Published on October 19th, 2009 | by Greg0
Fresh, Fast, and Juicy: Tribest Green Star 2000
Get out your Birkenstocks and fire up some incense, today we are going to explore the life of hippies! Okay, not really, though there are a lot of people who believe that choosing a healthy diet is the same as being a patchouli-scented love child. In reality more and more people are recognizing the benefits of adding as much fresh fruit and vegetables into their diet as possible. (Bonus points for you if you’re getting your fruits and veggies from a local farmer or growing them yourself!) Eating salads or carrying around whole fruits or whole veggies isn’t always a good option, so we’ve started exploring ways to make it possible to get all of the good nutrition that fresh produce offers in ways that are compatible with a fast-paced lifestyle. We’ve examined one route that many vegetarians, vegans, rawtarians and people who are simply health-conscious go, which is dehydrating food. Today we’re going to look at juicing as another option for portability and variety in your food choices.
The Tribest Green Star 2000 Juicer isn’t the machine for those with a passing interest in juicing, this machine is a commitment to a style of eating in a lot of ways. It’s a substantial machine, weighing a little over 25 pounds, and nearly 18 inches long, meaning it’s needs a bit of room in your kitchen, this isn’t a piece of machinery that can easily be stashed under the cabinet. To get a Green Star 2000 you need to plan on spending between $350 and 400, but it’s money very well spent if you are serious about the food you eat. Not only does the GS 2000 juice fruits and vegetables, it’s also a very effective food processor, giving you the ability to make sorbets, nut butters, baby foods and more using the homogenizing blank that comes with the machine. The homogenizing blank isn’t the only thing that comes with this machine, it actually comes with a full array of juicing and food processing accessories, including a fine and large mesh blank for pulp-free juice, and juice with lots of pulp, a hand strainer, a glass pitcher to store the juice and two plungers, one wood and one plastic, and last, but not least, a brush to clean everything. A five year warranty covers the motor and all of the parts.
Most raw fruits and vegetables contain enzymes and vitamins that have proven health benefits, but often these enzymes are destroyed in commercial processing of produce, pasteurization, for instance. One of the benefits of using a machine like the GS 2000 is that the twin gears that masticate fruits and veggies operate at a low but powerful 110 RPM, which doesn’t create enough heat to destroy vitamins or enzymes. The storage time of the juice is also longer, as the twin gears contain a bio ceramic in combination with powerful magnets to slow down the degradation of the nutrients in the juice. The pulp is ejected automatically, and is dry, which makes clean-up very easy. (Don’t forget to compost the pulp!) We really love that despite being a big machine the GS 2000 operates relatively quietly, and makes very effective use of the entire bit of produce that we put in it. Because the gears crush the plant fibers instead of spinning or tearing them the GS 2000 is well suited for hard roots like carrots, and very fibrous plants like celery and rhubarb. Our favorite juice combination was carrot, ginger, apple and parsley, but the combination possibilities are virtually endless! Wheatgrass was a snap, and we also tried our hand at different nut butters. It was really a treat that the food processing power was as effective as the juicing capability, we really felt like we had two very useful appliances in one.
Without a doubt, the Tribest Green Star 2000 is an investment, but for those who are truly committed to eating fresh foods it’s a worthwhile investment. You can find the GS 2000 directly from Tribest or through many different online retailers, including Amazon.