Omega Juicers in Australia

Sprout is proud to help bring the excellent range of Omega Cold Press Juicers and Nutrition Centres to Australia and New Zealand.

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So you want to buy yourself a new Omega Juicer?

Whatever you like to call them, Sprout has them – vertical & horizontal style cold press juicers, slow juicers, slow turning juicers, masticating juicers, triturating juicers, twin gear juicers and single auger juicers.

Originating from the USA, the Omega brand of juicers was first launched in 1985 and sits as the go-to brand for North American customers.

Long considered a quality benchmark for slow juicers, Omega offers both horizontal and vertical style machines for those looking for quality and strength in their new cold press juicer.

You just need to check out the numerous online reviews of the machines on US websites to see that they are highly regarded and incredibly popular juicers.

Manufactured in South Korea, the Omega Juicer range offers both horizontal and vertical style machines. The latest horizontal is the Omega NC802/902 Juicer range. Stylish, modern and strong – they are great for a range of foods and especially good at leafy greens. The Omega VSJ843 is the latest in the vertical style – it really is a ripper. The Omega juicers are bound to look great in any kitchen and be something you can leave out on the bench – ready for your next juice.

The entire Omega Juicer range is 100% BPA-Free ensuring that you get the best quality materials in your machine. Offering a strong Australian domestic warranty across the range of 10 years on parts and 20 years on the motor, you can purchase an Omega with confidence.

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A few buying tips for your new cold press juicer.

Your first question about a juicer should be “where is it made”? Stick with South Korean or US-made machines and you cannot go wrong. A couple of the Omega models are manufactured in China under strictly duplicated processes as their South Korean factory. These models are the Cube, 8227, 8228 and the VRT372/382.

Some very select brands manufactured in China have emerged as serious players with high quality machines – the stand out for me at this stage is CARBEL, a French designed machine manufactured in China.

Your first question of a seller should be “do they sell parts or accessories for my preferred machine?”. The easiest part of selling online is copying & pasting someone else’s content and listing the item – throw out the hook and see how it goes. Call them or email a question and they invariably won’t have good responses because they haven’t done their research and are unfamiliar with the machines. They just want to sell you something. If they don’t sell parts or accessories or offer solid advice, then they really just list an item in the hope that you buy it. Post sale service could then be questionable and you may find yourself questioning the value of those few dollars saved at checkout.

Sprout offers parts, accessories, advice, reassurance, warranty claims and all types of assistance should you need it. I’ve been doing this since 2005 and funnily enough, actually enjoy it. You can call me on 1300793070 to discuss your requirements.

All of the juicers are brand new in the box and sourced from the authorised Australian Importers/Distributors – you can back your warranty and purchase with confidence.

Prices are competitive and can be price matched. 

Your order is delivered quickly – wherever you are in Australia. Cold Press juicers are delivered direct to Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin, Hobart, Canberra and everywhere in between.

Sprout has specialised in cold press juicers since 2005 – around the time that they started to emerge in Australia. The Omega range of cold press juicers is sold here because of their quality, versatility and strength. You can expect solid and friendly advice to assist you with your choice.

EXPERIENCE: It Does Matter. Call Sprout today on 1300 793070

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My Favorite Breakfast Smoothie

I love this smoothie! Great banana taste with some interesting additions full of goodness. Takes just a few minutes to make and the #biochef living blender does a great job.

#bananas x 4, #hempfoodsaustralia seeds and oil, #powersuperfoods chia seeds and cacao nibs, #honey #almondmilk #rolledoats and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. Delicious start to the day.

Breakfast Smoothie

ALPS Water Filtration Unit 12 litres

ALPS Water Filtration SystemALPS is a natural, gravity fed water filtration system designed to remove all types of contaminants from tap water via a ten stage filtration.

Assembly is simple and the maintenance routine is a very straight forward process with all replacement parts inexpensive and readily available. Usually, domes and cartridges are replaced every 6-9 months, depending on your water quality and quantity used throughout that time. Mineral stones are generally replaced every 12-18 months.

ALPS water samples have been analysed by the Cairns Regional Water & Waste Laboratory Services and were found to show almost no detectable sodium fluoride levels or any other harmful/dangerous chemicals.

The ALPS water filtration system represents a natural, simple, easily maintained and cost effective apparatus that will provide you with a consistent supply of clean and healthy drinking water – essential for general health, longevity and quality of life.

The ALPS Water Filtration System is available at Sprout Organic right here:

ALPS Unit – http://sprout.net.au/alps-12litre-water-filtration-unit.html

ALPS-Replacement-Filter-CartridgeALPS Replacement Filter Cartridge – http://sprout.net.au/alps-replacement-filter-cartridge.html

ALPS Replacement Mineral Stones – http://sprout.net.au/alps-replacement-mineral-stones.html

ALPS Replacement Ceramic Dome – http://sprout.net.au/alps-replacement-ceramic-dome.html

ALPS Replacement Tap – http://sprout.net.au/alps-replacemet-tap.html

Please visit http://www.sprout.net.au for all your healthy product needs or call 1300793070

Making Wheatgrass Last Longer

How to make your wheatgrass last longer.

Do you find it hard to get through a whole tray of wheatgrass before it turns yellow or becomes too long?

Because wheatgrass is such a fast growing plant it can be difficult to use it all up before it becomes too old and bitter, so here are some tips on how to minimise wastage.

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Contents:

The grass is not so green on the other side! – Why does it go yellow?
Seaweed is delicious! – Liquid Fertilisers
Stay cool!
The early harvest – chop ‘n’ bag
Bottling and freezing – the last resort
The bottom line – Which method is best?

The grass is not always greener…..! – Why does it go yellow?

If you could imagine that each little wheat seed is a plant in itself and if planted in the garden would eventually become a fully grown wheat plant. In every tray that you plant there are hundreds or even thousands (I haven’t actually counted them yet!) of little seeds all hungry for nutrients and water, and all wanting to grow up and become a big healthy wheat plant.

There are only so many nutrients that you can pack into a tray of soil so these hungry little seedlings quickly use up the valuable nutrients and start to become yellow, meaning that they are lacking minerals and nutrients to feed their hungry appetites.

Seaweed is delicious! – Liquid Fertilisers

Liquid fertilisers go straight to the source (the roots) and are taken up by plants a lot quicker than pellets or other slow release fertilisers.

One of the quickest ways to feed a plant is using a liquid fertiliser to help the tray last a little longer and slow the yellowing process.

Sprout has developed a specially formulated seaweed fertiliser especially for wheatgrass that is certified organic and also adds essential trace elements and macro nutrients often lacking in popular potting mixes.

The liquid fertiliser is best applied firstly when the wheatgrass is around 1-3 cms tall using a watering can (always check the application directions) and then a subsequent fertlise when the wheat grass is a little taller at perhaps 5-10cm.

Note: You can overuse fertliser, as too much can burn the roots and become counterproductive. Two waterings for one tray of wheatgrass should be sufficient.

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Stay cool!

If you have grown your own wheatgrass you will have noticed that the temperature can make a big difference in the rate of growth of your wheatgrass. In full flight, wheat grass can grow up to 3cms over a 12 hour period on a hot day.

Probably the most effective way to keep your wheatgrass lasting longer is to slow its growth down by keeping it as cool as possible. Wheat grass kept below +15°C will almost stop growing.

Place your wheatgrass in the coolest place in the house you can find, especially on those hotter summer days.

Many juice bars and cafes keep their wheatgrass in a fridge or cool room with great success and many make it a practice to take the tray off the bench and put it in their cool room overnight. This does not harm wheatgrass, as long as it is still getting a few hours of natural light (not direct sunlight) every day and of course regular watering.

For those lucky enough to have a large fridge with enough room to jam a tray of wheatgrass in, you will be able to slow its growth down very effectively.

The growth rates over different seasons will give you an indication of how much temperature has an effect on the growth of wheatgrass.

Average growth rates in Melbourne, Australia
Summer – 7 to 10 days from soaking to juicing height (12 – 15cm)
Winter – 10 to 25 days from soaking to juicing height (12 – 15cm)

The early harvest – chop ‘n’ bag

After growing a few trays you will soon realize when your wheatgrass is getting close to becoming yellow.

If you still have quite a bit of the tray left, a good trick is to harvest the rest, pop it in an airtight bag or container, e.g. a zip lock plastic bag, and pop it in the fridge in the vegetable crisper. This will keep your grass relatively fresh for at least another 4 days. This isn’t a method that we would regularly use, but it is better than wasting your wheatgrass and not having any at all.

As with any fruit or vegetable the fresher it is, the better.

Wheatgrass of course is one of the freshest, most alive things that we can eat. Chopped, juiced and down the hatch within 5 minutes, it is far fresher than nearly all fruit and vegetables that is sold at your local organic shop.

Most produce has been picked at least a few days before you buy it and take it home, and there are some things such as apples out of season that can be weeks or even months old.

By eating fresh and raw, it means that you are getting the maximum amount of nutrients and enzymes possible, and it also tastes a lot better.

Bottling and freezing – the last resort

Bottling –
There are a number of cafes and juice bars these days that do sell wheatgrass in bottles pre-juiced. Generally they do this to save time so that they don’t have to go through the process of cutting and juicing it during the busy times of the day. As with any fresh produce, the moment it is picked or harvested, it starts losing enzymes, nutrients and flavour straight away. Pre-juiced bottled wheatgrass has a fairly short shelf life of up to 3 days. It must be kept in the fridge, and it must be kept in a sealed bottle with a lid to reduce oxidation.

Oxidation is a chemical reaction that takes place when juice is subjected to oxygen in the air. It can damage flavour, nutrients, enzymes, color and aroma over time.

You will need to shake the bottle before drinking it as the chlorophyll separates even after only a few hours. We regard this as a last resort, even after the chop and bagging method as there is the extra oxidation problem which further destroys the vitality of your juice.

Freezing – (The last, last resort)
You’ve harvested your wheatgrass (the ageing process has begun), put it through the juicer (oxidation starts) bottled it and then put it in the freezer.

Freezing any type of food causes many irreversible physical and chemical changes within the food matrix, often leaving the final product with lower eating quality than when it was in the fresh state. Freezing damages cell structure and tissue as well as dehydrating it to an extent.

There is the one trade-off though, in that freezing your juiced wheatgrass reduces wastage, and you can pull it out of the freezer when you have run out or perhaps have just come back from holidays.

The bottom line – Which method is best?

Fresh is best!
There are stacks of online articles about the fantastic benefits of raw food and wheatgrass is one of the freshest, rawest foods that are available.

These methods of making your wheatgrass last longer such as bagging and refrigerating, bottling and freezing are definitely better than not having wheatgrass at all, but the bottom line is, You can’t beat fresh wheatgrass!

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Sources:
Our own experience of growing wheatgrass.
Some great suggestions by many of our customers.
Juicing for Health – Julie Stafford
The art and Science of wine – James Halliday & Hugh Johnston (Effects of oxidation of juice)
Designing frozen foods – Lisa Kobs (Effects of freezing Meat & Fruit and vegetables)
Comparison of juice extractors: Enzymes – Michael Donaldson Ph. D. (Effects of oxidation)
Green Health foods in a bottle – Steve Meyorwitz
The Wheatgrass Book – Ann Wigmore
Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices – Dr. N. W. Walker

Super Hero Juice Recipes

Struggling to get the kids to eat greens or other fruits/veggies? Try printing this out and sticking it on the fridge. Everyone wants to be a Super Hero!

Mixing those sometimes unpopular foods in to a juice is a great way to ensuring that your kids (little…and big) get the essential nutrients from fresh produce. Most of us have a fruit or veggie that we just don’t like – kids more so than adults – so try disguising them.

You can save and print this out and stick it on your fridge.

You can find a great range of cold press juicers right here at www.sprout.net.au

Super Hero Juice Recipes