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As I was slicing onions and tomatoes a few moments ago, I kept thinking that EVERYONE needs a ceramic knife and I really need to tell people about them. Then I started ranking the things in my kitchen that I’m so grateful for, and that make eating healthy SO much easier. It was a toss-up between my ceramic knife and my Blendtec for first place. They both get used daily and I absolutely love them both!
Our Blendtec is one of our most used items. We’ve had our Blendtec Blender for about four years now and honestly don’t know how we lived without it before. A nice blender is a must for healthy eating in my opinion. It can make smoothies, fresh juice, ice cream, nut butters, nut milks, milkshakes, cappuccinos, margaritas, soups, sauces, bread dough, dressings, salsas and more! We were gifted the wildside jar last year and it is definitely a must have if you are going to get the blender.
I only have one ceramic knife and it is the first thing I always reach for any cutting/chopping job. I feel like I’m on a commercial when I cut through tomatoes because it works that well. I have all Wusthof and Henckels knives, which are high-end knives, and they just don’t compare-even freshly sharpened! My ceramic knife is a Kyocera 6 1/4 blade. I have no experience with other sizes or brands but I am in love with this one. One of the draw backs for ceramic is that it is more fragile than steel knives. That’s what kept me from trying them for years, because I am a little clumsy. So far I haven’t had a problem. I just wash it and put it away in its own spot after I use it.
Our juicer is used at least once a day by either my husband or me. He likes to come home from working and make himself a juice. I offer to make them for him but he refuses. I think he rather enjoys the process. We juice everything you can think of from green juices full of kale, cucumber, cilantro, ginger and carrots to juicing whole watermelons straight from our garden. We have tried many juicers like I mentioned in my post “How to Select a Juicer,” and we absolutely love Our Omega Vert 330.
Next is my Salad Shooter. Yep! I use it often to slice veggies into small pieces to incorporate into our meals or just to make them easier for my children to nibble on throughout the day. As I mentioned in my post “Lets Talk Snacks” I like to slice carrots and cucumbers and pickle them in a little raw vinegar and I use my salad shooter for the perfect slices.
I don’t use my Excalibur Dehydrator near as much as I used to, but I still use it and am glad it’s part of my kitchen arsenal. I make kale chips, dried apples, and dehydrate the leftover pulp from nut milks and blend it into flour. I have the five tray and I highly recommend going for the 9 tray if you are going to get one. When I dehydrate something I want to dehydrate a lot of it.