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Fermented Pepper Hot Sauce Will Knock Your Socks Off

Fermented Pepper Hot Sauce Will Knock Your Socks Off

fermented pepper hot sauce

Fermentation of hot sauce is a simple process done at home. At Jar Kitchen, we’re huge fans of hot sauce, any and all kinds. In this post we cover everything you need to know to make your own fermented pepper hot sauce.

Adding a quarter onion or substituting bell peppers for a few jalapenos and serrano could help tone down the heat while maintaining the fermented taste. Naturally, other peppers can be used instead of jalapenos, although thin peppers may require the addition of another pepper to have enough sugars for microbial digestion.

Feel free to fiddle about with it, whatever you like.

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Making Fermented Hot Sauce? Follow These Steps

Step 1: Pick Your Style

To make your fermented pepper hot sauce, you’ll need to make many subtle decisions regarding what ingredients you use, how they’re prepared, and how they affect the final product. As a result, it’s a good idea to have a general notion of what kind of hot sauce you want to make before you get started. Consider the following broad categories:

  • Louisiana-Style Fermented Sauces
  • Mexican-Style Sauces
  • Thick Commercial-Style Sauces
  • Fermented Serrano Hot Sauce
  • Other Styles: To cap it all off, you have access to an almost infinite variety of sauces that aren’t necessarily associated with a particular brand or category. Hot pepper mashes and pastes, such as gochujang, yuzu kosho, and doubanjiang, are examples of broken hot sauces that might be chunky or not emulsified.

Step 2: You should select from a variety of Chili Peppers.

As far as flavor and texture are concerned, your choice of peppers will have a significant impact.

Consider Fermented Serrano Hot Sauce

Serrano peppers in our opinion make a great fermented hot sauce. Their unique flavor, amazing texture and the taste sensation afforded by the fermentation process make it a GREAT condiment.

fermented serrano hot sauce

No matter which way you go, the more deliberate approach is preferable on occasion.

Fermented Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe

If you’re looking for a fermented habanero hot sauce recipe, check out our popular post on Fermented Habanero Hot Sauce.

Fresh Peppers Versus Dry Peppers for Fermented Hot Sauce

To begin, select fresh peppers with the most significant microbial potential. Find peppers that haven’t been treated with pesticides, waxed, or irradiated, all of which inhibit the growth of lactic acid bacteria.

Regardless of the type of peppers you choose, the most important thing is to taste them. Tasting helps you assess various factors and hints about the sauce’s future processing. Fresh peppers come in multiple flavors, textures, and heat levels. Listed below are a few elementary, yet crucial, considerations:

Spice Level of Fermented Pepper Hot Sauce

The heat of a chili pepper is one of the first things you need to know. Cayenne and Thai bird chilies are among the spiciest. Making a sauce comprised of hotter peppers like the Carolina Reaper will certainly be intolerable unless you’re a masochist. Cooking with hot peppers isn’t for the faint-hearted. Choosing a lesser chili pepper will give you a hot sauce with a more pure chile pepper flavor.

Thick or Thin Skin

The skin’s thickness is the primary concern you’ll notice about a chili pepper when you open it. Chilies like habanero, Fresno, and jalapeo are easy to chew because of their thin walls. It can be challenging to mix the hard outer peel of some peppers, such as cayenne or Anaheim chilies, and the result will be an unpleasant final texture. Smoother sauces made with thin-skinned peppers require less blending, and chunkier, broken-style hot sauces also benefit from their use. It’s possible to achieve a similar texture by peeling, straining, or pulverizing thick-skinned peppers.

Thick or Thin Wall

The pepper wall is the percentage of meat to membrane and seeds. Jalapeno chilies have thick walls and a lot of water. Without adding liquid, thick-walled peppers tend to be juicy and watery when chopped or blended.

Seeds and Membrane

Chili peppers bear either seeds or pithy white membranes, depending on the kind. On the other hand, the sources do not contribute to the pepper’s smoky flavor. However, Chile seeds can be unpleasant and abrasive when used in enormous amounts. White pithy peppers can make a sauce bitter. Remove the seeds and pith from the fruit before fermentation to eliminate the bitterness. If this is not the case, you can remove part of the seedy grain by draining the sauce after being prepared.

Actual Flavor of Fermented Hot Sauce Peppers

It’s important to distinguish the pepper’s genuine flavor from its spiciness, which brings us bitterness. Unripe peppers have a more harsh and grassy flavor than ripe peppers. Ripe peppers that are orange, red, or yellow tend to taste sweeter and more fruity than green or brown. Most people assume that chile peppers are all heat, but chile peppers can have a distinct flavor and aroma like any other fruit.

Step 3: Get them Ready

You’ve picked your peppers, whether it’s just one variety or a mix of many. Preparation and processing follow. Peppers should be rinsed and dried at the very least to remove any wax or dirt that may have remained on them. Removing woody stems is the next step, as they have a terrible taste and feel (at best, they’re bitter). Peel and de-seed the peppers with a vegetable peeler or paring knife if they are unusually thick-skinned or seedy.

Step 4: It’s time to look at a few backup players

In making fermented hot sauce, additional ingredients are added during the first stage of fermentation. You can include vegetables and aromatics such as carrots, beets, garlic, and onions, and sweet fruits like berries. In many cases, these additives are used to counterbalance the sauce’s heat and flavor.

Step 5: Pack and Ferment

Using a food-safe plastic or glass container with a tight-fitting lid is ideal. Wide containers are often less feasible because of the higher surface area exposed to the air at the top.

Simply dumping the salt brine into the vessel completes the process. It’s best to avoid air pockets by compressing the mash thoroughly inside the jar. Less oxygen at the beginning of fermentation means better and more efficient fermentation. Make sure there’s room for your head in the pot too. During fermentation, the mash rises to the top of the container.

Read more about the Lacto Fermentation Process

Step 6: Monitor and Wait

You’ve got it all worked out. An airlock has been used to keep the contents of your jar secure. Only wait for the microorganisms to do their job, and you’ll be done. However, how can you ensure that your fermentation is a success? Some things to keep an eye out for are:


There’s a lot written about the “optimal” fermentation temperature. In reality, most individuals prefer the temperature of their kitchen countertop.

When Will the Fermented Pepper Hot Sauce Be Ready?

Fermentation takes 7-14 days on average to complete. It happens faster at higher temperatures. Finally, there are two dependable ways to assess if the ferment is edible. First, use pH strips or a pH meter to check pH. According to the FDA, an acidified food’s natural pH should be 4.6 or lower. A pH of 4.2 or lower is considered safe by most commercial hot sauce makers. Experts say a pH 3.4 or lower is the preferred pH for shelf-stable homemade sauces.

You can also taste your ferment for acidity. Every day for a week, open the jar and try a little bit of everything. “As long as it’s acidic,” Shockey says. “My palette has never erred. Sourness and acidity are common outcomes of fermentations. No need to worry about it.”

Step 7: Post-Fermentation Processing

You’re almost there. Step-by-step instructions have been followed, and the pH of your peppers has been maintained at or below 4.0. Surely we can throw everything in the blender and be done with it? There’s more to it than meets the eye.

Before blending, it’s a good idea to remove some or all of the brine from the peppers you’ve fermented. To avoid this, you may end up with a watery or thin hot sauce that lacks flavor. All that is needed to make a basic hot sauce is a small amount of brine mixed with fermented peppers (and anything else you might have added to the mix at the beginning). Depending on the amount of brine and the degree of blending, these sauces can have a range of textures, from coarse and runny to smooth and thick.

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Step 8: Flavors to Add to Fermented Pepper Hot Sauce

Seasonings and consistency-adjustment additives are the two most common types of additives. When added to the mix, these additives are intended to enhance flavor or texture.


Salt is a natural seasoning. Adding salt to a hot sauce often brings out the underlying tastes, especially when fermenting at low salt concentrations.

Vinegar is another possibility. Its acetic acid content, which is harsher and more intense than lactic acid, gives it a more substantial, more intense acidity. While LAB fermentation adds funk and depth, a little bottled vinegar can enhance the natural edge. Finally, adding vinegar lowers the sauce’s pH (to 3.4), improving shelf stability.

Seasonings such as soy sauce, miso, or fish sauce are more upscale options. Salt and a spicy complexity are added to the sauce using these components; they can also be highly potent, so take caution.

Step 9: Storage of Fermented Pepper Hot Sauce

Refrigeration is the most excellent way to keep your sauce fresh. Heat treating the sauce (which kills any potential fermenting bacteria) before bottling and capping it with an airtight seal (albeit heat can modify the sauce’s flavor) is an option. You can also use preservatives like potassium sorbate and sulfite to destroy bacteria.

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The Keto Diet Explained Simply

The Keto Diet, Explained Simply

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We’ve all heard of the keto diet, but what exactly is it? In this article, we break it down so simply an 8th grader can read it. The keto diet is a great way to rapidly lose weight loss, and includes many delicious foods that make dieting much easier, like all the cheese and fat you want 😉

Read on to discover all things about the keto diet, explained in a way that will allow you to wrap your head around it.

A quick “keto” explanation

Let’s break this down simply, in three points.

  • Keto is short for ketosis.
  • Ketosis is an internal state in your body, when your liver burns ketones for energy.
  • Ketones are simply fat stored in your blood.

Period. That’s it. Keto is when your liver is burning fat for energy instead of carbohydrates.

What does it mean to be in ketosis?

Ketosis is when your body is actively burning ketones for energy. When the body is in ketosis, you’ll have fats that are circulating in your blood that convert to glucose (blood sugar) via the liver. Think of it this way, if you ate fat and nothing but fat… your would have fat circulating in the blood (in the form of ketones). Those ketones, once they hit your liver, get converted into glucose  for energy. Because the liver is doing more work to convert fat for fuel, it’s studies have shown that the keto diet is good for fatty liver disease.

Use Keto Strips to Test

You can buy keto strips to test if your body is in a state of ketosis. This allows you to closely monitor carbohydrate intake to make sure you don’t slip out of ketosis.

A Keto Diet Explanation

  • 70-75% healthy fats
  • 15-20% protein of any kind
  • 5-10% complex carbs

The ketosis or “keto” diet is a diet consists mostly of fat, with some protein, and very few carbs. The objective of the diet is to get the body into a state of ketosis so your body burns skeletal fat for energy quicker than it normally would. Generally, the recommended breakdown of the macro nutrient intake is above.

Let’s break that down more for you.

What is in a keto diet?

You’re probably curious to know what’s in a keto diet. Since the liver needs ketones to be in ketosis, you need to eat a lot of fats. When we say a lot, we mean A LOT. Think, olive oil, avocado oil, mayo. That’s all okay on the keto diet. But to keep your cholesterol down, you want to stick to healthy fats that increase HDL and lower LDL for heart health.

Suggested Fats To Eat

The following fats should be added liberally to your diet. You can’t really overdue these:

  • Avocado oil
  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Grass Fed Butter
  • Heavy cream

The following fats should be eaten in moderation: sunflower oil, safflower oil, and corn-based oils. It’ll be easy to avoid these foods if you avoid packaged foods, as that is where they are found.

Suggested Proteins on Keto

The following proteins should be eaten often, as they have a lot of healthy fats.

  • Grass-fed beef patties and steaks
  • Eggs, Eggs, Eggs – Whole eggs!
  • Fish, especially salmon and non-smoked sardines
  • Chicken (dark meat)

Bacon, and low fat protein like skinless chicken and shrimp proteins, should be eaten in moderation. If you do eat them, you better eaten with something fatty on top 😛

Suggested Carbohydrates for Keto

Since keto is extremely low carb, you definitely want to get most of your carbohydrates from vegetables. Low glycemic carbs, like leafy greens, have the smallest impact on your blood sugar levels. Try these:

  • Kale
  • Asparagus
  • Celery
  • Spinach

Other good vegetables to eat in moderation include leaks, squash and eggplant.

Consume Many Nuts

Nuts, which are high in fat and have anti-inflammatory benefits helping fight off disease, are a staple on the keto diet.

  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Flaxseed
  • Chia Seeds

Keto Friendly Dairy

The BEST part about keto is that you can eat as much of certain cheese as you want 🙂

Remember, since fats are such a staple in the keto diet, you want to have fattier dairy products too. Here are the best keto cheese you can eat liberally.

  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Feta Cheese
  • Bleu Cheese

Full-fat cottage cheese, ricotta and plain Greek yogurt are great options as well, though in moderation.

What to avoid on keto?

Half the battle of Keto is knowing what not to eat. Here is a quick shortlist to stay the course with your diet. These are the foods to avoid on keto:

Fats to Avoid

  • Margarine
  • Artificial trans fats should never be consumed.
  • These are horrible for your cholesterol levels.

Proteins to Avoid

  • Junk processed meats (i.e. SPAM)
  • Never eat lunch meat
  • Processed foods like chicken nuggets
  • Marinated meat loaded with sugar.

Carbohydrates to Avoid

  • Sugars, no matter what.
  • Potatoes
  • Corn
  • Raisins
  • Most fruits
  • Ice cream or anything sugary
  • Milk

If you’re really jonesing for something sweet, check out what Keto Friendly Starbucks Drinks you can have.

A Summary of the Keto Diet Explanation

The skinny on the keto diet is that it’s mainly a fat based diet, to allow your liver to burn fat instead of carbs. When your body burns fat by consuming fat, it tricks the liver into burning skeletal fat. That’s why the diet works so well for weight loss.

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Keto Weight Loss First Week: What to Expect

Keto Weight Loss First Week: What to Expect

keto weight loss first week

Almost all of us have heard of the keto diet, and have seen its wonders work first hand on ourselves and others. The way it sheds abdominal fast so quickly, clears up the skin, and focuses the mind. But getting to that amazing state comes with it’s own set of challenges, like temptation, being super “hangry”, and even something known as the “Keto Flu”. So read on to quickly learn what keto is, and what you can expect with keto weight loss, first week and beyond.

If you’re familiar with keto, you can skip this next section.

What is Ketosis?

Ketosis is when the body enters a state where the liver begins processing fat for energy, instead of sugar.

Why Does Keto Work?

There are a few main reasons weight loss by keto dieting works, and it’s weight loss effects come from the stabilization of insulin levels.

Stabilizes Insulin Levels

By reducing your carbohydrate intake and increasing “no carb” vegetables, you reduce the need for insulin. Without carbs, insulin isn’t needed to deliver blood sugars to your muscles, organs and other tissues. Low insulin levels means stable insulin levels, which enables the body to optimize fat loss for energy.

Low Insulin Levels Shrink Fat Cells

The process of fat burning for energy is called ketosis. When the body enters ketosis, it begins to use fats for energy. Those fats come directly from the cells where they are stored, meaning the fat cells shrink in size. Interesting to note however, the fat cell itself does not go away… it just gets smaller.

New Fat Can’t Be Created In a Low Insulin Environment

Another powerful effect low, stabilized insulin levels have on weight loss is that new fat cells cannot be created in a low insulin environment. Given other fat cells shrink, and the body cannot store new fat, the result is rapid weight loss in a short period of time.

How Long Does Keto Take to Work?

As mentioned in the subsection above, keto has a “double” effect on weight loss. First is that the stabilized insulin levels shrink existing fat cells, and also prevent the creation of new ones. But getting there isn’t always easy. Here is what you can expect with keto during your first week, especially if you’re a beginner.

1-2 Hours from your Last Carb (Kiss It Goodbye):

You might be getting hungry if you’re like most people, but by this time your pancreas is also slowing down production of insulin, for any remaining carbohydrates that are being digested.

3-5 Hours: Insulin Levels Drop

Within 3-5 hours of eating, insulin levels in the blood drop, as most carbs from the last meal have been successfully delivered (by way of glucose and insulin), to your muscles, organs, and other tissues.

14-20 Hours: Body Enters Ketosis

Within 14-20 hours of fasting, the body enters ketosis. You can kickstart ketosis by fasting a few hours after a meal, working out, and continuing to fast for a few more hours. But generally speaking, a 14 hour fast should kick in ketosis. Eat dinner by 7pm, go for a walk before bed, and by 11am the next day, you’ll be entering ketosis (provided you haven’t eaten!).

24-72 Hours: Serious Water Weight is Lost

Within a day or two, you’ll start to notice you’re slightly lighter in the pants and on the scale. Don’t get too excited just yet, as that’s mostly water weight. You see, for every gram of carbohydrates you eat your body stores some water. The rough mathematical breakdown of this is that for every 144g of carbs, your body will store one pound of water! To put that into perspective, a piece of cheese pizza has 42g of carbs. If you have 3-4 pieces of pizza, you’ll put on about a pound of water weight.

Day 2-3: Keto Flu (aka Low Carb Flu)

It doesn’t happen for everyone, but a common side effect is keto flu (also known as low carb flu). This is basically a miserable, grumpy feeling from not eating carbs (carbs and sugar make us happy… and without them we are haaaangry). See the section below, Symptoms of Keto Flu, to better know what to expect.

Days 4-6: Keto Flu Subsides, Mental & Gut Clarity Attained

By the end of day 4 or 5, your keto flu will subside. The body will just become use to ketosis, and processing ketones (fats in the blood) for energy. This is when you begin to crave fats, like avocados, whole eggs and pork rinds (yes, pork rinds are keto friendly). Many people begin to notice their newfound state of mental clarity, and by now their “bowels” seem to have regulated and are used to a low carb diet.

Days 7 & Beyond: Rapid Weight Loss, Liver Efficiency

Once you get to day 7, you’ll see why the keto diet is so popular. While the long term effects of the diet have yet to be determined, the short term effects of the keto diet have created a cult-like following. It’s undeniable that people feel better, look better, sleep better, and think better when they’re grooving in keto. A big part of the “feel good” aspect is that the bowels have regulated and the liver is now efficient in processing ketones for energy.

Better Understanding Your First Week of Keto

Now that you have a good timeline of what to expect, below is some more detail on what to expect with certain key points in the beginning of your journey.

Symptoms of the Keto Flu

The keto flu is really just a series of everyday annoyances that all happen at once:

  • Headaches
  • Foggy brain
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Constipation

Once the liver hits efficiency and begins to optimize burning ketones for fuel, the side effects subside.

First Week of Keto Weight Loss

As mentioned above, significant water weight is lost in the first few days after “going keto”. The reason why is that without carbs, the body doesn’t store nearly as much water in the cells. When the body stores carbohydrates for fuel (as glucose or glycogen), it needs water to process all that energy. Processing fats doesn’t require nearly as much water, so the water weight loss happens almost right away, within 1-2 days.

As for losing fat, this happens once the body hits efficiency with burning fats for energy. But the amount of weight you lose in your first week on keto really depends on so many different factors, like:

  • Age
  • Weight
  • Body Size
  • Obesity Levels
  • Existing Carb Intake
  • Workout Regimen
  • Body Type
  • Genetics
  • Discipline to stay the course with the diet

However, keep in mind that for the first week of keto, weight loss will vary from person to person.

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Average Weight Loss First Week of Keto

Given all the factors that influence how much you’ll lose, it’s tough to see what the average weight loss first week of keto might be. Many have reported losing anywhere from 1-10 pounds, depending on how big you are (the bigger you are, the more you’ll lose).

Conclusion: First Week of Keto, and Beyond

The ketogenic diet is a great way to enter ketosis and burn fat for energy instead of carbs. This allows you to live an amazing and healthy life without the need to eat carbohydrates. Without carbs, weight loss is dramatically accelerated. While we can’t say how many pounds you will lose in your first week of keto, we can tell you that you will feel different after 7 days if you stay the course on the diet.


Do No Carb Vegetables Exist?

Do No Carb Vegetables Exist?

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Vegetables are a great source of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and fiber. If you’re looking to increase the amount of healthy foods in your diet, vegetables are a great way to do that because of their low caloric content. Some vegetables have carbohydrates, while others have nearly zero. Many others are completely starch free, helping with weight loss and blood sugar. In this post, we look at some low to no carb vegetables, and for your convenience, have compiled some lists of no starch vegetables.

Carbs vs. Net Carbs

Calculating carbohydrates in vegetables is similar to calculating carbohydrates in any other food. You must find the amount of dietary fiber in order to find the net carbs. For example, if you eat a piece of bread with 25g of carbohydrates, but the bread has 3g of dietary fiber, then the net carb intake is 22g. If you’re limiting yourself to a certain amount of carbs per day, look at the net amount and not the total amount. The 22g in this example would constitute the amount toward your daily total.

One thing for certain, if you’re looking for no carb vegetables, is to stay away from starchy vegetables. Vegetables with starch, like potatoes, usually have the highest carbohydrate content. Below is a list of no starch vegetables.

Do No Carb Vegetables Actually Exist?

The short answer here is no. ALL plants, including fruits and veggies, have some carbohydrates in them. But when you factor in the dietary fiber, many vegetables are very close to net zero carbs. Given the recommended daily carbohydrate intake is over 100g, eating many low carb vegetables will give you enough carbs to have some energy, while filling you up.

Interested in a low carb life? Check out our latest, Is Keto Healthy?

Zero Carb Vegetables List

Once you factor in the dietary fiber, many vegetables are about as close as you can get to a no carbohydrate vegetable. The ultimate zero carb vegetables list includes cucumbrs, green onions, mustard greens, bok choy, collard greens, swiss chard, escarole, lettuce, spinach, arugula and watercress.

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Vegetables with Less Than One Carb

As you can see from the above list, these vegetables get as close to zero carbs as possible. To really reduce carb intake while packing in a power punch of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, focus on the vegetables that have less than one carb:

  • Mustard Greens
  • Bok Choy
  • Collard Greens
  • Swiss Chard
  • Escarole
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Watercress

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List of No Starch Vegetables (Low Carb)

Below is a list of the most common, readily available no starch vegetables. Also just because a vegetable has no starch, does not mean it’s “carb free”. We note in parenthesis which no starch vegetables have sugar.

  • Artichoke hearts
  • Asparagus
  • Baby corn
  • Beans (green, wax, Italian)
  • Bean sprouts
  • Beets (be careful, beets have a lot of sugar!)
  • Bok Choy
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots (starch free, but have sugar!)
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Hearts of palm
  • Kale, mustard greens, collard greens
  • Lettuce, romaine, spinach, arugula, etc.
  • Mushrooms
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Pea pods
  • Peppers
  • Radishes
  • Sprouts
  • Squash and zucchini
  • Swiss chard
  • Tomato
  • Turnips

Not with the beets and carrots, just because a vegetables is considered a no starch vegetable, doesn’t mean it has low carbs. Beets and carrots have sugar in them. If you’re looking for no starch vegetables and no carbohydrate vegetables, you want o reference the list below which is starch free and sugar free.

More from JarKitchen! Easy Low Carb Meals

Ways to Cook No Carbohydrate Vegetables

Depending on the vegetable, there are many different ways to cook them. Generally, low to no carb vegetables need spruced up, and a lot. You can never go wrong with garlic and ginger, salt and black pepper. This gives it a much more robust flavor, making vegetables tastier and delicious. You can also maximize your nutrient uptake in the following ways:

Cook Zero Carb Vegetables With Healthy Fats

Vegetables cooked with healthy fats tend to denature the nutrients a bit, but you absorb more of whatever nutrients are left over. The lipids in the fat help the body absorb more of the nutrients in vegetables. Using a healthy fat with a high burn temperature (i.e. avocado oil) is a great way to go, versus something with a low burn temperature like olive oil. If you want to add unadulterated olive oil at the end once you’ve cooked them, that’s another great way to help absorption.

Sprinkle Herbs & Seasonings on No Carb Veggies

Cooking vegetables is a great excuse to sprinkle in herbs for an added health boost. We love to add the following to all of our cooked vegetables:

  • Black pepper and tumeric
  • Garlic salt
  • Oregeno
  • Cayenne
  • Nutritional yeast

Use Nutritional Yeast for Cheesy Flavor

Nutritional yeast is a great way to pack in extra vitamins, minerals and nutrients. It also gives vegetables a very “cheesy” and meaty flavor to them. Sprinkle some nutritional yeast on top of the vegetables as you cook them, and again when you serve them. It truly takes vegetables to a whole different level in terms of taste!


To answer the question posed in the headline, it’s a resounding NO. No carb vegetables do not exist. But if you choose a no starch vegetable with a low carbohydrate count that includes dietary fiber, you can’t get any closer to having a zero carb vegetable.

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Is Keto Healthy? Weigh the Pros and Cons

Is Keto Healthy? Weigh the Pros and Cons

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There is a lot of mixed science about the ketogenic diet, also known as “keto”. I’m sure you’ve come across individuals who are on the keto diet, and the first thing you ask is “wow, you look great, what are you doing?”. Some swear by it, and others say it’s backfired against them. Given the mixed reviews and mixed science, we thought it was appropriate to address the oft-asked question circulating the internet today: is keto healthy? Read on to find out and explore some interesting recipes.

What is the keto and is it healthy?

The ketogenic diet is a diet that puts the body into a state of “ketosis”, which is when your liver produced ketones for energy instead of glucose. Generally speaking, when we eat carbs, our body processes the carbohydrates for fuel, in the form of glucose. However when the body is in ketosis the liver is producing ketones for fuel instead of glucose. The ketogenic diet is made up of a diet that consists mostly of fat, some protein, and little to no carbohydrates.

Keto Nutrient Breakdown

Macronutrients include protein, fat, and carbohydrates. According to Harvard, the recommended macronutrient breakdown for the keto diet is 70-80% fat, 10-20% protein, and 5-10% fats.

The ketogenic diet is wildly popular because of it’s ability to help individuals rapidly lose weight. Despite the health benefits associated with less skeletal fat, the diet does come with some downside risks. Read on to find out and answer the question we always hear, is keto healthy?

Interested in Keto? Check out JarKitchen’s Easy Low Carb Meals!

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Like any good thing in life, there are downsides. Here we explore the benefits and risks of the keto diet.

Benefits of the Keto Diet

Diets don’t become popular for no reason. Stepping on the scene in late 2015, the diet gained widespread traction for it’s weight loss effects and mental clarity. Here are the top 10 benefits of Keto, if you ask most people:

Reduced Appetite

Low carb diets like keto reduce appetite, because it stabilizes your blood sugar levels. When your blood sugar levels are stable, the level and amount of insulin released by your pancreas is also stable. Insulin ignites hunger, the more stable your insulin levels are, the less hungry you will be. In sum, lower carbs = lower blood sugar level = lower insulin levels = less appetite = you lose weight.

Rapid Weight Loss

Another benefit is rapid weight loss within the first few weeks, helping you quickly achieve weight goals. For every 120-140 grams of carbohydrates, you’ll gain a pound of water weight. By eliminating carbs, not only will it stabilize your insulin levels, but you’ll immediately notice a drop in weight from reduced water being held in bodily tissues.

Abdominal Fat Loss

Most fat loss comes from the abdominal region, which is directly correlated to better health. The old adage “pinch an inch” is the best way to determine if you have any available fat to lose. The keto diet is a great way to reduce abdominal fat.

Lower Triglycerides

Triglycerides, fat in the blood, tend to drop significantly on a keto diet, which brings with it significant health benefits.

Good Cholesterol Goes Up

When on the keto diet, good cholesterol, also known as HDL, tends to go up. Typically, when we hear about cholesterol, we think it’s a bad thing, but having a high HDL has been shown to reduce bad cholesterol and keeps it from collecting in your arteries.

Bad Cholesterol Goes Down

The flip side is when HDL rises, LDL tends to go down. If you’re doing something healthy, you’ll get a double effect on cholesterol. Working out and overall eliminating saturated fats will have the same affect.

Blood Sugar Stabilizes

Unstable blood sugar levels constantly rising and falling is associated with weight gain and potentially Type 2 diabetes given how taxing this is on the pancreas. On a keto diet, blood sugar and insulin levels tend to stabilizes. In fact, some doctors claim this is the number one way to lose weight, by stabilizing blood sugar which stabilizes insulin levels.

Lower Blood Pressure

Studies have shown the keto diet helps to stabilize and lower blood pressure. Lower blood pressure is associated with reduced risks of hypertension, which if left untreated, can cause strokes.

Given all the benefits, is it any wonder why the diet is so popular?

Risk of the Keto Diet

Keto Flu

The keto diet is not without risks. The first side effect is keto flu, which is basically your body going into shock after not eating carbs. The first time I tried keto, I had a headache in the front of my head that felt like a heartbeat – a classic sympton of keto flu. Carbohydrates are a big part of our diet; so if you suddenly cut your carbs down, you will end up feeling sick, which is known as the keto flu. The keto flu lasts 48-72 hours after you begin, then disappears for most people.

Kidney Stones

Another major risk is that keto is bad for your kidneys. Without carbohydrates, and tons of animal fat and protein, you may be at risk to develop kidney stones. Kidney stones can be very painful, often said the pain is similar to going into labor to birth a child.

Poor Gut Health

The best way to keep your gut healthy is with plant fiber, like from fruits and vegetables. Without plant fiber, you may disrupt the bacteria in your gut, which helps with digestion and going to the restroom on a regular schedule. Poor gut health has also been show to cause depression, which can be ancillary side affect of the diet.

Nutrient Deficiencies

Some of the most nutrient dense foods are plants. Without sufficient plant consumption, you may end up nutritionally malnourished just eating fats and proteins.

Other side effects

Other side effects include dangerously low blood sugar, weakened bone strength and the onset of chronic diseases. While the verdict is still out on how dangerous keto is, apparently it has many health benefits.

Is the Keto Diet Safe?

At the end of the day, you have to do your research and make the decision for yourself. There is so much mixed science out there and so many people who had amazing or horrible experiences with it. Like Tim Ferris says, your body is the best lab. If something works for you, great. You’re in the best position to decide. If you want to try it for yourself and see how you feel, be sure to check in regularly with your doctor to make sure everything is fine. Let’s dive in on whether keto is good for certain organs, like your heart and liver.

Is Keto Heart Healthy?

A recent study published by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that ketone bodies can help protect the heart in patients with heart disease.

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According to the study, a keto diet can reduce inflammation with the lowering of oxidative stress and improvement of mitochondrial functioning. The study was so promising, that the authors suggest some heart patients can take “exogenous” or external ketones as an alternative to the diet, to increase ketones in the blood without the pressures of dieting. Although the study is promising, the authors note that there has yet to be a study determining the long-term effects of the keto diet, which is unknown. Other studies show the keto diet is good for fatty liver.

Is Keto Good for Fatty Liver?

A recent study suggests the keto diet is good for treating non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD is the presence of too much fat in the liver. Historically fatty liver was only seen in patients who consumed a lot of alcohol, but due to modern day diets, many are ending up with fatty livers due to diet, hence the name non-alcholic fatty liver disease. The study showed that the presence of ketone’s produced by the liver can help reduce liver fat, decrease insulin levels, reverse the disease process, suppress appetite, and promote weight loss.

Is Keto Dieting Healthy?

As mentioned above, your body is the best laboratory. It’s up to you to try it out and see what happens. Before you do anything, it’s best to consult with your doctor.

*Medical disclaimer: nothing int his article should be construed as medical advice. Rather, this is just an informative article referencing medical studies and journals. Please be sure to do your research and consult with a medical doctor before taking any major health action.

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Wasabi Scoville Is Literally Off The Charts, Here’s Why

Wasabi Scoville Is Literally Off The Charts, Here’s Why

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It is well known that wasabi gives a different kind of burning sensation. Of course, when compared with the usual spicy nutritions we are familiar with. Therefore, right before their first wasabi experience, everybody most likely has wondered how hot it is. Furthermore, probably got nervous about how the burn will make them feel. It would be easier to try it if they would know the wasabi Scoville heat unit. However, there is no such thing as explained in the following paragraph. They usually ask whether it is spicy as much as the other peppery foods they know. But it is hard to answer as everyone’s pain threshold differs.

Wasabi Scoville Value

Although the pungency of food is relative, Wilbur Scoville, an American pharmacist created a proportionally impersonal system of measurement in 1912, which serves to rank the chili peppers according to their spiciness or heat. However, unlike chili peppers, wasabi which is a root, basically not a pepper. That is why it can not be measured by the Scoville scale. It indicates from the concentration of ‘’capsaicin’’, a molecule that is based on oil; the ingredient of chili peppers that cause the sense of burning on the tissue it directly contacts. 

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How Spicy is Wasabi Scoville?

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Wasabi causes a short-term burning as it is a different type of hot. When compared to chili peppers most of us familiar with, wasabi is different. The smaller chemicals found in the wasabi vaporize and reach to your nose where the burning sensation happens. Additionally, it causes lacrimation. In order to avoid excessive pain, it should be consumed in small proportions. The heat can be diminished simply by water or other liquids as isothiocyanate is water-soluble. Although it is not directly linked, wasabi kind of has a similar effect with the eucalyptus or menthols but stronger and more painful than those two. Alongside its spiciness, wasabi is a very sensitive taste as it tends to lose its flavor very fast. In restaurants, they serve it as freshly prepared and in 15 minutes, the savor fades away.

Why Does Wasabi Burn Differently?

Wasabi is a sauce with green color

Capsaicin is a compound that attaches to the TRPV1 pain receptors of the tongue. It causes a feeling like there is a fire in your mouth. Just like the pain of eating tremendously heated food. In the case of wasabi, the name of the substance that causes pain is allyl isothiocyanate (AITC). It affects nasal passages for a short amount of time comparing to the length of pain that capsaicin creates.

Some may ask: Why we feel the heat in our nasal passages and not in the tongue? Because the wasabi receptor, which is known as TRPA1 and is a member of the family of receptors called transient receptor potential (TRP), also a relative to TRPV1 (capsaicin receptor), is located in the nasal passages. When some chemical compounds our body is not familiar with bind to the receptor, it stimulates both our nose and eyes which can cause burning, cough, itch. It also responds to stuff like tear gas, cigarette smoke or onion, etc.

If you are wondering what exactly happens when you eat something spicy that contains capsaicin, check out our article on Taco Bell Diablo Sauce Scoville! In this article, we go into deep detail about what is “spicy”.

Is There Any Chance That Wasabi Would Kill You?

Allyl isothiocyanate which wasabi contains has LD50 toxicity of 151mg/kg. It appears that there is a 50% chance of dying from ingesting 9 grams of allyl isothiocyanate in the case that the person who consumes it is a 60 kg adult. As the pure wasabi contains 9585 mg/kg of allyl isothiocyanate, a person would need 9 kilograms of the wasabi to kill them. As the maximum capacity of the human stomach is 1.5-2 liters on average, the chances of wasabi killing you because of excessive eating are very low.

Where does it come from?

Water canals on a wasabi farm

Wasabi sauce is produced from a plant called Wasabi Japonica which is a member of the Brassicaceae family. This family includes cabbage, mustard, and horseradish, which are also pungent foods. Surprisingly, the paste that restaurants serve by sushi on our plate is usually not actual wasabi, rather a mixture of mustard, starch, horseradish, green food coloring, and other spices. Because wasabi is expensive and is somehow difficult to cultivate. The water quality and proper climate are highly important for this plant to grow. Therefore, we all have probably tasted the ‘’western wasabi’’ instead of the original one.

Benefits of Wasabi

If you are a wasabi eater, we have some good news for you! Wasabi is nutrient-rich in terms of vitamins and minerals. As the most famous ones, vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, and potassium are just a few of them. Another and maybe more interesting feature of wasabi is that it contains isothiocyanate which is a strong antioxidant. Wasabi is also helpful to digest better by getting rid of harmful bacterias in the stomach. That’s why scientists to consume it with sushi which contains raw fish that can cause contamination.

Conclusion on Wasabi Scoville

To conclude, wasabi is a unique and expensive flavor that might sound exotic, however, it is a root plant that has similarities with well-known plants like cabbage, horseradish. The thing that evokes curiosity most about wasabi is probably its pungency which makes many people wonder about the wasabi Scoville heat unit. Unfortunately, there is no such measure as the chemical compound of the wasabi is entirely different than of the peppers and as a result, chemical compounds affect the area in the body, which are different in each.

Therefore, wasabi is one of the most expensive plants in the world that has many beneficial sides such as healthier digestion, antioxidant function, vitamins, and minerals it contains. But its heat is incomparable to other hot, spicy foods, those we are more familiar with and people use them more worldwide. Finally, a fun fact about wasabi: a Japanese company has invented a wasabi smoke alarm for deaf people! The smell of wasabi is the most effective one among other potential odors to wake people up as it takes less than two minutes.

Have you ever wondered what is in Moe’s Hard Rock and Roll Sauce? We have made thorough research on the internet and even given you 2 more recipes!

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Nutribullet for Protein Shakes

Nutribullet for Protein Shakes – Best Blenders for Protein Shakes

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Especially during the pandemic, we, humans, have started to change the way we live. We are at home gaining all those calories from every junk food we have or for every food that we plan to cook, but not cook eventually because staying at home for months has drained our energy. If you have been exercising, of course, you need to watch out for your protein intake. In this article, we go into detail about Nutribullet for Protein Shakes.

In order to establish a healthier lifestyle, we need to do more exercise. Exercise is the key factor in surviving this pandemic with a healthy body. As Mustafa Kemal Ataturk once said, a healthy mind is with a healthy body. Therefore, make sure that you do 15 to 20 minutes of exercise per day. Trust me, it will keep you fresh and strong during the day. As your body adapts itself to your exercise routine, you will start to see some more changes. You will be able to wake up more comfortably, get a night of quality sleep, and not feel tired every time you eat something.

While doing sports or exercise, it is very important to get enough protein in your body. Protein is very important for muscular maintenance and muscular hypertrophy. There are various ways to take protein into your body which you can do easily by consuming protein-rich foods. If you do not have the time to cook real food, you can of course use protein shakes to feed your muscles with the protein it solely needs. If you want to add some extra flavor and ingredients to that shake, you surely need a blender. You are in the right place because we are going to talk about some blender action!

Nutribullet Protein Shakes

But first, let us talk about what to blend right? If you are looking for a premium protein shake, Optimum Nutrition is the choice for you. It is one of the best brands out there selling sports supplements. Supplements include protein powders, casein, creatin, etc. Our recommendation is with the Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein Powder. It is going to supply you with the protein you need.

Nutribullet Rx Reviews

I have got to admit though, Nutribullet had to play their trump card, Nutribullet Rx to be able to properly compete against brands producing blenders like Vitamix and Blendtec. Nutribullet Rx is a powerful blender with many functionalities that can easily blend your protein shakes.


Lucky for Nutribullet, there are a lot of things to say about this particular blender as positive. Reviews are mostly positive and impressive. It can easily crush and blend any ingredient you throw at it including frozen berries, protein shakes, and ice. It can also break down the smallest of seeds thanks to its deadly blades. (Deadly for the ingredients of course!)

A 1700Watt motor gives life to this powerful blender. Thanks to it, it can blend green smoothies (which are high in fiber, best blended with chewing/masticating juicers) and soups. Some liquids like water, milk, or fruit juices are necessary for the blending operation. The reason for this is, that Nutribullet Rx does not have any pulse feature, mechanism, or tamper to get rid of any materials that are stuck within the container.

Blender’s ease-of-use comes from the easily detachable container. You can start the blending, detach the container, and take it with you. You might be headed to the gym, to work, or even staying at home. say goodbye to Blender dishes!

Nutribullet has made some enhancements to the models that came before. The drive socket is now made out of metal which enables the blender to work more steadily and become more durable. Especially when compared with its plastic-made counterpart.


Now it is time for the cons. Do not get me wrong, the product is already awesome. The biggest downside is that the Nutribullet Rx does not have any on/off switch. If you are blending with less liquid, ingredients might get stuck in the container, requiring you to pull the container off its base, shake and reinsert. Shake well! and reinsert.

You might hear a grinding noise coming out of the gears if you try to remove the cup or pitcher at a slight angle. Do not do this, as this may cause wear and tear over time. This is of course within acceptable limits most of the time but, do not overdo it. This also resets the automated timer within the machine.

Another important downside of this product is the manual tightening tool. For a blender of this quality, you would not expect such a hurdle. You will constantly need to use the manual tool for moving the ingredients around in the jar.

Best Blenders for Protein Shakes

You are here to find a blender for the Protein shakes right? You are lucky because we also review the 3 best blenders for Protein Shakes as well. Let us have a look at the top 3, shall we?

Nutri Ninja Protein Shake Blender – Overall Best Choice

The Nutri Ninja Protein Shake Blender is the first item on our list. With it, you can blend just anything you want. A 900Watt motor powers this beast, which is also one of the best motors out there. With the price of this product in mind, you will be amazed by how powerful this motor is, that you will think that this is an industrial-grade blender.

The blades in this beast are made to crush and chew any ingredient that you throw at it, so you will definitely not have a problem while blending your protein shake.

Nutri Ninja Protein Shake Blender comes with two cups that serve as blending containers. After blending, you can use the change the blade cap with the travel cap. So that you are always ready to drink your protein shake on the go. The two cups also vary in size, one of them being an 18-ounce cup, while the other one being a 24-ounce cup. It is totally up to you which one to choose or which one suits your blending needs.

One downside of this beast comes from the motor in it. It is really loud. That’s why you might have to reconsider before buying this blender to blend protein shakes or protein powder if you are blending at places where you do need to be silent. If you are wondering how to reduce blender noise or maybe some quiet blenders, be sure to check our article about quiet blenders. Long story short, if you are looking for a blender to blend some protein shake, this is the best overall choice for you.

Hamilton Beach 51103 Blender – High Price/Performance Ratio

Are you looking for a blender that excels in price/performance ratio? Then, Hamilton Beach 51103 Blender is the right one for you.

This blender is the best blender you can find on a budget if you want to make protein shakes. Hamilton Beach 51103 can easily make protein shakes but it kind of lacks the performance for your other blending needs. It has a weak motor inside, which will not be enough to crush the hardest ingredients you can put in it. If you decide to buy this blender, know in advance, that you need to do some pre-processing on the ingredients you use (chopping in smaller parts).

The downside is that this blender comes with only one lid. However, this should not be a problem if you consider the price of it. It easily meets the expectation while having the price in mind.

NutriBullet NBR-1201 Protein Shake Blender

This model of NutriBullet gives you the possibility to blend the nicest of protein shakes and the freedom of mind if you want to blend more stuff with it. It comes with three types of blades which are used for various ingredient types like hard vegetables, ice, fruits, and protein powder. Well, protein powder is a very easy to blend ingredient but still, it rocks the best of protein shakes. Having three different cup sizes enables you to blend just the exact amount you want to blend.

The motor of NutriBullet NBR – 1201 is a 600Watt motor. It can easily handle frozen ingredients and ice which you may choose to blend with your favorite protein powder. A downside of this product is, that it is not very durable. It has a tendency to start leaking after using it for a long time in its lifespan. This blender can also directly leak after the purchase. It seems NutriBullet has to pay more attention to its quality control department 🙂

Nutribullet Milling Blades

Just what is special about the Nutribullet milling blades? Let us have a closer look.

In order to maximize the blending efficiency of the blender, the design of the milling blades is very important. Nutribullet reaches maximum blending efficiency thanks to its milling blades.

This blade type is known for its 2 pronged((forks/jags) blades, which is called the milling blade. As you can also understand from its name, it excels in milling grains mostly. It is also very good for chopping herbs nuts.

Nutribullet Extractor Blades

Nutribullet Extractor Blades are good for extracting that delicious juice from any ingredient that you throw at it. Well, since ice can also be an ingredient, it is safe to assume that water is actually the juice of ice! 😛

There are two types of blades for Nutribullet. This blade type has four prongs(forks/jags). This type of blade is known as the extractor blade. Extractor blades excel in breaking tough ingredients like thick vegetable stems, seeds, and hard fruit/vegetable skins. They are the best option if you want to juice some fruits or vegetables with varying shell hardness. Since extractor blades are good at breaking ingredients, they can also crush ice and nuts. If you want to make a green smoothie, this might be the best blade option for your NutriBullet blender.


In this post, we have reviewed the brand NutriBullet for protein shakes and reviewed other blenders too in case you want to consider other options to make protein shakes. Protein shakes are a very easy way to feed your body with enough protein during the day, after a workout, or pre-workout. Of course, you can also add some peanut butter to it to enhance the nutritional value of the sake. Making a green smoothie is also an easy task with these blenders. Is style an important thing for you? Then you should definitely have a look at the Best Juice Bottles, which you can also use to store your protein shakes. It will show how classy you are at the gym.

Best Juicer for Beginners: Review the Best One for You

Best Juicer for Beginners: Review the Best One for You

While only ready-made fruit juice consumption in the past, mini fruit juice factories establishing in almost everyone’s home. Based on this, small kitchen appliance manufacturers are competing with each other to produce the best juicer for beginners. More functional and useful juicer models are on the market every day.

Squeezing and drinking the juices of vegetables and fruits has many benefits both in terms of diet and health. It is necessary to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juices, especially in winter, to protect against diseases. In the summer months, families with children and those who regularly exercise are in search of juicers. It is to create an alternative to acidic beverages.

If you have a habit of drinking fresh and natural fruit juice, you can easily prepare your own fruit juice at home. Also instead of paying tens of lira for a glass outside. I have prepared a guideline for those looking for juicer advice.

Best Juicer for Beginners: The Omega NC900HDC Nutrition System

Ready to learn everything you need to know about the best juicer and nutrition center for beginners on the market right now?

Omega NC900HDC Nutrition System is a surprisingly versatile juicer with a powerful juice extraction process. Although it requires a slight learning curve, it is an excellent juicer for hard, leafy greens.


Really good for squeezing leafy greens and hard products

Effective juice extraction, leaving a dry pulp

User-friendly setup for beginners

An impressive 15-year warranty


Some plastic parts look fragile when squeezing hard products

Bulky and takes up some space

Requires a slight learning curve to avoid difficulties and broth

Prone to terrible performance with soft fruits

Like other chewing juicers, it also has a two-stage juice extraction process, where the pulp is thoroughly crushed and pressed through a juice squeezer to separate the juice from the pulp.

Is it the juice of other things? Exactly. In fact, Omega calls it a nutrition system because it makes the machine for frozen fruit ice cream, baby food, ground beef, sherbet, nut butter, etc.

How Do Juicers Work?

Juicers are usually knife impacted. I usually say because juicers have been produced recently, which can be crushed without crushing with a knife. The vitamin loss of the fruits/vegetables whose juice is extracted by the crushing process is also minimal.

We have reviewed the best juicer models that meet our summer & winter vitamin needs once again. Also, I wanted to recommend the best juicer for beginners from the products produced with the latest technology. Let me also point out that there are models suitable for every pouch and every taste. You can learn about other options. After visiting the website of the juicer that I recommend the product price and the model range.

Where to Get the Best Juice Extractors for Beginners at Affordable Prices?

A juicer can use to meet the need for fresh fruit juice, regardless of the home or workplace. The best juicer for lever presses and beginners for squeezing citrus fruits are available both manually and electrically. Apart from the classic juicer used for frequently used fruits, there are also separate juicers for some special fruits. These devices, which take the burden of families with babies, extract the juice by turning the fruits into pulp. With the centrifuge method, the juice can separate from the fruit pulp.

Since the parts that grate the fruits work with the help of a motor. It is in the category of electrical kitchen appliances. This is the part that separates the most important partial pulp and water of small kitchen appliances. Also named a citrus juicer. Attention should be pay to the material from which this sieve part is making. For example; It would be very advantageous to separate the fruits used in fruit cake from the pulp in the citrus juicer.

The large chamber of the product allows the product to be squeezing in one go. Electrically operated products, which are different to use according to their model. You can choose a suitable head according to the size of the fruit. It can operate without too much pressure. Juicers ensure that fruits are healthier than those made outside and do not lose their vitamins. It is also ideal for dehydrating vegetables. Juicers preferred by dieters are especially useful.

Juicer Models and Prices

Juicers are one of the most used small kitchen appliances. Juicers with different models have many features. It is very ergonomic with its compact design, all parts of which are machine washable. The prices of the firm juicer are higher than the lever press machines for the ones working with electricity. The most extensive in terms of use are the ones with large places where fruit and vegetables are placed. These products, which squeeze all kinds of fruits and vegetables, consist of a 2-liter fruit pulp section and a 1-liter juice container. Among the juicers, there are grades according to the hardness of the fruit or vegetable. Many features such as this feature determine the prices of solid fruit. Amazon offers products for different prices and performances on its website.

It is impossible to imagine a modern kitchen without a juicer for vegetables and fruits. Freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juices are essential for health and well-being because they contain vitamins and trace elements essential for the body. But for a juicer to be useful, it must be selected correctly, taking into account all the main points. So what should be considered when buying the best juicer for beginners. You can see our buying guide for beginners:

Buying Guide: The Best Juicer for Beginners

Made Material

For the prepared fruit and vegetable juices to be healthy, the materials they produce are an important factor. Juicers made of stainless materials such as aluminum or steel and washable should be preferred. The fact that the blade that crushes the fruits is made of stainless steel makes the product much more useful.

Maximum Power

The high maximum power of the product enables you to prepare drinks faster. Thanks to this feature that makes the user practical, the juices of hard vegetables and fruits can be easily separated from their pulp.

It’s Capacity

The juicer product should have a juice chamber and the higher the capacity of this chamber, the more fruits you can squeeze in whole or in large pieces. So you can prepare your drinks faster.

Levels of Function

The multiplicity of function levels is important for the product to be able to squeeze fruit and vegetables of any hardness. Care should be taken as some fruits need to be squeezed gradually. For example; Since the avocado fruit is very hard, it should be squeezed by increasing the stage.

Special Features

As with any electronic gold, citrus juicers also have special features. Security measures are important to avoid any problems. These types of products also have safety latches that provide security measures. An Anti-drip system and non-slip feet can also be considered a safety measure. It is extremely important not to drip while performing the process in order to avoid contamination. Some products have the function of squeezing whole fruits and vegetables. In addition, with its instant start feature, it is possible to gain speed while squeezing fruit and vegetable juice.


Although kitchen appliances are generally produced in white or gray, there are also those produced in different colors such as blue, red, and black, especially in recent years.

Juicers and Their Brands

Almost every brand that produces electronic products also has a juicer product. The quality and functions of each differ. Amazon offers many juicer brands at affordable prices. Besides, the Amazon web page, which allows its customers to examine all its features, allows benefiting from various campaigns.


I have to admit, I think it’s great that this machine is so versatile, and definitely tried making frozen banana ice cream!

If you are totally new to juicing, this is a tough investment in terms of the best juicer for beginners, and I suggest you consider purchasing a top-quality centrifugal juicer.

If you’ve been juicing for a while and are still excited and ready to upgrade to a premium machine that’s perfect for squeezing leafy greens, the Omega NC900HDC is worth the purchase.

Either way, keep in mind that this juicer works best for hard produce, kale, leafy greens, and wheatgrass. So if you’re looking for a great juicer to squeeze out lots of soft fruits (melons, citrus fruits, strawberries, etc.), this won’t be your best option.

However, Omega NC900HDC is functional, extremely quiet, and provides excellent quality juice!

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Farberware Single Serve Blender – Ultimate Review

Farberware Single Serve Blender – Ultimate Review

It has been 6 months since I have bought a blender of my own and I have been enjoying every smoothie I have made so far. It holds a great place in my kitchen. There is actually no limit to the things you can make with a blender. You can make smoothies, soups, and even knead some dough with them! Of course, this blender is not a blender that you can knead some dough with but Farberware Single Serve Blender will do just fine for your basic blending needs! What is good about single serve blenders is, that they are so fast. For example, a smoothie in the morning will not only give you the energy you require in the morning, but it will also supply you with some of the nutrients your body needs. For example, if you want to know how the daily value looks like after eating some berries, you can have a look at our article on can you juice berries. We as the JarKitchen team as always continue to provide you the best product reviews.

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What is a single serve blender?

If you are looking for a cheap blender, this blender just might be the right option for you. It is small, fast, and cheap and will tend to your blending needs just easily. This is actually the advantage of these blenders. Farberware also looks very cool and will be a good-looking accessory in your kitchen.

What is the best single serve blender?

You might be wondering the answer to this question. In our opinion, Farberware is the best one. It is powerful and small in size, it will give you exactly what you expect from a single-serve blender.

What brand is good for blender?

The history of the Farberware brand is actually pretty old. It goes back to 1900 and was founded in the amazing city of New York. With more than a hundred years of experience in the kitchen industry, it can easily be said that the blenders they produce are of high quality and durability. Following a customer-oriented service, and being users themselves, they always keep the customer in mind. Now it is time to take a look at the Farberware Blender.

What is the best blender 2020?

It is impossible for a blender to be good at everything. There are many aspects to take into account like price, power, design, functionalities, etc. However, in our opinion, Breville Super Q is the best blender in 2020. While Vitamix Venturist 1200 is the best luxury blender and Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-IQ ⁠is the best budget option for you.

Farberware Single Serve Blender 17 Piece Set Review

Farberware Blender is one of the best single serve blenders out in the market. It is a very versatile machine, that can easily handle a lot of tasks thanks to its accessory set. Furthermore from the price perspective, you will be amazed how cheap this product is especially if you know how efficient it blends. So, do not worry about the price.

Let us say, that you are willing to make a portion of lentil soup so that you can warm your belly before going to work on a cold winter morning. I really enjoy eating soup in the morning, it gives you the instant energy you require in the morning because the food is in a liquid form. Liquid foods are digested very easily and fast, making them a perfect breakfast! As a customer, I want to be able to blend many things with my blender.

This small beast can easily puree soups, slice ingredients like fruits and vegetables, mix some cocktails, and blend stuff, meaning you have many options to choose from.

Design and Material

The design of this blender unique and looks so stylish. Just like an apple product. It is basic, but also elegant. You can merely turn it on by twisting the cap on the base. It has a stainless-steel base which makes it a strong kitchen accessory. Thanks to this strong base, it can stand on your kitchen counter firmly and will not move around like some other blenders. Farberware blender comes with strong blades as well, it can easily crush ice. So you will not need to go to Starbucks every time you crave Berry Hibiscus.

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Operation and Power

One big advantage of this blender is that it has a very powerful motor inside that. That is why previously in this post, I called it a small beast. It is equipped with a motor of 240 watts. When a small size meets such a powerful motor, it can easily handle any tasks and ingredients you throw at it.

Ease of Use

This one is actually the most important factor for this blender. It is very easy to use! Furthermore, it is also very easy to clean. All the parts of the blender are dishwasher friendly, of course except the motor base. Do you blending and throw the parts in the dishwasher for some easy cleaning. It is also easy to use from another aspect because it comes with many accessories. You can just change the combination of the cups and blades so that the machine fits your exact needs. It comes with 2 blades for either chopping or blending. Further accessories include 4 rings, 4 lids, 1 small cup, and 5 small cups. So there are many options you can go with. Especially if one of those options will help you make a cocktail.

How do you use the Farberware Single Serve Blender?

It is really important to know how the machine works and what you must do to avoid any possible damage it may cause to you.

To use the Farberware Blender, put the ingredients in the cup, stick it to the motor base, and twist the cap to start blending. It is actually that easy. However, there are some things that you need to keep in mind before using the Blender.

  • Avoid contact with the moving parts
  • Do not operate in damp areas or outdoors
  • Run the blender only when the lid is in place
  • Close supervision is needed if children are using it
  • Blades are very sharp, be careful
  • Do not blend warm ingredients, especially liquids.
  • Do not operate if the plug or cord is damaged. You might get electrocuted
  • As also stated in this article before, DO NOT put the motor base in a dishwasher. It is not water-resistant
  • Always make sure the cup is correctly in place and tightened before operating
  • Do not forget to unplug the device when not operating, taking off pieces, or before cleaning

Farberware Single Serve Blender 17 Piece Set

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Are expensive blenders worth it?

This is a very tricky question.

If you ask me, I am neither a hardcore blender fan nor a hardcore juicer fan. But there are some people out there that have to blend ingredients. If you have a baby and you do not want to give her prepared foods, the best option would be to make a fruit puree. For those people it is especially important that the blender is of high quality, meaning the material has to be of high quality and the product must be very durable because it is going to be used multiple times a day. For hardcore blenders or juicers, expensive blenders are worth it.

However on the other hand, if you like enjoying the occasional smoothie or soup once or twice a week, then expensive blenders should not be worth it. It does not need to be very durable, it is not necessary to have quality material for the blender.

One simple fact is, it is totally up to you to decide.

What is the quietest blender?

Some blenders can be particularly noisy. That is because they have really strong motors inside and when it starts to blend all the ingredients in it, it will of course get noisy in the kitchen. However, there are some ways to prevent that from happening. For example, you can get a soundproofing casing to reduce the noise being emitted by the motor. Or you can also lay a towel underneath the blender to reduce the noise as well. However, there are some blenders specifically designed to be quiet. If you are looking for some quiet blenders, you should totally check out our Top 10 Quiet Blender Reviews to get informed how quiet blenders work and what can you do to make yours more silent.


Farberware Single Serve Blender has many advantages and fewer disadvantages. It has a very great price/performance ratio. The price of this thing is low if you consider how many things this small beast can do. It has many extra accessories, so you can change the equipment so that the machine fits exactly what you need. You can use it to make purees, smoothies, soups, and even small cocktails on the go before you leave home.

Be sure to check out our other reviews on juicers, blenders, ovens, and coffee makers. Here is an article for you if you like fruit juice 🙂 Best Pomegranate Juicer Reviews!

hard rock and roll sauce

Hard Rock and Roll Sauce Recipe Secrets

Hard Rock and Roll Sauce Recipe Secrets

hard rock and roll sauce

You are either a spicy food lover or you hate spicy food. There is no middle ground. Well, this post goes to all our readers that love their food hot and spicy! Recently, it popped up into our minds with my brother, how AWESOME is the Moe’s Hard Rock and Roll Sauce. That sauce is kicking! By the way, you might need some help eating this. We thought that our readers may have gotten sick of going to Moe’s to buy some of this sauce but this should be a temporary solution. Since we are the JarKitchen team, we have made some research about the content of Hard Rock n Roll sauce at moe s southwest grill. Trust me, it is not easy and may be nearly impossible to find the exact recipe for a sauce like this.

Why is it impossible to find the recipe for Hard Rock and Roll Sauce?

Coca-Cola, KFC, Pepsi, and Mc Donalds Big Mac Sauce are all top secret recipes that are kept under utmost security measures. Therefore it is really hard to find the exact recipes for that. These secret recipes are not prepared at restaurants so that the chances of the recipe being disclosed are kept to a minimum.

Researching for the Hard Rock and Roll Sauce Recipe on the Internet

During my research, I have discovered that many people are looking for the recipe for this sauce. An employee of Moe’s responded to the topic and said that he will take a look into the ingredients list when he gets to work. Afterward, he said that he couldn’t find the ingredients. However, he also stated that the base for this sauce is the Texas Pete Hot Sauce. It seems Moe’s has added some extra spices, pepper extracts, and maybe some more vinegar to create the delicious and spicy Hard Rock n Roll Sauce. Since salt and vinegar are surely used in hard rock n roll sauce, nutrition facts show that there is 108mg of sodium per 100g of this sauce. Which makes up 5% of the daily value. Daily value is important for us. Hard Rock n roll sauce does not contain any protein.

That is how big companies keep their recipes in secret. But thank god we have the internet, we have many people’s opinions and we can find a copycat recipe for that. It is stated on the internet, that the closest you can get to the Hard Rock n Roll Sauce Recipe is the Extra Hot Valentina Hot Sauce.

Extra Hot Valentina Hot Sauce is the closest you can get!

After the research, we have found out, that the closest you can get to the Hard Rock and Roll is to get your hands on Valentina Hot Sauce. It has to be the one with the black label though. Here is the product if you are interested:

If you do not want to buy Valentina Hot Sauce, you can also make it yourself at home! But first, here is some information about the Valentina hot sauce.

Valentina is a brand of hot sauce. It has a light consistency, which means it is pourable. It is either sold in 12.5-ounce or 34-ounce glass bottles. Bottles have a flip-top cap, which cannot be unscrewed from the glass bottle. Valentina Hot Sauce is thicker than Tabasco sauce and has less vinegar in it in exchange for more chili flavor. Valentina Hot Sauce Scoville is 900 SHUs, while the Valentina Black Label Hot Sauce is about 2100 SHUs. If you are wondering what happens when you eat something spicy, you can learn more information about that in our Taco Bell Diablo Sauce Scoville article.

Nutrition facts for Valentina hot sauce state that in 1 tbsp (5g) is 5mg of sodium, which equals to 2,67% of the daily value being advised by doctors. Valentina Hot Sauce does not contain any protein. This means, that you can eat this sauce every day as long as you are careful with the amount you consume.

Valentina Hot sauce is often used in several Mexican foods. It is not only hot but also tasty. True Mexican street food is not only hot but also tasty. Valentina Hot sauce contains water, chili peppers, vinegar, salt, spices, and sodium benzoate as preservatives. From the nutrition perspective, it is not always what people look for in the sauces, since they are mostly consumed with junk food, but

Homemade Valentina Sauce Recipe (Hard Rock and Roll Sauce alternative)

We are coming all the way from Hard Rock n Roll Sauce to sweet and spicy homemade Valentina Sauce recipe. Here is the list of ingredients you need to make Valentina Sauce at home:



  • WATER: 250ml of water
  • PAPRIKA: You can find paprika almost anywhere. Just go to a local supermarket and look for paprika in the spices section. The original recipe is made with Mexican chilies, so if you can get your hands on some Mexican chilies, put them in a mortar and make a sauce out of them.
  • CHILI POWDER: You can add any chili powder you like. This is a homemade recipe, so you should avoid using hard-to-find ingredients if you want to make this quick.
  • VINEGAR: White vinegar is recommended in this sauce. You can of course use apple vinegar but that may change the taste of the end product.
  • SALT: Salt helps to preserve the sauce along with vinegar.
  • OPTIONALHoney: You can add 1/2 tablespoon of honey to balance the spiciness with a bit of sweetness.

Now that we got the easy ingredients, let us get straight to the instructions. This is how you make the Valentina Hot Sauce:


  1. Get all the ingredients, add them to a pot, and heat until the mix boils. You need to let it simmer for a minute on medium heat.
  2. Remove the pot from the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes but be careful not to let it cool down completely.
  3. To be able to get the nice saucy texture, put the mix in a blender, and start blending until you get the smooth texture. If you need a blender, you can check out our Best Quiet Blender reviews.
  4. Pour the nicely blended sauce into a sterilized bottle, secure with an airtight lid. After it has cooled down to room temperature, put it in the refrigerator and let it cool down for four to five hours. After that, you can use the sauce with any dish you like. Bon Appetit!

We want to give you another recipe right now. It is a specialty of mine and should do well with the homemade Valentina Sauce.

JarKitchen Special Pasta Sauce

Pasta with JarKitchen special pasta sauce. Sauce is red in color and garnished with 2 basil leaves on top. It tastes great with Hard Rock and Roll Sauce.
JarKitchen Special Pasta Sauce

Who does not love pasta right? It is one of the biggest reasons why people gain weight due to its high carbohydrate content. This pasta sauce is a special one for me because it is one of the first recipes that I have learned in my entire life and put on the menu. My childhood friend taught this one to me when I was 19. He learned it from his mom and his mom learned it from an Italian neighbor of theirs. I have made some alterations to the recipe to increase the taste even more. Let us get straight into it, shall we?


So, what you’ll need for this recipe is:

  • Virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Butter
  • 1 tablespoon of pepper paste
  • 2 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • A carton of milk
  • Cumin, black pepper, chili flakes, salt, thyme
  • Fresh basil (Dried basil is also fine, but fresh is always better)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic

special pasta sauce


  • Boil the pasta and put it aside. Keep some of the water you have boiled the pasta in aside.
  • Start by heating up the pan nice and hot. Add in three to four tablespoons of olive oil when it starts to smoke just a bit, add in the butter, and let it melt.
  • Add in the tomato paste and the pepper paste and stir nicely until they absorb some of the oil in the pan. Meanwhile, cut the garlic cloves into thin slices, and add it on top of the paste.
  • Now it is time to start adding milk into the mix. Start by adding half a glass of milk and keep stirring. Then, keep adding milk while stirring until you get the consistency of ketchup.
  • Season the sauce by adding salt, black pepper, thyme, cumin, and chili flakes (if you want some spice). Chop down four to five basil leaves, be careful not to destroy them, however; this will cause them to lose all that juice and the fresh smell of the basil. Add that into the mix, reduce the heat, and keep stirring for five more minutes.
  • Add the pasta on top of the sauce and stir nicely until the sauce is all over the pasta.
  • Serve directly after garnishing the plate with fresh basil leaves.


You might not have found the exact recipe for Hard Rock and Roll Sauce at moe s southwest grill, but we think we have given you enough information about it. Now you know why almost no one can know the recipe for sure. However, it is possible to get your hands on an alternative or even make one at home! We hope you liked this article. See you in another post! 🙂


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