the best food dehydrator on the market . . . part 1 of 3

Today I’m telling you about one of my favorite tools for incorporating fantastic plant-food nutrition into your diet.   This is my favorite appliance, second only to the BlendTec Total Blender.   It’s the Excalibur dehydrator, my “oven,” the best rated food dehydrator in the world.   See if the person who loves you most wants to get you this for Christmas:


You can buy cheaper food dryers.   The cheap ones do not have temperature controls, unfortunately, so if you’re going to buy one of the small, Walmart-type brands, you’ll have to vent by opening up the trays, and use a thermometer to try to control the heat to not go above 116 degrees.


But you truly can’t buy one better for preserving the nutrition in raw foods than Excalibur’s.   If you have a family, you can also make big batches because the 3000 models have nine trays, so you can dry several recipes at once, or doubled/tripled batches.


Excalibur is not only the gold standard in dehydrating, but the company knows raw food well and is used and endorsed by all the pre-eminent raw foodists (Cousens, Boutenko, Kulvinskas, and more).   Dehydrating is the best way to preserve the essential properties of fruits and vegetables, and those are ENZYMES, VITAMINS, and MINERALS.   It’s also a great way to preserve the summer harvest and stock up your pantry with LIVE food.

GreenSmoothieGirl Nutrition Quiz: new! improved! interactive!

Here it is, at last, the refined quiz to test how excellent,  energy promoting, and disease preventing  your diet is.   It should identify ways you can improve, and of course you know that  EVERY  ONE of those ways  is addressed in 12 Steps to Whole Foods.   It’s interactive, so your score is totalled automatically-it will take you two minutes!

Take the GreenSmoothieGirl nutrition quiz.

Some of you beta tested this quiz  a couple of months ago and gave me feedback through email and comments on the blog.   I believe this would be the nutritional equivalent of what we call in academia “rigorous.”   That is, it demands a lot of you.   It isn’t going to tell you, like the USDA will, that you’re doing well if you mix in a salad now and then.

It does, however, give you extra credit to cover for some of your nutritional sins.   I have carefully considered, based on the volumes of data available, HOW important each area of nutrition is, and I have weighted questions accordingly within the 100 points.

I would like to hear from some of you lurkers!   It’s so easy to comment-you don’t even have to register in order to comment on this, my blog,  I think.   If anyone beats my score, and I’m sure someone will because some raw foodies read this, please let us all know!   (If anyone’s mad because the quiz doesn’t give them the score you believe you deserve, feel free to sound off here, too!)

My score is 97.

Here it is again:

Last comments about WHY BUY BLENDTEC rather than VitaMix

By the way, a nice thing about having two machines (or three, like I have) is that as a GSG evangelist, you want to lend someone a machine. I *always* have my second VM lent out. For a while my cleaning lady had it while she saved for her own, and currently my teaching assistant, Parker, has it, because he’s a Brigham Young University wide receiver and needs more energy. It’s usually one of my starving university students who identifies himself as having health problems or an interest in nutrition I lend it to. You cannot believe how many of my students (average age: 21) have Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, chronic constipation or diarrhea, energy problems, Epstein Barr, brain tumor, energy problems, and much more. Every semester I have one or two bring me the university form to show me they have a disability related to chronic, diet-related health problems. It’s the university’s way of saying, “Sometimes this student can’t even get out of bed, so please be understanding and work with her.”

I’ve never had one of them start making GS  who didn’t have a very exciting improvement in health problems.
So, to summarize:

BlendTec vs. VitaMix (which are the same price):

BlendTec’s square container design has a wide base allowing you to scrape the food out easily, avoiding wasted food like the VM causes, which drives me nuts when I make something thick. The BlendTec fits under your kitchen counter, unlike the very tall VM. It travels so much more easily than the VM because the base is more compact and fits neatly in a suitcase. It doesn’t require you to muscle the food in physically with the tamper–centrifugal force does the work. It blends grain into flour without requiring you to purchase a separate $80 “dry” container. If you have a big family, you can get an extra-large container if you want, only with BlendTec. The blade on the BlendTec has a lifetime warranty, which is huge since if you use it a lot, blades eventually dull. Last but not least, it’s just more powerful–3 hp compared to VM’s 2.5.

I want EVERYONE to have this very important tool, which I consider not just the coolest and most important thing I own in my kitchen, but the coolest and most important thing I own, PERIOD.


BlendTec Warranty: my response, and BlendTec’s . . . part 2 of 2


From:         Blendtec

Date:           8/29/2008

Re:                   Blendtec Warranty Information

Blendtec home blender warranty FAQ’s


Question – Is there any restriction on the number of times a machine can be used during the warranty period?


Answer – NO. There is no cycle restriction on the home machine warranty. It can be used many times per day without any concern about going over a usage limit. Some may be confusing the warranty for a commercial machine with the home warranty, but they are two different things.


Question – How is Blendtec’s home warranty different from other manufacturers?


Answer – Comparing warranty coverage across different types of machines with different features and components is a little like trying to compare apples to oranges. But when compared to similar home machines which utilize current technologies, Blendtec has a standard three year warranty on the critical motor and electronic components, whereas other small appliance manufacturers only offer a 90 day or perhaps a one-year warranty for machines costing almost as much as a Blendtec.


Some don’t offer any warranty at all on the jar or drive shaft, which are key components in a blender’s function, but Blendtec offers a one-year warranty on the blender jar, and a lifetime warranty on the blade and drive socket. And if a jar should need to be replaced after the warranty period, Blendtec’s jar is less than half the cost of other high end machines. Some manufacturers don’t even offer replacement parts, so if a jar goes bad, the entire machine is a loss. Not so with Blendtec.

Blendtec makes the world’s strongest blenders and has had machines in constant use for decades. The return percentage for machines needing repair is among the lowest in the industry. Blendtec’s machines are Made in the USA using the highest quality components and materials. Blendtec is a continuous improvement company which means as new technology or production processes become available, Blendtec’s engineering department incorporates those changes into every product it sells.


Some companies which rely on outdated technology and don’t offer the state-of-the-art machines that Blendtec does may have longer warranties, but they don’t offer the value, power, and functions that a Blendtec machine has.  


When you’re talking about processing whole foods, raw fruits and vegetables, whole grains, or ice, just ask the important question “Will It Blend?”, and with a Blendtec blender the answer is “Yes, it blends!”


comments on BlendTec warranty, from me and BlendTec . . . part 1 of 2

I read some comments about BlendTec and VitaMix warranties on my blog when I returned from my long vacation. You can easily read the 7 reasons why I chose to promote the BlendTec Total Blender, instead of VitaMix (though I own both), here: Okay, it’s really 6 reasons, because the last one is pretty stupid. But I’m adding another one (as soon as my newly hired webmaster comes on), and that is how much easier it is to get stuff out of the bottom of the BlendTec canister! (I always wasted stuff using the VM, which is terribly narrow at the bottom where the blades are.)

If I wanted to, I could promote both companies on this site. I’m going to focus on the positives of the one I chose rather than the negatives of any other. I have a strong conviction about the integrity of BlendTec, a company headquartered here near my home. I know the employees all the way up to David Beck, the president, and worked with one of the authors of the “Will It Blend” campaign when we were both fresh out of college. These folks are phenomenal, on a perpetual quest to provide the best products in the world in the home appliance industry. When I send David an email with a question, I get a phone call from him within five minutes.

About the warranty, David Beck told me about a commercial shop he works with who says they burned out 20 VitaMix machines and only 2 BlendTec machines in the same time period. I believe it. Although I like my VitaMix (I have two of them, and owned them long before I found BlendTec), I have had to send mine in for repair a number of times. Not so my BlendTec machine. I like that the BlendTec automatic shutoff prevents the machine from burning up (I have burned up my VitaMix motor before, twice).

Dave says their experience is that if you are going to have a problem with your machine, it is right away, not three years after purchase. Comparing the length of the warranty on two different companies’ machines is somewhat pointless, since the machines are not equal. You need a long warranty if you’re not confident your purchase will last.

To address John’s confusion about limitations on the cycles within the warranty, which he recently posted, tomorrow I will post a memo BlendTec wrote me.

relieving constipation . . . part 3 of 9 on ELIMINATION

When I was 25, I was in the middle of a period of having left behind the solid nutritional education and background I’d come from.   I was at work one winter day, and I was totally sick.   I was 20 lbs. over my current weight  (at age 41), lacking energy every day, unable to conceive for several years—but THAT day I was downright ill.   I told my boss I was going home, but on the way home I stopped at Dr. Christoper’s Herb Shoppe (now just called The Herb Shoppe) in Orem, Utah.   I went in  to buy  a Champion Juicer to get started on my new health kick, because I remember that being a fixture in my grandmother’s kitchen as she beat cancer.

Interestingly, the employee there, an older woman, was doing a demo of the juicer at that moment.   (That was my first time in that store, but 15+ years later, I believe she still works there!)   She was telling everyone how she and her husband had measured their poop!   They scooped it out of the toilet, placed it on newspaper end to end, and measured it to see if it was 18″ long like it should be.   She said, “You should be eliminating from here to here, every day!”   (She held up her arm and pointed to the length from her elbow to the tips of her fingers.)

My jaw was on the floor.   I was horrified.   “I am so outta here,” I thought.   (Some of you are thinking the same thing, reading this blog series.)   Couldn’t wait to see DH that night and mock the wacko at the health food store.   (He still brings it up and makes jokes.)   I did, however, stop to buy the juicer as I bolted for the door, muttering under my breath.

My, how things have changed.   Not that we’re quite as intimate with elimination as the demo employee was, nor as earnestly open. But, DH is the only one making jokes about it now.   And I know that while some will be saying “Ewwww!” and mocking this blog, it’s just because they’re not ready.   (“YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!” haha)

But really, I’m telling the truth here because even if this sounds like lunacy to some now, talking about poop and cleansing and stuff, I think someday you might feel quite differently about it.   The health food store lady planted a seed, helped me a lot actually, even if it was a few years later when I began to learn and embrace what she already knew and I couldn’t handle at the time.

Next we talk about chronic constipation, laxatives, intestinal gas, and colon cleansing.