My name is Andy, I’m the Juice Fiend. You can read more about who I am and leave messages for me on my about page. I am really keen to connect with people who are interested in self improvement, raw foods and of course juicing. It doesn’t matter if you have been juicing for years, or are a complete novice. I’m sure there are things that we can learn from each other
My own juicing adventure began in the late 90s, when I bought a Magimix centrifugal juicer as a wedding anniversary gift for my parents. The five members of our family often gathered at my parents’ home on the weekend and used to enjoy inventing our own juice recipes. To be honest, while we knew juices were kind of healthy, we were more concerned with trying to come up with the tastiest recipes possible.
Over time, I have acquired a larger collection of juicers and have also got more into blending and making smoothies. These days, my breakfast consists of a green smoothie. That’s it! [Edit: My current breakfast meal consists of 10 bananas blended with water = energize!]
You might not think that this sounds like very much but I assure you, it’s plenty! The difference between juicing and blending is that when we juice, we are extracting the liquid nutrition from our fruits and vegetables. However, when we blend, there is no waste. We drink (or is that eat?) the liquid AND the fiber.
Learning about green smoothies has changed my life. The amount of nutrition contained within leafy green vegetables is insane! As one example of the power of green juice, according to the USDA Nutrient Database, 100 grams of raw kale contains more calcium than 100 grams of whole milk. This is NOT something that is common knowledge, but it should be!
A shot of straight kale juice in the morning might not be everyone’s cup of tea (pun intended) but it is surprisingly easy to get used to. When I visit my parents, I make sure to serve up a daily shot for them which I know they appreciate Kale is well known for its excellent nutritional content. While wheat grass enjoys the reputation as a superfood. In my eyes, kale is just as, if not more, super! We can grow it ourselves as well as find it at farmers’ markets or even the supermarket. Served with a wedge of orange (as in the picture), knocking a kale juice back and then enjoying the orange is a great pick me up in the morning. Kale often forms the basis of my green juices and green smoothies. Many of my favorite juice recipes involve this dark green vegetable.
Knowing Your Juicer
There are 4 main types of juicing appliances - citrus juicer, centrifugal juicer, masticating juicer and twin gear juicer. Of course, within each class, there are many different models produced by a variety of manufacturers. The prices also vary considerably. That’s why I created this website - to help you find the right juicer for your own specific needs. There are other, niche specific juicers e.g. manual hand powered juicers, wheat grass juicers and cold press juicers (this final category can be really expensive – I’m talking thousands of dollars).
It’s all well and good to say that twin gear juicers are the best. But the fact of the matter is that while machines like the Green Star GS-1000 may well produce a very high quality juice, the time it takes to prepare your ingredients, make your juice and clean the machine, as well as its cost, might mean that this style of juicer isn’t the right choice for you.
Each type of juicer has specific strengths and weaknesses. This is one of the main reasons why I continue to buy new juicing appliances. I always like to have the most efficient device for the fruits and vegetables that I want to juice.
When I want to make an orange juice, I use my OrangeX Jupiter manual citrus press. This juicer is really cool because it doesn’t use any electricity, just my own power! As far as making an orange juice goes, this unit works as quickly as my strength allows. The thing is, a citrus press can’t do much apart from make citrus juices. As I said though, I like to buy the best. The OrangeX is such a heavy duty device that it is actually able to press the juice from pomegranates too
The conventional wisdom is that centrifugal juicers produce a lower quality juice than masticating and twin gear machines. But as my buddy John Kohler demonstrates, even though the increase in temperature of the juice produced is higher, using a centrifugal juicer (as opposed to a masticating juicer), this is not something that we should worry about too much. The most important point is to get juicing!
Paul Hellawell from UK Juicers writes:
Centrifugal Juicers DEFINITELY DO NOT DESTROY ENZYMES. This is fantasy and it’s become a great marketing ploy for some people who sell masticating juicers. Even I used to accept this unproven scare-mogering as fact, because it is so widely repeated by eminently respectable people. Max Gerson contributed to this myth with his claims about the oxidation of enzymes by Centrifugal Juicers but although the Gerson Therapy is widely respected, peer-reviewed scientific evidence supporting the idea that Centrifugal Juicers destroy enzymes isn’t available. Conversely, some basic research published by Michael Donaldson PhD has shown that there definitely is significant enzyme activity in the juice from various models of centrifugal juicers. Some websites claim that the high speed friction in a centrifugal juicer heats the enzymes and kills them. Some claim that the high speed blade tears the enzyme molecules apart. This is unproven but we do know that for there to be enzyme destruction the resulting juice would have to be heated well above blood temperature.
Centrifugal juicers do have some very real advantages. Since the first ever juicer I bought was a centrifugal machine, they hold a special place in my heart. The speed at which they can juice fresh produce is their number one advantage. I also find them really easy to use because I don’t have to cut up the fruits and vegetables I want to juice to the same degree if I’m using my Omega J8006 masticating juicer. The only real drawback for me is that centrifugal juicers that I’ve used are not as efficient as masticating machines at extracting the juice from leafy green vegetables.
Since greens are now such an important part of my diet, this is really important to me. But if I’m being honest, I juiced happily for years with centrifugal juicers making all sorts of juices from ingredients like apples, beets, carrots, cucumbers, celery and so on. Don’t feel like you have to be making green juices.
For beginners, I highly recommend a centrifugal juicer such as the Breville BJE200XL. Their speed and ease of use makes it easy to get into the juicing habit. Send me a message once you’re juicing on a daily basis and THEN I’ll try and get you to try a green juice. They taste much better than you might think
When I started to get more into green juices, I knew it was time to get hold of a masticating juicer. Even within this category, there are a number of different styles. We have single auger horizontal masticating juicers, e.g. the Omega J8006 (which I use myself), vertical single auger models, the most popular being the Omega VRT350HD (personally I use the Hurom Slow Juicer) and finally there are horizontal twin gear models such as the Green Star GS-1000. These are often referred to as “twin gear juicers”.
Horizontal Single Auger Juicer · Vertical Masticating Juicer · Twin Gear Juicer
In my experience these juicers are in fact more versatile than centrifugal machines. But at the same time, they do take longer from start to finish (in other words from thinking, oh I want a juice to actually creating a juice and getting the juicer clean again). This is why centrifugal juicers are still so popular. When it comes to making a simple carrot and ginger juice, 9 times out of 10, I use my Magimix Le Duo or Breville 800JEXL. Then again, for preparing green drinks, the masticating machines are the rulers!
It’s quite easy to forget, but take the Omega J8006 for instance, its full name is the Omega J8006 Nutrition Center. So with the horizontal style masticating juicers, there are tons of things that we can use them for besides juicing. I’m particularly fond of making home made nut butters, coconut cream and 100% fruit frozen desserts. The vertical style of masticating juicer is not quite so versatile. Although, my Hurom Slow Juicer is pretty good at making nut milks
Juicer Review and Comparison Information
I own the majority of the juicers discussed below. As you will be able to see when you look at my reviews, I have personally made videos to demonstrate many of the features of these machines. To be honest, my life literally revolves around juicing. Drinking a green smoothie for breakfast is my typical start to the day. I’m constantly on the look out for new and exciting recipes. I also spend a lot of time researching my own purchases, visiting the manufacturers’ sites and looking at which retailers offer the best prices. I hope my experience will be of value to you as you are choosing a new juicing appliance for yourself. It’s about that time to get juicy with it!
- Best Juicers under $100
- Breville BJE200XL
- Breville BJE200XL vs Breville 800JEXL Comparison
- Breville BJE510XL
- Breville 800JEXL
- Breville 800JEXL vs Omega J8006 Comparison
- Cheap Breville 800JEXL
- Green Star GS-1000
- Hamilton Beach 67650
- Hurom Slow Juicer
- Juice Books
- Magimix Le Duo
- Omega J8003
- Omega J8003 vs Omega J8005 Comparison
- Omega J8005 vs Omega J8006 Comparison
- Omega J8006
- Omega Juicer Reviews
- Omega VRT350HD
- OrangeX Jupiter Manual Citrus Press
- Stainless Steel Juicers
- Vitamix Blender
- What is the Best Juicer for a Beginner?