Juicers and making juice

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    Oct 07, 2007 4:48 PM GMT
    Do any of you guys use a juicer to make your own juice?

    What juicer do you use?
    What features do you look for in a juicer?
    What do you make your juice out of?

    I am just wondering if this is a worthwhile activity to get into.
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    Oct 07, 2007 5:29 PM GMT
    The only kind that makes any sense to me is a hydraulic press. But I never seem to have the cash around for one, when I need it. Last time I made wine, I actually nested some buckets (holes in the bottom ones) and pressed them down with the loader bucket of the tractor. Only burst two of them, lol!
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    Oct 07, 2007 5:33 PM GMT
    Right now I have a Jack la lane power juicer. I is really good and extracting the most juice, and can do larger batches. But, I had a small cheap Hamilton beach juicer that I really liked, because it was small, easy to clean (like 3 parts) and cheap (50.00?).

    That being said, here are some things you might consider:

    1)Size .. do you have enough counter space? Is it easy to store away?
    2)Quantity of juice .. if you are just making juice for you maybe a smaller one will do. Or if you just make enough to drink right away.
    3)Ease of cleaning .. My jack la lane juicer seems like it is a little more hassle to clean than the old Hamilton beach.

    Some juices just really taste good fresh as well as being good for you. I am a big fan of fresh carrot juice. You can find all kinds of recipes for mixed juices.
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    Oct 07, 2007 6:10 PM GMT
    We have a juicer, but we seldom use it. However, the juicing screen can be replaced with a solid plastic insert, and I keep meaning to see how well it functions as a meat grinder.

    Ours is an Omega 8001 single-gear juicer. The two most important features for us were low RPM and easy cleanup. The low RPM choices were the very expensive Norwalk hydraulic press juicer, the single gear juicers, and the double gear juicers. I chose the single gear juicer because it is the easiest to clean.
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    Oct 07, 2007 6:55 PM GMT
    Thanks guys for the information. Y'all have been a great help!
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Oct 07, 2007 7:27 PM GMT
    When I get one, this is the one I will get.

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    http://www.vitamix.com/

    OK it is not a juicer, but in my opinion it is better than a juicer.

    You get all of the fruit and veg (No waste).

    I have seen this demonstrated and it does exactly what it says it does. The one thing that amazed me was it can make soup. You just put all the ingredient in to it and switch it on. Leave it running for what ever amount of time it says (it is not long) and you get the best tasting HOT soup. I have tasted a lot of different thing from this blender, and I believe every kitchen should have one.

    I would like to say I am not affiliated with this company in any way. I am not trying to make a sale or promote it. I am just giving my opinion on what I have tasted and seen.

    Mike
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    Oct 07, 2007 8:31 PM GMT
    We have an older Vitamix (with the polished steel base), and it really does what they say it does. What I like best about it is how it can render edible that which would otherwise be too tough or woody. The woody stems of shiitake mushrooms in water become a strong mushroom flavored broth. And, the woody ends of asparagus in water become a creamy asparagus soup.

    The one thing the Vitamix doesn't do well, IMO, is grind flour. It makes gritty flour that results in very heavy, leaden bread. The Vitamix is also deafeningly loud.
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    Oct 07, 2007 8:57 PM GMT
    The Vitamix is also how I process fresh tomatoes for the winter. I simply remove the cores, cut them into quarters, and Vitamix them until they are completely liquefied, seeds, skins, and all. Then I freeze it in small plastic freezer containers.
  • iHavok

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    Oct 07, 2007 11:42 PM GMT
    Freshly squeezed pineapple juice is nectar.
    It's nothing at all like the canned stuff,and is so tasty and amazing, i probably would kill ppl to get some. Okay maybe not, but still, it's good enough to consider.

    Don't juice myself, had some at a Brazilian BBQ (i was attracted by the 12 types of meat, can you blame me?) and find myself craving more even still.
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    Oct 09, 2007 4:51 AM GMT
    I read that masticating juicers are best since they don't oxidize the juice. I would prefer a vitamix over a juicer, though. i wish i had the money icon_sad.gif
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    Oct 09, 2007 1:42 PM GMT
    Juicers are great, especially in times of illness. They are a great way to eat a lot of vegetables which you might otherwise find unpalatable. For example, I could never eat a bunch or carrots, but I cna juice them and drink quite a few.

    I have a simple, inexpensive Oster.

    I find it's best to do veggie juices OR fruit, not a mix. Carrots and beets are great, maybe with celery. For fruits, apple & grape, with a little strawberry or other berry is good.

    Sometimes, I like to mix a juice with water, sparking water, or ginger ale, or ass a milk-based brink to make a smoothie.
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    Oct 09, 2007 1:46 PM GMT
    Berries and cherries are great through a juicer. They make what could be considered a syrup.
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    Oct 27, 2007 4:07 PM GMT
    This is the juicer that I have ordered on the recommendation of my personal trainer: Omega Model 8003 Single-Gear Juicer

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    Juice Recipes

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    Oct 27, 2007 4:32 PM GMT
    Isn't that a bidet?
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    Oct 27, 2007 5:00 PM GMT
    OMG! ... icon_eek.gif ... I think you are right! ... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 13, 2007 12:49 AM GMT
    Ok I have used my juicer...shown above...for over a week now. I love it. It is powerful and easy to disassemble for cleaning. I would recommend it.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 13, 2007 2:17 PM GMT
    unrelated but- did u ever see jim carey do "the juice weasel" on in living color. It was a take off on the guy who juices with the long grey eyebrows. It was funny as hell!!
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    Nov 13, 2007 2:43 PM GMT
    Found it!

    Jim Carrey ~ The Juice Weasel
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    Nov 13, 2007 3:16 PM GMT
    i bought a juicer caslon but i wondered how healthy it really is? there is so much waste, all the fibre, which is good for digestion, and it gives you a massive sugar hit which might not be that good for you?
  • Alan95823

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    Nov 13, 2007 3:25 PM GMT
    I'm planning on ordering one fairly soon, but since I need to keep prices down I was looking at this:

    Breville BJE200XL 700-Watt Compact Juice Fountain

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    Nov 13, 2007 6:44 PM GMT
    The idea behind juicing is to relieve the digestive track of having to do the work of digesting. Your body can absorb all the nutrients quickly and easily. But you are right, Dakuk, you have to make sure you get fiber in what you eat besides the juice.

    Also, juicing lets you get the nutrition of many more fruits and vegetables than if you tried to eat that much food.

    I dont have a "waste" problem, because I compost all the grindings in my vegetable garden. So I will get them back next year as fresh vegetables. ... icon_biggrin.gif

    The juicer you are looking at seems good, alan95823. It got high reviews on Amazon. I love reseaching stuff on Amazon because you can get real users' comments on the product.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 15, 2007 4:58 PM GMT
    thanks paradox- still funny after all this time!
  • Alan95823

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    Jan 26, 2008 6:52 PM GMT
    I wound up ordering the Jack LaLanne one from http://www.powerjuicer.com/ instead of the one I was looking at. What can I say, it was on sale for $100, and I was roped in by an infomercial after a margarita... but I'm not sorry!

    It arrived last night, and I used it this morning for the first (and second) time.

    Easy to assemble, easy to use... my first attempt was a container of blueberries and a fuji apple.. it was so good I thought my taste buds were going to explode. Then, I took two oranges and a lemon (peeled, of course) and juiced them. It was more than my container could handle, but I swapped it out for a glass before the last orange finished. I won't mix a lemon into the mix again, that was just too tart, but the pure orange was fantastic.

    However, about half an hour after drinking both glasses of juice, my heart started beating fast, and I got a heat rush.. has anyone else experienced that? It faded after 5 minutes, but it was a surprise.

    I think this afternoon, I'm going to attempt a veggie blend of tomato, celery, green onion and carrot.
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    Jan 26, 2008 7:38 PM GMT
    I read the title of the thread and thought you meant the other "juice" and expected it to be full dueling posts between chucky and the "hugs not drugs" lobby.

    MikePhil is right about the VitaMix. You can turn your iPod into a smoothie if you wanted to. If want to upgrade to something with a little more ooomph, you can go with the Blendtec which has a 3 horsepower motor as opposed to the VitaMix's 2 horse one. Either one of these will liquefy or powder almost anything you put in it. I put frozen carrots and frozen cubed beets in my Blendtec all the time and end up with smoothies complete with all the fiber and other yummy goodness of the whole fruit or vegetable.icon_razz.gif
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    Jan 30, 2008 2:32 AM GMT
    I am too poor to afford a good juicer and too snooty to get one at AmVets.

    But my favorite combo is
    1 apple
    4 carrots
    and a big hunk of ginger.

    so spicy delicious.

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