Make your juice at home: juicer review
So Many Juicer Choices!
The growing popularity of raw foods
There are some amazing stories of people who went on raw food diets or total juicing diets, where they lost 50 pounds in month. For more information, check out Kristen's Raw guide to healthy living.
This is the model I bought - and I'm happy!
The healthy, easy way to get your veggies
Juice bars have been popping up in malls and strip malls where I live in California. Step inside, and you can have a hand-crafted, healthy drink mixed up for you in minutes. Cost? Somewhere in the $5 range per person.
Alternatively, you can buy “healthy” juices at the grocery store or natural foods place. In our area the brand of choice is Naked Juice, but it’s not cheap, and I have to wonder how healthy and fresh a bottle of carrot juice really is. What did they put it in to keep it from going bad?
Earlier this year, I took bold steps and ordered a juicer. My budget was not large – under $150 – but there are a few juicers in that category that offer the basics I was looking for. My criteria were these:
- Easy to clean
- Strong motor
My wish list was that it would take fruit or vegetables without a lot of preparation. I want to be able to wash the fruit off and push it into the machine like a food processor.
I ended up with the Breville Juice Fountain JE900 and it has exceeded my expectations. It’s very fast – once you have your fruits ready, the juice is extracted in just a few seconds. The pulp that is separated out is pretty dry, and the liquid is expelled into a pitcher through a tube on the other side.
There are a couple downsides: It can be noisy, so if there are sleeping babies in the house, or nervous pets, they won’t like it. It sounds like a coffee grinder. It also should be cleaned pretty quickly, or the fine screen mesh that separates the pulp from the juice will be hard to wash.
But if you buy a big bag of inexpensive carrots at your local food warehouse, some apples, and a bit of ginger root, you’ll have the makings for my favorite afternoon pick-me-up;
Gracie’s Apple Zinger Juice
- Four medium carrots, washed with the tops cut off
- Three large apples (or two with one pear)
- One piece of fresh ginger – enough to fit in a tablespoon
Put these ingredients in your juicer and, viola – out comes sweet, healthy juice for two people with a ginger zing.
Kids under 12 don’t always like the ginger, so you can skip it, or throw in a few celery ribs instead. They’ll never know they’ve just had their veggies. You can also substitute a pear or two if the kids are younger, because they like the sweet flavors.
Another important note for citrus lovers: I was not able to use the juicer as easily to accommodate the fruit I get from the multitudes of citrus trees I have in my yard. The juicer will work, but you have to peel the fruit first. The end product comes out kind of foamy, and it reminds me of pulp free orange julius that we used to get at the mall – yummy.
It’s fun to experiment with different combinations using tomato, jalapeno, spinach, onions, cabbage and zucchini to make my own version of V-8. I noticed the skin on the back of my hands and my face started looking better after just a couple weeks, so I’m convinced that the extra vitamins I’m getting are beneficial.
My daughter bought a Jack LaLanne Power Juicer and is also very pleased with it. She’s giving the kids healthy, fresh fruit juices, and they’ve had a lot of fun making new combinations.
An added bonus has been that it prompted me to start a compost pile. With every juice extraction, the pulp collected represented something that can go back in the garden or spread in flower beds once it turns into compost. So now I’m composting newspapers, paper towels, grass clippings, egg shells and all kinds of green waste.