Yesterday, I inaugurated my new Omega VERT. It is an awesome juicer. My old juicer "juiceman" would hop all around the island when I would attempt to juice hard veggies and was pretty loud. It did help me to introduce me to juicing when I was not a serious juicer. Well, surely juiceman is/was not meant for serious juicing.
Omega VERT is relatively quiet.I did find that fiber is still an issue with veggies like celery and tough greens, especially celery. By the end of juicing my VERT was hot. Am I overworking it? Should I be giving time for it to cool down before resuming?
I juiced 25 lbs of carrots, 3 bunches of beets, 4 bunches of celery, two bunches of dandlion and 2 bunches parsley and some garlic. I got 20 pints of pure unadulterated juice...Slurp!!!My son drank an entire pint without refusing ....isn't he an awesome boy??
My question: Can I keep the juice that I need for the day, out on the counter about 8 hours before? How do you all bring the juice to room temperature?
Thanks for all your inputs in advance..
Yay! I'm glad you like your Vert! Isn't it a lot faster than you thought it'd be?
My Vert got kind of hot too by the time I was finished juicing all my fruit and veggies. I think the manual says if it gets too hot to just give it a rest for a few minutes but to tell the truth, I never did and nothing bad happened.
I was very impressed with how quiet it is too.
Your son is AWESOME! That's great that you aren't going to have a problem with him drinking his juice! Give that boy a gold star lol!
I'm sorry I can't answer the question about leaving the juice out. I woudln't think it would hurt it if it's in a room that isn't really hot but I don't know for sure. I HAVE to have my juice ice cold so all mine goes in the fridge right away. I probably need to learn to drink it not as cold but it's so good icy cold!
I'm looking forward to hearing how your son does once you start the full IP. I'm sure with you coaching him he is going to do FANTASTIC! How could he not with such a loving mom to guide him! Don't get too discouraged if you encounter some bumps in the road, you'll know just what to do when you get to one I'm sure.
The link below shows the results of a gallon of freshly-juiced carrot juice, allowed to sit on the counter for several hours, then refrigerated overnite, and then taken out of the refrigerator to put into smaller jars the next day: http://curezone.com/forums/am.asp?i=1212520
Yep, it was the product of some type of natural fermentation. It was likely very healthy, but there was no way to know if it had been contaminated with a 'bad bacteria or yeast' (and I was pretty freaked out), so to be on the safe-side I threw it out (if in doubt ALWAYS throw it out). Personally? If I'd known then what I know now about natural fermentation and the importance of intestinal microbiota, I likely would have ingested a few tablespoons and waited to 'discern the goodness/badness' (especially since I know that garlic and/or bentonite will kill virtually all forms of food born pathogens). It was probably a wonderful blessing (just in "slime disguise" :) And now that your post reminded me of this experience, when I have the time (eyeroll) I'll dig in deeper to researching fermented carrot juice and see what I can find.
I recommend drinking what we juice immediately, or getting it into canning jars and into the refrigerator (or even freezer) as soon as possible after juicing. We don't want the juice coming into contact with the air (that causes oxidation and less enzymes).
When I was a restaurant manager I had to be 'state certified' in 'food handling/safety'; here's the basics:
Micro-critters that can cause 'food born illness' proliferate between 40 -140 degrees F (hence the temperature range for natural fermentation). All are killed at over 140 degrees and most are killed at less than 40 degrees (some 'go dormant' and can come back to life). So, below 40 and over 140 is basically the "no critter zone". It is very unusual that naturally grown 'quality produce' harbor pathogens that cause 'food-born illness'.
But just the same, I don't recommend leaving juices sitting out at room temperature 'all day' (unless you know what critters you're growing). After juices have been chilled, if one desires to 'warm them up' to room/body temperature, we can put the jar/glass in a bowl of warm water.
Of course, we all know 'right out of the juicer' is optimal - but we also know that Dr. Schulze suggested using the 'canning jar' method :)
I remember reading your carrot slime post. This reminds me of the beet kvass recipe that I tried at my friends house. I never got to try one more batch to see what went wrong nor did I try to drink it. I later read that we are not supposed to grate or finely mince/chop the beets for the kvass because it'll get hard to control the fermentation. My friend was successful in making perfect Kvass when she just chopped them in big chunks. I wanted to incorporate kvass since it's supposed to do the liver good...that's on my "got to try" list and I have no inclination nor energy to experiment on new things now.
I'm planning to make and can juices the previous night for the next day. I was a little concerned about the juicer base getting hot. It took me 3 hours to juice 20 pints. I would rather do one hour of juicing every day than spending three hours. I had to give 2 or 3 breaks inbetween to cool the juicer down.
Willow, I know it'll be okay to run the motor, but you'll never know. What if it conks out and I don't want to spend my time communicating and shipping back and forth, and not having a juicer on hand when I most require it. For the amount of churning it is doing to bring out "pure goodness", I think I should treat it more gently and give it the required rest to cool down.
Willow, my son drinks any amount of juice, water kefir and water but somehow he seems to have enough space for his regular meals. There is a huge tantrum when I keep him away from good healthy food. Pure IP seems a little hard for me now. I'm just going ahead with whatever I can do...I really think his body will begin to crave more juice and I may see him wean himself off of cooked vegan meals. I still think whatever we do, even if isn't Dr S's IP, will still benefit him.
Back to my canned juices....I think I'll just remove them from the refrigerator when required and put it in warm water bath for a few mins to make them less cold.
Thank you! Just wanted to tell you that there are a lot of moms who are doing what they think is BEST to help their kids. Some of them are single moms and I have no idea how they do all that they do. Atleast I have the support of my husband. So, there are a lot of MOM WARRIORS out there doing and giving there all. I just happen to be here...:)
Teresa, You wrote
"I sincerely believe that God, your angels and the Universe, or whomever/whatever you personally believe in, are guiding you on this journey. I wholeheartedly believe it!:)"
LOLOLOLOLOL You know exactly the way I think/write.I think in my case I just had two choices- either worry or do something about it and I almost always choose the latter.. Even though FEAR and WORRY are negative emotions, it has always served my purpose. It makes me jump a few steps ahead in the right direction rather than go backwards. I do feel stuck many many times and it is frustrating. When I get stuck, I wait there patiently rather than move back. Even I have my moments where I feel totally gloomy and down. Then it struck me nothing is permanent. Even the Universe wears a different weather each day/each hour and have their own unpredictable times. So, Why can't we?? So, I celebrate my joys and nurture my spirit, lick my wounds and move on...
I don't feel I'm changing the world, but I do feel like my son came into my life to change me from "Who I am" to "Who I want to be". He changed the path I was heading towards. It is hard to be a mom to a special needs child but I'm sure it is harder for my son to remain where he is...He is my beautiful creation and knowingly or unknowingly I've made some bad choices like vaccines, similac and so on(no guilt here). My labor was also difficult. I think the trumatic birth, pitocin, oxytocin must have jumpstarted his issue and probably that was the time he started spiralling down. I'm just undoing the damage that I might have unknowingly caused with the help of the doctors...thanks to them :(. I believe in destiny, but I also believe that I can beat it when I give my all :).
Loving every bit of my life right now. Everything feels sooooo right...
Since I've not had any experience with other juicers, I'm not able to compare the VERT with others unfortunately. One thing is sure...it did take a loooong time to cool off. Is it this machine or VERT in general...no idea. I'll have to look into it.