A good juicer is a vital tool for anyone following a whole foods, plant-based diet or who is planning to engage in cleansing “juice feasts” and detoxes. Juices extracted from fresh vegetables and fruits are quickly and efficiently absorbed into the system, giving us a jolt of nutrition and energy without taxing our digestion.
My workhorse juicer is the Omega 8003–it’s been plugging through my veggies and fruit steadily now for about seven years, and I’ve only once had to replace the small juicing screen cone during that time. However, I sometimes wonder what I’d do if I found myself without electricity to power my trusty, standby kitchen tool.
One solution would be to put together an eco-foot-powered bicycle blender such as those offered by the innovative Maya Pedal company, an impressive Guatemalan NGO that takes old and unwanted donated bikes and uses the components to make pedal powered machines, including blenders. That would at least work to make smoothies, which, I must say, I often prefer to pulp-free juices. However, although I have an old bicycle that could easily be converted into a foot-powered blender, I have yet to look into the intricacies of making such an apparatus, let alone organize my life sufficiently to get it done.
Another option, though, that I discovered recently was the Lexen Healthy Juicer GP27 – Manual Wheat grass Juicer, an affordable, totally manual masticating juicer designed to handle wheat grass and leafy greens such as spinach, collards, and parsley. A masticating juicer crushes the leaves or fruit and squeezes the juices out of without heat buildup, preserving the vital nutrients and enzymes.The juicer is lightweight and totally portable and also provides opportunity for a healthy workout of the arm muscles. Online, it is listed at about $50 USD.
Another somewhat higher-priced portable manual single-auger masticating juicer is the Z-Star Manual Juicer (Z-510). It has received excellent reviews (see link) and is purported to juice carrots, apples, and other fruits (although they must be cut up fairly small first). It looks worthy of serious consideration should you be in the marketplace for a manual juicer.