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I recently decided to buy a juice to make use of the abundance of free apples that are around at the moment, and decided to go for the Jack Lalanne power juicer. I wanted a juicer that would quickly make a glass or two of juice, but that could also cope with larger quantities (so that I could have a go at making my own cider too).
The juicer itself looks quite sleek. There is a compartment at the back where all the waste pulp goes into, and a spout at the front where the juice comes out. Lifting the spout up 'locks' it to stop any juice coming out, stopping any juice from dripping all over the table when you need a break.
The juicer can take whole pieces of fruit, providing they fit into the spout (when experimenting, most of the apples that I had picked would fit in, with the exception of the really large ones). This is great and saved lots of time as I didn't have to chop up millions of apples. A real plus point for me.
Juicing the fruit was a quick process - I kept chucking apples in and out came the juice. A couple of apples would produce a glass of juice, so I felt that the juicer was working well and getting as much out of the fruit as possible :)
In one way I liked the compartment that the waste pulp went into, as it kept the mess contained, but I also wish there was an option to let the juicer chuck out the waste into your own container (when juicing lots of apples I had to keep emptying the waste compartment into a separate bin). To be fair though, it only had to be emptied after quite a few apples so if you were just using it to make the occasional glasses of juice you wouldn't notice this problem.
One other problem was that occasionally the juice spout would get blocked, meaning that juice would spew out of the sides of the juicer, making a mess everywhere. I'm not sure how this could be fixed, unless there was some sort of sensor that would stop you from juicing any more when the spout was blocked.
Cleaning the juicer was also fiddly - some parts couldn't be removed and it was difficult to get all the pulp that had accumulated off these.
Overall though, I felt it was a quick and efficient juicer for producing 'normal' amounts of juice. For 'bulk' juicing it was a bit messier, but overall I will definitely keep using it.
Jack Lalanne juicer is the perfect way to enjoy a guilt free smoothie this summer. Why should we pay extra to buy them from the supermarket when we can make them ourselves, at home for less than half of the cost? The fruit juices sold these days have contain preservatives or additives - by using this juicer you know exactly what's going to be in your drink!
The appliance is easy to use, simply chop the fruits up into pieces that will fit into the juicing compartment, and push down the pushing bit that'll push the fruit in contact with the blade, put your glass or container under the dispenser to collect your freshly made juice- just mix with milk and stir to turn it into a smoothie. I really wish I discovered this earlier!
The advantages are that it runs smoothly and comes with a pulp extractor - note; the leftovers from juicing are minimal compared to other juicers on the market so more of the fruit is incorporated into the drink less of the good fiber is wasted! It's easy to clean too - I maintain mine by rinsing the parts and drying with a cloth. You can even juice vegetables if you want to spice it up!
Disadvantages - I personally have not encountered any problems thus far!
Overall - it's a really nice juicer, well worth the £65 I paid for although maybe it is available cheaper online I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in having something which will allow them to make fresh fruit drinks, without losing that natural goodness!