tarev's blog: More on our Blending & Juicing

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 2:39 PM

So over the weekend, we saw this other infomercial where they are promoting this certain type of juicer. In my other blog, I have said we are more of a blender in our veggie/fruit drink. Evaluating the aspects of the juicer we saw, and seeing other similar products online, we thought, maybe to have a better comparison, we should try getting a juicer as well. 

Interesting array of juicers on the market. As much as I can find them online, I really want to see them right in front of me, to get a better feel of the product.  At the same time we were also reading extensively of actual reviews from other consumers who bought similar product.  Cost & quality. There are cheaper brands, but I see the feeding tube is too narrow, or the removable parts looks flimsy, or the base itself looks substandard, the plastic parts seems to be the brittle kind etc.etc.. There are the higher ends ones too, which at the prices they are being sold it feels way too expensive for our pocketbooks.

In the end we chose this juicer from Breville - juicer fountain plus. Maybe a tad big on the kitchen real estate space, but this is due to the peripherals, the pulp container and 1 liter juice jug. But otherwise we like the 3-inch wide feed chute and that 1 liter juice jug has calibrations so you can visually gauge how much juice has been extracted.  For any good there is a bad..I guess the only downside I see is the very noisy motor when it is run, but for the quickness it extracts the juice, you would not run it far too long. Hey, that noise itself will surely wake you up if you juice in the morning haha! And of course, like any kitchen utensil, you have a lot of clean up to do. I like the pulp container catcher, it ably catches a sizable part of the pulp, you can line it with a small plastic baggie to help in the clean-up chore.  The other removable parts are dishwashing machine friendly but I prefer to handwash them. I also like the nylon bristle brush it came with, really helps removing all the stuck fruits on the blade basket.  So how was the juice extraction itself? The juice we got is so good! Now we better understand why a lot of people prefer juicing, the texture is more fluid, easier to drink.  On the other hand, if we want to have bananas, berries, flax seed, hemp milk in, the best way is still to use the blender.

So I guess what will happen is, if we want to extract juice from veggies and most fruits, then have to use the juicer..then once juice is extracted, we can blend it with the other stuff. A bit more kitchen stuff to clean out, but well worth the advantage of being able to consume healthy food!

Blend or juice..go for it!

Here's the juicer we got! Our new kitchen mainstay!




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