This is a Breville. It’s a centrifugal juicer. She’s fast and efficient and I adore her. But I’ve heard some wonderful things about masticating juicers as well. The best piece of advice I can offer you is to do your research before you make such a purchase, because each juicer has it’s pros and cons.
- Popular brands: Breville, Omega, Hamilton Beach, Juiceman
- How it works: Crushes fruits into a pulp with the aid of small blades and then extracts the juice through a sieve.
- Pros: Fastest juicers on the market, usually easy to clean and most parts are dishwasher safe. Takes many fruits whole or in large chunks. Usually cheaper in price compared to Masticating juicers. Stand-up vertical design, takes up less space.
- Cons: Less juice is extracted, more waste is produced. Cannot juice leafy greens as well, i.e. wheatgrass. Also very loud when in use.
- Popular brands: Champion, Green Star, Omega, Samson
- How it works: Chews fruit and vegetable into a pulp and then squeezes out the juice
- Pros: Extracts more juice than centrifugal juicers, slow but quiet. Good for juicing leafy greens. Produces minimal foam. Preserves more nutritional value and flavor. Less waste. Can be used for other functions like making nut butters, grinding coffee, mincing herbs, etc.
- Cons: Usually more expensive. Slow. Fruit and veggies have to be cut up into smaller chunks to go into the feed tube.
To be honest, I really really want a masticating juicer too. If you are really serious about juicing, I think having both types is the best way to go. Watery fruits work best in the centrifugal juicers but the masticating ones work amazing on leafy greens. But, like most people out there, I’m on a budget. And one juicer (that isn’t even technically completely mine) is what I have to work with now, so that’s what I use! Anyway, back to my juicer dilemma. About two weeks ago I did something I’ve never done before. I put all of the parts into the dishwasher for a good cleaning. I usually wash it by hand because I juice about 2 or 3 times a day, but on this particular day I decided to give it up to Mr. Dishwasher. I had skimmed the online manual and read that the juicer was dishwasher safe, so I figured no big deal. Well, I should have read the manual instead of skim it because all parts are dishwasher safe except the food pusher. OYY!
Dinner was a combo of sweet potatoes topped with homemade raw cashew butter, shredded coconut and raisins…For those of you that have been asking, my knee is doing a bit better! I’ve been taking it easy and icing it almost every night, but overall the sharp pain has subsided. I’ve been doing a lot of online research about my condition and some scary words have popped up, like… radiation treatment…tissue acts like a tumor eating away at the bone…possible joint replacement… ugh. Scary stuff. But I’m trying to keep my focus, all while praying that I won’t have to endure another surgery.
I actually decided to go back to yoga last night. I was missing it terribly and I was starting to feel super lazy and depressed about my lack of physical activity. Since my knee started acting up about 3 weeks ago I haven’t done much at all. I knew the only thing I could tolerate would be something like yoga. I talked to my instructor before class and let her know what I was dealing with so she wouldn’t try to push me like she usually does. ha! She was super supportive and gave me some bits of advice for class. The class went very smoothly. Although I was not able to go into every pose, and I didn’t push myself as hard as I usually do, I felt a lot better and rejuvenated after class. Plus the 90 minute sweat of Bikram yoga is always so cleansing!!
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