Wednesday, January 19, 2011
We did lots of research and watched all too many juicer demo videos on YouTube (most featuring the same very enthusiastic dude sporting Hawaiian shirts!) and knew that we wanted a model that juiced fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens, and we didn't want to spend more than $500 for one. If it could make almond milk or the like, an added bonus, but not required!
If you are in the market for a juicer, I should add that we saw plenty of cheaper models for $100 or so (like the Jack LaLanne brand), but found those models didn't have the benefits of the pricier ones (i.e. couldn't juice leafy greens, had low juice yield, and some that generated too much heat and killed off important raw vitamins and enzymes). And other models that were the vision of juice efficiency, like the Norwalk Juicer, ran over $,1000- and though we figured we'd juice often, we couldn't justify that kind of price tag.
So we originally settled on the Omega VRT350 juicer for $380, which had all the features we wanted and had received some great reviews online. Unfortunately, after putting in orders with several companies, it seemed that the Omega was so good that it was constantly out of stock or on back order. Our supplier kindly recommended the Hurom Slow Juicer with an Ultem Strainer and Ultem Auger, which was $25 cheaper and had all the functions of the Omega juicer, along with the same sturdy construction. Looked good to us, and sure enough, a week later, we had our little bundle of juicing joy arrive via FedEx.
And it's been great! It's easy to assemble (and though not difficult to clean, it's a bit more time consuming than setting it up) and the parts are a good, sturdy hard plastic construction (though I wouldn't put them in the dishwasher- this is how we ruined our last juicer a couple years ago!). Some vegetables and fruits are more foamy than others when juiced, but we didn't experience too much of this with the Hurom. And though occasionally some bits of greens and fibrous veggies will get stuck in the screen (as to be expected, I suppose), we still get good yield from leafy greens, celery, and ginger. For really juicy fruits and veggies, like strawberries, you can put the pulp back in the juicer and get even more juice from them.
The Hurom was definitely worth every penny, and both my honey and I are excited about finding new, delicious juice combos on the regular. For anyone else interested in juicing, here are some of the awesome juice "recipes" we've concocted in the last few days:
* 1 lb. pkg. strawberries + 1 large navel orange + 2 grapefruit
* 1 pint blueberries + 1 pint strawberries + 1 6 oz. container blackberries
* 1 head broccoli + 1 bunch kale + several sprigs parsley + 1 lemon
* 5 carrots + 1 English cucumber + peeled 1 in. piece of ginger + 1 granny smith apple
* 6 carrots + 3 lemons + 1 orange + 1/2 a honeydew melon for a post-party detox.
* 1 bunch grapes + 1 1/2 cups pomegranate seeds for a power antioxidant juice!
And no doubt, I'll be posting more about our juice endeavors too! :)