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missingmyerica
12-13-2007, 03:56 PM
I've been reading a lot about juicers lately and was thinking of getting myself one for Christmas. Just wondering if anyone has one and what you think about it?


bargoo
12-13-2007, 04:07 PM
I have one and I like it except it is a pain in the neck to wash. I have a Juice man Jr.

Spinymouse
12-13-2007, 04:19 PM
If you can afford it, get a Vita-Mix! I had a Jack La Lanne Juicer and I gave it away after falling in love with the Vita-Mix. It makes juices without separating out any of the pulp/fiber so you get all of the fruit/vegs. Clean up is simple, you just pour some soapy water in it, turn it on, and rinse it out. Also it can be used the same way as a food processor with the chopping blade. You can chop nuts, vegetables, etc. You can make soup in it, make your own peanut butter, lots of stuff besides juicing!


missingmyerica
12-13-2007, 04:56 PM
If you can afford it, get a Vita-Mix! I had a Jack La Lanne Juicer and I gave it away after falling in love with the Vita-Mix. It makes juices without separating out any of the pulp/fiber so you get all of the fruit/vegs. Clean up is simple, you just pour some soapy water in it, turn it on, and rinse it out. Also it can be used the same way as a food processor with the chopping blade. You can chop nuts, vegetables, etc. You can make soup in it, make your own peanut butter, lots of stuff besides juicing!

Yipes...I just looked at the price of the vita-mix. I don't think I'll be able to afford that right now. Any suggestions in the under $200 range?

nelie
12-13-2007, 06:21 PM
I got a vitamix at costco, it was awesome!

I wouldn't recommend a juicer just because it takes the fiber out of the veggies/fruits and fiber is important.

Spinymouse
12-13-2007, 11:29 PM
The Vita-Mix sounds expensive but I use it. I never used my "juicer" because it was too much hassle. I use the Vita-Mix several times a week - sorry if I sound like a commercial! - so I think it is worth the cost.
Missingmyerica - my friend who i gave my juicer to has not used it either - he saw my vita-mix and bought one! So if you want a good deal on a Jack La Lanne Juicer -- never been used.... let me know! :)

missingmyerica
12-14-2007, 06:53 AM
The Vita-Mix sounds expensive but I use it. I never used my "juicer" because it was too much hassle. I use the Vita-Mix several times a week - sorry if I sound like a commercial! - so I think it is worth the cost.
Missingmyerica - my friend who i gave my juicer to has not used it either - he saw my vita-mix and bought one! So if you want a good deal on a Jack La Lanne Juicer -- never been used.... let me know! :)


If you sound like a commercial... well....let's just say you do a good job, because now ..... I WANT A VITAMIX!!!!!!!!!!! :eek:

I researched the vitamix and it has great reviews. I've decided to wait, put a little more money together and invest in a vitamix!! I'll let you know how it goes....thanks for the advice. Vitamix should hire you!

What kinds of things do you make in yours?

nelie
12-14-2007, 08:33 AM
I have to admit that when I first saw the vitamix, there was no way I was getting one. Crazy expensive... Until I started reading about it.

I use my vitamix every morning to make a smoothie for breakfast/morning snack.

This morning my smoothie consisted of....
3 inch piece of english cucumber
1/2 cup (or so) of baby carrots
1/2 frozen banana
10 frozen strawberries
1/2 apple
1/2 stalk of celery
2-3 large handfuls of spinach
Some ice and water (I like a runnier smoothie so I add water)

Basically, I just throw whatever looks good and have a good mix of veggies and fruits.

Spinymouse
12-14-2007, 12:15 PM
If you go to the Vita-Mix website, then to Info Center, and then scroll down to "dowload brochure" you will see an impressive list of 30-something things you can do with the machine. When I bought mine, I had 1. a food processor which I had used frequently but I had to throw it in the dumpster because the motor died 2. an ordinary blender which I seldom used and 3. a juicer which I never used becaue it seemed intimidating. I went to the Mid-State Fair and was in one of those happy-fair-going moods after having beer and rides and goat-petting, so I was feeling more impulsive and jovial than usual. I went to the building where they sell home things and there was a young, joking-around, animated woman demonstrating the Vita-Mix and giving out samples of all kinds of things from peanut butter to soup to an ice cream -like thing that was made from protein powder and ice and honey and she put cabbage in it and it just tasted like ice cream - not like cabbage, and in a WOWed state I bought one. I got rid of the blender and juicer and never got another food processor because this gizmo does the work of all three. When you think of it that way, it's not so expensive! I especially like to use it when I make garden burgers; I grind almonds and oats. The possibilities are endless!

lynna
12-21-2007, 05:08 PM
I have a Vitamix they ARE pricey. There is a new Juicemen being advertised on an informercial that will let you split up payment and it looks just like the Vitamix and has a much better warrenty then my vitamix does.The new Juiceman does the same things my much beloved vitamix does at a much better price.The new juicemen also leaves the fiber in instead of extracting it.

Spinymouse
12-21-2007, 10:01 PM
Wow, Lynna - I had to look it up!
From the specs I saw it looks like the Juiceman has a 0.5 hp motor. The Vita-Mix has a 2 hp motor. So I still have no regrets about my Vita-Mix!
But yes, the Juiceman is way cheaper! Might be a good choice for a lot of people!

lynna
12-23-2007, 01:53 PM
Wow that is a big difference. I just caught the back half of the commercial. Either way I think the friut juices made with these machines will be so much better then store bought esp people with sugar issues.Thanks for the info.

tamaralynn
12-23-2007, 02:08 PM
I have one of the first models of Vita-Mix ever made :) My mother in law used it once and then it collected dust in their basement for years. She gave it to me :)

This makes creams, soups, ice cream, baby food, juice etc etc etc.
I have yet to try it - just no time to sit and read the manuals LOL. But it came with a huge cookbook :)

phantastica
12-24-2007, 12:26 PM
I had a juicer once, but I didn't use it because it was a hassle to clean. Save yourself the trouble and buy one of the easy-clean ones, even if you have to wait a few more months. I'd say it's worth it.

lynna
12-26-2007, 12:21 AM
The cool think with both the mixers mentioned here is that all you have to do when finished is add warm water and a very LITTLE bit of soap and turn it on for maybe up to a min and a clean mixer with no hassle. Now if only ALL our gadgets could do that VBG.

srmb60
12-27-2008, 07:35 AM
Has anyone found a juicing site they like? recipes etc?

walking2lose
12-27-2008, 10:36 AM
I wouldn't recommend a juicer just because it takes the fiber out of the veggies/fruits and fiber is important.

First of all, let me just say that I WANT A VITAMIX! I have wanted one for a few years, but I never got around to getting one. I still plan to get one eventually to use for the types of drinks Nelie makes (and other uses), but...About 9 months ago, my 101 year old, sharp-as-a-tack great aunt finally acquiesced to go into a nursing home. I got her Acme Supreme Juicerator, and I LOVE IT!! This sucker is probably 30 years old; it is heavy duty, restaurant quality stainless steel, and this baby works amazingly! They sell for about 200.00 new. The juice is soooo good and so easy to make, and I too was concerned about losing all of the fiber and good stuff. So, I read a lot about it, and it turns out that while juicing does take out the insoluble fiber (stuff that cleans you out), the soluble fiber (good for your heart, etc.) REMAINS. I do eat plenty of insoluble fiber -- oatmeal, bran muffins, other veggies, fruits, grains-- so I am ok with getting an extra boost of live nutrients from juice, even though the insoluble fiber is removed. I copied and pasted a little explanation from Cherie Calbum (aka The Juice Lady - she has 2 books on juicing) that explains the fiber thing.

Also, here is her site - it has some good info on juicing in general, but I believe it is lacking in recipes because she wants you to buy her book!

]http://www.sleepawaythepounds.com/juicing/benefitsOfJuicing.shtml[/URL]


Does juice have fiber?
Yes. Juice has soluble fiber; the insoluble fiber is removed. Whole fruits and vegetables have insoluble and soluble fiber. Both forms of fiber are very important for colon health. Soluble fiber in the form of pectin, gums, and non-starchy polysaccharides, are found in juice. That is a fact many people do not know. Soluble fiber is excellent for the digestive tract. It also helps to lower blood cholesterol levels, stabilize blood sugar, and improve good bowel bacteria.
Science Proves Juice Has Soluble Fiber
Maligned for years as being devoid of fiber and inferior to whole fruit and vegetables, juice is finally taking its rightful place in nutrition. Though juice does not have insoluble fiber, it does have the soluble kind in the form of gums, pectin, and non-starch polysaccharides. Look at what the studies show:

A serving of orange juice (1 cup) has approximately .19 gm soluble fiber (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, February 2007)

Carrot juice has approximately 1.1% to 1.5% non-starch polysaccharides (fiber). (Journal of Food Science; Volume 59 Issue 6 Page 1155-1158, November 1994)

Wine (which is made from grape juice) has approximately .14 gm soluble fiber. (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, February 2007)

Berry juice has soluble fiber in the form of non-starch polysaccharides—pectins, hemicellulose, and cellulose. (Laboratory of Food Chemistry, Department of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences, Wageningen University, P.O. Box 8129, 6700 EV Wageningen, The Netherlands; 8 November 2004.)
Are a Most of the Nutrients Lost with the Ejected Fiber?
No. In the past, some people thought that a significant amount of nutrients remained with the fiber that was ejected, but that theory has been disproved. The Department of Agriculture analyzed twelve fruits and found that 90 percent of the antioxidant activity was in the juice rather than the fiber. That’s why juice makes such a great supplement to a high-fiber diet.

I will post some recipes I like later, but I have to take the cat to the vet.

So, to sum up, I WANT A VITAMIX, but juicing has great nutritional properties too!

srmb60
12-27-2008, 11:32 AM
First try .... apple, carrot, spinach, celery. Very nice!

I'll have to work on 'ease of cleaning'. Hmmmm ...

JulieJ08
12-27-2008, 11:37 AM
Oh, I want one too. My mom has been trying to give my her sister's juicer, only I don't know what kind it is, and if it separates the fiber out (I want to keep the pulp). I don't want to finally get it, and find out it's not what I want - I have not extra storage space! I mean, she gave me a stand mixer, and it's living under my dining table :o But maybe I'm missing out on something good :dizzy: I'll have to try to remember to ask her about it today.

walking2lose
12-27-2008, 12:48 PM
Here are 3 of my favorite recipes in the juicer

First is Dr. Oz's green drink:

2-3 large handful spinach
about an inch ginger root
1-2 apples
1-2 stalks celery
1 cuke
1/2 lemon or lime
1/2 cup parsley

Honestly, this tastes like green lemonade to me. I love it. You can obviously makes lots of variations on it.

Another super easy and very tasty sweet juice is carrots, apples, and a good sized chunk of ginger. For my husband and I, I use 2-3 cups carrots, 2-3 apples, and then the ginger. This is delicious.

Another is carrot, pineapple, apple, celery. Add about a tablespoon of lt. coconut milk. A tropical delight.

I juice 2-3 times per week. I use all organic veggies, and I love that I can just put the whole piece of fruit or veggie in the juices - rind, skin, and all (washed of course).