Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Omega 8006 Juicer Maiden Voyage

I get these wild hairs about kitchen appliances and decide I just have to have a certain something. This time it was a juicer. Maybe it's the "hunt." Figuring out which one will fit my needs, looking for the best price and finally acquiring it. I did have a lot of fun researching juicers, watching videos on youtube, reading reviews, browsing the local stores, etc.

There are three main types of juicers: centrifugal, masticating and twin gear. The price can be fairly inexpensive (less than $100) to very extravagant (over $1,000).

After much deliberation I decided on a masticating juicer, the Omega 8006 Nutrition Center (less than $300.) It makes a quality juice with fairly quick clean up. It's called a nutrition center because it does other things in addition to extracting juice – nut butters, grind grain and coffee, extrude noodles, and make frozen desserts. I'm hoping to make nut butters and try out the pasta extruder.

It was quick to set up and get going.

Here's a plate of vegetables and fruit – a couple stalks of kale, one carrot, one small apple, and one cucumber.

Here's the juice I got from that plate of produce; about 1-1/3 cups of juice and a bit of very dry pulp.

Here is my green juice. My first reaction was "hmmmm." Barely sweet, kind of tart and grassy. It did grow on me as I drank it. And to be honest, I felt very energized and peppy the rest of the day.

I am looking forward to more experimentation. I think for the green juice I want it a bit sweeter. I'm also going to try it with just carrots and see how that tastes. Cheers!

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