Friday, March 2, 2018

Review: Omega 8004 Juicer

I told you all about the great deal I got on this juicer at Kohl's in the last post. And I'm back to tell you of my experience with using it.

For a first time user of a juicer of any kind, I found this machine easy to use.  I did not use the white hopper part shown at the top of the clear chute. I just fed my fruits and veggies straight into the clear part and used the little stick/wand that comes with the juicer to push them down.

This machine is extremely quiet and produces a lot of juice! I watched a Youtube vid in which the vlogger said a good indicator of a decent juicer is how dry the pulp is.  This pulp that spits out from the Omega is dry! It looked moist, but when I rubbed it between my fingers it left no moisture.  I was surprised! Pleasantly surprised. The assembly was easy, just a few clicks and ready to go, and so was the clean up. Everything just rinsed clean, although I did follow the instructions in the manual and soaked the detachable parts in a large bowl of water and a little dish detergent.

The most time consuming part of it all was the preparation of my produce.  For this first juice I chose to include:

1 large beet (leaves and root)
1 large cucumber
1 medium sized Granny Smith apple
2 small Gala apples
4 carrots
1/2 bundle of parsley

I knew from checking out some juicing articles that I had to quarter the apples. Well... that turned into slicing the quarters further into 8ths for the fruit to make it into the chute. And then, came the beet. That thing was a bit massive, I guess. I've never dealt with beets in any way prior to this juicing, so I was a bit overwhelmed when I had to divide it further and further to get sizes that finally fit.  Here's some pictures from the process:

Thought that was kind of cool.

I juiced it all and I actually had a blast doing it! There ya go for some stress relief: Just juice some stuff. 

After just a few minutes I was done:

The sieve over the juice container caught all of the icky foam. And you may be able to see that the other container caught all the waste. 

As for the juice... The beet leaves were an overstep. A major overstep. This concoction tasted how fresh cut grass smells. Moist, fresh cut grass. I added some agave sweetener to it and as one would imagine, it did nothing for the grass taste. It made the mix sweeter, but it was still grassy. Then, as a last-ditch effort to make it bearable, I added a few ice cubes. Took me over an hour to slowly sip the 12 oz glass empty. With every sip I did not breathe from my nose. I swallowed and then took a deep breath. 

So, 12 ounces down and about another 16 ounces to go, I think (I'd really like to know the capacity of the juice container). I refrigerated the rest of the juice and think it'll be best blended with ice and a banana.

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