Simple Juice Recipes

For those who don’t know about the Norwalk juicer, it is known by many around the world as the ultimate juicer on the planet. Maybe because of its steep price point. Maybe because it is known to make the smoothest and most nutritious juice known to man. Whatever the reason may be, I will be finding out soon enough.

After several months of researching the Norwalk online and watching tons of YouTube videos on juicer reviews, I finally pulled the trigger and bought the Norwalk Model 280. I purchased it from the Norwalk website on February 4, 2013. The cost of the Norwalk was $2495.00 (yes, that is not a typo) plus $78.93 for UPS ground shipping with insurance, for a whopping grand total of $2573.93! Aside from my car, this is the second most expensive thing I have ever purchased in my life. People may think this is a crazy amount to pay, especially for a juicer, and they’re probably right. For the novice juicer that only juices a few times a week, the Norwalk is most likely overkill. But for someone who juices at least five times a week, such as myself, the Norwalk seems worth the investment.

I have been using the same centrifugal juicer that got me started on my juicing journey over 1 1/2 years ago – the Breville BJE200XL. There are many reasons why the Breville is an excellent juicer but it has several drawback as well.

Advantages of the Breville BJE200XL:

  1. The juicer is very affordable and can be bought on Amazon for $99.99. It is an excellent juicer for those that are just getting started and it will give you an idea whether or not juicing is something you would want to incorporate into your lifestyle without a huge investment.
  2. The consistency of the juice is smooth and not pulpy. There is some foam that builds up on top of the juice which I personally don’t mind since it can easily be scraped off with a spoon.
  3. The juicing process is quick and cleanup is very easy. I usually rinse the pulp container and chute under cold water immediately after juicing. I also use the brush to scrub out pulp from the metal filter while rinsing under cold water. Juicing takes no more than 15 minutes and cleanup takes no more than 5 minutes.

Drawbacks of the Breville BJE200XL:

  1. The leftover pulp is very moist and I know more juice can be extracted from the pulp. Every time after juicing I feel guilty for throwing away any underutilized pulp.
  2. The juice needs to be drank immediately after juicing to minimize oxidation of essential vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and enzymes in the juice. The nature of centrifugal juicers allows more air to blend with the juice, making the oxidation process occur more quickly.
  3. The juicer does not juice soft fruits and vegetables well such as berries, melons, and mangoes.
  4. The pulp container must be emptied when full. I have always been able to make around 32-oz of juice before stopping the juicer to empty the pulp container.

With the many drawback of centrifugal juicers, I started researching masticating juicers and noticed the Omega series had rave reviews. Luckily a good friend of mine owned the exact one I was considering purchasing, the Omega VRT350, and he let me borrow it for a few days. I made my Green Monster juice recipe with the Omega and here’s what I found.

Advantages of the Omega VRT350:

  1. The slow 80 RPM of this juicer extracts every drop of juice from the pulp. The leftover pulp was much dryer than the pulp from the Breville and left me feeling like I wasn’t literally throwing away precious money into the trash.
  2. The juice can be stored up to 72 hours in a sealed container. The slow RPM of this juicer minimizes oxidation and extracts as much of the vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and enzymes from the produce as possible, especially for green leafy vegetables.

Drawbacks of the Omega VRT350:

  1. The juice was very pulpy to the point where I was “chewing” each mouthful. While it’s arguable that pulpy juice offers more fiber and is more healthy and nutritious, I personally enjoy my juice to be smooth and refreshing rather than fibrous and pulpy.
  2. The juicing process is much slower due to the slower RPM and cleanup was slightly more cumbersome. The pulp ejection hole is very small and there was some residual pulp that was difficult to clean out from the chute.

Because the pulpiness of the juice was a deal breaker for me, I realized the Omega wasn’t the right juicer for me. This was when I started to investigate cold-pressed juicers and came across the Norwalk. I knew I wanted a juicer that would be able to extract as much juice from the pulp as possible, which the Breville was not good at doing, and I knew I wanted a juicer that did not make pulpy juice, which the Omega was not good at doing.

Based on my research, these were exactly the things the Norwalk was best at doing. The hydraulic press of the Norwalk supposedly can extract an additional 50% more juice from the pulp than many centrifugal juicers on the market. So instead of throwing moist pulp away in the trash (i.e. wasted $$$), the extra amount of juice the Norwalk can extract will eventually pay for the initial investment over time. Also, the consistency of the cold-pressed juice of the Norwalk looks smooth since the pulp is pressed using heavy-duty filter bags and cloths, preventing any pulp from getting into the juice. I also wanted a juicer that minimizes oxidation as much as possible while being able to store several glasses of juice at least overnight. I’ve read that cold-pressed juice can be stored for up to 72 hours in tightly sealed glass or stainless steel containers. Also, the health benefits of the extracted juice from the Norwalk were much higher than any other juicer on the market. Here is some nutrition information and laboratory tests proving that using the Norwalk yields the highest quality juice.

These were compelling enough reasons for me to finally purchase the Norwalk. The crazy part of it all is that I have never used the Norwalk before and am taking a big chance purchasing it, especially with their “all sales of juicers are final” policy. I’m hoping the cold-pressed nature of the Norwalk will make a smooth, refreshing juice like the Breville while extracting as much juice from the pulp as possible like the Omega. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my very own Norwalk and will post more once it arrives. Please feel free to post any comments or questions if you’d like to know more about my experience with the Norwalk Model 280.

Thanks for reading and happy juicing!

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Categories: Juicers

9 Responses so far.

  1. Vivian says:

    Please let me know! I am in the same situation as you. I would love to know if the Norwalk leaves pulp in the juice. I hate that! Thx!

    • doug says:

      Hi Vivian. Thank you for the comment. I’ve owned the Norwalk for nearly 2 months now and the juice quality is very smooth and leaves absolutely no pulp in the juice. I’ve noticed that once the juicing cloths become overused and clogged there is a tendency for the pulp to burst from the cloth occasionally in small spurts. This is the only case where some residual pulp may get into the juice but it is a very very minimal amount. My advice is to replace the juicing cloths once this happens if you want absolutely no pulp in your juice.

  2. Fred C Dobbs says:

    Does the new O ring on this model present any problem as far as clean up? I’ve heard it can accumulate juice debris and become unsanitary. I am so close to pulling the trigger on the 280 instead of a used one but am concerned about that issue.

    • doug says:

      Hi Fred. Thanks for your comment. The O-ring does build up a lot of pulp but it is easy to remove and rinse off. Once removed, I use a damp cloth to thoroughly wipe down the groove where the O-ring sits as well as the entire area around the cutter shaft of all debris. It takes several minutes to wipe down but the last thing you want is any rotting organic matter to get into your next batch of juice. My Norwalk came with a total of 3 O-rings and I’m still using my first one without any problems.

  3. Kevin says:

    Hi Doug, thanks for your review. I am also very interested in the Norwalk. Are the filter cloth/bags nylon or can I buy organic cotton? Under all that pressure, I’m not sure if cotton will hold up, but trying to avoid plastic touching the juice. Also, have you considered separate manual press/grinder combination? That appears to be a lot cheaper, but not as elegant as the Norwalk. Thank you!

    • doug says:

      Hi Kevin.

      Thanks for your comment and sorry for the late reply.

      The juicing cloths are made from polyester. They are made of this material to withstand the pressure of the hydraulic press. I haven’t tried organic cotton but I’ve read that they could explode during pressing.

      I did look into a separate grinder/press combo using the Green Star and manual Welles Press but finally decided to purchase the Norwalk because less labor is involved. Although the Norwalk is 2-3x more expensive than the grider/press combo, the idea of manually pressing juice was not an attractive option for me, especially because I make a lot of juice every week.

      Hope this helps,
      Doug

  4. Kara says:

    Hi Doug,

    What would your comments be on the Norwalk now? Are you still happy with your purchase and if you had the change would you do it all over again. I am getting really close in making a decision on purchasing and still debating on the Angel 5500 or the Norwalk. Greatly appreciated, thanks!

    • doug says:

      Hi Kara,

      Sorry for the late reply. It seems your comment got lost in the sea of spam I’ve been receiving.

      So far I haven’t had any problems with my Norwalk so overall I’m still very happy with purchasing it. It does take a lot of time to recoup the initial investment but as long as you make juice regularly (like I do) it will pay for itself over time. I usually juice 1-2 times a week which makes around 16 bottles of 16-oz jars each time. This gives me enough to last the entire week for two people. It is a very durable machine and I’ve used it 3-4 hours in a single day without any problems.

      The one slight drawback with the Norwalk is the juicing cloths. The additional step of pressing the pulp in the juicing cloths as well as cleaning them can be cumbersome at times but I love the fact that the juice is smooth in consistency and I’m able to store the juice for more than 2-3 days. So for me, it is worth the extra effort.

      I have never used the Super Angel 5500 before but I have read some people having problems purchasing replacement parts which deterred me from purchasing it. So far I haven’t had to replace any parts for my Norwalk (knock on wood) but it seems that replacements parts are easy to purchase on their website.

      I’d love to know which juicer you end up purchasing.

      Hope this helps,
      Doug

  5. Rodrigo says:

    I purchased the Norwalk model 280 juicer five months ago after extensive research on many other models. I also asked myself many times before buying it the question: Is it worth to invest so much money in a juicer?. Let me tell you, I found the answer to that question: It is worth every penny!!. We do not spare any money and can easily spend thousands of dollars in a new car, but would think many many times before investing in a piece of machinery that is going to drastically improve our well being. Since I purchased the Norwalk, I changed my usual breakfast of coffee, bacon, eggs, ham (or meat), cheese and bread for a glass of carrot/celery/spinach/parsley juice. I feel full of energy throughout the whole morning and can go for up to 8 hours without feeling hungry or week. Without a doubt, this is the BEST INVESTMENT OF MY LIFE. I absolutely love it.

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