I saw on Cathy's Noble Pig site that she was asking for some suggestions for a juicer. I gave her my suggestion of Jack LaLanne's Power Juicer. After I read more AFTER my post... I realized that she was talking more about a juicer for a juicing things for recipes not for drinking....oh well. I demonstrated this appliance to my students and they had fun choosing the combos they wanted and tasted them.
I am going to show you how easy it is to use and some points to ponder...
Here is a pineapple wedge, canteloupe wedge, green apple half and orange half.
The directions say to remove all stems and any of those huge PITS....seeds are okay. Even though you can put that crazy outside of the pinapple in the juice and the tough outside of the canteloupe....I found it wasn't THAT difficult to slice of most of the rinds. Just most of it. The reason...it was easier to push into the juicer and I didn't have more pulp shot out the 'other end' of the juicer that I had to clean up.
As for the citrus fruits...I suggest cutting off most of the peel for the pith as you know is bitter and it will make your juice bitter as well. Just a rough removal of the peel is good!
In goes the canteloupe....OMG, this smelled amazing! So fresh and springy!
This was the pineapple...I cut most of the outside off and totally left the core in it! Went in like BUTTAH!
Here is the poor little apple with skins and seeds...waiting timidly for his juicing fate from the 'pusher'...(enter in the Mr. Bill voice..'OH, NOOOO!!! as I do it).
Out comes the juice! Mmmm.
When you make your concoctions. You must drink them right away. The juice also has some 'viscosity' from the pulp and it will start to turn brown. Also some settling will occur in just the first few minutes!
Here is the sharp sucker that grinds all those fruits up. The blade is actually the round disk on the bottom and the curved walls are a fine metal mesh strainer for separating the pulp from the juice.
Now for the nasty reality after you make your juice....
The clean up....The round center is the 'pusher' with a bit of an orange stuck to it. The chute is on the right which literally shoots out the fiberous remains. I use the word shoot purposefully. Some of my students got a more exciting demonstrations that they bargained for, it you KNOW what I mean...LOL
Of course the pulp stuff is great for your garden, your pigs if you have a farm. The cookbook even has suggestions how you can incorporate that pulp into more healthy and fiberous muffins! Clearly you'd have to be more selective about your skins and remove all the seeds....I don't think I'd want THAT type of FIBER!
Points to Ponder:
- I bought this like 5 years ago @ 149.99 and I used my 20% off coupon from Bed Bath and Beyond to help with the cost. I am sure (not sure) the price has come down (or not).
- It is pretty easy to assemble and disassemble. Once you put it together...it's been a while since I used it last....and putting it back together and it's use of it....was like riding a bike.
- Cleaning....I rinsed off all the pulp and put most in the dishwasher! I used the brush they provided to clean the blade and the mesh strainer and those were the only ones that did not go in the DW.
- It's very quiet. "Hummmmmm" is what is said.
- The electrical base it heavy and if you make a lot of juice and want this to be accessible and want it on your counter....it will take up as much space as your KitchenAid mixer. I wish I had a storage room/pantry like Pioneer Woman to keep all my appliances for easy reach. So jealous!
Get Juicy y'all!
Oh BTW, don't think I haven't noticed that I've been remiss! I've been negligent on my Food Holidays! Sorry, I hope that I haven't ruined any of your past food planning! LOL
March 23, 2009 National Chip and Dip AND Melba Toast Day
March 24, 2009 National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day
March 25, 2009 National Lobster Newburg AND Pecan Day
March 26, 2009 National Nougat AND Waffle Day
March 27, 2009 National Spanish Paella Day
March 28, 2009 National Black Forest Cake AND Something on a Stick Day