• Choosing the Best Juicer

    Happy Tuesday everyone!

    I’ve been asked many times what is the best juicer or which juicer should I buy. I usually recommend the one I use, Hurom. Everyone is different though and this may not be the juicer for you. Buying a juicer is an investment and so there are some things to consider before making such a purchase.

    • Price - How much do you want to spend? If you plan to use it a lot then you will get your moneys worth when investing in a pricier juicer. If you don’t want to juice that often but want to have the option to once in a while, that is something to consider as well.
    • Warranty – How long is the warranty on the juicer you are interested in. Some juicers have a one year warranty, others have up to fifteen year warranty.
    • Quality of Juice – This is obviously very important as well! Most of the juicers that create the best quality juice are generally on the more expensive side. At the same time if you are going to invest you might as well invest in a juicer that gives the best quality juice. I also believe though that any juice is better than no juice or juice that has a long shelf life, so it really depends on how you see it and what is most important to you.
    • Sound – Do you plan on getting up early and juicing before work but you’re a afraid you might wake someone up in your house or apartment, then that is also something to consider when buying a juicer. Some of these are super loud!
    • Amount of Juice/ Yield – Some juicers create more foam than juice and vice versa. That is very important when choosing a juicer.
    • What will you be juicing? – When choosing the best juicer for you it’s a good idea to think about what type of juices you want to make. If you want to make a lot of root juices or use a lot of apples or cucumbers getting a centrifugal juicer is a better option because you can practically put the whole fruit or veggies down the chute. Whereas, with the masticating (or slow juicers) the food chute opening is much smaller so you have to cut some of the fruits and veggies before tossing them in. The benefit of the masticating juicer though is that you are able to juice leafy greens (spinach, kale, chard, romaine, etc.) and get way more juice than you would with a centrifugal juicer. You can still juice leafy greens with a centrifugal juicer but you will end up with more pulp and leafs than actual juice.
    • Time – How long will it take you to make a juice using that juicer? Some juicers are slow juicing and take a lot more prep and time, while others are fast juicers and it doesn’t take much time.
    • Multi Uses – Do you want your juicer to have multi uses or do you just want it to make juices? Some juicers along with juicing make nut milks, frozen sorbets, baby food and even juice wheatgrass.
    • Cleanup – I think the most obvious answer is a quick cleanup! ;)

     

    So here are the top five juicers out there in the juice world that everyone including myself love!

     

    1. Omega 8006 Nutrition Center

    The Omega is one of the most popular brands of juicers and probably the most loved. This particular juicer is able to not only make juices and juice wheatgrass it is able to make baby food, make frozen sorbets and nut milks. It’s a masticating juicer which means it gently kneads the fruits and veggies to get the juice out. It uses much lower RPMs, making it so the juice has a greater nutrition value.

     

    2. Breville Juice Fountain Elite

    Breville is probably the most popular amongst people who are just starting to juice or want to make juices fast. The Breville is a great starter juicer and requires much less prepping than the masticating juicers. Since this juicer is a centrifugal juicer, it is running at super high speeds to make the juice. And because of this it makes it one loud juicer!

     

    3. Omega VRT 350/350HD

    This is also a masticating or “slow juicer.” Being a masticating juicer it is very quiet when you use it, it can juice wheatgrass and make nut milks (such as cashew, almond, etc.) The draw back again to these is they take a little more time to make the juice because the food chute is so small, so you have to prep by cutting your fruits and veggies up. The pro though is that this is the best option for getting the richest juice and all the nutrients from the fruits and veggies.

     

    4. L’Equip XL

    This is another centrifugal juicer. Very loud but you are able to shove tons of fruits and veggies down the chute and don’t have to worry about cutting it up before. (This saves lots of time!) The downfall is that this juicer like other centrifugal juicers is that is runs at about 10,000 RPMs. So it will juice super fast but not have the same nutritional value as juice made with the masticating, slow juicers.

     

    5. Hurom Slow Juicer

    This is the exact same juicer as the Omega VRT 350/350HD. I believe Hurom and Omega are the same company, which is why this is. This is the juicer I have and I really love it! Read more about it here! It’s a masticating juicer as well so it’s able to juice leafy greens really well and juice wheatgrass. You can also make soups and desserts and nut milks. It’s very versatile. It’s is a slow juicer so it obviously takes more time to juice with this juicer than a centrifugal but it’s super quiet! You do have to cut up your fruits and veggies to fit them down the chute though, but you get a ton of juice from all the produce you use and much higher nutrition value juice!

     

    Before I purchased my juicer I spent a lot of time pro and con-ing. There are definitely pros and cons to each and you have to decide what will be best for you! Here is another place you can check out juicers on the cheap! ;)

  • Shout Out: Hurom Slow Juicer

    Happy Monday everyone!

    We hope you all had an excellent weekend! Did any of you try the Zucchini pancakes recipe from Friday? If so, we’d love to hear your feedback, so drop us a line or two below! :)  Today we are sharing a product that I really love and use in my own home! 

    The Hurom Slow Juicer!

    This juicer was named the “Best New Kitchen Appliance” by Bon Appetit magazine and was also featured on Martha Stewart…and you know if Martha likes it, it’s good! ;)

    What is a Hurom Slow Juicer?

    Hurom Slow Juicer is a brand of juicer that uses a masticating process to turn your fruits and veggies into juice!  Some would say that “slow juicing” is a different process from masticating but I think they tend to fall under the same category. Slow juicers are also said to extract even more juice than masticating juicers.

    Masti—what?

    The masticating process is popular within the health food world and most people would recommend this process over a centrifugal juicer. This process is also known as “cold press.”  Basically, the juicer grinds or kneads out the juice from the fruits and vegetables at a slow speed squeezed by the auger. Another great thing about this process is your juice will have a much longer shelf life than with a centrifugal juicer.

    You lost me again...What's a Centrifugal Juicer?

    These juicers shred up fruits and veggies at much higher speeds usually using an internal blade. The produce is grinded up and the juice is forced away from the pulp. Centrifugal juicers tend to be very noisy. The most common issue people generally have with these types of juicers, is that the heat used during this process ends up killing or damaging the enzymes of the juice. You also need to drink your juice right away after using this type of juicer.

    Why should I invest in a Hurom Slow Juicer?

    You will use less produce (so you’ll save on groceries!), yield more juice and have less foam! These types of juicers also tend to be easier to clean, less messy and very quiet! They operate on lower RPMs, which preserve the enzymes and nutrients; keeping the juice close to it’s most natural form. You get drier pulp and richer color juices that are packed with more vitamins and minerals! The Hurmon Slow Juicer also can juice wheat grass! For a lot of people this is a huge plus because most juicers cannot do this, so you have to buy a whole other machine in order to do that. Besides being able to juice wheatgrass you can also make your own ice cream, baby food and nut milks! This machine is very easy to use and kid friendly!

     I want a Hurom! Where can I buy one?

    If you go to the Hurom website, www.slowjuicer.com, you can run a search in your state and see a list of locations that carry these juicers!