Jack LaLanne's Power juicer - Santa, come back...help, please!

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Hi,

If you or someone you know has this, please share tips. Santa brought one, and I used it today, but have questions like:

It's a lot of trouble - and veggies / fruit, etc, esp. with cleanup, just for a glass of juice. Yet you are supposed to drink these beverages fresh. So people really go through all that for a glass of veggie juice?

Plus I love bananas, but you need to use yet another gadget to add these to anything - a blender. Same with pineapple (like canned with juice), ie with anything watery.

So same question: people really go through all that for a glass of something to drink? Not lazy, mind you, but not into spending countless hours in my kitchen plus not sure the cost to get drinks like that...

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PS. Now Jack LaLanne and his wife, Elaine LaLanne (gotta love that name) sure seem healthy and all that, but who cleans up after all those drinks all day? You can't let that sticky stuff sit around the kitchen...?? And if you lack a garden, what type investment is this for juices all day? I ground an entire package of carrots and other veggies and fruit, and got less than a fourth cup of juice I mean, Santa - -come back here, dude!
  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    First, a couple of notes...

    Jack is dead. Passed away in the past year. So I'm not too sure of his health.

    Next, my Jack Juicer is about 6 years old, and still works well. When I got mine, the reviews were all great. I read some reviews more recently for the Jack Juicer, and they were mixed, at best. It seems that something has changed with them over the years.



    Originally Posted by dbarnum View Post

    Hi,

    If you or someone you know has this, please share tips. Santa brought one, and I used it today, but have questions like:
    Did you leave cookies for Santa?

    It's a lot of trouble - and veggies / fruit, etc, esp. with cleanup, just for a glass of juice. Yet you are supposed to drink these beverages fresh. So people really go through all that for a glass of veggie juice?
    Yeah, it is some trouble. Most of the juicer will just rinse off. But the screen is a pain. You need to either use a dishwasher or find a good brush. If you put it in the dishwasher, put it on the top rack so the dryer unit won't melt it.

    Plus I love bananas, but you need to use yet another gadget to add these to anything - a blender. Same with pineapple (like canned with juice), ie with anything watery.
    Bananas just don't have any juice...So they don't work with a juicer.

    So same question: people really go through all that for a glass of something to drink? Not lazy, mind you, but not into spending countless hours in my kitchen plus not sure the cost to get drinks like that...
    I do...Not all the time, but I use it regularly...But I don't like veggies or fruit all that much. It's a way I can get some fresh fruit and veggies. I think of the time spent as if I was cooking a meal.



    PS. Now Jack LaLanne and his wife, Elaine LaLanne (gotta love that name) sure seem healthy and all that, but who cleans up after all those drinks all day? You can't let that sticky stuff sit around the kitchen...??
    Again, Jack probably doesn't look all that healthy any more. LOL

    And if you lack a garden, what type investment is this for juices all day? I ground an entire package of carrots and other veggies and fruit, and got less than a fourth cup of juice I mean, Santa - -come back here, dude!
    Yeah, it does get expensive. The stuff we "should" use isn't the expensive "pretty" fruits and veggies that stores only use now.

    Also, a pound of carrots would give me way more than a cup of juice...Are you sure you have it working correctly? Maybe it's just my older machine works a lot better?

    If you're only getting 1/4 cup of juice from a pound of carrots, it definetly isn't worth it.

    My favorite is cantelope. I find it gives the best ratio of juice and nutrition compared to calories. I just scrape out the seeds, then put the slices in skin and all and my macine just pours out juice.

    Then I mix in carrots and celery and anything else I can find on sale.

    But again, it doesn't sound like your machine is putting out enough juice to make it worthwhile.
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  • Years ago, I bought a Juiceman...I wish I had gotten the one you have. It has a bigger chute - yours is supposed to be the best one for the price...

    Also,there's a reason you never see bottles of banana juice in the store...:rolleyes:

    Isn't it ironic that it costs more to eat natural healthy food, than to eat processed junk food?

    But, If you don't want to keep it - there's always eBay -
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas Wilkinson
    Two things I wouldn't do without, my coffee maker and my juicer. I can go to the farmers market a couple of times a week. I make juice four or five times a week. Its just gets to be routine. I have a dedicated small brush for the screen and have learned exactly where to put parts in the dishwasher for best results.

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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    There are a LOT of reasons for fresh food costing more. It is more hassle and harder to ship food, than liquid. They can add things to retard spoilage. And they can use the ugliest food for juicing. If you buy carrot juice, you aren't looking for green areas, worm holes, etc.... In a way, you are doing them a FAVOR!

    It is like hotdogs/sausage in meat processing, or the little dunkins munchkins.

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  • Profile picture of the author Patrician
    HI Diana. Well Santa was generous!

    I have had mine for years - I rarely use it anymore - especially since I have read carrot juice is high-glycemic - spikes your blood sugar.

    I had bought it for that and some apple juice and sometimes mixed with carrot or grape.

    I was very disappointed straight off because the apples they must use on TV where the "chute is so wide" - "you don't have to chop" -MUST BE CRAB APPLES - even those nice little Japanese apples don't fit.

    So yeah alot of chopping and prepping - all reasons the juicer just sits there year after year.

    It has a very powerful engine and it's a good juicer but I agree too much work taking it all apart and all that pulp (unless you compost it is a dream).

    I used a Bullet Express (just died)* for frozen berries and bananas - I also have a cool smoothy maker that does frozen banana slices and berries - (don't need to add any ice!)

    *talk about immediately disappointed - the Bullet comes with a juicer attachment - just make one glass at a time - real quick and simple. It never worked from day one. not once. i never got around to returning it because i kept thinking i would figure out what i was doing wrong that it didn't work. I kept trying it and of course the carrots kept staining it - it did a good job shredding but not juicing them!!! LOLwhatssofunny
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrician
    p.s. 1914 - 2011 Jack LaLanne lived to his NINETIES and he didn't look it until the end.

    RIP Jack LaLanne one of the original 'hunks' LOL.

    I do his facial exercise a few times a week and I can see the difference when I stop. It is to make your eyes and mouth so they do not droop.

    My mother who is 88 and always looked 10 years younger even now - shared it with me - I don't know where she saw it.

    What you do is you pucker up your lips like you are going to give sombody a great big kiss and close your eyes.

    Then you open your mouth as wide as you can (lifting your mouth and cheeks) and at the same time open your eyes as wide as you can (lifting your eye brows).

    Do that 10 times and then work up to 20 and so forth.

    (just don't let anybody catch you doing it because you look totally crazy).
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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by Patrician View Post

      p.s. 1914 - 2011 Jack LaLanne lived to his NINETIES and he didn't look it until the end.

      RIP Jack LaLanne one of the original 'hunks' LOL.

      I do his facial exercise a few times a week and I can see the difference when I stop. It is to make your eyes and mouth so they do not droop.

      My mother who is 88 and always looked 10 years younger even now - shared it with me - I don't know where she saw it.

      What you do is you pucker up your lips like you are going to give sombody a great big kiss and close your eyes.

      Then you open your mouth as wide as you can (lifting your mouth and cheeks) and at the same time open your eyes as wide as you can (lifting your eye brows).

      Do that 10 times and then work up to 20 and so forth.

      (just don't let anybody catch you doing it because you look totally crazy).
      Interestingly Jack Lanlanne was one of those that was rather low key but incredibly successful. When I was a little kid, he had a TV show on every day, and discussed such things. Like this: Later he started a chain of healthclubs that a little company called Bally's bought up. Here was a commercial, I didn't even think it happened THS late !

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  • Profile picture of the author Roaddog
    Jack LaLanne's feats...where did you say I could get a juicer?...lol

    1954 (age 40): swam the entire length (8,981 ft/1.7 mi) of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, under water, with 140 pounds (64 kg; 10 st) of air tanks and other equipment strapped to his body; a world record.

    1955 (age 41): swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco while handcuffed. When interviewed afterwards he was quoted as saying that the worst thing about the ordeal was being handcuffed, which significantly reduced his chance to do a jumping jack.

    1956 (age 42): set what was claimed as a world record of 1,033 push-ups in 23 minutes on You Asked For It, a television program hosted by Art Baker.

    1957 (age 43): swam the Golden Gate channel while towing a 2,500-pound (1,100 kg; 180 st) cabin cruiser. The swift ocean currents turned this one-mile (1.6 km) swim into a swimming distance of 6.5 miles (10.5 km).

    1958 (age 44): maneuvered a paddleboard nonstop from Farallon Islands to the San Francisco shore. The 30-mile (48 km) trip took 9.5 hours.

    1959 (age 45): did 1,000 jumping jacks and 1,000 chin-ups in 1 hour, 22 minutes, to promote The Jack LaLanne Show going nationwide. LaLanne said this was the most difficult of his stunts, but only because the skin on his hands started ripping off during the chin-ups. He felt he couldn't stop because it would be seen as a public failure.

    1974 (age 60): For the second time, he swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman's Wharf. Again, he was handcuffed, but this time he was also shackled and towed a 1,000-pound (450 kg; 71 st) boat. At least that's according to his website. However, according to an account of this event published the day after it occurred in the Los Angeles Times, written by Philip Hager, a Times staff writer, LaLanne was neither handcuffed nor shackled if each of those terms has the unconventional meaning of "tightly binding the wrists or ankles together with a pair of metal fasteners" although that's not how handcuffs or shackles work. Hager says that LaLanne "had his hands and feet bound with cords that allowed minimal freedom". But "minimal" clearly did not mean "no" freedom, since elsewhere in the article Hager describes LaLanne's method of propulsion through the water as "half-breast-stroke, half-dog paddle" which is how you swim with your hands tied.

    1975 (age 61): Repeating his performance of 21 years earlier, he again swam the entire length of the Golden Gate Bridge, underwater and handcuffed, but this time he was shackled and towed a 1,000-pound (450 kg; 71 st) boat.

    1976 (age 62): To commemorate the "Spirit of '76", United States Bicentennial, he swam one mile (1.6 km) in Long Beach Harbor. He was handcuffed and shackled, and he towed 13 boats (representing the 13 original colonies) containing 76 people.

    1979 (age 65): towed 65 boats in Lake Ashinoko, near Tokyo, Japan. He was handcuffed and shackled, and the boats were filled with 6,500 pounds (2,900 kg; 460 st) of Louisiana Pacific wood pulp.

    1980 (age 66): towed 10 boats in North Miami, Florida. The boats carried 77 people, and he towed them for over one mile (1.6 km) in less than one hour.

    1984 (age 70): handcuffed, shackled, and fighting strong winds and currents, towed 70 rowboats, one with several guests, from the Queen’s Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary, 1 mile


    source: Wikipedia
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