Paul is passionate about making drinks and meals with fresh ingredients for taste and nutrition.
Nothing Beats Fresh Juice
There really is nothing to beat the refreshing taste of fresh juice, in my experience. Living in Florida, as I do, one of my favorite things is pick my own oranges and citrus fruits and juice them myself. I consider my juicer to be an essential item.
You don't have to pay the Earth for a good machine, there are some very capable units at affordable prices, if you know where to look.
Pretty much all affordable juice extractors operate centrifugally. These units work by grating up the food with blades until it is a pulp and then spinning it very quickly. The centrifugal forces push the food against a screen which filters the liquid from the pulp.
Centrifugal machines are very quick, and they are affordable.
Top 3 Budget Juicers
Here are three juice extractors that can be bought for less than $100 that I can recommend.
- Mueller Austria: Plenty of Power for the Price
- Aicook Wide Mouth: Value and Versatility
- Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control: Easy and Affordable
I give the reasons for my choices and experiences in detail below.
1. Mueller Austria: Plenty of Power for the Price
I use a Mueller Austria juicer to produce my morning beverage. I picked it up for under $70 online around a year ago and it's proved itself to be a considerable improvement on machines I've had in the past. My wife loves it too.
This centrifugal juice extractor is very easy to use as well as clean, and its compact design means that it takes up relatively little counter-top space.
Mueller Austria Pros
- I love the look and feel of this unit, it's sleek, modern, and attractive.
- It has more power than most of the juicers I've owned previously, but it still manages to be pretty compact in size, which is important as I didn't want anything that hogs too much counter-top space.
- The wide chute is great. I regularly use whole fruits and vegetables with great results.
- I like the price. I wanted something that was superior to the cheapest juice extractors without emptying my bank account.
- Very easy to clean. That's important if you use it every day.
Mueller Austria Cons
- It does have a tendency to move around if I don't hold it steady when it's juicing.
2. Aicook Wide Mouth: Value and Versatility
My wife and I used an Aicook Wide Mouth for nearly fours years and both lived it. We have bought it as gifts for friends and relatives, and it has been popular in each case. The great thing about this dual-speed centrifugal juice extractor is the combination of wide chute, dual speed, and power.
Aicook Wide Mouth Pros:
- The wide chute is great, if you are in a hurry you can just put the whole fruit in without having to cut it up into small pieces.
- It's an easy machine to clean and assemble, there are five main parts that fit together easily.
- I've used the Aicook to make all sorts of juices: orange and other citrus fruits, as well as vegetables, such as celery and carrot. There are two speed options, which you can set according to the soft or hard texture.
- Great value for money, it's an excellent juicer for the price.
Aicook Wide Mouth Cons:
- Works well if you are making juice for one or two people, but it's not suited for making a bigger batch, in my experience.
3. Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control: Easy and Affordable
The Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control is a very affordable juice extractor that looks and functions well. For a machine that's very much at the affordable end of the price scale, this unit offers excellent value for money. I bought one of these for my daughter when she needed a juicer for her college room and she absolutely loves it.
Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pros
- Very easy to use and clean, two traits that are essential for many people, including my daughter.
- It has a sleek and modern look.
- I've seen this product being sold online for under $30. In my experience, it's difficult to find an inexpensive juice extractor that's better than this one.
- It really does get a lot of juice out of the citrus fruits, great for oranges, lemons, limes.
- It's dishwasher safe.
Cuisinart CCJ-500 Cons
- It's plastic, not stainless steel, but what do you expect for $30.
6 Juicing Tips
- Plan ahead. Make a grocery list so that you know what and how much fruit and vegetables you need for your desired drink(s). If you are planning to make juice in the morning before you go to work or college, you may want to cut up your fruit and veggies the night before to save time.
- Wash your produce thoroughly and cut it up so that it is an appropriate size for your juicer. Extractors vary in regards to the size of produce pieces they will accept.
- Feed your produce into the juicer. Softer fruits prefer slower speeds. Reed your machine's manual for detailed instructions regarding speeds.
- If the pulp is still damp after juicing, run it through the extractor again to get more juice.
- Drink juice as soon as possible for a fresh taste and maximum nutritional value. Juice can be stored for up to two days if done correctly.
- Clean extractor. Some are dishwasher friendly, others have to be cleaned by hand with warm soapy water, check your user manual for details.
5 Tips on Storing Juice
- Keep juice in the fridge. It will normally keep for one to two days—or three days at the very most. If you go traveling, transport the juice in a cooler to stop it from spoiling.
- Store in an airtight container. Glass or BPA-free plastic are ideal materials for the container's construction.
- Oxygen can diminish the juice, so fill your container as far as possible.
- Keep the juice stored away from sources of heat or light. Somewhere dark and cool is best.
- Freezing is not desirable, but if you do freeze you should do it immediately after juicing. Frozen juice should be thawed and drunk within a week or so of freezing.
© 2014 Paul Goodman