I've been using a Breville juicer for the last 5 months, and I like it. If you read the online reviews, that one comes out on top. The ones by Jack Lalanne rate low because they have a tendency to burn out, as mirax3 found out. Cleaning the juicer takes about 10 minutes, and isn't that hard. The worst part is cleaning the filter, since you have to really scrub it good with the bristle brush to get all the itty bitty food particles out of the mesh.
As for the remnants of the veggies -- I just throw away the leftover pulp. The books all say to use it as compost, but I live in an apartment. A few times I actually ate the pulp -- sprinkle some lemon juice on it and it's kind of good!
I just juice veggies as a side "dish" for dinner, since it's really the only way I can tolerate veggies without heaping on sauces, cheese, and dressings. I don't look at it as a meal replacement, and haven't tried the "reboot" made popular by the "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead" flick.
I bought 4 books online with different recipes, but the only one I've used is by "The Juiceman." It's an older book, but the recipes are tasty. One of the first juices I made included kale: 6 carrots, 4 sprigs of parsley, 1/2 an apple (I use the whole apple), and 4 kale leaves. I was expecting it to be gross, but I actually liked it. And of great surprise to me is that one of my favorites is nothing but carrots and broccoli (which I REALLY don't like eating unless it's smothered in something fattening).
So, if you're like me and have a really hard time getting veggies into your diet, juicing your veggies is a good way of getting those nutrients.
(I know smoothies are really good too, but I haven't tried those yet. For now I'm happy just doing juicing, although I'm saving up for a Vitamix to use when I decide to try smoothies)
Last edited by Apple Cheeks; 05-18-2012 at 02:59 AM.