The Juice Experiment

My husband and I recently watched the documentary Fat Sick & Nearly Dead, and we were both pretty amazed by the health benefits juicing seemed to offer. We discussed it that night, and decided we were going to buy a juicer and give it a whirl ourselves. Nothing to lose, right? (Other than unwanted pounds and health issues.) Let the juicer research begin!

I spent quite a bit of time going through product reviews, reading what people thought, and weighing the pro’s and con’s. I even checked with my Facebook friends to see if any of them juiced, and which juicer they preferred.

After much thought, this is the one we decided on: the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor.

I am sad to report, that our juicing experiment was a huge fail!

Not necessarily because of the juicer itself (although I did have a couple issues with it that I will address here in a minute), but because the majority of the recipes we tried were horrid.

Not just icky.

Not just gross.


I feel betrayed by Pinterest this time around.

There may be great health benefits to juicing, but for us, unless we wanted to drink only fresh apple, orange, or carrot juice (or a combo of the three), we will get no benefit from it at all.

Now, as far as the juicer itself, there were a few issues that I did have with it:

1.) Many of the fruits they say you can juice, you really can’t. It does nothing more than squish it up and spit it out into the garbage bin on the side. You may be lucky if you get a few drops (literally 2-3 drops!) of juice from things like strawberries, mango, pineapple, kiwi, etc.  To me, it was a *huge* waste of those fruits, and I have a hard time with that. Sames goes for spinach.

2.) It may be “easy” to clean, but it takes a long time! You have to take it all apart between juices (making different flavors) and clean it, otherwise you will have flavors in your juice that you don’t want. So, off comes the plunger, the top, the basket, the carafe and the lid. Into the sink, wash, rinse, dry, repeat. If you are making a bunch of different juice to store for easy drinking, this takes a crazy amount of time!

3.) The little grinder basket, as well as the top chute/spinner part get a strange film on them after juicing certain things (like carrots for example), and it is really hard to get that cleaned off. Especially the grinder basket. It is incredibly sharp, and the little brush that comes with it to clean it doesn’t seem to get that film off, so you have to try to clean it with a rag or something, which can end up with lots of little cuts on your fingers. Ask me how I know.

This juicer is going back.

I am sure there are those out there who enjoy juicing, but for us, it just isn’t our thing. I really had a hard time with all the waste that seemed to go along with juicing. One of my friends on Facebook had mentioned that she had quit juicing for this very reason and I have to agree with her on this.

I would much rather turn my fruits into smoothies, than to see only a few drops of juice come out, and see the rest of it get “spit” into the recycle bin. Food is too expensive, and knowing there are those out there going hungry each and every day, I just can’t waste it with a good conscience.

So, that is my review, and what we took away from our juicing experiment.

Until next time,


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  • Reply
    Wanda Tumlin
    June 9, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    I could not juice. God gave us food, let’s eat it. Our choices are what ruins our health and weight. Easy to know….hard to do.

    Great review.

    • Reply
      June 10, 2014 at 1:17 am

      Well, we were going to try to do the first few days as just juice – nothing more – just to see how we felt, and if we thought we could do it for a full month. Not happening! lol Like I said, there was a lot of waste (in my opinion), and I was hungrier than I’ve ever been in my life. Yes, this coming from the mouth of someone who used to only eat once a day. Crazy!

  • Reply
    Derek Close
    June 10, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Some of those juices were just snasty!

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