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    Juicers

    I am in need of a juicer, preferably from a reputable company, but am curious to know what juicers you Foosters on here operate and what'cha think of it. Is there any conspicuous knowledge you have that I should know of? Hopefully it won't break the bank (looking around $150-$300) and won't fail somehow. Any ideas?

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    Champion juicers are great, I'm sure there are others. Also I think Vita-mix blenders can be used as juicers. I have both and work great for me.
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    Yes, I have a Vita-Mix and it can surely be used as a juicer. It won't fit your "won't break the bank" requirement though unless you can find one used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    Yes, I have a Vita-Mix and it can surely be used as a juicer. It won't fit your "won't break the bank" requirement though unless you can find one used.
    True, Vita-Mix is a bit more steep. You can get a Champion for around 200 bucks new, they are very strong and durable.
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    Jack LaLane juicers are nice. 106 bucks at Target when I got mine. A very good investment. Better ones are available, but the Jack LaLane model will stand up to years of heavy use.
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    I use a Juiceman juicer, it's in your price range and works well. It's fast, and cleans up easily, and little pulp makes it into the juice. If I were to make juice daily, or in larger quantities I would spring for a Champion, they are very well made.
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    There are several different types of juicers to start with and they all have their pro's and con's.

    Centrifugal juicers range from cheap to expensive. On the plus side they are fast and whatever you are putting through them will be proccessed. On the negative side they are REALY noisy (like operating a circular saw noisy), sometimes what your juicing just goes into the waste container without much juice being extracted and they don't produce the best quality juice.

    Screw/Impeller type juicers start off a little more expensive but are in your price range. On the plus side they are realy quiet (you could run it in a kitchen at 2 am and not wake anyone up). They get the most juice out of most items and produce a realy high quality juice. On the negative side they are slow compared to centrifugal juicers and sometimes they can get hung up on something which will just be going around and around so you need to reverse them briefly and then try again.

    The Champion juicer is what they call a masticating juicer. They look like screw/impeller juicers but have a proccessing head with a lot of teeth so in many ways they are a hybrid type of the other 2. Its performance is kind of in the middle of the other 2 as well.

    The screw/impeller type is the only one that can realy handle leafy vegetables which is good if your planning to juice for health/nutrition benifits. Something to watch however is that juiced leafy greens are VERY bitter.

    Personaly I use a screw/impeller type of juicer. I think its benifits outweigh its negatives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnthonyG View Post
    There are several different types of juicers to start with and they all have their pro's and con's.

    Centrifugal juicers range from cheap to expensive. On the plus side they are fast and whatever you are putting through them will be proccessed. On the negative side they are REALY noisy (like operating a circular saw noisy), sometimes what your juicing just goes into the waste container without much juice being extracted and they don't produce the best quality juice.

    Screw/Impeller type juicers start off a little more expensive but are in your price range. On the plus side they are realy quiet (you could run it in a kitchen at 2 am and not wake anyone up). They get the most juice out of most items and produce a realy high quality juice. On the negative side they are slow compared to centrifugal juicers and sometimes they can get hung up on something which will just be going around and around so you need to reverse them briefly and then try again.

    The Champion juicer is what they call a masticating juicer. They look like screw/impeller juicers but have a proccessing head with a lot of teeth so in many ways they are a hybrid type of the other 2. Its performance is kind of in the middle of the other 2 as well.

    The screw/impeller type is the only one that can realy handle leafy vegetables which is good if your planning to juice for health/nutrition benifits. Something to watch however is that juiced leafy greens are VERY bitter.

    Personaly I use a screw/impeller type of juicer. I think its benifits outweigh its negatives.

    Regards, Anthony
    Oh excellent! I will be juicing a lot of spinach among other veggies. (probably more vegetables than fruits) So I need to find something with the screw/impeller type. Hm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ123 View Post
    Oh excellent! I will be juicing a lot of spinach among other veggies. (probably more vegetables than fruits) So I need to find something with the screw/impeller type. Hm.
    Dr Mercola sells the screw type juicer at a decent price and gives more information on the subject, http://www.mercola.com/article/juicer.htm

    I mostly juice celery, incluiding the leafy tops but I would be concerned about juicing too much spinach. Spinach is one of those vegetables that are best cooked as in their raw state they are high in oxalic acid which can prevent absorbtion of the nutrients that you are trying to get. I just went looking for a reference on this but I can't find a good one worth posting although it is an issue.

    Here's another article from Dr Mercola on juicing, http://www.mercola.com/nutritionplan/juicing.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnthonyG View Post
    Dr Mercola sells the screw type juicer at a decent price and gives more information on the subject, http://www.mercola.com/article/juicer.htm

    I mostly juice celery, incluiding the leafy tops but I would be concerned about juicing too much spinach. Spinach is one of those vegetables that are best cooked as in their raw state they are high in oxalic acid which can prevent absorbtion of the nutrients that you are trying to get. I just went looking for a reference on this but I can't find a good one worth posting although it is an issue.

    Here's another article from Dr Mercola on juicing, http://www.mercola.com/nutritionplan/juicing.htm

    Regards, Anthony
    Interesting, I may as well get that-do you think it's made well?
    He also states that juicing with carrots or beets or anything from the ground should be restricted as it raises insulin too much? I thought they would be very beneficial, but hm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ123 View Post
    Interesting, I may as well get that-do you think it's made well?
    He also states that juicing with carrots or beets or anything from the ground should be restricted as it raises insulin too much? I thought they would be very beneficial, but hm.
    I haven't bought anything from Dr Mercola however a friend of mine bought one of those juicers from him and she likes it. Its been reliable for her and she uses it every day.

    I used to juice carrots and they are sweet. You can taste the sugar. Yes Dr Mercola is in the low refined sugar/high animal fats camp. He is or was on the board of the Weston A Price Foundation. He promotes the concept of Metabolic type diet. This is a concept that achnowledges that we are not all the same and some of us thrive on fat and some of us thrive on carbohydrates. Have a look on his site for it.

    Regards, Anthony

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    cool topic. Mine's a kenwood centrifugal, picked it up at a yardsale last year for ten bucks. it's used every other day and love it. My favorite mix is a couple red apples, three carrots, couple handfulls of grapes, some lettuce, two radishes. just curious, what's everyones favorite juicer recipe?

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