A while ago I decided to buy a juicer, because I figured that it would be a good way to get wholesome and healthy fruit and vegetables in to my body, as I'm not a fruit or veg eater unless I am forced! I had been suffering from severe tiredness, and looking at juicing online it seemed like a good idea nutritionally. I paid £75.00 for mine and I bought it from Amazon, after I had read reviews on different types of juicers.
It's a good-looking machine, with a stylish silver brushed finish, but it's also pretty big. I've got a tiny little kitchen so unfortunately there is nowhere to put this, it has to go into a cupboard when not in use. Sadly, because it is in the cupboard it is not used as much as it should be, it all seems such a palaver to get it out and assembled. It's also heavy, so find a place in the kitchen for it where it will stay and be used frequently.
There are two speeds for juicing hard and soft fruit, but I tend to use just the first speed, I don't want to wear out my juicer so I never put in fruit whole or vegetables. I cut an apple in four pieces and juice that way, and it works fine for me. I also peel and top and tail my carrots, but you don't have to if you wash the veggies thoroughly. The core and skin are left behind and the juice is extracted into a jug. The jug is a bit small and unsteady so a pyrex jug might be better. It's got a powerful 700w motor and it was this that sold it to me, I don't want to be juicing small amounts at a time. A jugful of beetroot, apple and ginger is delicious, drink what you want and then put the rest in the fridge for later. It's not a good idea to juice a lot that can last several days, you want fresh juice with all the vitamins and minerals still there. It's noisy, but I think that's what happens with a large (700w) motor, and as you don't use the juicer for very long (as in minutes) it doesn't deafen you or cause problems.
You put your cut - up (or whole)fruit or veg in the funnel on the top of the machine and use the plastic top of the funnel to push down your fruit or veg. It sounds silly but don't put fruit or veg in with skin on that you wouldn't normally eat - as in bananas. If you want to juice up several different concoctions be aware that unless you clean the whole machine you will get colour or taste from your previous juicing. If you clean the juicer as soon as you use it you will find it very easy to clean..............if you wait to clean the juicer later it is a nightmare, once the fruit or veg residue has dried on the juicer parts it is difficult to get clean, and may make you think that juicing is too much bother because of this. Washing the juicer straight away makes sure most of the residue will easily wash away, so that must be part of your plan!
You will end up with some tasty juice, and the fruit or veg residue. I always put the residue back in the juicer to squeeze the very last drops out. I have read that you can use the residue for cooking or placing back into your drink. You can also use this machine for smoothie making.
Something I can recommend is buying a book on juicing, I bought "Top 100 juices - 100 juices to turbo charge your body with vitamins and minerals" from Amazon. I have just had a quick peek to see how much this book is and I see that you can buy this book for 1p and £2.80 postage, so a good buy. I think you do need recipe books for juicing because there are absolutely hundreds (thousands?) of recipes to use, but I would guess you could try your own recipes for juicing if you so desired, but I never have done, I always use the book or free recipes online. I like to be told what juicing certain fruits or veg together will do to my body - as in detoxing or energising for example.
I've just gone and got mine out of the cupboard, I will use this again as soon as I have bought some fruit and vegetables. It's a good juicer, I have never had any problems with it. I would consider it a "middle of the range " juicer, you can buy juicers much cheaper and also much more expensive, but this juicer does a good job at juicing and smoothies - I love it.
This juicer is very good in that it is very powerful. There is no need to cut fruit or veg up, just chuck the whole orange/apple or whatever in. The juice comes out the front tube and the skin/piltch etc is collected in a seperate box at the back which is detachable. It is quite noisy due to its power so would prepare smoothies the night before rather than at 6am in the morning for example. The only downfall with this juicer is that it is quite hard work cleaning it. It comes apart in about 5 pieces easy enough but cleaning the blade section is tricky and for this reason I do a weeks worth of smoothies/fresh juice in one go so not cleaning it everyday. Was a bit alarmed when first used it to juice some oranges that there was only about 50mls of juice per orange and I was expecting more, but on tasting it I soon learned that it is mega strong and needs watering down quite a bit. For the money, the power, the ease of just throwing fruit it uncut or peeled this juicer is great! Only possible downfall is the cleaning aspect but then I suspect most juicers are like this so all in all a very good bit of kit to help get some fruit and veg in us!
My review may be tainted by the fact I received this juicer as a present from my wife, only a few days after I told her I prefer to buy smoothies rather then make my own juice.
After all I wanted liquefied fruit as a way to get some more of those 5 a days into my life. And juice is just juice with less bits of the 5 a day I wanted.
I thought it only fair to put my comments in context.
So the juicer does what it is supposed to!
The juice is a little foamy but a plastic separator in the collection jug helps to remove that and the juice is as lovely as you would expect from a freshly made wait for it ....
All of the pith, seeds, skin, pulp and fibre gets spun out into a second jug to be thrown away. This is my biggest problem with this juicer, I don't want all of that thrown away, ok I don't particularly want seeds, apple cores and pith in my drink, but I do want as much of the fibre as I can get. If you could somehow keep some of this goodness in the liquid it would be ideal.
Next comes the cleaning. While it is pretty easy to take apart and rinse off, with a little wiping it does come up clean quickly. Apart from the metal bowl that actually does the juicing. This has a metal bottom surface like a very fine cheese grater and getting the fruity bits out of that took a lot of soaking time and nearly wore out my washing up brush! The juicer then takes up all of my drainage board and half of the kitchen surfaces in it's detached state.
My final comment is on the cost of the fruit vs smoothies. My wife assures me she did the maths and it is more economical to juice your own, but to me it seemed I had to juice about half a tonne of fruit to get a glass of juice. Add in the time preparing, cleaning and the 700 watts of electricity I'd rather let a smoothie specialist do all the hard work in a "economies of scale" kind of a way.
Having said all of the above (which probably applies to all juices not just this one), this one does do it's job very well. You want a juicer that juices? Well this one does that!
I bought this juicer last year, and I'm very satisfy about this juicer.
1. Easy to use: Just need to prepare the fruit and put all inside to make a juice. No complication process, just wash the fruit and turn on the power for using.
2. Value for money: You can have fresh fruit juice anytime, and the juice is not mix to any kinds of food flavor. So the value here is more for healthy food. Besides that, the fruit after juicing you can use to cook or bake any cakes that you like.
3. Convenient: Anytime, anywhere unless you don't have fruits
4. Cleaning is very easy if you wash right away after using, otherwise it is a bit hard to clean because all things are dried.
One thing that I don't like that is the juicer needs so much of space in the kitchen.
Overall, good for money and good for health.
I first recived this juicer for my 26th birthday as a present from my father. At first i was not impressed at all thinking there arnt many uses for a juicy. I was to my delight dead wrong. I now absolutley love this thing. I juice everything, i make soup, juice, it can be used for a variety of things, its innovative and excellant to use.
Its not particualally plesent looking but its strength lies in the fact that it can turn a solid fruit into a liquid juice. I had a Avari make juicer along time ago and it would always jam with the hard bits of the fruit, not with this. It has a valve and a nozzle which allow all blockages to be quickly and efficiently removed. It electricty consumption is also fairly good and its noise its minimum which means you can listen to music or Tv while Juicing.
Short name: Breville JE24