Help with juicers please!
I currently have an old but barely used Kenwood juicer. It does the job I guess but the pulp it produces is always really wet and it feels like I'm being wasteful, which I hate hate hate. It's also a complete pain to wash up, can't handle greens and is pretty slow and really loud. I want to sell it and get a new one. I am looking for one that can handle greens (not really bothered about wheatgrass though), is easy to wash up and is not too loud. Any advice? I have very very little knowledge about juicers. If anyone knows a good place other than ebay which I will check out that I can look for second hand juicers (UK) please let me know!
Thanks for the links Revvell I will give the threads a read. Another thing I forgot to mention before was that I need to be able to get it in the UK. I am not really bothered about things like ice cream and nut butters as I have a vita-mix but they would be nice I guess.
I've got a $400 juicer in storage. Found a $15 juicer at the Goodwill, but was missing the pulp catcher so I decided to just go out and buy another one. Also, I find the easier I make it for myself the more I am insuring that I will do something. Tonite I went out and bought Jack LaLanne's Juicer for $108 total. It is absolutely fabulous and to my wonderful surprise it even juices wheatgrass. This is unheard of. One cannot juice wheatgrass in a juicer, well you couldn't 10 years ago anyway when I bought my $400 juicer. It rocks! It's quiet, easy to use, the chute is huge so you can put whole fruits and veges in there without having to chop, very easy to clean and it's working for me. Just made a tomatoe and celery drink with a dash of pepper as I wanted something not sweet. It hit the spot. I'm so happy. Tomorrow morning I can't wait to juice something wonderful! Would love to hear what you buy.
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I've just done a ton of research to get a new juicer, as I had gotten a centrifugical Breville a few years ago which was one of the worst purchases of my life.
After my research, I decided on the Green Star, here's why:
-Centrifugical juicers destroy most of the vitamins, making colored sugared water instead of real raw juice, this means you can drink gallons of this stuff, get nearly no nutrition at all and a major sugar overdose, so juice from these is about as healthy as white refined sugar
-Auger style juicers, from my research it seems that 100% or almost of the Omega 8000 auger style juicers grind their own plastic into the juice, again this means these juicers are out if you want healthy juice, if this occurs on nearly 100% of the Omegas, I can only imagine the other brand auger style juicers may also have this issue, so I decided auger type juicers aren't safe at all
-This left me with metal twin gear juicers like the green star.
On top of not destroying vitamins, not grinding in toxic plastic, here are other significant advantages:
-Extracts 33% more juice than auger style juicers
-Extracts 50-200% more vitamins/minerals in the juice with a magnetic and infrared technology (tastes much better and prevents sugar overdose as you will feel full from the vitamins and stop drinking it once you have enough)
-Works with soft fruits like oranges and tomatoes, the auger style juicers have trouble with these
-Pulp pressure adjusting knob, you can increase the pressure for hard things like carrots and reduce it for soft things like oranges
-Makes juice that is stable for 3 days rather than just 15 minutes like other juicers
The only issue is it is a bit harder to clean (2-3 more parts than the Omega 8000 auger juicers) but can still be cleaned in less than 5 minutes.
The Green Star sounds good but it is way out of my price range. There's no way I can afford it, at least not until I'm a grown-up I think I will look at the Jack LaLanne as it looks like I can get it cheaply and if it juices wheatgrass that is an added bonus!
i second the jack lalane juicer. it is great. do you have a bed bath and beyond store near your if you do. sometimes they have coupons they send out for 20% off any item. so i got mine for 80. if you have a store but not the coupon let me know and i will mail one to you.
I have a norwalk juicer, supposed to extract the most nutrition out of all fruits and vegies. It also will do wheat grass. It does take time to use and is expensive. I also have a champion which is very quick and easy to use and clean. The pulp is a little wet. Not as much juice is extracted, but it is built to last forever. I got mine Norwalk used for $500. The Champion I found used for $50.00. I also have a sampson 6 in one which again I got used for about $50.00. It juices everything well, but you have to cut everything up small and it is slow to make juice. The pulp comes out dryer than the champion. Its parts are plastic. I used to have a greenstar but it cracked, took forever to juice with it. It juiced everything. It was also difficult to use. It took all my strength to make carrot juice. It worked well with greens.
I would if I had only one would get the Champion. Though it does not do wheat grass, it works fairly well, is quick to clean, makes really good juice and parts if needed are easy to find on the internet.
That's what I also thought, but I found a place that sells it for $340 new, still very expensive, but better than $450. I decided to delay my raw food order by a few months in order to afford the extra cost of the green star (my original plan was to get an Omage... uh... Omage... Omega 8005, Soyabella milk maker and raw food order with my christmas money, but when I learnt of the Omega's issues I decided the Green Star was the only choice).
Originally Posted by subbacultcha
Did you get the green star used also? Was the manual included? It explains what to do so carrots aren't hard to push through, I guess you didn't have or read the manual. You should wlays read the manual of any juicer you use, many will require special methods of juicing different items.
Originally Posted by Time2bloom4me
The Green Star also extracts much more nutrition and juice than the Norwalk, independant studies have confirmed this.
Do you have to have one of the expensive juicers to do wheatgrass at all, or will a cheaper one do them, maybe just do an inferior job? Or could you use your blender, and then just strain it? I am really wanting to do some wheatgrass, but with a baby coming and midwife bills (no insurance), it is not looking good until fall, at least, LOL! However, I don't mind burning up $10-$15 used juicers or blenders every few months until then, if I can get even a portion of the benefits of wheatgrass juice!
I do like the sound of the champion, and Karen Knowler recommends it...But can it handle leafy greens? I am not really fussed about the wheatgrass but I will want to be juicing a lot of greens...
Originally Posted by Time2bloom4me
I think I am leaning towards the Jack LaLanne, as I can get it pretty cheap. does anyone know how easy it is to wash up? My current juicer is really hard to get clean.
I hadn't heard of this before, but I just came across it.
It sounds pretty good to me, does anyone have any experience with it?
It sounds similar to the Champion but slightly cheaper and easier to clean and can apparently juice wheatgrass.
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