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Feb 9, 2002 07:10 AM

Juicy juicy juice

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Please excuse the cheesy Royal Trux subject heading...

This New Year, I decided to provide a little cushioning for my immensely unhealthy lifestyle by filling myself with juice everyday. After a few disasters (the carrot juice and vodka incident was particularly regrettable) I have developed a good relationship with my new juicer, and I'd like to share my favourite blend and see if anyone else has suggestions for others...

for 1 pint: 2 Cox's apples, 2 large carrots, 1 whole small fennel thing (what are they called? bulb? stem?), 1/2 a small red or yellow pepper, a piece of stem ginger somewhat smaller than a walnut, a squeeze of lemon juice. Add ice, consume, follow with a large mug of tea and round of very buttery toast and marmite, and attack the day.

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  1. This sounds delicious. I would love to try the recipe but unfortunately I do not own a juicer. I have been thinking about buying one for awhile. Any suggestions?

    7 Replies
    1. re: swingline

      My suggestion: ACME Supreme Juicerator

      I have had mine for at least 15 years and I have never had any problems with it. (I don't think you can count the time I dropped the "nut" [that holds the blade down] into the the garbage disposal -- I mention that because it was very easy to replace the same day by making a call to my local health food store.)

      I don't have much experience with other brands of juicers, but I have heard people complain about some being difficult to clean. The ACME uses tissue-paper-like filters that expedite clean-up.

      It seems like a very powerful machine; I am curious to hear the opinions of others.

      Loved Joe Muggs' post -- wonder what brand he's using? Think I'll try the recipe 'cept for the Marmite :-P

      1. re: Brook

        Marmite = you wither love it or hate it (the only advertising slogan I will ever regurgitate without detourning)

        Can't remember what brand my juicer is - it cost £20 in Argos and the spinning grater-cage thingy in the middle is a bugger to clean, but it makes nice juice.

        My landlord the zen kung fu traindriver likes to put the pulp left from my juicings on his breakfast oats... I tried it and quite liked it, but I'm sticking to my marmitey toast.

        1. re: Joe Muggs

          I have a book by Gary Null that has recipies using the pulp from the juicer. None of them sound very good. Almond butter cookies with parsnip pulp.

        2. re: Brook
          Wendy Leonard

          I also have an ACME Supreme Juicerator. I love it and use it often, though more for juicing 30-40 limes at a time than anything else. I just rinse the parts and throw them in the dishwasher; it isn't any harder to clean than anything else. I've never bothered with the filters. It's a very hardy machine. I bought it at Zabars before the days of the Internet; as far as I know they still carry it.

          Buttered toast and Marmite--my family's favorite!

        3. re: swingline

          If you drink juice regularly, and are willing to spend time scrubbing and cutting produce and cleaning the juicer, then the juicer is a good investment. Otherwise, buy juice at a juice bar.

          I have an Omega 1000. It's powerful. It extracts all the juice, leaving a barely moist pulp. It has rubber feet to dampen noise and vibration. Clean-up is easy but takes time. The key to clean-up is to do it soon. Never let the pulp sit in the machine - it will adhere.
          You can get filters, but I haven't tried them.
          It's best for hard and leafy produce. They say you can do citrus but the pulp builds up fast and citrus pulp is hard to clean out. They sell a separate citrus attachment, but for my purposes I squeeze oranges and lemons by hand.

          It was expensive. Around $200. But I used to pay $3-5 for a cup of juice at a bar. In 2 years I've more than justified the expense.

          I always buy organically-grown carrots and celery and scrub them well. Non-organic apples and ginger are always peeled before juicing. Always remove apple seeds before juicing - they contain trace arsenic.


          1. re: swingline

            juice lady---stainless steel, powerful motor..better than juiceman and way better than juiceman jr...cleaner thann the commercial type machines

            1. re: swingline

              If you decide to add a juicer to your life, do be prepared to bring home tons of produce and throw away 2/3s of a ton. Makes wonderful compost. Organic produce is a strong proviso---and one heartfelt word of caution. Do, DO be very careful about what you scrunch through that gaping maw. Read a little about juicing (ex., take seeds out of your apples, lest you ingest a frightening poison). And do not blithely put all those geriatric oranges through there, with expectations of all the wonderfully healthful Vitamin C that you will be getting with the skin, pith, et al, while dispatching the withering bowlful. I was nearly done in twice by well-meaning soulmates. The first time I was afraid I was going to die...the second time I was afraid that I was not.

            2. Well, I don't own a juicer, but my favorite blend at a juice bar is half orange and half carrot. MMMMMM!