Orange Juice Pancakes

This past weekend, Oranges for juicingChris asked me to make his favorite orange juice pancakes for his breakfast this week.

So when he further suggested we use fresh oranges and our juicer this time, I set him up peeling oranges and taught him how to use the juicer.

Oranges are good food and not just because of their high vitamin C content. They are also great sources of flavonoids, powerful anti-inflammatory compounds.

Orange Juice Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 T sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup orange juice, or ~3.5 oranges, juiced
  • 2 T oil
  • 1 egg

Directions

In a medium bowl, sift together dry ingredients. In a small bowl, lightly whisk eggs before mixing in the rest of the wet ingredients. Next, add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring until the ingredients are just mixed (batter will be lumpy). Lastly, let batter “rest” for 10 minutes before spooning 1/3 cup portions onto griddle for cooking. Pancakes are ready to be flipped when the edges are dry and no longer shiny.

Serve pancakes with REAL maple syrup and fruit.

Recipe by HarrisArnoldCollaboration

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Vegan Apple Pie

After incorporating juicing into our lifestyle, I quickly learned that I’m allergic to raw apple juice. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised as my mouth always swells a little when I eat raw apples, but the realization came with the problem of figuring out what to do with those extra 14 apples.

So I decided to make apple pie, which meant finding a great apple pie recipe. So two hours later I chose to make a vegan rendition of Grandma Ople’s Apple Pie. I mean, who was I to argue with a five-star average rating out of over 1400 reviews?

Vegan Apple Pie

(Makes two 9-inch apple pies. Why two? -To share one with a friend, of course!)

Ingredients:

  • Pie crusts for (2) 9-inch double crust pie

    • (I used Trader Joe’s frozen pie crust which is NOT vegan, but vegan pie crust recipes can be found here and here.)
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 6 T flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 14 apples, peeled, cored and sliced

    • I used red delicious which is why this recipe has less sugar than the original.

Pie Filling

Preheat oven to 425 degrees celcius. In medium bowl, mix oil, flour to a paste. Whisk in water and add in sugars. Transfer the mixture to a small sauce and bring to a boil while stirring occasionally. Boil for about a minute before reducing heat to a simmer (continue to stir) for another five minutes or so. Set aside to cool.

Pie assembly

Arrange lower pie crust in pie pan and arrange apple slices, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice of crust like shown here. Pour pie filling slowly through lattice and bake for 15 minutes in preheated oven. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for another 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven, cool and enjoy!

Helpful tips: Place pies on lowest rack of oven, as close to heating coils as possible. To check if the pies are done, check if the pie filling in the middle is boiling.

Review

We really enjoyed it. Especially paired with soy ice cream! Our favorite part was that it wasn’t overly sweet. I mean, it actually still tasted like apples –a plus in our book.

 

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Review: Hamilton Beach 67650 Big Mouth Pro Juice Extractor

After watching the documentary, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, we decided that juicing might be a nice supplement to our diets and after a few hours of research, we chose to buy the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Pro Juice Extractor. The considerations that went into our decision were ease of cleaning, durability of parts, and of course, how well it extracted juice.

Cleaning

I was NOT about to waste my time with a machine that was complicated to take apart or had lots of tiny nooks and crannies where pulp could hide and cultivate bacteria. The HB Big Mouth Pro had neither. Tear down is as simple as unlatching two things and lifting up the pieces. Not including the pulp collector, which should always be lined with a plastic bag during use, there are just 5 pieces to clean: lid, strainer, food pusher, basket, and juice collector. The machine comes with its own brush for quick cleaning of the strainer, and all four others pieces are dishwasher-safe even though their sleek design, devoid of any pesky hard to reach crevices are easily cleaned by hand.

Durability

I must admit, I have not done any experiments to qualitatively determine the HB Big Mouth Pro’s durability, but all the plastic parts seem sturdy enough, and replacements are easy to purchase from the vendor. It seems as if the only component that would have to withstand some stress are the two latches which are conveniently made of metal.

Function

Naturally, this post would be incomplete without mentioning machine functionality, and I’m happy to say that the HB Big Mouth Pro does well. The true test of how "good" a juice extractor is of course, how well it separates juice from pulp. This is most easily determined by assessing how dry the resulting pulp is and for a machine this inexpensive, the pulp is pretty dry. Maybe its the 1.1 HP motor (similar models have 800 watt motors), but it does its job well.

So overall, I would recommend the product to the beginning juicer who not yet ready to invest upwards of $300 or more dollars into a product they may only use as a passing fad. And at just $70, its also competitively priced.

Pros:

  • Clean-up is quick and easy
  • Motor is strong
  • Unit is nice & compact
  • We’ve had great experiences with Hamilton Beach’s customer service
  • Pulp is fairly dry for a lower end machine

Cons:

  • A larger juice collector would be nice
  • Veggies and fruit must be fed slowly
  • Plastic parts can break easily
  • Moderately loud motor
  • Why is the cord so short?
  • Big Mouth isn’t so big.

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