I have had my Jack LaLanne Power Juicer for a couple of months now, and I can definitely say that it was a good purchase. The only downside is that the juicer makes a lot of waste.
Mostly, I make carrot juice. Carrots have a lot of fiber and beta-carotene, which is said to ward off several cancers and heart disease. Also, I like the taste of carrot juice. Carrots by themselves taste OK, but carrot juice tastes great. I especially like carrot juice with a little bit of ginger put in for flavor.
The only thing that I don't like about my juicer is the waste. The picture below shows that it takes at least six carrots to make one ten ounce glass of carrot juice. Over half of the carrot is left over as waste. More expensive juicers do a better job out of extracting juice. However, for $90, the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer was about the limit of what I was willing to pay.
Even though the machine wastes a lot of the vegetable or fruit, the juicer is very cost effective. A pound of carrots cost roughly $1.00 at Hannaford. For one dollar, you can make a 10 oz glass of juice. The same amount of carrot juice costs at least $3 at Fresh Cafe, if not more, and the home-made carrot juice tastes exactly the same. Bolthouse Farms also sells carrot juice, but I do not find their juice to taste too good.
The Jack LaLanne Power Juice is sufficient for your novice juicer. If you like juice as much as I do, it is a huge cost savings over buying fresh squeezed juice at the organic food store or Fresh Cafe. The only thing I dislike about the juicer is how much waste it creates. I end up throwing out the pulp the machine discards.
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