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Ronco Smart Juicer +new cookbook: Raw Quick & Delicious: Wow
Ronco sent me this juicer months ago. I put it together then only got back to it this week. Needless to say, I’d lost the directions book, but then I do believe if you have to resort to reading the directions with small electrics, they’ve over engineered it. All these products should be as easy to use as an I-phone. Intuitive, simple, and productive.
So, first I made a batch of orange-carrot-apple- ginger juice. Way too tannic. Whoops. I guess its best not to throw in the whole orange. And when it came time to clean it, I was beyond frustrated. I found it hard to take apart and hard to clean. So I put it away for about a week, thinking this machine’s not gonna make it.
But as fate would have it, I got a cookbook to review called Raw, Quick & Delicious: 5-ingredient recipes in just 15 minutes, by douglas Mcnish, for Robert Rose Publishing. This book is intriguing, using only raw ingredients. Now I’m not interested in any dish that allows 1-1/2 cups raw cashews per serving. Are you kdding me? eeek. Too expensive and too much vegetable protein and fat to suit, but when I chanced upon the juice chapter I knew I’d found a great use for this book.
McNish says don’t try to plop citrus into a juicer for the exact reason I discovered. Squeeze citrus by hand, throwing out the white pith and skin. Yes! Now you’re talking. So anyway, I found this terrific recipe called Citrus-Pineapple-Carrot Juice which I made adding a thumb-tips’s worth of raw ginger and a half cup coconut water for the electrolytes. Now that was yummy. And I don’t know. Maybe getting all that vitamin C, and beta carotene and trace minerals in me, I didn’t find the Ronco juicer to be hard to clean at all today.
Move over small electrics. You have a new friend. And that book? Well maybe I will try one of those dishes that starts off 1-1/2 cups raw cashews then adds lemon juice, curry powder, broccoli and carrot, shredded. They call it curried cashews and mixed vegetables and count it as a main course. OMG. Am I moving into Bill Clinton’s Vegan camp? Who knows. It’s worth a try.
Ronco’s The Smart Juicer allows you to make the healthiest, most nutrient rich juices possible. Using a special patented system, you can get more juice
than other juicers AND get more vitamins and enzymes as well.
Patented Low Speed Technology System — grinds and kneads juice leaving a dry pulp
Produces 43% more Vitamin C and 61% more Vitamin A Extracts 35% more juice maintaining natural flavor, color and nutrients
Easy rinse feature for when you want to make more than one juice at a time.
Motor and assembly safety feature
Easy to clean (not!)
Five year limited warranty
retail price: $179.99
Raw, Quick & Delicious, 5 ingredient recipes in 15 minutes
Robert Rose Publishing $24.95
248 pages, pub date September 20, 2013
Citrus Pineapple Carrot Juice
adapted from the cookbook by the addition of a knob of fresh ginger and a splash of coconut water
makes 2 cups (2 servings)
1 juice orange
1/4 pineapple (about 1 cup sliced) skin on
2 carrots, sliced if necessary
1 small knob fresh ginger, skin on
1/2 cup coconut water
Juice the grapefruit and orange in a manual juicer. Reserve the juice
Using a juicer, and following directions for cutting fruit, juice the pineapple, carrots and ginger. Add coconut water and citrus juices. Whisk well. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours.