Green Juice, Foam, Spinach Butter, and Purslane Video…

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I’ve been meaning to post about this for months! It’s about how my juicer juices the softer greens. I posted about my great juicer and how it produces pure, clear juice, even with the most soft leaves. Here is an example of the power of the Super Angel Juice Extractor: When I juice baby leaves of spinach, it actually creams it. It’s spinach butter!Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

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The amazing thing is there is no pulp in that — none. Zero. Zip. Nada. At first, I was peeved when I saw these chunks! I was about to go off on the Angel folks; however, I quickly realized this is simply the way it works — it’s merely the texture. The Angel has only one function for all jobs. It is a very (very) tight mesh; so nothin’ gets past it. This buttering seems to happen with the soft leaves only; the hardier leaves are clear juice (with some foam, of course — more on foam below). I strained this stuff in a tight-mesh jersey cloth and there was not a speck on it — completely clean! A thorough jucing, indeedy.ย  No matter what goes in, pure juice comes out! Hmmm…spinach butter…the possibilities…
Like, say… avocado-spinach ice cream?ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I alsoย  wrote about the first purslane of the season; I was quite excited as purslane (a.k.a. verdolaga and “a weed”!) is very nutritious (see links ^ ). I also have learned from reading about it, that the stems are extremely nutritious, as well. Normally, I would have made the effort to simply pull off the leaves; but now, I strip the leaves and get their stems too. I do not juice the stalks (or thicker stems) though; I’m referring to the small stems which attach the little leaves to the stalk ๐Ÿ™‚ . I tried to grow some myself; however, for some reason, it didn’t grow ๐Ÿ˜ฆ .

But look what I found at the Farmer’s market on a lovely California summer evening — A gorgeous, quite large, bunch of fresh Purslane:

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Now, since we’re on the topic of juicing and textures, you will find this very interesting — try juicing purslane! It’s a viscousy, mucilaginous green (think okra, aloe vera, etc.) — very hard to juice! Here is the Angel working hard on the job:

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Yep, see the thick goopiness?!! It’s like that thick goop you get from blending flaxseeds for flax “eggs.” Best way to deal with it (if your juicer can even handle it!) is to juice your purslane first, then follow it with hardier, stemmier greens, such as collards, kale, and parsley. Those will clean out the goop and get all that sticky purslane “sludge” from the juicer gears. Saves you clean up AND, of course, you get all that you should from the purslane, wasting none of it! ๐Ÿ™‚ . You can also alternate — purslane, kale, purslane, kale/collard, purslane, etc; butin my Angel anyway — it works better the former: If you alternate, you will lose too much purslane goop because too much will remain stuck on the juicer gears, you see ๐Ÿ˜‰ . The same clear juice resulted as above with the spinach, by the way ๐Ÿ™‚ .


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Want to see it in video? Watch it here! (Note: The sound of the juicer is loud because I have the camera right up against the machine; as well, the stress sound it is making is because it is working very hard on that purslane. It otherwise makes a steady (lower) humming sound):

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Okay, now that we’ve tackled the buttery, chunky spinach and gloopidy glop of purslane, let us discuss the issue of juice foam, shall we? ๐Ÿ˜€

So, what to do with it? Well, I’m assuming most just drink it. I used to; but I find it to harbor the most bitterish-ness of green juices (not so bad in smoothies) — reminds me of skimming the “scum,” as my Mom used to call it, from soups or beans.

One issue with foam is that it contributes to gas and bloating and some interesting belching ๐Ÿ˜€ . No-o-o-o-ot sa-good, eh? But, if one likes it, there’s nothing wrong with it — somewhat like a whole-foodie’s answer to cappuccino Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting .

Anyway, straining helps, but what I found to work better is a fat separator (a.k.a gravy separator)!! Yep, break out that baby, you CAN use it again ๐Ÿ™‚ .

I find some greens to produce more foam than others. The type of juicer matters to degree only; as far as I know, all juicers produce some foam. The Angel is the better of those I’ve tried; however, I still get some. Then, if you’re blending the juice, you’re whipping in even more air into it. So this can cause a lot of undesirable air in the tummy,you can imagine.

So here is the best solution I’ve found so far (if you have any strategies of your own, feel free to comment!): The the glass Catamount Bennington Gravy Separator, purchased at William Sonoma:

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Top product. Besides separating, another great thing about it is you can always use it as a nice measuring cup, right? No waste. And to make this even more irresistible, it’s made of borosilicate glass; it’s microwave safe, dishwasher safe; oven-safe and — get this —ย  STOVE-TOP safe! Is that incredible or what? I am surprised by the stove-top safety; but that’s what the box reads…Okay, I’m skeptical, to be honest… I will have to try it one day. Who knows what stove-top safety means, anyway? Hmmm…I believe the oven-safety claim because boroscillate glass is well-known for that; will see about the stove-top! It is not “unbreakable.”

Okay, so I figure if it can separate fats, why not foam?!

Check it out: Some fresh-squeezed leafy greens juice and the separator with screen:

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I poured in the juice…

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Lotsa foamy-foam-foam…

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Let ‘er drip!

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Tilt and shake, gently to …

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…get every last drop ๐Ÿ˜‰ …

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Not bad …

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Now pouring…wow look at that GORGEOUS PURE GREEEEEEEEEEN_nessssssss!

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Pure, and CLEAR…

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What’s left….

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Only because I (greedily) let it go a bit too much at the end did I get this tiny bit of foam…

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I could have avoided even that little bit had I had a bit more control at the end ;^) Otherwise, expect it to be as clear as the above shots of the pure juice. It’s the same when separating fat — you will get some of the fat in if you don’t watch it carefully enough. But…

Ahhh….

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An internet friend of mine, June, recently reminded me of watermelon rind juice! Very refreshing; so summer’s the perfect time, right? Right ๐Ÿ˜€ .In a recipe known, net-wide, called, The Niagara Falls Cleanser,ย  The Freedom You folks claim (as I’ve read elsewhere) that…

“Watermelon rind has chlorophyll, vitamin A, protein, potassium, zinc, iodine, nucleic acids and enzymes which aid digestion. Ninety-five percent of the nutritional content in watermelon is in the rind.”

Wow, 95% ??!! I don’t know if that’s fact, but it sure sounds good ๐Ÿ˜€ . Imagine — I’ve (We’ve) been throwing out ALL the nutrients and downing the sugar! Yikes. Makes it seem like eating a processed food, doesn’t it?! Cr_A-zy. :^)

Of course the flesh of the watermelon juiced has many nice benefits aside from great taste ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Makes a nice green juice :). A very good juice for “cleansing,” if you want to see it that way.

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I like to add pure watermelon rind juice to my Green Juicie Green Smoothies; but during the summer, it makes a nice refreshing drink on it’s own with a little help from some citrus, stevia, and/or ginger.

To conclude, I leave you with a look at a recent GJGS — little bit of foam included with the blending of whole leafies ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Mmmm…Now, what could be better? ;^)

Pox

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My Mighty, Mighty Juicer!

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I’ve been meaning to do product reviews — I’ve so, so many products about to post! So far, only the Aquasana has bore the brunt of my wrath ;D; and the Soap Nuts, a thumbs up. But I’ll start again with this: I bought a new juicer — I don’t know, in March or April? I think. Sometime like that.

I had researched and researched and decided on a GREEN STAR, which is a FABulous juicer (I know because I’ve used one); however, at the last minute, I came across THE SUPER ANGEL JUICER. (They have another site here.)

Looked great, but I was taken aback at the price! Still…I decided to do what I normally wouldn’t, and just go for it. Reason I was hesitant was because I was told I’d lose 50% of what I paid if I returned it. Not really sure on the legality of that (like I said, I did what I normally wouldn’t — meaning, I didn’t look it up to be sure!), but decided to give it a go. What sold me was the all-stainless construction! Wow, that’s impressive.

Here is a top shot of the front with the gears covered with the “Angel” piece (I don’t even use it; the juicer does not splash or anything, so it’s just a show piece anyway ๐Ÿ™‚ ).Shown are the cleaning items that come with it — a brush, a scraper — a wooden (nice) tamper, and two containers, one for catching the pulp; one for the juice ….

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It cannot take a big handful of greens in at one time without a bit of struggle. However, it goes very fast, as it really just pulls those leafies in — it’s a greens eating machine! It can handle the harder-textured greens in larger amounts, interestingly, and it prefers the stems go first. So, if you put in baby spinach, which is very soft, or mache, it will do better in smaller amounts. This, I think, because the gears are so close and it’s so tight and fine a strainer, it really needs the smaller amounts to get every last bit.ย  So, again, all this is good stuff: You put in smaller amounts and get MAXIMUM juice. Seriously, I’ve never seen or FELT such dry pulp!

Greens-pulp

Touch that pulp and it’s DRY, dry as a bone. When I was using my older (now discontinued) Omega Juicer(that’s the newer version of the one I have; same juicer/function as mine), I was going through tons of greens, having to filter the juice 3 times to remove pulp, and still had very — VERY — wet pulp, and lots of it. I’m already saving LOADS — loads, I tell you! — on greens. I don’t have to buy so much now in order to get the same amount of juice I get from the Angel. With organic kales, for example, at $2.59 a bunch (and they’re not big like they used to be) I’m saving a lot. It’s really amazing how much juice this thing squeezes out!

To test it, I strained it through a fine, jersey-knit tea strainer! Not a speck of pulp was left.

It was really difficult to get a clear shot of just HOW tight the screen is! But this is why not even little speckles of pulp get through:

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See what I mean?!shock_oh_no_animated

So there are a mere 3 items to deal with, basically — the two gears and the extractor screen.

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The Screen is FABULOUSLY all in ONE with the chute! It is one piece which attaches over the gears, then you simply pull down the latch to lock it securely in place — boom. Done. You are ready to juice! How convenient is that? Love it. The gears are heavy-duty pieces of equipment — literally. They are heavy, solid steel. Beautiful.
You put together and clean only these three items. No other juicer can boast so easy and FAST a clean up; seriously, it takes like a minute! If in a super hurry, you could easily just rinse and wash later; but, of course, only on occasion. Even stainless steel can garner buildup! But you don’t have to: with the brush provided, it’s really allย  you need.

So here is a shot of the front. The gears go here:

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Then you slide the strainer/screen/chute attachment right over them:

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Done!

Now all this quickness, beauty, and design ingenuity is whooey if it doesn’t juice extremely well (it better for the price!), right?
Honestly, I was almost willing it to not work, lol. I honestly didn’t think it would; I was expecting to be disappointed. But it is definitely the best home-juicer I’ve ever tried. Green Star is still Excellent, mind you, and I’d not discourage anyone from it; but for the ease, the perfect, CLEAR juice; and the stainless steel construction — if you have the money —ย  I gotta give it to the Super Angel. I do believe it could be less expensive :). I cannot attest to its longevity, of course. If it lasts a lifetime (which it better), then I’ll say it’s worth every penny ๐Ÿ˜‰

One thing I would change would be the making the chute bigger. It’s very small; but it’s no smaller than the Green Star, and, in fact, it may even be bigger. I think most people feel chutes are too small, though, anyway, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

I love that the juice is so clear with no pulp at all. It has nothing to adjust for various tasks, no attachments to deal with (or lose!) and it looks great, to boot. SUPER fast and efficient as all get out. It’s a single functioning machine: whatever the task, it’s the same procedure — convenient, yesss!
So, yea…very pleased, indeed ๐Ÿ˜€

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I’ll be reviewing more products too!

Pox_

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