Product: Jack Lalanne’s Fusion Juicer
Guarantee: Lifetime motor warranty
Place to Buy: Amazon
On MacCurdy Farm we love growing our own juicing veggies. Local culinary favourites like carrots, beets, cucumbers, and zucchini work wonderfully in a juicer set up. Each of these vegetables are filled with juice, succulent nutrient filled juice.
The Jack Lalanne’s Fusion Juicer has a top loading chute that feeds into the auger by a fitted plunger. A groove on one side of the cylindrical plunger allows for proper fitting when pressing the fruits and veggies into the spinning auger. The depth of the feeding chute allows you to put full length celery, zucchini, carrots, and cucumbers directly into the hopper. This reduces your prep time and allows you to simply cut off undesirables and then feed the fruit/vegetables into the juicer.
The latch arms on the motor housing allow for easy removal of parts after use. They must be securely in place to use, which is an excellent safety feature on the machine especially if you have pre-teens eager to try out Mommy and Daddy’s newest concoction.
The two speed setting gives you a choice between two speed settings. The lower speed setting works well with softer skinned fruits while the high speed setting makes quick work of hard vegetables like carrots, beets, and sweet potatoes. The machine runs quietly enough to wake up early to make a juice and not wake the wife and kids. I know from experience!
The juicer comes with a recipe book that is categorized to meet your optimal needs. Vegetables aren’t free, unless you are growing your own, so a recipe book helps with planning ahead of grocery day. It also allows you to plan seed purchases ahead of growing your own veggies to juice if you happen to be a gardener as well.
The book is about the size of a CD jacket. It contains recipes for energy boosting, meal replacements, cleanses, anti-aging, and immunity juice recipes. One key element of the book, which I particularly care for as I do not enjoy wasting food, is the juice & pulp yield per produce page. For example, cucumbers yield 1 cup of juice to 1/3 cup of pulp.
Some of you may be wondering what to do with the excess pulp. If you have livestock, such as chickens, turkey, or sheep, the pulp makes for a nutritious meal mixed in with their rations and they will eat it readily, especially chickens. However, if you juice with cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, do not feed the cabbage pulp to chickens as it will make their eggs taste like cabbage. Simply adding a couple tablespoons to your drink can make it a pulpy mixture as well.
This recipe book is an excellent resource to have in your health journey. As a green thumb, I even plan some of my seed purchases off of listed vegetables in the recipe book. For example, the pineapple/lemon cleanse has jalapeno as an ingredient, which I can grow as field vegetable or a greenhouse vegetable. Now, if only I could grow citrus in our geographical region.
The Jack Lalanne’s Fusion juicer comes with a pulp container that can hold the pulp contents of at least three full cup juices. I recommend cleaning the auger and auger bowl between each round of juicing. The juicer comes with a bristled brush to clean the auger screen, which works well after juicing some of the pulpier vegetables like carrots. The parts are dishwasher safe so we run them through the dishwasher, which greatly accelerates the cleaning process.
Room for Improvement
Much of us are in a rush in Western society so if you like to get every drop out of your juicer like I do, I would suggest pouring a small amount of water through the chute to move the juice along and out the spout. For this reason it is paramount that you clean the strainer/sieve part of the bowl before each use otherwise you may end up with very wet pulp. Good care of the machine makes it that much more functional.
Standing the Test of Time
Overall, this is our second juicer and it adorns our counter top around the year, right between the popcorn maker and the toaster. Thankfully we didn’t have to try a third one because this one has stood the test of time chewing through beats, carrots, sweet potatoes and extracting beautiful fruit juices from strawberries, raspberries, and apples grown on the farm. It continually performs, allowing us to take care of our health and perform our duties on and off the farm. The Jack Lalanne Fusion juicer is a necessity to make use of the fruits of your labor on a farm. If you have any questions or comments, please comment below!