I remember years ago looking into all different types of juicers, studying them and trying to decide which juicer to buy. Back at that time I had an old pink and white centrifugal juicer (I can’t remember the brand) that I’d bought second hand and that did the job pretty well, but it was hard to clean as it was square in shape and so had corners where stuff got stuck and the chute where you put the fruits and veges was quite small and so required the produce being used to be cut up quite small. But it did the job reasonable well.
I learned through my research back then, that there are basically 3 different types of juicers – Centrifugal, Masticating and Triturating (twin gear).
Both the Masticating juicers and the Triturating juicers while creating a good quality juice that will store well, and usually have the ability to make nut butters, baby foods, ice creams etc, are slow juicers that require a lot of time and a lot of chopping as their chutes are small and they also tend to be quite expensive. They are however the best juicers for wheat grass, leafy greens and herbs.
I have had two of these machines to date, and will likely be buying my third in the next few months. The model I currently own is a Breville Juice Fountain 850-Watt Juicing Machine and I certainly don’t have any complaints.
This machine will honestly rip through anything I throw at it in minutes, creating great tasting, fresh juice without fibre.
The only reason I’m considering buying a new machine is that mine is getting a little worse for wear – tired you might say. It’s had a really, really hard life! I managed to drop the screen/blade thingy and dented it and so have a feeling that where those dents are, it will probably break (especially as I’ve just started another juice feast and so it’s going to get a hammering again!).
Also the top plastic part where the juice is actually created and the pulp spins around to be pushed out the of back of the machine has become very rough inside which causes the pulp sometimes to clog up the machine. Carrot seems to be the main culprit. We’ve tried using scourers to remove this roughness, but to no avail. As I said it’s hard a very hard life….
So, what makes this the best juicer for juice feasting?
1. First is the fact that it juices so quickly and easily. When on a juice feast you need to make 3-4 litres of juice a day. That’s a lot of juice! The Breville Juice Fountain is incredibly powerful and can make a couple of litres of juice in just a few minutes.
2. The juice fountain has a 3 inch chute which means less chopping and that speeds up the process also. I can fit most apples down the chute in my juicer whole. It is only when I buy very large apples that they may need to be cut in half. Other produce such as oranges, beets (unless very large), carrots and cucumbers can be pushed down whole with no problems at all and the carrots can be juiced two at at a time!
3. It is quick and easy to disassemble and clean. There is nothing fiddly about this machine. There is a handle that locks the whole thing to together and all you do is unclip that handle and the whole thing can be taken apart for cleaning. It’s really very quick and easy. Just rinse all the parts under water to clean, and give the screen/blade thingy a bit of a scrub with the dish brush that comes with it to remove the fibre from the mesh. Voila! Done. It is dishwasher safe so if you want to pop it in the dishwasher you can. Mine goes in the dishwasher sometimes, but mostly just gets rinsed – especially when I’m juice feasting as it’s being used three or four times a day!
The juice fountain looks nice, doesn’t take up much room on the bench and the new Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor is very stylish with a stainless steel finish.
The juice fountain has two speeds – fast and slow. The slow speed is for juicy fruits such as watermelon and tomato and the fast speed is for harder produce such as carrots and apples.
But what about leafy greens or herbs?
The juice fountain will juice leafy greens and herbs, but with some of them it is quite wasteful. Veges such as Cos lettuce, cabbage and the like juice really well in the juice fountain. There’s no problem there, but herbs such as parsley or basil are a different story. I do juice them in my juicer sometimes but I fold them up so they are in quite a tight bundle, push them down the chute and turn the juicer on to slow speed then kind of push, release, push, release until they are all done. I do get some juice out of them, but there is usually quite a lot of waste.
The other way that I personally get around this is to blend my herbs and soft leafy veges in the blender with water and then strain through a nut bag. That creates really good green juice that I can then add to my other juice made in my juicer.
and the reviews?
I don’t think I’ve seen a bad review of this machine. It really does do the job. I’ve noticed that other brands have brought out juicers that are attempting to copy the Breville, but I don’t think that they do the same job – it really seems to be unmatched.
My first juice fountain got a hammering when I lived in New Zealand, and it is still going strong at my daughters house. My current machine I’ve had for about 4 years and the motor itself is showing no signs of wearing out. As I mentioned the only issue is the damage I’ve done to the blade and the fact that the roughened plastic caused by 4 years of enthusiastic use is causing the machine to clog up.
I personally love my juice fountain and wouldn’t be without it and if you’re thinking about juice feasting or just looking for a juicer, I am more than happy to highly recommend the Breville. If you’d like to read more reviews, go to Amazon – there’s lots of them!