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Problem juicing greens and soft fruits?

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Posted by LAVegan on 6 years ago HI all- I am on Day 2, and honestly, right now I am starving. I don't know if I can last 3 more days on this! My question is about juicing greens like spinach and kale, and soft fruits like berries and grapes. I have a Breville Juice Fountain Plus (recommended by this site) and while it does a great job on cukes, carrots, celery, beets etc, it just passes the greens and berries straight through into the chute with almost no juice, even on the low speed. I've tried bunching them up, putting between two apple slices, etc. Any tips or do I just need to pull out the blender (and therefore dirty another appliance) for the greens?

This topic contains 11 replies, has 6 voices, and was last updated by Jon 6 years ago.

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  • kdreher6372

    6 years ago
    I have the same juicer and have had the same issue with berries and herbs. This evening my husband tried putting the pulp through the juicer again and got some juice out on the 2nd pass. It made for a little more pulpy, smoothie like consistency, which he said was good.
  • LAVegan

    6 years ago
    Thanks, kd. I did sort of try that once and got a bit more juice, but man it feels like such a waste!
  • madnut92

    6 years ago
    When you do the second pass, try packing the mulch quite tightly in the chute before turning it on, and compress it with the... compressor thing. You can visibly see the extra juice squishing up the tube! Turn it on low, and all that extra juice will trickle out. I agree, it's not much, and yes, it does seem to get chucked straight out again even on the second pass, but it's a little more! :D
  • Jon

    6 years ago
    centrifugal juicers are known for being weak at processing greens and berries. masticating juicers are a bit better. lately i've begun to wonder if the recipes for the reboot are easily translated from one type of juicer to another, taste-wise. i have a masticating juicer and and while i don't mind the taste of a mean green, i keep hearing others say how bad it is and i wonder why. if the greens barely get through a centrifugal machine, everything else is pretty tasty.
  • madnut92

    6 years ago
    Yeah my mum finds the mean green grim, but then they mostly comprise of celery and cucumber, both of which she hates. I, too, don't mind it at all. Perhaps it's a general aversion to individual veggies?
  • simonerules

    6 years ago
    I have the same juicer and when its only a little kale yes it just passes it through, I think the bunching of the greens works best Good Luck
  • kim.bonnette

    6 years ago
    That's a good point, Jon. I've cut back a bit on the amount of greens I use in my masticating juicer, and it definitely makes the green juices mor palatable.
  • Jon

    6 years ago
    lol, i actually think i am overdoing the kale cause i have no idea what 6 leaves translates to when i see pictures of different types of kale and sizes. so far it hasn't caused me any issues. mine is curly style and the leaves don't nearly look as big as the elephant ear style flat leaves (dinosaur? kale) is see in pictures i throw in about 1/2 to 1/3 of the bunch that i buy which is around 6 leaves.
  • LAVegan

    6 years ago
    I've actually been thinking that curly kale might work better than the lacinato (dinosaur, black) kale I typically buy to cook. I did try passing the pulp through twice but man, its messy and still didn't get much juice. I finally resorted to juicing everything else and then sticking the juice and the kale into the blender. That works, but it doesn't get it super smooth and man, who wants to clean two different machines? I sort of wish I had gone with the masticating juicer. Does yours do hard things like beets and carrots as well as the softer stuff?
  • Jon

    6 years ago
    Beets and carrots are easy peasy

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