Since purchasing this powerful Breville juice it has been consistently reliable. At a cost of £125 it did not come cheap however having used cheaper juicers prior to this I knew I wanted one that was going to last the distance and did not burn out.
The juicer has a 2000ml storage capacity for juice which is excellent. I use a lot of hard root vegtables when juicing and have found previous juicers ultimately buckle under and cannot cope after a while - ie slowing down of process, less juice coming out of the vegtables being juiced etc. However this product has shown no slowing down, no reduction in juice production with its strong reliable 450 watt automatic motor.
It has an large copious feed which means I can chuck in there whole carrots and large segmented oranges - I don;t have have to cut them down into small size chucks - which i have to be more timesaving and pratical.. Less chopping and peeling and more chucking it all in!
It has 2 speeds for juicing soft fruits and hard fruits. A safety lock mechanism (extremely important) as it wont go unless the lock is on - so no fear of switching it on and then suddenly having juice all over you.
Basically the veg and fruit go in the main chamber and you press a button and hey presto the juice is separated into the side 1 litre pouring jug. Immediate fresh juice at the touch of a button.
I have found cleaning this item is easy enough, I tend to rinse through the jug and twist off the top part to rinse under a a cold tap.
A reliable machine on the top end of price - but I have choosing the cheaper juicers was a false economy.
You get you pay for - and this is worth the asking price in my opinion as it is something I use pretty much every day.
We've had the AWT juicer for a while now, and it's become a staple in our kitchen. The AWT juicer is used to extract the juice from fruit and vegetables, discarding the fibrous pulp into a container on the side. Juicing is said to have many benefits, giving your body an instant boost of nutrients, enzymes, vitamins in a form that your body can instantly access, as it doesn't have to digest the fibre. Regular juicing can increase immunity and offer some protection to things like heart disease. So why not just buy ready prepared juices from the supermarket? Well, if you have ever tasted a fresh juice then you wouldn't even ask! Many of the products on the supermarket shelves are made from concentrate, and whilst they are still good for you, they don't contain the same level of nutrients that a fresh juice will. The taste is far superior too and leaves you feeling energised!
When we first bought a juicer we weren't sure whether we'd use it, so opted for a relatively cheap juicer. We found ourselves juicing regularly, but it turned out to be a pain as the spout through which the fruit and veg has to be placed was tiny and so they had to be chopped into small pieces. We found this too much effort and so stopped juicing regularly. I then spotted the AWT juicer when browsing through the Argos catalogue and it seemed ideal as the spout would take whole fruits and vegetables. It was prices at around £89.99, which is quite expensive, but definately worth it. If you're not sure if juicing is for you, it may be worth investing in a cheaper model, just to try it out for a few months, before investing in something better.
The motor on this is also very powerful and extracts most of the juice from the fruit - the pulp in the container is quite dry compared to my old juicer. Juicing now takes seconds which is great! After having a juice you feel energised and feel like you really have put something pure and good in your body. How about cleaning? It's not too difficult. There are only 4 main parts to dismantle and clean. The hardest of these is the grater which has a thin wire mesh. However, I find that if I clean immediately after juicing it is relatively easy, with the brush that is provided. If you leave it to dry then it can require a bit more effort.
Juicing can get addictive and their are hundreds of different combinations to try. My favourites are Carrot, orange, apple and ginger. Sometimes I will add some beetroot to this too. Whilst fresh juices are a great addition to your diet they should not replace your normal intake of fruit and vegetables. This is because they do not contain the whole fruit, discarding the fibre, which is also useful for the body. A 250ml glass of juice only counts as one of your five a day, no matter how many glasses you drink. Juicing has become quite popular in recent years and quite a few juice bars have popped up in shopping centres. However I find these to be quite expensive, especially when juicing at home will only cost you a fraction of the price! The pulp from the juicer can also be used to make things like carrot cake so does not have to go to waste. Alternatively this can be a great addition to your compost heap!
Overall thumbs up from me!
also posted on ciao as user tecnomars.
Back in the early 1980s a close friend of mine was extolling the benefits of juicing. I can remember at the time wondering what the point was of smashing fruit and vegetables so that you could drink them instead of eat them! But, come to think of it in those days I was the epitome of health and vitality on a diet of junk food and late night Indian curries. But alas, I was not to enjoy such good health forever.
Several years ago I was diagnosed with CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) or M.E. whatever you'd like to call it, and it has been essential for me to get the correct nutrition.
What I hadn't realised before was that cooked vegetables lose a lot of their nutritional value whilst raw ones retain it. And juicing enables me to get a lot more of the vitamins and minerals I need in just one glass of juice. In other words, it would be a lot easier to drink the juice of four raw carrots than to eat them whole for the same amount of beta-carotene they contain.
On the vegetable side, it is not only carrots that can be juiced. Broccoli, cabbage, celery, peppers, garlic, in fact any vegetable can be juiced in large quantities to receive more of the micronutrients that is so essential to maintaining good health. And considering the way our soil is becoming depleted by over-cultivation, juicing is an excellent way of getting our daily requirements of vitamins and minerals.
I don't want to get too far into the benefits of juicing here (I am not a nutritionist), but I would like to say that I found an excellent remedy for a cold. It nearly blew my socks off
I juiced 2 cloves of garlic, half a root of ginger and added some lettuce and parsley (they say parsley counteracts the "garlic breath" but I don't think that's true!). The ingredients produced about half a cup of the juice and I just drank it straight down. It was horrible! I could feel it burn its way down and my nose and eyes would not stop running for about 5 minutes. My cold however, vanished. Some people may not think it worth the experience and endure the cold. But I do think I put a little too much garlic in the juicer, and have had the same results since with just one clove.
Protein in the form of eggs can also be added to juice concoctions, but I never was one for raw eggs, so have not tried this.
The Juicer itself
The base of our machine is coloured silver. This has an hinged chrome lever that clips over the filter bowl cover that captures the juice. Into the filter bowl clips a stainless steel mesh filter basket, containing sharp blades that separates the juice from the pulp of the vegetable or fruit - this pulp is transferred into a large 2 litre pulp container that sits adjacent to the silver base at the rear of the machine (see picture). On top of all this fits the cover from which protrudes a funnel into which fits the plunger that is used to push the fruit/vegetables down into the mesh basket and blades.
To juice, simply place your fruit/vegetables into the funnel, insert the plunger, switch on and push down. Pulp will go into the container at the back of the machine. Liquid will pour out of the spout at the front. It is advisable to put the provided container or cup under the spout - saves you having to scoop your juice off the kitchen worktop like I did on my first try!
The actual juicing process takes seconds to perform. A plastic bag can be placed in the pulp container if required, to catch the pulp.
The pulp can be kept and used for stews in the case of vegetables, or used in some sort of desert for fruit. I have quite often experimented and mixed fruit and vegetables in the same drink and stirred some pulp into it. But fruit is something I have to use in strict moderation because I have an intolerance to fruit sugar.
The cleaning of the machine can be a little messy afterwards and care must be taken when cleaning the blades contained within the filter basket - they are very sharp, but there is a small cleaning brush provided for this task.
Our machine came with a recipe book with recipes for things like, tomato, carrot, celery and lime juice (quite pleasant), apple, peach and grapefruit juice, blackberry, pear and grapefruit, fresh vegetable soup with noodles, and many more.
Doing an internet search, also produced hundreds of recipes from all different parts of the world. That is where I found my cold remedy!
We have owned the machine just over 2 years now and it cost just over £80, and I can say it's worked hard in its time and been worth every penny.
Thanks for reading.
If you have read my opinion on my trip to Ayurveda UK, you will doubtless know that I have turned over a new leaf, with regards to nutrition and health. (Well ok, apart from the few glasses of wine on Friday night, last, but I had an excuse for those). It is with this in mind that I bought the Breville AWT Juice Extractor.
There are various types of Juicers on the market, and some of them can cost £400 or more. It all depends on the technology. Obviously, the more the pay, the better quality the finished output, i.e. the juice itself. However, the proprietors at the Health Farm I visited strongly recommended the Breville as a great Juicing machine, and one that does not cost the earth, while you determine if juicing is for you.
The Breville AWT Juice Extractor is sold by Argos, and retails at £89.99. There is a range of products in the AWT range, and these are all endorsed by Antony Worrall Thompson, the chef. Hence the AWT, you see.
There is lots of material out there to suggest that Juicing is good for you. We miss out on a lot of essential nutrients. There is even evidence to suggest that Juicing aides serious illness and cancer victims.
The Ayurveda way of nutrition recommends a Juice drink to start the day. The nutrients in the drink, as they are being taken in liquid form, are able to get straight through the stomach and into the large intestine where their goodness can be absorbed.
The Breville Juicer is an example of a Centrifugal Juicer. This type of machine grates the fruit or vegetable and passes the grated foodstuff through a screen which rotates rapidly. There are some lethal moving parts in this product. Centrifugal juicers allow more oxygen into the juice than the more expensive juicers, and therefore the juice should be drunk within a few hours, before it starts oxidising.
Using the product is quite simple. You pick the vegetables that you are juicing, and you load them into the tu
be at the top of the machine. There is a solid tube that you then place in the tube to hold the vegetables down. You press on this quite slowly, to get the most benefit from the vegetables. The juice pours out of a spout on the right hand side. Make sure you have placed the measuring jug that comes with the unit under the spout before you switch the machine on, or you will end up with carrot juice all over the worktop. Doh, guess who did that on her first attempt?..
THe Breville has an extra wide chute for the vegetables and fruit, meaning you can place many items in without having to chop them up smaller, first. This is a patented feature!
At the left hand of the unit there is a receptacle for the pulp. It is recommended that you line this compartment with a small food bag before using the machine. The benefits of doing this are two fold. Firstly, it makes cleaning up a little less messy, and secondly because the pulp can be used in some recipes, and doesn?t go to waste.
There are plenty of recipes for the pulp, too, in the recipe book that come with the machine, and we have already tried the Carrot Cake which was my Birthday treat this year! It can also be used in flans, and soups, depending on what it is you juice up, obviously!
I used some carrot pulp however, in a recipe for an Ayurveda Curry, which we eat, a lot. The recipe usually calls for 2 carrots, grated. I used the pulp from the mornings, juice, and I found it made the curry, far too thick and pulpy, and the texture was all wrong. I rectified this, however I feel that some experimenting may be required, to use the right amounts of pulp, if you don?t follow a recipe book designed to use vegetables in this way.
The Juicer is an attractive silver and black in colour. It comes apart quickly and easily for cleaning. The trickiest parts are the graters, and the blades. The blade plate is very sharp, and you should not wash this with just your hands, b
ut use the washing up brush provided. The whole appliance goes back together very quickly and simply, despite all the little bits that need to be washed up afterwards.
It takes quite a lot of vegetables to make a couple of cups of vegetable juice. Typically I would use about 16 oz (sorry, I don?t know the metric equivalent yet, despite it having been in place all my life). Most juices used for health and healing are comprised of two or more vegetables. My favourites are Carrot and Spinach (weight loss) and Carrot, Cucumber and Beetroot (Good for blood, circulation). Carrot is used quite a lot.
Norman Walker is an acclaimed writer for the benefits of juicing, and he has written many books including one called Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices, for about £7. He lived to 109, so there must have been some benefit!
Another good source of information is the Juicer Company, based in York, Tel 01904 541541, who sell Juicers, and recipe books in the main.
I've been a big fan of juicing fruit for some time. My girlfriend used to work for Wild Oats in Notting Hill, London, in the juice bar, so she knows a little about making good juice! I looked at buying a commercial juicer similar to those used in health stores, but these run from £250-350. A quick search of the consumer market and I realised that there was a real lack of tough, high capacity juicers for people who want to make juice on a daily basis. There were plenty of plasticky, budget models from Phillips and Kenwood, but nothing like I wanted - it looked like I would have to pay £250-350 for a professional model. The problem with the smaller juicers is that they don't extract juice very efficiently, leading to wastage and lots of time spent preparing the fruit or vegetables. If you're doing something on a daily basis, you don't want to spend 10 minutes cutting fruit into tiny pieces, and then another ten minutes carefully washing loads of fiddly parts. I gave up the idea of getting a juicer, which was a shame as the health benefits are very real. It's not always easy eating the recommended 5-6 pieces of fruit very day, juicing could make this very easy - juice is good because you can get plenty of nutrition without feeling bloated and full of fruit. But with nothing decent on the market, my plans were shelved. And then I found a Breville model for £50 in Argos, which was much larger and more capable, with a powerful motor and ability to juice whole fruit. I bought one, and it worked fine, for about 2 months. Then the stainless steel mesh filter broke, strips of metal coming loose. Argos replaced that one, another 3 months later the motor burnt out. And then the filter on the replacement went again. And then the switch. I had a total of 6 juicers in 14 months, which became a ongoing "joke" at my local Argos. After the last one packed up, Argos told me that Breville had admitted there w
ere serious design problems and had removed it from the market. I was stuck again with buying a cheap and feeble model, but enjoyed juice so much that I got a Phillips combined juicer / blender for the same price. This was totally useless, requiring fruit to be cut into tiny pieces. I don't know who this was aimed at, maybe a parent making juice for a small child, or a model wanting to juice an apple and a orange each day. I used it several times, before giving up and taking it back to Argos. The nice staff at Argos then told me that Breville had launched a new range of white goods from celebrity chef "Anthony Thorral Whompson" including a deluxe juicer at £90. I duly paid the extra £40 and took this monster box home. I could see that the new juicer shared design features with the old model, but was much larger and easier to clean. With a 450 watt motor, stainless steel mesh filter, 2 litre pulp container and easy-clean surfaces it looked much better. Cleaning the old juicer was difficult as there were plenty of dirt traps. The new model didn't have any dirt traps, boasting much smoother curves and slippy plastic surfaces. It seemed than the Australian design team had learned from problems with the first model - I guess they had a warehouse full of broken juicers to examine! However, not all has been sweet - the stainless steel mesh filter has let me down again - I'm on my second juicer after the mesh started to split. Argos, as always, were great about replacing it, and their store is only 10 minutes walk from my house so I'm not that worried. I use the juicer every day, usually to make a lovely organic orange / apple / pear / carrot / ginger juice which is great at warding off the winter flu. Vegetable juices also work very well, the 450 watt motor smashing through heavy carrots, beetroot and celery. The quality of the juice is very good, but you have to be careful about cleaning the filter
. Breville supply a plastic brush which is too soft, I tend to use a nylon "nail" brush which is stiffer and removes more debris from the mesh. I wash the juicer carefully with Ecover biodegradable washing up liquid and so far the mesh filter has been fine. If you don't wash it carefully it seems to go blunt and you don't get as much juice output from the same amount of fruit. You also get wetter pulp, a sure sign that it's not working properly. I'm interested to see how long this one lasts... Overall, recommend as the Breville A.T.W. juicer is the best on the market, bar the professional £300 models. The A.T.W. model occupies something of a niche, between the cheapo Phillips / Kenwood "juicer" and the pro models used by health stores. The A.T.W. also boasts being the only domestic model capable of taking whole fruit and vegetables, which cuts down preparation time to only 2 minutes.
Short name: Breville AWT JE2