Juice is another way to get your four to five recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables and add variety to your diet. With juicers you can use parts of the produce you would normally discard. Choices range from hand and small electric reamers to centrifugal devices, presses and powerful extractors, each designed for a different job.
You can juice an orange by hand for under $1; the price goes up for manual presses and small electric units. For carrot or beet juice you'll need horsepower -- expect to pay $100 or more for a juice extractor that can handle these fibrous vegetables.
When shopping for a juice extractor, consider the noise the unit makes. A juicer shouldn't sound like a stump grinder.
Size matters: A small feeder tube, pulp container and juice reservoir mean more time spent chopping and emptying containers. Think about how much counter space each type of juicer will take up.
Get the right unit for the food: Citrus fruit, wheat grass and hard vegetables all require different handling.
Note how much valuable dietary fiber the juicer removes. A few return some pulp to the juice.
Look for a manufacturer's warranty or money-back guarantee and a customer service number. Attachments and recipes are additional bonuses.
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