The Vegetarian Raw Foods Kitchen, Part 1

In order to do a good job with anything, it helps to have the right equipment. The better the equipment, the more versatile and efficient you may become. ‘Better’ and even ‘best’ does not necessarily mean most expensive.

Take vegetable juicers for example. Without really checking, I’m sure there are many juicers for under $100 and I’m assuming, under $50. While these are adequate to get the job done, i.e., having fresh juice regularly, my understanding is that if you use them on a daily basis, they will not last. Taken from a different perspective, you may not want to invest more money in something you’ll just put away in a cupboard. Yet, if the juicer you choose can’t juice the fruits or vegetables you want, and is difficult to clean or takes much time, you won’t want to use it. There is also a juicer that costs about $2200. It uses a 2-step process and the juice doesn’t seem to be any better than a mid-priced juicer. What to do?

First of all, ask around. Maybe you have a friend who has a juicer they aren’t using and would be willing to lend it to you so that you can at least have an idea of its capabilities; ease to clean, whether you will use it every day and what you would like it to be able to do. Do some web research to see what other may have said about a specific juicer.

Juicers

It is my understanding that juicers with less than 450 watt motors were not built for daily juicing. The motors become overstrained and burn out within 6 months, right after the warranty runs out. If you have or have not had this problem, please email me at fitnessheaven.com and let me know your experience.

Here is a list of some of the more higher quality juicers that I’ve heard of, I’m personally familiar with or someone I know has experimented with, with the least expensive (depending on distributor) first:

Juiceman II, Juicelady II and Juiceman Pro — Centrifugal: These have a self-extracting pulp mechanism. I understand it is easy to use and clean-up is fairly simple. The yield of this juicer is not as high as that of the other centrifugals and the juice contains some pulp. There is a one-year warranty. Price ranges around $150 to $200.

Omega — Centrifugal. Said to be one of the easiest to use and clean. Uses disposable filters that allow easy clean up. Said to have the cleanest, pulp-free juice and good nutrient quality, although with any centrifugal juicer, you should drink it immediately. Good quality construction. (How do you feel about having to replace filters?) 10-year warranty. Price ranges within the mid $200’s.

L’Equip — (This is what the manufacturer has to say.) The L’EQUIP™ Model 221 Pulp Ejector is designed by people that juice for people that juice. The most important aspect to juicing is the end result — the Juice. The Model 221 gives you great juice and more. Less foam, more taste, more nutrition. Operating at the lowest RPMs of any pulp ejection-type juicer, the Model 221 makes juice that is virtually free from the foam created at high speeds. No pulp, no clogging. The Model 221 eliminates clogging problems by popping the pulp upward and dropping it through the rear of the juicer.

No matter what you juice, our computer-controlled, or “servo,” induction motor constantly monitors the speed of the cutter blade and will automatically supply more or less power as needed. Truly automatic juicing. No longer will you have to stop and start to empty the pulp receptacle.

The Model 221’s large feeder tube accommodates more produce than any other juicer on the market. A unique bag clamping system holds any plastic bag to the ejection chute. Guaranteed quality, user-friendly ease.

The L’EQUIP™ Model 221 carries a 12-year guarantee and is the easiest on the market to clean with an extra large feeder tube. High quality stainless steel bowl, blade and basket. Innovative bag holder for juice bar quantity at home. Computer controlled motor for optimum performance. Price about low to mid $200’s.