Some (hopefully) helpful seasonal gift ideas for the lucky vegans in your life.
A nice juicer
A decent juicer is the sine qua non of the vegan household (that’s fancy talk for something indispensible). The fruit smoothie is the signature of the healthy lifestyle these days. Vegan or not, everybody knows fresh fruit juice is the stuff of life. Even the carb-phobic crowd can’t keep up the pretence that fruit is anything other than good for you. And that fruit smoothies don’t taste like heaven in a glass.
Juicers are not for lazy people who can’t be bothered to do it by hand. I used to think that until I got one. Thing is, they get out so much more juice than you can do by hand, and so much easier.
Juicing in general saves you money versus buying fresh juice, of course. With higher quality and more freshness.
And juicing with a juicer saves you time, too.
My favourite juicers happen to be my juicers. I bought the first one first as it was nice and cheap. Then I bought the second to upgrade.
Both are great juicers. Let me ‘splain.
This basically gets every last bit of juice out of citrus fruit. I can do a dozen lemons in no time at all with this (mmm real lemonade). It’s great for small fruits, too, like limes.
Even better, it lets you select whether you want to keep the pulp or not. I like to keep it sometimes and add it to whatever I’m cooking, lentils or whatever.
It’s got a “final spin” feature where it actually squeezes all the remaining juice out of the pulp, a bit like a washing machine. Try doing that by hand!
Its body is stainless steel, and as a unit it looks really nice.
When it runs it’s nice and quiet, and you can have a converstion or just stare out the window and count your blessings.
Just an excellent little machine.
Yep, I know. A lot pricier. Is it worth it though?
Hell yes. This is another level.
I’ll tell you why and try to keep it brief.
Speed – This thing will juice whatever you throw at it in under a minute. I’m not kidding. Oranges, carrots, spinach, just chop or peel it, or don’t and chuck ’em in there, and it does some serious kung fu on this stuff. Awesome. It’s like ten times faster and more powerful than cheaper models of juicer. So if you value your time this juicer will pay for itself over and over.
Juice quantity – pulp is bone dry by the time this thing is done with it, and that’s without putting it through a second time.
It’s sturdy, handles hard leafy greens, and doesn’t dance around or make much noise while it’s doing its thing. And it looks really good.
It’s all round quality. Probably the best juicer on the market.
Or, “is life worth living without french fries?”
I could live on French fries. And actually, I kind of do. That, and pizza.
“Are airfryers any good” is a question I’ve heard once or twice. Well, thing is, there are some vegans who still like to avoid fat and oil. I’m not one of them, but John McDougall is, and he likes to say “the fat you eat is the fat you wear.” Again, I don’t live by this, but if I did probably the first thing I would go out and buy would be an airfyer. And it would more than likely be this one:
Why this one? Because it’s the original airfryer, and it seems to still be the best.
Also a friend has one, and loves it. I’ve used it too, and it makes great french fries.
But you can do all sorts of stuff – aubergine (that’s eggplant to North Americans), courgette (that’s zucchini to… I don’t know, some people), onion rings, bean burritos and so on.
Any veg works well air-fried. You can do it with fruit too, but let’s not get carried away here.
It uses 75% less oil than deep frying. It’s got a “starfish” design which apparently is the secret behind its even and quick results. Very mysterious.
7 million of these puppies have been sold, so it must have something going for it.
For this, let me direct you to my review.
Manual coffee grinder
Vegan t shirts and tops
A few nice vegan tops caught my eye recently. Nothing wrong with a bit of promotion of the lifestyle.
This is pretty cool:
Vagitarian. ‘Nuff said.
On that refined note, happy Christmas shopping!