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Juice Like a Pro


F&W's September issue explores the juicing trend that's inspired new shops across the country. Unfortunately, a single bottle can cost up to $10. Here, the best equipment for making juice at home and an insider guide to popular mixers.

Essential Juices

Essential Juices

Art © (carrot, beet, lemon, apple, parsley), Stephanie Foley (ginger), James Baigrie (kale).


Equipment Test

Hamilton Beach

Courtesy of Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.

A powerful, multitasking machine that can make both juice and smoothies, the Breville has five speeds and a separate blade for pureeing. $400;

Hamilton Beach (photo)
The most efficient of the 15 juicers F&W tested, this value-priced model extracts more juice than any machine we tried. $80;

Though it’s slower than many juicers, this compact and quiet model creates juices with a wonderfully smooth texture. $200;

Scrap Saver: Zero-Waste Juicing
The downside of juicing at home: all the leftover peels and pulp. One great way to use the scraps is to compost them. Simple Human’s sleek stainless steel pail holds a gallon of waste and has a charcoal filter and a ventilated lid to help control odors. $60;

Juicing Facts and Stats
Charlie Gulick of San Francisco’s fantastic Juice Shop weighs in.

It Takes a Lot of Produce: A 16-ounce serving of juice requires 2-3 pounds of fruits and vegetables.

It’s Light Sensitive: Light destroys enzymes in fresh juice, so top juice bars have specially designed walk-in coolers.

It’s Hydraulic: The cold-press machine of choice for many shops is the $2,500 Norwalk, which extracts juice using half a ton of pressure.

It’s Occasionally Bizarre: Cutting-edge spots spike juices with ingredients like blue-green algae and burdock root.

Related: America's Best Juice Bars

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