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Steam Juicers

Postby pa_friendly_guy » Tue Jan 24, 2012 3:16 am

I have a squeezo and have used it many times for tomatos. It works really well and gets all of the skin and seeds out and lets the juice and pulp. I have been looking at stainless steel steam juicers but have never used one, and I have never even seen one work. I have heard Great things about them but wondered if any one here has used one. I talked with a fellow that has used one for years with berrys and grapes. He makes wine and really liked the steam juicer. He did say that there is a cheap one for some where around $75 and then there is a " GOOD " one for about $130 to $ 150. He felt the money he spent for the better unit was well worth it. He had tried the cheaper ones and felt the heavier more expensive ones worked much better. I am thinking about buying one but hate to spend the extra money if I don't need to, but I am happy to pay for quality if they are that much better. The joy of using a quality tool will be remembered long after the thrill of a cheap price is forgoten. What can the group tell me about the steam juicers, do they work as advertized? Are they easy to use? Is clean up easy or are they hard to clean up afterwards? Does the more expensive units work better than the cheaper lighter units? Does any one actually have one and use it to juice fruits? How long does the process take? I am a Dummy when it comes to these Steam Juicers, educate me please> Thanks for the insights.
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Re: Steam Juicers

Postby matt walker » Tue Jan 24, 2012 3:34 am

Oh, I'm laughing over here my friend! I could have written the same dang post. I know nothing about the process, and always see them in Lehman's or some such catalog. I'm really hoping someone comes along and enlightens us, as my drill+paint paddle technique I use on the apples and plums is really, really crude. It does get the wine made though!
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Re: Steam Juicers

Postby pa_friendly_guy » Tue Jan 24, 2012 3:54 am

The squeezo does work well for seperating seeds and skin from pulpe and juice but the steamers seem to just extract the juice and leave everything else. I would love to see one actually working. I have heard that you don't have to do much of anythig to the fruit, just dump it on and start the steamer and presto, you have just the juice to work with either for drinking or for making wine. That process sounds so simple to me that I want one. But which one is still up in the air. Is the higher priced unit actually that much better? The only person I have talked to about this that actually used one, said that it definately was much better and easier to use, and he felt it was worth the money. So I am leaning toward the more expensive units, I just hate to spend that much money for something that does not shoot bullets. Anyway, I am torn about that to do, so I have done nothing. Maybe someone can help to get me off the dime.
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Re: Steam Juicers

Postby pa_friendly_guy » Sat Aug 18, 2012 3:19 pm

I see that we do not have anybody here that has one of the steam juicers. That in and of its self might speak volumes, lol. I am not sure what I would use one for other than maybe making wine, I have the wine making equipment, air locks, 5 gal glass carboy, plastic hoses, fermentation container, even an old wooden wine press. It has been years since I made any wine though, turns out I am more of a Beer drinker, :lol: Its nice to have some wine with dinner on occation, especially home made wine. It is sort of a neat thing to brag about if it tastes any where near good. ;) I think the steam juicers could be used to make a very clear jelly, and the grape juice that would come out would be very natural and very flavorful. If anyone breaks down and spends the money for one I still really want to know how they work. Thanks
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Re: Steam Juicers

Postby pa_friendly_guy » Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:39 pm

I decided to try and find a used Steam Juicer on line. I get on Freecycle alot and our local chaperter has a sister site where you can sell things that you do not want to give away. I put an add up there last week, no replys yet, but I am hoping that someone has one they will sell cheap. If I can find one used, even one of the cheap models I can see how they work and decide if the " GOOD " one would be worth the extra cash. I guess I am just to cheap to pay $175 for a product that I have never used and never seen it work. :lol:
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Re: Steam Juicers

Postby matt walker » Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:36 pm

I'm curious too Guy, I'll look forward to learning from your Learning Experiences. LOL. I have to admit, I don't really have much use for clear/clean juices. I am happy with my seedy jams and pulpy wine. Maybe I'm missing something though, I often do. Keep us posted.
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Re: Steam Juicers

Postby pa_friendly_guy » Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:01 pm

That has kind of been my problem with these juicers Matt. I have made jelleys just fine with out them, and wines seem to ferment better with the pulp in there at 1st, so I do not know how much I would use one. The people who have them and use them seem to rave about them though, so I am curious to see just how they work and what the finished produce is like. I would like to learn about them on the cheap though, lol, I hate to spend alot of money and find out it is another thing to sit on the shelf in the basement. I have enough junk sitting on shelves in the basement already. I bought a bunch of large shelves from a grocery store that was closing up years ago, so I have alot of storage space in the basement. I have found that junk expands to the space alotted :lol: and I have given the Junk alot of space to fill. And unfortunatly it has filled all of the space I have given it. If I lived in a trailer I would have gotten rid of most all of this Junk, unfortunatly I am a saver, because, well, you never know when you might just need that piece of crap. Forget the fact that you have not needed it in over 10 years. As soon as you throw it away you will be down there looking for it because it would be the PERFECT thing to do what ever you were wanting to do at the moment. lol. Anyway, my shelves are full, and I do not want to have to move things around to store something else that I will never use. ;)
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Re: Steam Juicers

Postby matt walker » Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:37 pm

:shock:

I feel like I'm looking into the future right now as I read your last post. OH NO!!

I might need that stuff someday though! Really!
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Re: Steam Juicers

Postby paulbee » Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:44 am

I never heard of a steam juicer before. Something new for me :)

My only (perhaps semi stupid) worry about introducing heat into anything "juiced" is the often negative side effects of the heat killing beneficial live things in the juice. This belief of heat is bad for juice and "kills" it isn't mine, but shared by many who live a juice-centric life often on raw juice diets.

Found an el cheapo model via Amazon that has good reviews. My only concern with this model is that it is aluminum and aluminum = poison:
http://www.amazon.com/Cook-Home-Juicer- ... B002E7EMYW

Here's a still inexpensive model made out of stainless steel:
http://www.amazon.com/Cook-Home-2-Quart ... B001KB9KCW
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Re: Steam Juicers

Postby pa_friendly_guy » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:02 pm

The steam juicers seem to be used to make wine, and jelly, both are heated or fermented to kill any natural bacteria. If you are juicing things to drink fresh I agree that steam juicers may not be the best option. If you are canning juice, for use in the winter months, or making jelly, or making wine, then the steam juicers become more of an option. There are of course other options, that is why I am asking for more information from someone who has actually used them, ;)
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