Mother's Juicer Comparison

Thinking of buying a juice extractor? Use the following juicer comparison to find the combination of features and price that's right for you.

| November/December 1979

Winter is the perfect time to think back over the bounty of summer and to judge just how efficiently you made use of your vegetable gifts. Unfortunately, most folks will—upon such self-examination—have to admit that all too much of the harvest's produce went to waste as a result of inadequate storage space, a lack of time to process the fresh goodies, etc.

A juice extractor can help you avoid much of the spoilage that normally occurs when your garden or orchard gives you "too much of a good thing." And better yet, a "juicer" can be a real boon to you folks who want to maintain a healthful diet  because it allows you to consume wholesome fruits or vegetables in concentrated liquid form (three pounds of carrots, for instance, will reduce to a pint or two of juice your body can metabolize more easily than it could the whole vegetables).

Six Juicers, in General

With the advantages of juice extractors in mind, MOTHER EARTH NEWS conducted a juicer comparison with six popular models in order to point out the good and not-so-good features of each. Should you be in the market for one of these handy devices, you will be able to pick the unit that best fits your budget and needs. We've compiled a Juicer Facts and Figures Chart to help with the decision.

The three electric juicers, which formed one of our two test groups, all provide a super-quick means of obtaining fresh juice, and since no heating is involved, produce healthful, raw liquids that retain most (if not all) of the vitamins, minerals, bioflavonoids, and enzymes found in the original foods.

Our three sample steamer-juicers on the other hand produce scalding hot, totally filtered juice (in greater quantities per pound of produce than do the mechanized devices, but at a loss of some vitamins) which can be bottled straight from the mechanism or turned into excellent jellies or wines. In addition, the steamers (which will also steam-cook vegetables, process food for freezing, and make purees) work fine atop a wood stove and, therefore, will appeal to folks who don't use electricity.

It should be noted, however, that the steamer-juicers require from 20 to 90 minutes' cooking time to produce juice. If you use an electric or gas range, you'd probably consume more energy dollars to heat up your steamer than you would in operating an electric juicer.

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