I had a L'equip juicer that was $300. It's a masticating juicer, which gives you more of the fiber and enzymes than centrifugal juicers do.
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I have an Omega 8000 that I got for $45 at a garage sale. Compaired to my ancient Atlas that I struggled with for years the Omega is amazing.
I drool over the higher line fancy machines though.
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Greetings. I just brought the VM 3600 and was wondering if anyone could tell me if it is good for greens and juicing?
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The VM 3600 is not a juicer. IF you wish to drink it as a juicer then you'll have to strain the pulp. Suggestion: do a search here (points up to banana) and look for all the threads on green smoothies. You'll love 'em. You get all the nutrients as well as the fiber and SOOOO many delicious recipes.
Originally Posted by Rastadawta
Oh my, the more you learn, the harder it gets to decide! that was an interesting feature, revvell -- now i'm wonder whether to abandon the idea of a super-duper new juicer and just keep on with my old cheap centrifugal one and get a Vita-Mix instead.
does the Vita-Mix puree veg REALLY fine? I'm wondering whether I'd get to like green smoothies if they were made in this, instead of in my old blender/liquidizer, which leaves bits...
I use my food processor and my Vitamix almost daily. The Vitamix does puree very well. I've been starting each day (or make it to go for my commute) with 1 1/2 c. pure water, 6-8 soaked brazil nuts, 1-2 t. raw cacao nibs (soaked or unsoaked), dash cinnamon, squirt of agave, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 t. maca, and 1 T sesame seed with hull. Usually let it run until it is a little on the warm side--better than any Starbucks mocha any day.
I really would be hard pressed to give up my Vitamix more than any other appliance in my raw food prep kitchen.
Originally Posted by Lady Green Jeans
A friend of mine has the Hippocrates by Green Power and I really really dislike it. There are gears to switch over for different things, it's really hard to put together, and I just don't like it! I looked at it in a store recently (a juicer shop) and even the person there couldn't figure out how to put it together.
I read a page on the official Green Power website ages ago at http://www.greenpower.com (click on RECENT NEWS ARTICLES, then DON'T BE MISLED). It's got a good history of the two juicers, and the main differences between them.
Thank you, Sheryl, and everyone else. Interesting about the Hippocrates. this has made me think again about the Omega 8000, which is called the Samson in the UK I think. In the meantime have got dh to sharpen the blades in my ancient blender so i can compare that and dream about the Vitamix...
I have the Breville 149.00 at Bed Bath and Beyond. I like it, great entry level. In a few year or so I will give to my Mom & I will upgrade to the next level since I am Juicer Addict now... but for a newbie, wanting to get my feet wet first with out spending 300, works great.
I did same with the dehydrator, gave to mom and upgdared to the Excalibur.
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Just a note for anyone contemplating (on account of financial restrictions) buying only a Vitamix/K-tec/NewGena or a decent juicer. My sincere recommendation would be to buy the juicer second, and the blender first. With very few exceptions, one can healthily consume the whole (pur'eed) vegetable in any given instance, and the blender can also be used for a whole host of other tasks. The juicer is limited to just one task and does not yield a more nutritious result - a juiced vegetable yields no more nutrition than a well-pur'eed vegetable.
I went the other way around and wish I hadn't because wonderful though my Matstone/Samson was (is!), I really don't know how I managed without my blender, now that I have one.
However, as you are doubtless aware, if you wish to macerate a vegetable to a true pur'ee, in order to make it not only easily 'drinkable', but to make as much of the nutrient content bio-available as possible (by breaking all the cell walls), you WILL need to spend the money and buy a decent blender. I bought a $50 Braun blender and it lasted 9months and then broke. Not only that but it's limited speed and power meant that it could only break-down vegetables just so far - almost to a pur'ee but not far enough. I finally bought myself a NewGena last week and it is truly a revelation - the sheer power and control yield awesome results, with the smoooooothest pur'ees I've ever seen.
So, in short, I suggest you buy a DECENT blender first, then, in the months that follow, save up for a juicer in your own sweet time. The blender will definitely take care of you while you save.
I second your recommendation. My Vitamix does get a daily workout--the juicer is not a dust gatherer, but definately less-used than
I would have thought. Green smoothies are currentlly the nutritional rage on this board and rightly so. If it is a matter of this or that, personally I would pick the high-end blender, too.
Best of luck, raw food health and happiness.
LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!!! After doing much research on juicers, this is what I chose, and I just love it; Omega 8500. It does leafy greens, parsley and wheatgrass wonderfully - also any other fruit/vegetable! Celery and beets don't get caught in it, either. I had a Juiceman Jr. which I also liked, but it was louder, and much harder to clean and did not do leafies or celery/beets that well.
The Omega 8500 is sooooooooooooooooooo easy to clean I can't believe it's a juicer!!! I just LOVE it and recommend it to anyone looking for a reasonalby priced ($259) juicer that does wheatgrass and all vegs. It homogenizes, too, so nut butters will be my next venture!!
Hope this helps!!!!!! GO OMEGA
I have several juicers, blenders, etc.
But my advise is to buy the Vita Mix, or any other Ktec, high speed type blender, you can make nut milks etc with it.
AND you can make smoothies, or whole juice,
but you can also strain your juice, just like you do your nut milks, to remove the pulp if you wish, and then you will have just juice.
Just use the nut milk bag like you do with nut milk it is that easy.
Victoria Boutenko showed how to make wheat grass juice this way with water and lemon with peel, so you could drink the wheat grass, and then she strained it, it was delicious.
I've never liked wheat grass juice, until then.
anyway, just a thought.