Omega J8006 Masticating Juicer – Full Review
The Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer offers exceptional versatility and outstanding quality at a price that’s surprisingly affordable. Designed to maximize yield and minimize waste, it uses a dual process to extract as much nutrition as possible from all the foods you process. One of the most important things to consider when comparing this machine with others is that it is designed to juice at low speed. There are some pros and cons associated with this factor, and we’ll be taking a closer look at those shortly.
More than just a juicer, the Omega J8006 Nutrition Center comes with useful attachments that let you make homemade pasta, frozen desserts, nut butters, and even fresh ground flour or homemade salsa. While this unit takes up more space on the countertop than some other juicers do, its ability to take the place of several other kitchen appliances more than makes up for its size.
Like other modern juicers, the Omega J8006 Nutrition Center offers easy setup, breakdown, and cleanup. It is easy to use, however there is a downside – you’ve got to cut things up in small pieces before putting them in the juicer, and this takes time. Also, there is a little bit of a learning curve with this machine. Soft fruits and vegetables can be difficult to juice, leaving a lot of wet pulp behind, unless you mix them in with harder ones. It may take you a couple of tries to get the process just right, but with practice you can easily enjoy peak efficiency each and every time you juice.
If you’ve ever used a centrifugal juicer, you’ll be astonished at how dry the pulp from a masticating juicer is in comparison. The pulp that comes from this machine is even drier than what I’ve seen coming from some other masticating juicer models, and that is because of the dual juicing process. During the first stage, the juicer squeezes most of the liquid from the produce out into the pitcher. During the second stage, the machine extracts any remaining liquid from the pulp left over from the first stage. This saves you money by eliminating waste, and it helps to ensure that you get as much nutrition, color, and flavor from the foods you process. Meanwhile, the low RPMs protect healthy plant enzymes, prevent oxidation, and allow you to store your juice in the refrigerator for up to 72 hours without separation or nutrient loss.
These are just a few highlights. Read on for additional information as well as insight into the pros and cons that come with owning the Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer.
Low-Speed Juicing System, Small Chute
One of the most important factors to keep in mind is that the Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer is specifically designed to run at a low speed, and the small chute, which some reviewers dislike, is designed to prevent the machine from becoming clogged. The process of making juice takes longer with this machine than it does with a centrifugal juicer, but the product that emerges is excellent in terms of color, flavor, and nutrition. The reason for this is that the juicer’s moving parts generate no heat, preventing oxidation that can damage the delicate cells of raw foods and destroy important enzymes.
Quiet Operation, Low Foam, and No Juice Separation
The machine’s low speed contributes to its quiet operation. You can stand next to it and have a normal conversation. It also ensures that the finished product contains very little foam. With high-speed juicers, you’ll notice that clear liquid separates from colored liquid. This doesn’t happen with low-speed masticating juicers like the Omega J8006. You can store the juice in the refrigerator for up to 72 hours, its nutritional content will remain intact, and you can save some setup and cleanup time by running the juicer less frequently.
Juices a Wide Variety of Produce
You can easily juice hard and soft fruits and vegetables with the Omega J8006. I’ve seen a couple of videos in which reviewers complain that this juicer doesn’t do a good job with items like carrots because they can’t really be put in whole (even though their diameter is small enough to go through the chute.) I’ve discovered that you can save a little chopping by slicing the carrots in half or quarters lengthwise, and then put them through the chute. You can do the same with other long vegetables such as cucumbers and zucchinis.
Soft items like grapes and berries can be put through this juicer, but you’ll get the best results if you put them through at the same time as harder items like apples, beets, or carrots.
The Omega J8006 does a marvelous job with greens like kale, spinach, and lettuce. You can also juice wheatgrass, which is something you cannot do with most juicers.
Enables You to Make a Variety of Foods
One of the most exciting aspects of the Omega J8006 Nutrition Center is that it is a whole lot more than a juicer. If you’ve ever wanted to make your own pasta, this machine has what it takes to create delicious noodles. If you are sticking to a gluten-free diet and want to experiment with making gluten-free pasta, you do not have to get a separate machine; this one has a grinder attachment for milling special flours and grinding fresh coffee. In addition, it has a homogenizer attachment that allows you to smash avocados for guacamole, mash bananas for smoothies or banana bread, and make homemade baby food that’s healthier and much less expensive than commercial baby foods. The homogenizer attachment also lets you make frozen desserts. Pineapple sorbet? You’ve got it. With the food processer attachment, you can mince and chop all sorts of fruits and vegetables. Make fresh salsa, homemade pasta sauce, and a variety of other foods.
Whether you are interested in making your own nut butters or preparing fresh soymilk, this machine can help you do so.
Automatic Pulp Ejection
While most juicers have dedicated containers for catching pulp and juice, this one offers automatic pulp ejection so that you can juice as much produce as you want to without disassembling the machine. Simply place the included pitcher or other container of your choice beneath the juice spout and put another container under the pulp ejector. Juice until the containers are full, then discard the pulp, transfer the juice to a larger pitcher, if you like, and keep on juicing. If you want to make a big batch of orange juice, lemonade, or homemade V-8 juice, you’ll appreciate this simple feature.
Attractive and Well-Made
While it is true that the Omega J8006 takes some room on the countertop, it’s also true that the machine is a good looking one that you won’t mind leaving set up. Why is this important? The more accessible your juicer, the more often you’ll use it.
Good looks aren’t everything, so I’m happy to say that this machine is a really solid one. It weighs about 17 pounds, and does not shimmy or shudder during the juicing process. Omega stands behind this product by providing a 15 year warranty.
Easy Clean Up
The Omega J8006 is easier to clean up than some other juicers. The auger is very easy to wash, as are the rest of the parts. One of the most important things to remember about cleanup is that you’ve got to get the juicer washed before anything dries on it. If you are in a hurry, drop the parts into a sink filled with hot, soapy water and finish washing them up a little later. Washing the juicer’s components right after use can help keep stains from forming and keep your juicer looking good.
“How long does it take to make a glass of juice?”
It takes approximately 45 seconds to one minute to make a glass of juice.
“Can I juice citrus in this machine?”
Yes, you can juice citrus as long as you cut it up or separate it into segments before putting it through the juicer. If you like the bitter flavor citrus rinds add to juices, be sure that you are juicing organic citrus only, and ensure that you wash the fruit well before adding it to the juicer.
“Can you juice wheatgrass with this machine?”
Yes, the Omega J8006 is suitable for juicing wheatgrass. Be sure to cut it into strands that are no more than a few inches long to keep the auger from becoming clogged.
“Can I make a smoothie with this juicer?”
Yes, but you will need to make some fresh juice before mashing the banana or other soft fruit and stirring it in. This juicer will also let you work with frozen fruits and vegetables, so you can make sorbet with all-natural ingredients.
“Will this juicer extract pomegranate juice?”
Yes, unlike centrifugal juicers, masticating juicers like this one work well with seedy things like pomegranate. Because of the dual extraction process, the Omega J8006 does a nice job separating most of the juice away from the pomegranate seeds.
“Can I put heavy things like ginger, sweet potatoes, and beets through the Omega J8006?”
As long as you cut these items into small pieces, you will have no trouble extracting juice from them. If the chunks are too large, the juicer may become clogged.
“Are the plastic parts dishwasher safe?”
According to the manufacturer, the parts are not safe to put in the dishwasher, not even on the top rack. It is very easy to clean by hand as long as you get to it right away.
“Does the Omega J8006 Nutrition Center come with a recipe book?”
Yes. The accompanying booklet contains several recipes to help you get started with using the machine.
“The product demo video shows the machine being operated with two plastic containers, one for juice and one for pulp. Do these come with the juicer?”
Yes, these are included, but you can use your own larger ones if you like. The juice strainer you see on top of the juice container in the video is also included.
“Is this a good juicer for a large family, or does it make just a glass or two at a time?”
Yes, you can make lots of juice before having to take the machine apart and clean it. When the smaller juice container gets full, just empty it into a larger pitcher and keep on juicing.
The Omega J8006 Nutrition Center is an outstanding machine that performs a number of different functions that most juicers can’t even come close to doing. While it works at a slower pace than a centrifugal juicer, it offers much more versatility. This juicer is easy to set up, it has an attractive look, and it offers durability. It makes juice from a vast variety of fruits and vegetables, and it allows you to make your own nut butters, flour, pasta, and more. This gives you greater control over your food intake, and over time, it will save you a huge amount of money over pre-made natural products. Quieter than most juicers, this one is easy to use and simple to break down for cleaning. A good choice for the dedicated chef or for a family interested in consuming healthy, homemade foods and beverages, this machine is one that does everything the manufacturer says it will do – and it does so very well.
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