I started looking for the best juicers on the market when my old juicer started giving up. It was a gradual process though. Initially the pulp would remain soft even after juicing, indicating that the juicer was not working adequately. After some time, the motor started making a dreadful noise, which again indicated that the ball bearings of the motor were slowly cracking up. It was a centrifugal machine. I was looking for a masticating juicer anyway! I had just retired and didn’t want a quick fix for my juice any longer! I rather wanted a glass of juice that was sweet or bitter depending on my choice of fruit or vegetable that morning. It needed to be full of flavor with the raw smell of the extract still trapped within the juice!
There were quite a few reputed brands offering good masticating juicer machines at reasonable prices. I knew what I wanted though! I needed the juicer to be of compact size as my kitchen countertop was rather restricted. Since most of my cookware was stainless steel, I wanted the juicer to have a brushed steel finish to blend in with other pieces in the cabinet. Most importantly, I wanted a juicer that would work real slow. It needed to have twin gears to do that, and the auger needed to press the vegetable mash slowly so that all juice could be extracted until the last drop. The chute also needed to be fairly big to take in larger vegetables and still juice efficiently.
When my earlier centrifugal juicer started spluttering one day, I walked over to the cookware and kitchen utensils store nearby, just a block or so away. The brand offering the features that I was looking for in my masticating juicer was prominently displayed at the counter. I just needed a live demonstration before I decided to buy it though. I asked the salesman if he would agree to juice some leafy green vegetables and later some bitter gourd that I was carrying in my bag to give me a demo. He agreed readily!
The leafy vegetable that I was carrying that day was spinach. The machine juiced it dry within a matter of minutes. I tasted it, and it had that raw smell that I was looking for in my juice. It also tasted fresh, and seemed packed with nutrients and vitamins. The gourd juice tasted equally good, and as bitter as it was supposed to be! I knew the bitterness hid all its benefits though! The juicer also didn’t cost a great deal, and I paid in cash and asked for delivery an hour later.
Each morning I drink juice from this masticating juicer is a revelation to me! I try and change my juice preference every day. Some day I will have spinach and broccoli juice, another day tomato and celery, some other day it will be cucumber and carrot. I combine stuff, I go for individuals-whatever! And each glass I drink, I am assured that I am taking in all the nutrients and vitamins that nature has bestowed on that vegetable. I drink to the last drop, knowing even that drop will have vitamins that my body might still need!