Everyone knows that raw fruit and vegetables are excellent health foods, and that most of us rarely get as much of these foods as we probably should. So bring on the fruits and vegetables, I say. But the problem is, short of becoming a vegetarian raw food extremist, the time never seems quite right to munch down on two pounds of carrot and celery sticks! Fruits and vegetables contain so many healing nutrients – I just learnt this fact about the health benefits of pomegranate juice for instance – the juice of pomegranates contains more antioxidants than red wine. So I am glad to be able to make raw juice in my own home, every day.
Two years ago I bought my first juicer machine. Eating raw vegetables simply doesn’t appeal to me, it actually hurts my teeth, but I figured drinking juice is easy. Personally this has worked great for me – making juice at home is quick and easy (I currently use a Lexsun single gear) and I honestly believe my health has improved massively since I started drinking fresh juice regularly.
A modern juicer machine should be easy to use and this includes being easy to clean. One big consideration is whether you want a model that is very fast but sacrifices juice quality, or a slower working design (known as masticating juicer, or single/ twin geared juicer) that produces the healthiest kind of juice, containing a higher level of vitamins and enzymes.
When selecting a juicer machine for the home kitchen, think about what sort of ingredients you plan to juice the most. If they are quite dry or stringy (say wheatgrass or any leafy veggies) then a masticating juicer will work better than a high speed design like the famous Jack Lalanne juicer will. This high speed design will in turn work totally fine for juicier things like apples, carrots, and the like.
Another consideration is how big the chute is for ingredients. Will you need to chop everything into tiny bits to get it to go down? Also look at the mechanism, and how easily it pulls apart for cleaning. Are there multiple small parts, and are they likely to get a lot of pulp stuck in them that will take forever to clean out each time?
Cleaning your juicer machine is very important, as leaving even small bits of fruit or vegetables in there can attract insects, cause bacterial growth, and also cause stains and discolouration. Stainless steel juicers are more expensive, but are a lot easier to clean, plus the parts can be put through a regular dishwasher safely.
How much money you decide to spend comes down to your budget, but a good entry level juicer machine will be between $100 and $200. Or, if you opt for a hand powered wheatgrass juicer or similar, quiet a lot less, maybe less than $100. If this still seems expensive, weigh up how much you would spend if you bough fresh juice at a health food shop or juice bar – it costs a fortune, and probably isn’t as good as what you can make for less.