Juicing My Way to Health: Cuisinart Compact Juice Maker (Review) + The Big Book of Juices (Review)

29 Mar

7 years ago, I had my first juicing experience.  I’m not sure how it came about, but I remember being pregnant with my second child.  Eating was difficult.  There wasn’t much that sounded appealing or appetizing.  Juicing helped me consume healthy food without all the “drama” surrounding food.  After my son was born, I sold my juicer on ebay.  For years, I kicked myself, but refused to invest in another.

An old friend brought juicing back to the forefront of my mind.  For $50 something, I got a Cuisinart Compact Juicer.  I couldn’t wait to make juice. So after a trip to the grocery store today, I made some juice…it was great!  My children wanted some as well, so I let them pick the fruits and/or veggies. Image

I picked up a copy of The Big Book of Juices by Natalie Savona.  I looked all over for this book and most places were OOS (out of stock) online for new copies OR the used copies being sold were priced outrageously.  Barnes and Noble lists the book for just under $12 + tax, but sadly they were OOS for shipping too.  I opted to do a store hold so I could pick it up today.  Buying it in-store cost me $20 + tax.

The high demand of this book is what drew me to it.  I even paid for it without taking one look at it.  I’m glad I got it.  The book boasts several simple juice/smoothie recipes.  The best part is that it rates each recipe on Energy, Detox, Immunity, Digestion, and Skin.  The beginning of the book starts out by describing juicing and smoothie making plus the differences between the two.  The author then lists several fruits and veggies + the benefits of them.

Now, I have to tell you that when I began today’s juicing session, I mixed several fruits and veggies randomly.  I was satisfied with all three juices that I made.  BUT, one reason why I love the Big Book of Juices is because of the simplicity of a lot of the recipes.  For example, one recipe includes just carrots and apples.  Another includes Apples and Oranges while a different recipe uses Apples and Guavas.  Many times, I think “the more the merrier”, but this book makes me feel as if “less is more”.  I believe it is a must-have, go-to book for anyone wondering about juicing or just beginning.  It’s great for those that already juice because of the ratings for each juice.

The Cuisinart Compact Juicer is awesome.  My only pet peeve is that it is compact.  Once I began going hard at juicing, I had to stop several times to empty the pulp and the 16oz juice container.  I should have thought my juicer decision through thoroughly before choosing a model.  With six people total in my household, a compact juicer may not be my best bet.  Other than that, the Cuisinart Compact Juicer is priced right at just about $100 most places.  Sam’s Club carries it for about $75.


5 Responses to “Juicing My Way to Health: Cuisinart Compact Juice Maker (Review) + The Big Book of Juices (Review)”

  1. Storm March 29, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

    Good luck with your juicing!

  2. Veggie Diva's Kitchen March 29, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

    How do you like this juicer so far? I’ve seen the same one on Amazon and contemplated buying it. It got a lot of good reviews, but some bad ones too. I’d rather hear it from a “real person” who is using it. It would just be me and my husband using it, probably several times a week. Any feedback is appreciated!

    • spoonforkeat March 30, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

      I like it, but it is rather small for the amount of juicing I’ll be doing. There are 6 people in my house and I have to dump the pulp after 16-32 oz of juice, depending on the fruit and veggies I use. Another thing that’s starting to bother me is the fact that pieces of fruit and veggies fly up out of the chute sometimes, so in addition to cleaning the juicer, I have to clean the cabinets too. I think it would be ok for two if you’ll be using it lightly. If you plan to use it heavily, try getting a full sized version. The one I had 7 years ago was awesome, but I can’t remember what brand it was. Let me know how you make out 🙂

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