I feel a little bad for the juicer. It seems to be an oft-mocked symbol of excessive, indulgent gift-giving. Isn’t it kind of short-hand for a bad wedding gift? Like, you set up a registry specifically so you don’t get one or more juicers. So here I am, adding to the heap of juicer scorn. But maybe I’m wrong! Maybe this will end up being a great addition to my
kitchen, and not a dust-collector or space-taker-upper. While I’m leery of any single-use appliance (hence my abstinence from panini grills and the like), it seems like a juicer could have more general utility.
The specific item I have is Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer. It comes with a handy recipe book that contains smoothies, baked goods, salsas, and soups. I don’t doubt that this gadget is more than capable of helping me make these things; I’m just wondering whether it can do anything the food processor I already own can’t already do. Apparently it creates fruit or vegetable pulp that can be saved and added to other recipes to up the vitamin count, which is certainly promising. (Also, I’ve learned a few things. Did you know bananas can’t be juiced?)
So, what say you, commenters? Who has a juicer? How do you use it? I’m open to both positive and negative feedback, here. Whether or not I get any handy tips, I am going to march forward and make something with my juicer this week, and I’ll report back either in another food post or in the forum.