Fresh-pressed juice is the new craze! We’ve seen the industry grow rapidly in the last few years and juice bars are opening in every neighborhood. They offer unique flavor combinations that taste delicious, have nutritional benefits and cost $8-$10 for just 16oz. With all the flavors to try, like the new navel orange, turmeric, Fuji apple, lemon juice from Pressed Juicery, the fresh-pressed juice habit can quickly take a toll on the wallet.
I recommend taking the plunge and learning how to juice at home. Sure, you’ll still buy the amazing persimmon cinnamon vanilla juice when fall arrives, but you’ll have a steady supply of affordable fresh juice as well, and who knows you may come up with a few outrageously good flavors you can be proud of. The local farmer’s markets sell organic produce at prices much lower than that supermarkets or local health markets and I find the it to be fresher as well.
Choose a juicer to fit your budget ~
Bella, High Power Extractor – $ 69.99 - $ 99.99 – if your budget is under $100 then I recommend this juicer. The Bella will accommodate the casual juicer with minimal hassle. Remember, you get what you pay for and the cheaper juicers can’t handle the tough rinds and fibrous fruits and vegetables that their fancier competitors can. The more you use it the faster it will need to be replaced.
Breville, Juice Fountain Plus - $150 – this is a great standard juicer for the price. It is a centrifugal juicer with 2 speeds, low for soft fruits such as peaches, and high for hard veggies such as carrots and ginger. The wide chute means less prep time but be careful of hard stone and pits. I recommend cutting the pit out and prepping small chunks of ginger root for easiest processing.
Breville, Juice Fountain Elite - $299.99 – one step up form the Breville ‘plus’ and a world of difference, this 1000-watt juice extractor is sturdy and can handle just about all produce. Because it’s a centrifugal juicer, it doesn’t process kale and leafy greens very well, but it’s fast and gives off minimal heat in the extraction process, thus preserving the nutrients in the juice.
The Omega, VRT350 Low Speed Juicer - $320-$380 – this is a low speed masticating juicer which means it prevents oxidation of juice so there are much more nutrients retained in the juice than with centrifugal juicers such at teh Breville models. It also does a great job of extracting the juice causing less waste. This juicer is much quieter than the Breville models and even has a “reverse’ switch in case something gets caught. The feature that really sets the Omega apart is that it juices greens wonderfully, even wheat grass! So if you want you juice kale, parsley and other leafy veggies, this is a great buy!