Friday, December 4, 2015

Best-of-the-Best Essential Kitchen Gadgets for 2016

If you’re serious about health, you need to have at least 4 appliances on your countertop -- A blender, juicer, food processor, and a dehydrator.

We’ve compared machines in all categories and offer these suggestions with links to purchase and links for more information.


We are partial to the Vitamix blender overall, but the Blendtec Professional 800 takes the best-of-the-best award. 

Why? We like the extra power, the price, and a machine cover that makes blending a quiet experience. Also the height of the unit is 17.25 inches tall and will fit on the countertop underneath most cupboards. To save some money, Blendtec offers a refurbished option ($799.95) that looks like a great deal. Don’t be concerned about the quality of a refurbished model, because the company provides a 7-year warranty. 

The other option for a blender could be the Vitamix – the Quiet One. Note that this Vitamix model is priced over $1,100, and stands 18 inches tall. In conclusion, if money is a concern, we’d suggest the refurbished Blendtec model, or if price is not an issue check out closely both of these models… Blendtec Pro 800 amazon reviews and Vitamix – The Quiet One amazon reviews and happy blending! 

Quietest-blending at the sound level of normal conversation
Stealth motor base, 360 degree sealed sound enclosure
WildSide jar
User guide
3.8 peak horsepower motor
Illuminated capacitive touch control surface
Manual speed slider
Intuitive interface for custom programming
42 preprogrammed blend cycles
Integration with online Blend Wizard tool for creating custom blend cycles
USB connectivity for downloading/uploading custom programming
Amps: 15. Watts: 1800. Horsepower: 3.8
Actual weight: 16.2 lbs
Actual dimensions: 8.6" wide x 17.3" tall x 9.0" deep
8 year warranty


Many folks confuse a blender and a juicer. A blender is all inclusive, and what ingredients you place in the container is what you get in the finished product. A juicer will extract the juice from your ingredients and remove the pulp from the product.

The Norwalk juicer, has been one of the top juicers in the marketplace for a long time, and boasts an excellent reputation. You can learn more about this unit by visiting their product video

If price is a factor, then another good option at a much lower cost would be the Tribest Greenstar Elite, GSE-5000-B Jumbo Twin Gear Juicer ($549.95).

Improved juice tray - deeper, wider, and inclined, to facilitate more efficient juice flow with minimal or no overflow of the tray.
Larger guide pin - to reduce or eliminate any side-to-side movement of the tray during pressing.
Larger cutter diameter than previous models - increased grinding possible in less time.
FDA approved O-ring on face plate for a more secure housing to face plate fit.
15 x 17 x 15 inches 


The food processor is a versatile appliance that can help you speed the process of preparing your meal. Check out over 500 amazon reviews for the Breville food processor, as they are quite impressive. 

Runner’s up to the Breville machine is the Cuisinart DFP-14BCN 14 –Cup Food Processor. This is also an excellent choice.

Product comes with 5 multi-function discs and 3 blades out of the box
5.5 inch super-wide feed chute reduces the need to pre-cut most fruits and vegetables
BPA-free processing bowls
16 cup large bowl and 2.5 cup mini processing bowl
LCD display displays count-up and count-down auto timer and Accessory storage box can be stored horizontally or vertically based on storage space.
Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 17.8 inches; 26 pounds

The food dehydrator is often overlooked at an essential item for the kitchen, but if you want health then get a food dehydrator. There are so many healthy food items you can prepare, and if you dehydrate below 118 degrees you will preserve all the nutrition without zapping out the enzymes.    

If you’re on a budget, Excalibur makes a 9 tray model ($499.95) that has fewer features and is not completely stainless steel. This would be a great fallback model that will produce excellent results.

Case interior and exterior: Stainless Steel with Stainless Steel Trays
Transparent glass doors!
10 large trays, 16 sq ft of drying space
99 Hour Timer
2 time / 2 temperature settings.
Adjustable Thermostat 95◦F to 165◦F
6.5-inch fan, 600 watts
17-1/4 W x 20-1/2 D x 17 T
NSF Approved 

For 2016, set your sights on better health and stretch yourself to get these fine kitchen appliances -- You're most definitely worth it! 

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

What high speed blender should I get?

One of the fastest ways to power boost your Rocketship is getting a high speed blender and using it daily. First you have to decide what to get. We suggest either a Vitamix or a Blendtec. Both have excellent reputations and any of their models will suffice. If you want our opinion, get one that has similar features to the Vitamix 750 (feature photo). There are program settings and the container is wide, and therefore not as tall as most blender containers. This allows you to store it easily underneath the kitchen cupboards and is much more convenient. Now if your budget is tight, then we suggest to buy their entry level machines. Often they have reconditioned models and any of them will get the job done. Both companies offer extended warranties, and that could be a good idea since these machines can last a very long time. Now regarding recipes, we suggest you become a fan of YouTube or just web search for a desired meal item. Search options could be Vitamix or Blentec recipes for X soups or X desserts, or X smoothies. Just fill in the "X" to find what you need. With the web at your side and us as your co-pilot, sky's the limit. Visit us at where we help you soar to your peak potential.