Choosing a Juicer? Well, I love my Breville Juice Fountain Plus – oh, and since originally writing this post and researching juicers, I am now the proud owner of the Omega 8006 ;-). Oh and for the record my most favourite juice in the whole-wide-word is this Cleansing Juice!
But when it comes to kitchen gadgets, I do also love my Blender, my trusty Cuisinart food processor, my mandoline slicer, my dehydrator and of course my spiral slicer! More about those later (see Kitchen Tools)… today, I’ll focus on juicers.
Juicers are so important for a vegans and non-vegans alike! Green juices are especially key and THE best way to ensure you get your infusion of vitamins!! So whether you are a carnavore, vegetarian, vegan or any where in between, juicing can benefit all. But the benefits of juicing will have to be a story for another day.
When choosing a juicer, there are several different types of juicers on the market. The type you choose for yourself will depend on a few factors:
- Your Budget
- Prep time available
- Time for cleanup
- Importance of shelf-life of juice
Centrifugal juicers (like mine) are the most common and they are really the easiest for juicing and for cleanup. The juicer has a wide mouth and it’s easy to dump in the ingredients with minimal cutting. For example, I put in my lemon and apple whole, how easy is that :-)). The centrifugal juicers finely grate your vegetables & fruits and push against a fine mesh screen and extracts the juice from the pulp – this approach to juicing means the juice oxidizes quickly and the nutrients will disappear more rapidly than with the other types of juicers. And sure, there are those who say you need to drink the juice within an hour (some diehards say you need to drink immediately!), but really if you drink the juice the same day, it’s still pretty good! These juicers are not suitable for wheatgrass or leafy greens. The Breville Juice Fountain Plus I bought is reasonably priced and was less than $200.
Next step up from the centrifugal juicers are the Masticating juicers and Twin Gear juicers (twin gear is the best of the three). Both the masticating and twin gear use more of a pressing approach to juicing your fruits and vegetables which means your juice oxidizes much slower so your juice can keep easily for two even three days. And although a little more expensive (about $100 more), the twin gear juicers are very efficient at pressing higher volumes of juice from not only your fruits and vegetables but also wheatgrass, leafy greens and even herbs.
These juicers operate at a lower RPM, so they are slower which means that the vital nutrients and enzymes are retained. The downside, they do take more time to juice and to clean, but if you can keep juice for 3 days that means you need to juice less often!! So all in all, I would choose a twin-gear if I were to buy another juicer.
Well, I decided to buy a twin-gear juicer and I bought the Omega 8006 which retailed for $299 CDN. I love LOVE it and I’m really enjoying the juices!!
But there is no denying, if I win the lottery I will buy the Rolls Royce of juicers, the Norwalk 275 Juicer which goes for about $2500, I would LOVE to have one of those (a girl can dream :-)))!!