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Published on August 26th, 2011 | by Greg


Oster: Juicercize!

Of all the equip­ment that can take up space in your kitchen, a few items are es­sen­tial. Cof­fee and tea ap­pli­ances, a mi­crowave and toast­er, a good blender. And, de­pend­ing where you are, a sol­id juicer is al­most as nec­es­sary. Sure, you can throw fruit and veg­eta­bles in a blender and get OK re­sults- as long as you don’t mind a lot of skin, or the ex­tra pieces on your cit­rus fruit. Any­one who likes smooth­ies even­tu­al­ly should try a juicer, as fresh fruit can be tasti­er and cheap­er (in vol­ume) than frozen or pre-made juices.

We took the Os­ter Wide Mouth Juice Ex­trac­tor (mod­el 3167) for some test spins. This mod­el is their sec­ond-best, af­ter the PRO ver­sion, and fea­tures 450 watts of pow­er. The juice con­tain­er can hold up to 34 ounces, enough for a sev­er­al cups of juice, and the pulp col­lec­tor can­is­ter is al­so fair­ly large. Though they claim the chute is “wide mouth”, you’ll still want to cut up many items- ap­ples, pears, larg­er cit­rus. It wasn’t a has­sle to do, and though we were a bit skep­ti­cal at first of the plas­tic plunger and odd lock­ing han­dle, the Os­ter per­formed nice­ly. It wasn’t too loud, and the pieces are dish­wash­er safe.

There are quite a few dif­fer­ent parts, though, and they are pret­ty awk­ward to store. There is on­ly one speed avail­able, and it leaves the out­put fair­ly pulpy- though you can al­ways feed it back through for an­oth­er cy­cle. The unit looks pret­ty nice, and con­struc­tion is sol­id, but it was easy to make a bit of a mess and clean-up does take a while. The stain­less steel juic­ing screen it­self, for one, is hard to get clean- we rec­om­mend im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion, and maybe a tooth­brush.

Su­per-sim­ple to use, this isn’t a high-vol­ume juicer. And if you’re like­ly to be do­ing pri­mar­i­ly cit­rus, there are oth­er units that are bet­ter for that spe­cif­ic func­tion. But for gen­er­al-pur­pose oc­ca­sion­al juic­ing, the Os­ter 3167 is a good buy at on­ly $70 or so. Just don’t try to juice av­o­ca­dos or ba­nanas!

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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