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I have been in the total smoothie kick lately.. All the summer fruits are out, and it is just easy to do on a hot day. I was kind of thinking of buying a juicer, but uncertain if I would use it all the time.<br><br><br><br>
What do you guys use the most Blender or Juicer, which is the better investment.
 

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I just bought a new blender. I checked out the juicers, but I really don't think they're any better than a (cheaper) blender if your primary goal is making smoothies (which, by the way, is mine <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> )
 

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I am just uncertain how often I would use the juicer, and I was worried about the clean up as well.
 

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As I do not expect a hostile debate on this topic, I am moving this to the VeggiePatch. (Anyone who does get worked up over this issue needs to seek professional help.) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/pimp.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":tame:">
 

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I'm just about to buy a juicer.<br><br><br><br>
It's different from a blender, because it extracts, well, the juice. Or it extracts (some of) the fibers, depending on how you look at it.<br><br><br><br>
True a blender can be used to "juice" high water content fruits, but can you use a blender to make, for instance, beet juice or celery juice?
 

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I'd recomend the blender over the juicer but a food processor over both. The food processor can do most of the work fo a blender and then many other things. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I like blenders... I don't really like juicers because most of the nutrients tend to be in the pulp! I prefer to get all my nutrients.. Although, I do love juices! But I'll eat my veggies, and drink other juices.<br><br><br><br>
But I prefer smoothies. I like taking just fruit + ice, maybe some soymilk, and making a smoothie. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I heard the juiceman juicer does get more nutrients, or something or other, in the juice... What would be the best juicer?<br><br><br><br>
While I'm here, what is the best blender? I need a new one! Mine is ghetto. heh
 

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I don't think I can answer this... I use both appliances pretty near every day in the summer.<br><br><br><br>
I would love to have a VitaMix, though -- right now I have a normal blender, but my parents have a VitaMix & it is oh-so-fun to play with when I visit. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I have the mighty VitaMix. It will make juice out of a table leg if necessary. I use a blender to make juice but of course it isn't the clear pouring type you get from a bottle. The vitamix makes whole juice and comes with recipes for combinations of fruits and veggies that compliment each other. I actually just make smoothies instead of fooling around with recipes. I had a juicer years ago but only used it a few times. The cleaning and preparation of the fruit was time consuming, I found.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by FafaFrappy</i><br><br><b>I don't really like juicers because most of the nutrients tend to be in the pulp!</b></div>
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That's not true, juicers extract the fibers which are indigestible. The better your juicer, the drier your pulp (= the better the extraction). Of course <i>some</i> nutrients will be left behind, but MOST will be in the juice.<br><br><br><br>
Personally I think that eating fresh fruit whole is the best, it's just that I eat so much that it does get impractical sometimes. It would be much more handy to juice a lot of fruit and chug them at once.
 

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Yes it is (soluble fiber has a cholesterol lowering effect). One should eat a lot of fiber. If one doesn't, it would be good to start eating some whole fruit + veges and NOT juice them.<br><br><br><br>
OTOH juicing can make nutrients more readily available so that juices digest faster.<br><br><br><br>
I have no problem with fiber, however, as I mostly eat high fiber content foods. I see juicing as a fun and practical way to eat a lot of fresh produce at once... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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I voted for the blender as well. I received a juicer as a gift a few years ago, but it's a pain to use/clean! Now it's sitting in one of the cupboards, collecting dust. Besides, smoothies are so easy to make, and there's not as much prep work involved.
 

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It's hot, I'm making smoothies and I need a blender for that. Sorry, I don't do a lot of juice...I prefer the fruits/veggies themselves to juicing them.
 

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i'm really mad tonight actually. i went and bought fruit yesterday to make smoothies, and was looking forward to making one all day at work, so i finally went to whip one up after supper tonight and bam, the blender's busted. this thing has given me nothing but grief.<br><br><br><br>
my mom bought it for me as a gift, i used it once, and the part that screws the blade to the jar wouldn't come off, the threads were messed up or something. i exchanged it for a new one under warrantee, no prob.<br><br>
i used the new one once and the blade seemed to stall a lot, but i didn't think much of it. then we moved and it's been stashed away ever since. i take it out tonight and the blade doesn't spin. turns out the thingy that sticks up out of the motor and goes into the blade thingy to make it spin, is the wrong size or something for the part that it's screwed into inside the motor. my roommate took it apart and said it didn't fit together right, like it's the wrong sized part. bugger.<br><br><br><br>
he's bringing home some kind of industrial glue junk tomorrow to glue the sucker together. but meanwhile i emailed the company and hopefully i'll hear back tomorrow with good news. maybe they'll send me a newer model for free.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":mad:"><br><br><br><br>
i just want a frikin' smoothie!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bigcry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cry:"><br><br><br><br>
but yes, i use blenders for the most part.<br><br><br><br>
as a temporary fix though, he superglued the parts together and i was able to get one smoothie out of it before it came apart again.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
eta: moral of the story... if you buy a blender don't get the oster 6640
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by LadyFaile</i><br><br><b>eta: moral of the story... if you buy a blender don't get the oster 6640</b></div>
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Or... if you buy a blender, buy two! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I love my Oster. Much better than the Hamilton Beach I had, and the Waring. The blade construction is much better. Yes, you have to be careful not to cross thread the botton screw-cap.<br><br><br><br>
If you order parts from Oster you just about always get the right part. Sometimes local appliance parts sales places sell you non-genuine parts that either don't last as long as Oster-approved parts, or don't fit right. Order parts directly from Oster.
 
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