A few weeks ago, I purchased the Aicok Juicer. A co-worker had reminded me of juicing when she told me about doing a juice cleanse a few times a year to help her with her AIP diet. There is a local juice store, Nourished. by Nature, that makes amazing fresh juices that she uses. I tried them out and they are top notch tasty!
Unfortunately, the cost of a 3-day juice cleanse is one I couldn’t stomach. They can range anywhere from $165-$180 in our area for about 18 juices to last 3 days. If I were to do a cleanse with Chris, that would be almost our entire month’s food budget for 3 days. Eeek!
My mom always supported my weird healthy habits in my 20’s and had given me a gift that was a centrifugal juicer (maybe ten years ago?). I used it quite a lot, but when we moved I decided to give it away. It didn’t always taste good, and it left a lot of pulp and liquids inside the juicer. Plus, it was awful to clean.
After taking more with my co-worker the past month, I dove into learning more about the types of juicers! Who knew there were all different types? She mentioned cold-press juicing and from there my research began. I went and researched the various styles of juicers.
Side note: I really need to keep track of the research I do, because when I write these posts I have no notes to go on other than what I remember. Any suggestions? Google Keep?
You can read more here about each, but here’s the two I focused on:
- centrifugal – less expensive; heats up the juice; lots of pulp left behind; difficult to clean
- masticating – slightly more expensive; cold-press juice with little damage to nutrients; depending on the model gets quite a lot of juice with dried pulp left behind; easier to clean
My previous juicer was a simple centrifugal juicer. While it did get a decent amount of juice, I absolutely hated cleaning it. And when I hate cleaning something I don’t use it as much, hence why I gave it away when we moved.
The masticating juicers appear to do a much better job of juicing all types of fruits and vegetables, and they seemed far easier to clean. Though, slightly more expensive. There are horizontal and vertical-masticating juicers to consider as well.
My Purchase Process
After watching a ton of YouTube videos to watch different juicers in action I settled on being interested in horizontal masticating juicers. They seemed easier to clean, juiced anything from grass to hard carrots and provided a nice dry pulp.
I researched the high-end juicers, which could be $400 or more and decided those were way out of my budget. I decided our budget would be around $100-$130 for a juicer. I wanted the purchase to cost less than one round of a cleanse, so when I purchase the vegetables it would pay for itself after a few weeks instead of outsourcing when I wanted to have fresh juices.
Then, I watched Amazon video reviews and read written reviews on several types within my budget.
After coming back to the Aicok juicers time and again for a few days, I looked for blog posts and YouTube reviews to solidify that this was a trustworthy brand I was going to try.
Using the Aicok Juicer
I couldn’t wait for it to arrive and the very first day we set it up and got to work! I juiced everything I had in the fridge, which ended up making about 10 juices. I quickly drank those within 3 days, and then decided on a better routine.
The Aicok Horiztonal Masticating Juicer did a far better job than my old juicer. The pulp came out dry and crumbly, which meant the juice was getting out into the cup below. The juicer was able to handle all types of items, from hard full carrots and sliced beets to soft berries. Bananas came out as mush, so I would recommend those for smoothies.
In addition, there wasn’t a TON of foam like my old juicer when it came to juicing kale and spinach. There was some foam, but not the amount I used to get from my old juicer.
Overall, even cleaning the juicer was a breeze. It literally takes about 5 minutes to wash up, and then it’s ready to go for the next time. That simple clean-up makes all the difference in my desire to use it over an over again.
There’s a Bonus to Home Juicing!
Plus, there is a bonus now to juicing so I no longer feel like all that pulp is a waste. I use it to compost and since it’s been ground up it breaks down super fast in my Earth Machine (this was purchased for $35 through our county trash and recycling system).
My Current Juicing Schedule
After a few weeks and trying to figure out the best operations of purchasing the right amount of produce, juicing it for the right amount of days (drinking immediately offers the best benefits, but it’s okay up to 48-72 hours), I found what works best for me.
When I use my juicer now, I select a few recipes from Reboot with Joe (which all taste great) or an old Juicing book my mom bought me with my juicer years ago. Then I add enough for the entire week’s worth of juices to my shopping list to purchase on Fridays.
On Saturdays and Wednesdays, I cut up the fruits or vegetables for the juices I’m going to make for the next 3 days and then I put each juice recipe into a bowl.
From there, Monkey helps me juice the fruits or vegetables for each recipe. Once the recipe is done, I shut off the machine (recommended top running time is 20 minutes) and put the juice into airtight glass bottles.
Then, I move on to the next recipe. What this does is give the juicer a rest in between juice types so the motor doesn’t overheat. It also makes it easier to have Monkey help me because I am not furiously cutting away while he’s going faster than I can keep up with each juice.
After I’m done with all of the juices I’m making for a few days, I take it apart and clean it up. The juicer came with a nice simple brush to clean the metal piece and the rest literally rinses off easily. Some warm soapy water, 5 minutes of my time, and it’s done on the drying mat for next time.
When each juice is finished, the cup that came with the juicer nicely separates any foam. I pour the juices into glass airtight bottles and put them in the fridge.
The bottles are 18 ounces, while many recipes make about 1 or 2 16-ounce juices. Since air is no friend to nutrients, I just top any juices off with water to make sure less air is in the bottle.
I probably should pick up another set of glass bottles, but for now, I use mason jars and drink those juices first. Once my hard cider is gone, I’ll be taking a break from making cider and I can use those airlock bottles for this project as well.
Tomorrow I’ll tell you how I’ve started making homemade cashew milk regularly as well in my Vitamix. Simple recipe included!