Cuisinart CJE-1000 Juice Extractor – Full Review
Cuisinart’s CJE-1000 Juice Extractor is a good entry level juicer at an affordable price. Its 1000-watt motor powers through most fruits and vegetables with ease, and thanks to a handy 3-inch feed chute, it’s possible to make fresh juices without first spending time cutting ingredients down to size. This centrifugal juicer has a sturdy stainless steel and die-cast metal housing, which makes it superior to some other juicers with mostly plastic housings, and it’s a bit quieter than some other juicers in the same price range.
Because this juicer has variable speed, it’s possible to juice softer items like strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries without losing most of the fruit to the pulp container. This is a feature that many competing juicers don’t have. At the same time, this juicer isn’t suitable for things like bananas and avocados. Very few juicers will handle these items, so if you’re hoping to add them to juices without spending much on your juicer, the best option is to do what I’ve done and make juice, then put it in the blender with any really soft additions, ice, etc. for a nutritious smoothie.
Like other centrifugal juicers, the Cuisinart Juice Extractor makes short work of produce, operating at lightning speed in comparison to an old-style masticating juicer. Push some carrots, a cucumber, a couple of tomatoes, and a little bit of chili pepper down the chute, and you’ve got a zingy drink in less than a minute.
This juicer is easy to set up, and cleanup is easy too. A special cleaning brush is included for scrubbing the blade and strainer, and the pulp container is easy to empty. I have noticed that the strainer takes a bit of effort to remove, but that’s understandable. The last thing anyone wants is a juicer that comes apart while spinning at high speed!
These are just a few highlights. Read on for greater insight into the pros and cons that come with owning the Cuisinart CJE-1000 Juice Extractor.
One of the things that’s apparent right out of the box is that the Cuisinart Juice Extractor is a well-made juicer. It feels very heavy for its size, meaning it’s not going to accidentally tip over while operating. One thing I noticed that has nothing to do with its weight is that it jerks to one side on startup. This happens just about every time, and it’s something other reviewers have noticed too. I have noticed that other juicer models can jump a bit on startup too, and I’ve gotten around that by putting a silicone baking sheet underneath to stabilize it. This really helps.
While we’re on the topic, it’s worth noting that this juicer is a whole lot quieter than some others. It does make noise, but less than I originally suspected that it would.
Large Capacity Juice Pitcher Included
The juice pitcher that comes with the Cuisinart CJE-1000 holds about a liter of juice at a time. That’s enough for a few people to enjoy fresh juice at mealtimes, which saves time. The pitcher can be stored in the refrigerator in the event you’ve made more than you want to drink right away.
If you want to make more juice per batch without completely disassembling the machine, you can. Just transfer the juice from the pitcher to another, larger glass pitcher or some mason jars with lids, and store that in the refrigerator or serve it. Keep an eye on the pulp basket to be sure that it is not getting too full. Empty it as needed. This way, you can make a lot of juice at one go and only clean the machine once.
Adjustable Dial Minimizes Waste
Many popular juicers have just one or two speeds. This one stands out by offering five speeds, meaning you can start slowly and work your way up to high speed when juicing hard items, or leave the juicer on low power to extract juice from softer items such as berries and ripe citrus. As with other juicers, this machine takes some time to get used to, and you are still going to end up with some wetness in the pulp when juicing things with very high water content, i.e. citrus, tomatoes, and plums. Expect a bit of trial and error as you experiment with new combinations. The more often you use the juicer, the easier you’ll find it is to use.
Foam Filter Disc Included
One of the nicest things about this Cuisinart juicer is that it comes with a special foam filter disc that keeps excess foam out of the pitcher. If you’re familiar with juicing, you know that foam can be a major issue. Different juicers offer different solutions for dealing with it, and this one works really well. If you like the foam, you can operate the juicer without the disc.
Large Feed Chute Saves Time
The feed chute on the Cuisinart CJE-1000 is three inches across, allowing you to process small fruits whole. Do note that small items like plums, apricots, peaches, and other stone fruits need to have their pits removed prior to juicing! Larger items need to be cut into halves or quarters to go into the juicer. Long, slender items like zucchini, cucumbers, carrots, and celery can just go right in. There is no need to cut everything into small pieces prior to juicing as you’ve got to do with some other models. This saves time and in my opinion, encourages you to use your juicer more often.
Some other reviewers have complained about the Cuisinart’s capacity for juicing greens and I agree that you’re going to have to make an effort if you want to get much juice at all from the greens you put in. If you throw leaves into this machine, you’ll find they are just chopped up and end up in the waste collection basket. If you roll them up in a tight ball and push them through the chute with a cucumber or some other ingredient, you’ll get some juice out of them. You can also try soaking the greens in water before rolling them up and putting them through. This really helps, especially with things like kale that tend to be on the dry side to begin with.
Quick Assembly, Easy to Clean
I’ve seen some reviewers complain that this machine is difficult to clean, but in comparison with others I’ve tried, it is easy to put together and very easy to clean. One caveat, cleanup as soon as you are finished or you will be left scrubbing a sticky mess later. Rinse everything, soak it, and use some soap along with the scrub brush that’s included, and you will find cleaning up takes just a few minutes. If you plan to wash the dishwasher-safe portions in the dishwasher, put them in there and run it right away. If you wait, gunk dries on and you have to scrub later.
You can cut back on cleanup even more by lining the pulp container with a used plastic grocery bag. Just take the bag out when you’re finished, toss it in the trash or empty it into your compost container, and wipe up any drips that happened, and you’ve got one less item to wash. If, like me, you want to use some of your leftovers in soups, quick breads, and other recipes, you can line the pulp container with a plastic food storage bag, then remove it when finished, seal it up, and put it in the refrigerator or freezer. The large bread-style bags with twist ties work better for this than the zip-lock type do.
The hard plastic parts are susceptible to water spots, whether you put them in the dishwasher or wash them by hand. Keep your juicer looking nice by drying it with an absorbent towel right after you wash it. You can use a little bit of all-purpose cleaner to keep the outside of the machine looking shiny and new.
“Is this juicer strong enough for really hard items like beets and carrots?”
Yes, this juicer cuts right through beets and carrots. I’ve also tried parsnips and granny smith apples that feel quite a bit harder than other types of apples, and everything has come out really well. You can put more than one carrot down the feed chute at once if the carrots are slender.
“Can you juice wheatgrass with this machine?”
Wheatgrass is one of the few things this machine won’t handle. To juice wheatgrass, you need a special machine that runs at about 100 RPM. This one is too fast. Many people who use centrifugal juicers like this one compromise by using a special wheatgrass juicer for their wheatgrass, then add that wheatgrass juice to the juice that comes out of the juicer.
“How are the recipes in the booklet?”
The recipes are good. There are eleven pages of recipes in the book, including a berry blast, a melon cleanse, veggie juice, super greens, veggie detox, super C juice, and more. You can also find recipes online. There are websites dedicated to juice recipes and there are loads of books and ebooks out there.
“Can I put leafy greens and sprouts through this Cuisinart?”
Yes. While it isn’t quite as efficient as some other machines when it comes to dealing with greens, you can get them to go right through by rolling them up in a tight ball and then pushing them through with something juicy such as a cucumber or some melon. If you are avoiding sugar or just want the greens, you’ll find that soaking the leaves in water before putting them through the juicer helps weigh them down so they don’t just fly right into the pulp container.
“Can I put frozen fruits and vegetables through this juicer?”
That’s something I wouldn’t try. This juicer is meant for fresh produce. If you want to make smoothies with frozen berries, pineapple, etc. you can make some fresh juice, use that for the liquid, and add it to a blender along with the frozen stuff. You can also add wheat germ, a handful of nuts, or other good stuff to your fresh juice by putting it all into a blender.
“Does this juicer make a mess on the counter?”
No, as long as you read the instructions first, set up as directed, and be careful not to overload the juicer, you’ll have a mess-free juicing experience. If you make several batches of juice one after another, you will have more of a mess, but you can wipe as you go and that will help keep things from getting out of control.
“Is the plastic BPA free?”
The plastic parts that come into contact with food are BPA free.
“About how tall is the juicer?”
The Cuisinart CJE-1000 Juice Extractor is about 16 inches high when fully assembled.
What People are Saying
The Cuisinart CJE-1000 is a good home juicing machine that offers outstanding performance for the price. It does everything the manufacturer claims it will do, and performance has been consistent. It works with a wide array of fruits and vegetables, making it very easy to prepare just about any juicing recipe you’d like to try. The machine is easy to put together. It is also easy to clean, as long as you get to the cleanup right away and don’t let it sit! The components are well-made, they stand up to hard vegetables like beets and carrots, and they stay sharp. The machine does its work quickly, requires little in terms of prep work on your part, and delivers tasty juice.
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