed and the large feeder tube makes for quick work. I didn’t like juicing celery because it caught on the grinder and I had to take it apart, pull the strings off and put it back together. This machine tends to overheat because its fast rotation is not good for greens and is definitely not good for wheat grass. It does a great job on melons. It also has a grain mill attachment and makes great sorbets and peanut butter. Parts are very easy to get. Quite a few “raw” recipe books use the Champion in their recipes. 5-year warranty on parts, 1-year on motor. Price range — mid to high $200’s.

Acme — Centrifugal. My mother has had an Acme juicer since I was a child. She’s 87 and still uses it. I don’t know if the construction/quality has changed. The less expensive one has a 5-year warranty and the more expensive one has a 10-year warranty. Price Range, $165 to $200. (Note: I have found the Acme listed as high as $300 to $400 — so, shop around).

Green Life — Twin gear w/low speed mastication. I love this machine! I have juiced carrots, greens, celery, apples; made raw cookies and pies using dates, figs, nuts and raw fresh fruit. It grinds sprouted grains, also. You can make frozen fruit sorbets and applesauce. It’s a bit harder to get carrots through; I buy smaller, thinner ones. Once you get the process down, clean up is easy. Yields excellent high quality juice. I’ve heard claims the juice will store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. I find it best to drink it within two or fewer days. 5-year warranty. Price is approximately $400.

Green Power — Exactly the same as the Green Life but with a pasta and rice cake maker, which is also available. Add about another $50 – $100 to the price of the Green Life.

Oscar — This is a single gear machine. It’s new and I have no information other than what I’ve read in their ad that states it cleans within one minute, only 15 seconds to assemble and disassemble. If you have one, please email me and let me know your experience with it. 5-year parts and warranty. The price w/out the optional oil extractor is $399.

Norwalk — Top of the line. Makes close to the best juice, yet uses a 2-step process, is hard to clean and takes a lot of space. It uses bags for pressing the pulp. I have a friend who had the bag break and spilled carrot juice throughout his kitchen. If you have the time, the space and the money, it may work for you. Approximately $2000+.
Dehydrators

Excalibur — The only dehydrator I recommend is the Excalibur 9-tray. The fan is on the side (horizontal), which makes for an even air flow throughout. You can get fewer trays, but to save time and energy, I like to dehydrate as much as possible at the same time. When fruit and vegetables are in season, you might want to do tomatoes, apples and bananas or any combination. I have a $20 apple peeler/corer/slicer and can whip out a bunch of apples in a very short time. As you become more efficient with raw foods, you may want to dehydrate cookies, crackers, fruit roll-ups, and sprouted seeds and nuts at the same time. The Excalibur also has 4 and 5 tray units available. Price range, about $200 for the 9-tray.

Most other dehydrators have fans at the bottom, so one would need to constantly rotate the trays to get even drying.

Many people first getting into raw or lightly fired foods use the heat from the pilot light in the gas range or a VERY low setting on an electric one.

If you are in a warm climate, sun is a good dehydrator. Be sure to cover your food with cheesecloth to protect from insects and pollutants.