Wheatgrass Juicers

Most of us are well aware of the health benefits of consuming juices regularly. Wheatgrass juice, has been gaining popularity among health enthusiasts for the many health benefits that it offers. Wheatgrass is basically wheat sprouts that grow into grass when properly nurtured.

wheatgrass juiceConsuming wheatgrass juice on a regular basis boosts immunity and energy levels, cleanses colon, and facilitates in the detoxification of the liver. Wheatgrass juice has high content of chlorophyll, which helps in blood purification. Wheatgrass is rich in enzymes and contains over 97 enzymes, and has vitamins, phytochemicals, and minerals that are used for cancer treatment. They are rich sources of Vitamin A, B-12, B-6, C, E, I, and K. They have beta-carotene too. Also, one develops immunity towards cold, as the resistance of the body towards infections increases over a period of consuming wheatgrass juice.

While, Wheatgrass has a lot of health benefits, lot of juicers are not capable of juicing wheatgrass on a regular basis. There are juicers specifically designed for this purpose. If you’re in the market for a new juicer, here are JUICER Editors’ Top juicers right now.

There are two kinds of wheatgrass juicers available in the market:

  • Manual Juicers
  • Electric single gear juicers

Manual Juicers

manual wheatgrass juicerIf you are unsure of whether you will like the juicing experience in the long run, then the manual wheatgrass juicer is what you need.

Some of the best manual wheatgrass juicers are quite affordable ($50-$150), quite handy, and easy to clean as compared to electric juicers. Some of them can juice fruits and vegetables too. Since, they are quite portable, they could be a part of your travelling kit as well.

Manual wheatgrass juicers, as the name suggests have to be operated by hand to extract juice from wheatgrass. They do not require electricity or batteries. The only limitation in such juicers is that the variety of produce that can be juiced is quite limited.

Nevertheless, the ease-of-use they offer for the price paid makes them a must buy for any family that loves to consume good quality wheatgrass juice regularly.

If your juicing process is limited to wheatgrass only, you can buy a manual juicer at an affordable price, probably even at half the price of an electric juicer.

Note: When you purchase a manual wheatgrass juicer choose one that has a counter with a lip that fits the clamp of the juicer, so that you can use the juicer effectively.

Electric Wheatgrass Juicer

Electric Wheatgrass JuicerGenerally, masticating juicers are electric juicers that can not only juice wheatgrass but also a lot of fruits and vegetables. They are available between the price range of $150 and $400. They can be used for leafy greens too. Apart from functioning as pasta extruder, homogenizer, and food processor, electric juicers can be used as a mini grinder too. You can even make peanut butter and apple sauce using them.

Normally, the wheatgrass juice extracted from an electric juicer gets processed at 80 RPM, extracting and squeezing out really high yield of juice with very less foam. Electric juicers do not get heated up easily and operate on twin-gear technology, thereby the oxidation is less, which means the nutritional value is retained in the juice for a long time. They operate with practically no noise, which is a big plus as well. They have a strong motor and most of the electric juicers come with a warranty period of 5-10 years.

Selecting the perfect wheatgrass juicer completely depends on your needs. If your juicing is limited to wheatgrass or a little more than that, a manual juicer sounds just fine. But, if your needs are varied and if you require a multi-purpose juicer that can function as pasta extruder, homogenizer, food processor, and grinder too, then an electric juicer is your best bet.

Ultimate Espresso Machine Buying Guide

espresso makerI can give you a thousand reasons for which you should buy an espresso machine. For example, it will save you a lot of money. Yes, a lot. The amount of money you would spend otherwise buying coffee everyday- trust me you are going to save a lot of that money if you buy an espresso machine at home. Plus, you can make your espresso with your favorite beans, you can adjust the strength of it, you can customize it the way you like and add flavors, milk and what not to experiment. The options are countless. My favorite one, though, is you can have espresso at any time of the day and not be bothered about if the coffee shop is still open(even at 3 in the night)!

But each one of us has our lifestyle and simultaneously our own needs from our caffeine. So accordingly you need to buy a machine that will suit your unique needs. There are a lot of machines available in the market today. If you want to get the best espresso machine for your kitchen, I personally suggest you to check out The Edge best espresso machines reviews of 2015. They write reviews to help you make all your buying decisions. The Edge, categories espresso making machines under two major categories, steam driven machines and pump driven machines. Of the two, steam driven machines are cheaper, yet pump driven machines brew the coffee under much higher pressure, resulting in a thick cream on top. Pump driven machines can be further classified into semi automatic machines, automatic machines and super automatic machines. The semi automatic are the lowest in price among these three and require some amount of manual labor to turn the pump on and also control the volume of the espresso. The automatic and super automatic machines are way more advance in their features, yet costlier than their semi automatic cousin.

semi-automatic espresso maker vs Super-Automatic espresso makerThe semi automatic is the most suited one for home use of the average coffee drinker. They are easy enough to use, reasonably priced and consistent in the coffee brewing part. But if you are lazy, or ready to spend some extra bucks for a superior coffee making technology, then you can always go for a super automatic or automatic machine. Other than this, if you do not want the hassle of grinding beans and dosing and tamping them, there is something for you too. Pod espresso machines use pre-packed coffee pods(that are available at all supermarkets) and hence you can totally be not bothered about cleaning coffee muck after every use.

And if you have a heart for everything vintage and are eager to really learn the art of manual espresso making, you can always buy a manual espresso machine.

double boiler espresso machineApart from this, there are a few other things you need to consider before choosing your machine. The value of the water tank is important. If you have a lot of coffee drinkers at home, you might want to buy a machine with a bigger water tank. Try to get machine with a removable water tank; it is easier to refill and clean that way. You also need to consider the grinding part. Either you have to buy a machine with an inbuilt conical burr grinder. Or invest in a good quality grinder, separately; it depends on your convenience. Also check the build of the espresso maker. Some machines have a plastic body, and some have a metal, generally stainless steel body. Since the process of espresso making involves a lot of heating, it is advisable to get a machine with a metal body. Some machines have one boiler, while some (more expensive ones) have two boilers. The advantage of double boiler is that you can brew espresso and steam/froth milk simultaneously, or right one after the other without having to wait. Always get a demo before you buy an espresso machine. Ask about cleaning and maintenance too.

Red Pearl Kitchen

red pearl kitchen
Tim and Liza Goodell had long sought the perfect location for their second Red Pearl Kitchen, and they found it in the heart of the Historic Gas Lamp District of San Diego. Their original Red Pearl Kitchen was a mainstay of the Huntington Beach dining scene for years and like the Orange County location, the new San Diego restaurant combines authentic Chinese/East Asian recipes with a hip, contemporary bar scene.

The extensive menu offers a new twist on traditional Pan-Asian Cuisine and is great for individual or family-style dining; guests can select from a wide array of Dim Sum, Salad, Hot Pot, Curry, Noodle, Wok-Fired, and Vegetable dishes. The menu, combined with the full bar and overall design gives it a vibe that is glamorous, exotic and sexy.

In addition to serving great food and drinks, the Red Pearl Kitchen is an active participant in the exciting Gas Lamp District revival, and a great destination for the local community.

Red Pearl Kitchen
San Diego, CA