Alternatives to Traditional Pasta

As the world continues to evolve and become more accessible the number of options that consumers have has also increased.  One product that has changed to offer consumers healthier alternatives is that of pasta.  When we think of pastas most people assume that you are talking about the egg and flour mixture that is readily available.  We have a number of different options that can be used in similar methods which are made from ingredients other than eggs and flour.

Kelp Noodles

Are a raw sea vegetable that is easy to eat and requires no cooking.  These noodles can be eaten straight from the bag.  Kelp noodles are gluten-free, low in carbohydrates and calories.  These noodles have little to no taste all depending on the person though.  They can be added to any dish whether it be a salad, soup, or a pasta dish or just eaten as a snack.  We also carry green tea kelp noodles which have a slight taste of green tea if you notice the taste.  If you have not acquired the taste for green tea then you will probably not notice a difference, it all depends on your taste buds.

kelp noodles

Sea Spaghetti

This gently dried product is harvested from the natural seaweed fields in Brittany, France.  The dried form is available in long thin firm sticks which have to be soaked in water to soften.  After the sea spaghetti has been soaked it resembles pasta that has been cooked al dente.  It has a seaweed or a fishy taste to it and is excellent in mock fish dishes like  vegan clam chowder.  Sea Spaghetti is an excellent addition to salads and dishes can be used in soups, as a pasta substitute or even as a side.

sea spaghetti

Mung Bean Fettuccine and Black Bean Spaghetti

This pasta is certified Organic, certified Gluten-free, and certified Kosher, it is a tasty and healthy version of pasta.  It can be consumed either raw or cooked. If you are eating it raw make sure that you soak the fettuccine or spaghetti overnight for a couple of days to soften the noodles.   To cook this noodle you just need to boil water and simmer until it is cooked through, then rinse with cold water.  These noodles taste like a traditional flour and egg noodle in our opinion. They require a little bit more chewing though in our opinion, they don’t just dissolve or mush up like traditional noodles.  We believe this is because they are a bean product causing them to be more dense than a traditional pasta.  These products are high in fiber and protein, low in fat and sodium free. As a snack food the can be very addictive crunched and munched straight out of the bag.

Mung Bean Fettuccine

This green coloured pasta has a thick flat noodle that is rippled.

pas_mung_bean_noodle

Black Bean Spaghetti

This black coloured pasta is long thin and cylindrical.

pas_black_bean_noodle2

As far as we can tell there is no taste difference between the Mung Bean Fettuccine and the Black Bean Spaghetti.

All of these products are great with any sauce or broth that you are craving.  For more sauce recipes you might be interested in  Rainbow Green Live Food Cuisine by Dr. Gabriel Cousens

BK-099-2

Advertisements

Tired of cutting up vegetables?

Are you tired of having to cut up and slice all of your vegetables?  It might be time to finally get a slicer.

There are two main different types of slicers a spiral slicer and the mandolin slicers.

Spiral Slicers

These slicers allow you to slice your vegetables into curly ribbon like pieces that are excellent for making noodles or decorating your salads.

The Vegetable Spiral Slicer (previously known as the spirooli) comes with three different blades.  The blades allow your to make slices at different spacing, you have the option of 1/8 slice, 1/4 slice or a straight blade for ribbon cuts.  The 1/8 and 1/4 blades are good for different thicknesses of pasta.  With this slicer you put the vegetable or fruit on the prongs and turn the handle towards that blades.

Vegetable Spiral Slicer

The Spiral Slicer is excellent when preparing garnishes and decorating dishes.  This slicer works better when the fruit and vegetables are firm.  This slicer takes a little more finess to work efficiently but once you are over the learning curve your dishes will be the talk of the neighbourhood.  If you are wanting to prepare thin pastas like angle hair this is the slicer for you.

Spiral Slicer

These are all good slicers, it all depends on what you are looking to do with your slicer to make your final decision.  If you are wanting more decorative pieces and thinner pasta then I would recommend the smaller Spiral slicer.

Mandolin Slicers

These slicers are different from the spiral slicers because you are actually slicing the fruit or vegetable over the blade instead of just turning a handle.

The Kyocera Mandolin Slicer

This slicer creates shorter slices than the above slicers because the length of each slice is only as long as the vegetable.  This slicer has four different settings for different thicknesses, from 0.5 mm to 3 mm in thickness.  The other benefit that this slicer has is that it has a ceramic blade. Ceramic blades are 50% harder then steel, these blades stay sharper longer then non-ceramic blades.

SFW-1060-2

Asian Mandolin Plus

This mandolin slicer comes with four different blades to create straight cuts to a fine tooth blade that allows you to create elegant garnishes.  This slicer is used by many professionals chefs, due to its versatility.  The thickness of the fruits and vegetables can range from 1/8 inches thick to hair thin.  The added benefit that this slicer has over the regular mandolin slicer is that there is a holding container for your fruit and vegetables underneath the blade.

asian mandolin 3

If you are looking for other items that will help with your slicing needs we also carry a pineapple slicer and ceramic knives.

Different types of juicers

So you have decided to start juicing.  Not sure where to begin when making the choice on what one to purchase?

The main question is what will you be juicing?

There are 5 main types of juicers.  Each type of juicer has its own purpose and what it is the best for.

Manual Juicers

These juicers are good for wheat grass and other vegetables.  Manual juicers allow you to extract a higher quality juice from the ingredients that you are using.  Manual juicers rely on human force to create the juice as they are not electric.  This can be very difficult and require effort to make the juice all depending on the products that you want to juice.   Manual Juicers are great for traveling as you can still make your juice even when you do not have a power source.   Manual juicers are not the best for fruit as the auger gets clogged easily.  Manual Juicers tend to be used mostly for wheat grass and leafy vegetables.  These juicers can handle some fruits but there are definitely better juicers on the market if you are looking into juicing fruits.ZST-010-2

Centrifuge Juicers

If you are going to be juicing a lot of fruits, then you should consider a centrifuge juicer.  These juicers tend to have a larger opening to place the fruit and vegetable into.  This allows to to take less time to prepare them as they do not have to be cut up as small.  When deciding on what Centrifuge Juicer you should get you should definitely consider purchasing one that has a pulp ejection shoot.  As this allows the pulp to be separated and released from the juicer instead of clogging it up.  Centrifuge Juicers are not suitable for juicing wheat grass and leafy greens.

OJ-BM-2

Single-Auger Juicers

These juicers can have many different purposes.  Each model has different functions that all serve their own purpose.  Single Auger Juicers  come in two different types, a vertical and a horizontal model.  The difference between the horizontal and the vertical juicers is the direction that the auger is within the juicer.  The single auger takes the produce and crushes it against the walls or the screen to produce your juice.  Through this process there is very little oxidation that takes place.

Horizontal

Single Auger Juicers that are horizontal are good for fruits,  vegetables, leafy greens and wheat grass.  With these juicers you can also make frozen products like ice cream.  The most versatile horizontal juicer is the Omega 8006 or 8004 model (the difference being the colour: 8004 model is white & the 8006 model is a silver colour).

omega_8006_pic

Vertical 

The single auger juicers that are vertical do have a benefit.  If you are looking for a juicer that is more compact and takes up the little space, then you might want to look further into this type.  The vertical juicers are not the best for greens, or wheat grass.

OJ-V400HDS-2

Twin Gear Juicers

These juicers are for the more experienced juicers.  The twin gear juicers are similar to the horizontal single auger juicers expect instead of having one auger they have two.  The produce that you are juicing is put through both augers to shred it then it is squeezed to get the juices out. These juicers are good for wheat grass, leafy greens and vegetables.  Fruits can be used in these juicers they just require more finesse as you have to alternate between fruits and vegetables,  to make sure that the augers are cleaned out.

GS-5000-2

What Dehydrator is right for me?

Are you overwhelmed at the thought of choosing a  Dehydrator? There are a series of questions that you should be asking yourself through this process.

  1. Size- what size can I fit in the area where it is going
  2. Is style or versatility important?
  3. Sedona or Excalibur?
Dehydrator Product code Size Size of sheet Colour Timer Warranty
Height Depth Width
Excalibur 9 Tray D900SHD 12.5 19 17 14×14 Stainless Steel 26 hours 10 years
Excalibur 5 Tray D500SHD 8.5 19 17 14×14 Stainless Steel 26 hours 10 years
Excalibur 9 tray 3926T 12.5 19 17 14×14 Black/white 26 hours 10 year
Excalibur 5 tray 3526T 8.5 19 17 14×14 Balck/white 26 hours 10 year
Excalibur 9 tray 3900 12.5 19 17 14×14 Black/white NO 10 year
Excalibur 5 tray 3500 8.5 19 17 14×14 Black/white NO 10 year
Excalibur 9 tray 2900ECB 12.5 19 17 14x 14 Black NO 5 year
Excalibur 5 tray 2500ECB 8.5 19 17 14X14 Black NO 5 year
Excalibur 4 tray 2400 6.5 16.25 13 11×11 Black NO 5 year

ED-2900-2

The difference between Excalibur Dehydrators and the Sedona Dehydrator

The Sedona Dehydrator is only available in 9 the tray model, it has a dual fan which allows you to dehydrate different items at the same time.  This is a neat feature if you are dehydrating limited quantities of a specific item.  The Sedona has digital timer that can be set for up 99 hours.  It also has a night feature which allows you to slow down the fans, which makes it quieter.  The Sedona also has a glass face where the Excalibur has a solid face. Esthetically, some see it as having a nicer ‘look’ to it.

Sedona 9 tray SD-9000 14.6 19.7 17 14x 11.5 Black 150 hours 25 years

 

The Excalibur is the staple in any raw restaurant, since the company has been producing the product for over 40 years.  It is like the ‘work horse’ of dehydrators.

Bigger is better, when it comes to dehydrators.  If you can fit a 9-tray in your house then that would be your best bet.  This is in case you are dehydrating something that is thicker you can remove one or two trays to make it more effective. This is extremely helpful when making Kale chips.  When you have the option to remove trays it allows you to make bigger batches and speeds up the process.

The noise level of a dehydrator is similar to that of a microwave.  The Sedona  is a bit quieter then the Excalibur’s,  and that noise can be reduced when set to the night setting.

So you have chosen what dehydrator fits and the model that you want.  The next question that you need to face is how many Non-Stick, Coated, Washable Sheets to order?  The non-stick coated sheets are to help make your life easier.  When you are making things like breads or other wet recipes it prevents the batter from seeping through the holes. 

Non-stick Coated washable Sheets or the Genuine Excalibur ParaFlexx Premium Non-Stick Sheets.  The difference is basically name brand and not.  The final decision is personal but besides the name there is not much difference.

The last and final question before you place your order is do you need a book to help with recipes and ways to dehydrate different foods, if so you might want to want to look into the Dehydrating Bible, for example.

BK_dehydrator_bible