juicers

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  1. kens

    kens Well-Known Member

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    I'm wanting to try and juice some of my vegies and don't know who makes a good juicer.Any suggestions!
     
  2. Navotifarm

    Navotifarm Well-Known Member

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    Last Thursday evening I bought the Jack LaLanne stainless steel "pro" juicer from a display of various juicers. I already had a very good, expensive juicer which drove ne nuts because cleaning it is such a hassle. The JL juicer ejects the pulp into an open top plastic container which is very easy to knock into a bucket for my chickens. My original juicer spins the pulp into a basket in the machine so the juice drips out the perforations. The pulp gets stuck in all the perforations so that juicer is a real pain to clean, especially if I let the pulp dry on there like cement! The JL juicer gets more juice out and reduces the pulp to much finer particles. I have used the pulp from my original juicer to make carrot cake. JL suggests one can do that with his juicer but I wonder if his pulp would be like sawdust, it is so fine and dry?!

    Cost was a big consideration for me and JL has a lower-priced white plastic juicer. The descriptions on the boxes are not very good but it appeared both models have the same 3,600 rpm motor. The stainless steel one isn't that much bigger. They both have lifetime warranties so will surely outlast me. All the other juicers seemed very inferior so I quickly discarded them from consideration.

    I have been making a LOT of juice (hit the jackpot in a dumpster foray!) And after what I've been paying for raw carrot juice at the store, think I've quarterways recovered my investment already.

    I don't think the recipe book and instructions are very good, though. And they neglect to mention, you should dismantle and clean the juicer immediately after use!!! That advice goes for any juicer, though!
     

  3. viggie

    viggie Single Urban Homesteader

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    I have a Lalanne too and my parents have several now. They are great for what I use them for. But it depends which veggies you are thinking of juicing. Carrots and celery and heavy items to through great. But because it's centrifugal it'll toss out light things like greens. You'd have to go with a masticating juicer then.
     
  4. VegRN

    VegRN Well-Known Member

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    I am asking for a Vitamix for my birthday. Pricey, yes, but I know people who have had theirs for 10 years or more.
     
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    viggie Single Urban Homesteader

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    I love my Vitamix. The smoothies it makes are awesome. It's kinda a pain though if you want juice as you have to strain the pulp. It's certainly easier to clean though even accounting for that.
     
  6. ChristieAcres

    ChristieAcres Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have an Omega Juicer and have also used the other types. I prefer the centrifugal types, and if cleaning is a hassle, you can use filters. The pulp? The drier the better as I know I am getting the max juice out of the veggies. The pulp is great for adding to soups, breads, and other recipes.
     
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    paintlady Well-Known Member

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    I have both the Jack La Lane and the Vitamix. The La Lane makes better actual juice without having to add ice or water but it is not very efficient as the pulp should be drier and you have to use a lot of carrots to get a glass of juice. The Vita mix is good for smoothies, uses less veggies but you are supposed to add water or ice which dilutes it too much for my tastes.
     
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    luvrulz Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have a Vitamix and a Champion. Prefer the Champion - it's quicker and produces more juice. Got it for $60 on ebay. Vitamix was $120 also on ebay.
     
  9. Jim-mi

    Jim-mi Well-Known Member

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    Vitamix................

    A person needs fiber ............

    For instance if you chomp down a whole carrot your getting all the 'pulp'
    So why filter the juice . . .?

    The same goes for; an apple, orange, tomato, celery and so on.........

    Eat healthy . .Eat the whole veggie.

    Vitamix
     
  10. Hotshot

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    Steam juicers are good if you want to do more than a glass full
     
  11. ChristieAcres

    ChristieAcres Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Don't know about steam juicers, but my Omega does an excellent job of making juice with dry pulp & easy to clean. I used to own one that was an incredibly high end one, which worked no better than my Omega model. The price I paid was only $45 on CL (excellent condition and in tip top working shape).
     
  12. billooo2

    billooo2 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have a Champion....a masticating machine. I tried a couple centrifugal......much more time consuming to clean than the Champion.

    ????If one wants to eat the whole fruit or veggie.....then why would they run it through a juicer?? :shrug:
     
  13. mammabooh

    mammabooh Metal melter Supporter

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    We have a Champion also and love it. We've been using it for many years and it hasn't slowed down a bit. We have a blank for it (replaces the screen) so that we can make nut butters. We also have the grain mill attachment and think it does a great job.
     
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    BlackWillowFarm Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Another vote for the Champion Juicer. It's a workhorse.
     
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    I have the JL - I hate it. I would like one that I can put frozen fruit through to make a slush....any ideas?
     
  16. Jim-mi

    Jim-mi Well-Known Member

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    A Vitamix will handle frozen fruit.

    billooo2 . . .Because I make a gallon or so at a time of smoothie with multiple ingredients . . . . .It can be a raw food meal in itself.

    very healthy..........
     
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    FarmboyBill Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Whats the one Montel peddles? I notice theres sure a heck of a difference in it and the JL model
     
  18. Navotifarm

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    I have a vita mix, that would be the thing to make frozen juice slushies or smoothies. My favorite thing to make with it is half banana, half fresh pinapple. But it doesn't make carrot juice. The juicer makes wonderful carrot juice but bananas don't work in it! I have a blender, too, and a mortar and pestle and a waffle iron and other nifty specialized things I got cheap at goodwill. Each has a specialized use. But they collect a lot of dust most of the time.
     
  19. BlackWillowFarm

    BlackWillowFarm Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The Champion Juicer. :goodjob: