Juice Processors and Puree Makers: Best of Both Worlds

Juice Processors and Puree Makers: Best of Both Worlds

Range Govindan
Dec 8, 2010

I've been blending smoothies for a while, but you quickly become aware at how limited a traditional blender becomes once you want to use different fruits and vegetables. To get the most of processing fruits and veg, you need a juicer. There are a number of different models available, but we've managed to find only a few that do as much as the ones highlighted in this post.

The Ariete Compact Juicer is a good way of starting your juice feast. Its strong point is that it's quite affordable and will juice almost anything. Breville makes something similar, the Juice Fountain Compact, and it costs $100. Sara over at The Kitchn tested a bigger juicer from Breville and it's called the Ikon Multi-Speed Juice Fountain. A way on saving money on these juicers is to combine them with a good food processor to create purees. Purees are precursors to a smoothie, and can often be used as a base for all sorts of smoothies. The trick is that a food processor will grind fibers finely enough so that they can be used in this fashion. This is something that most blenders can't do by themselves.

Another option would entail getting one of the ultimate juicers, the Breville Dual Disc Juice Processor. While the list price is $400, we've had no trouble finding this amazing juicer for around $200 at different online retailers (this is for the refurbished model). This juice processor doubles as way to create purees from a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, making it a one-stop solution for all of your juicing needs. We've checked around, and there aren't many manufacturers who make dual disc juicers. This means that for the price that we've found, it's definitely a nice appliance to have, if you've got the space.

While blenders do a good job of creating base smoothies, once you want to explore different juices, which often include vegetable juices, it's a sensible idea to invest into a juicer, especially if you already have a food processor. If you don't, then Breville's offering makes a lot of sense.

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