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17 Feb 2009 03:46 #2678 by kimberly183
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This seems the most logical place to put this question. Please feel free to move it as necessary!

I have a Juiceman, Jr. Can anyone suggest a REALLY good way of cleaning the juicing disc? I have tried scrubbing, spraying, and the dishwasher, but I inevitably find there is still bits of fruits or veggies stuck in the mesh blade part.

Any suggestions?

thanks!

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17 Feb 2009 04:15 #2680 by Misslinda
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Hi Kimberly,

I have a Breville fountain plus. I've used boiling water over mine and scrub it with a fine brush. the worst part is "wanting" to clean it.....ha.

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17 Feb 2009 04:24 #2681 by kimberly183
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Misslinda wrote:

Hi Kimberly,

I have a Breville fountain plus. I've used boiling water over mine and scrub it with a fine brush. the worst part is "wanting" to clean it.....ha.


Thanks! I know - the thought of having leftovers in the mesh is maddening. I just feel a good OG juice with a dirty disc is like doing spring cleaning with a dirty rag! LOL

Does anyone have a Juiceman and encountered the same issues? How did you work it out? As I mentioned before, I have even scrubbed it with a toothbrush and run it through the dishwasher. After all these years, you'd think I would learn.

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17 Feb 2009 04:30 #2683 by Misslinda
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True story...

In 2004 when I began seriously fasting, my first juice was the Juiceman Jr and I was so tired of cleaning it, I threwit away and bought a new one....

I'm sure someone will answer but have you tried soaking it in apple cided vinegar to loosen it up?

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18 Feb 2009 00:31 #2694 by Nemospeciale
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Hey Gals,
I had the Juice Man years ago and I did the same thing Misslinda did, throw it away to get a new one. The new one costs $120 and comes with these cool papery filters that are dirt cheap and make clean up a breeze. I don't really juice anymore, I make smoothies with my .9 horse power blender instead ha!, but if you can find your way to NJ Kimbo... I"ll give you mine. :)
Also, I suggest using WHITE VINEGAR to clean it with... not apple cider. Apple cider vinegar is good for folks, but white vinegar is much stronger. I'm not saying white wine vinegar, mind you. White vinegar is that harsh stuff that's about $2 per gallon. It'll clean anything but tastes like ass. :)
Happy juicing. -jim :)

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18 Feb 2009 01:08 #2695 by kimberly183
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Thanks for the tip, Jim. I had never heard of cleaning with apple cider vinegar either. With my allergy to most chemicals, I use white all the time for cleaning (funny, that's all we use it for, too!). It's great for the kitchen especially.

I have been in organics for 17 years, fasting and juicing for 9 years, and was given this Juiceman Jr. Now I know why my cousin was getting rid of it! I had always used my blender and just strained it through my stainless strainer. That was always so much easier!

As for NJ - I used to have environmental clients there! In fact, I am in part responsible for your clean water supply! LOL (and keeping you safe . . .the Picatinney Arsenal was also one of mine :) )

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18 Feb 2009 04:25 #2696 by Misslinda
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LOL, Jim.....I just did not like the Juiceman...the lack of cleaning it was my excuse to get rid of it.

I think the apple cider vinegar is something that becomes a household vinegar for us RAW fooders. We clean,eat and topically use it ...personally i think it makes a better cleanser than consuming it. :woohoo: eh eh.

Kimberly, did you try cleaning it? ;)

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18 Feb 2009 11:34 #2703 by Nemospeciale
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Morning Kim & Linda,
Kim: I appreciate all the work you're doing keeping NJ clean... there must me a lot of over time pay available with that job. haha! I love NJ and I know everyone not from NJ hates it. (i.e. "armpit of America," "butt hole of America," etc.) And I like our water too! I drink it right out of the tap... although I bet that makes an organic girl like Linda wanna puke. haha! (Just joking Linda.)

Linda: Yeah, I wasn't all that into the juicing thing either, although some of the recipes were quite tasty. I just didn't feel satisfied after a big, delicious glass of juice, and ended up eating afterwards. BUT, when I take those same foods and put them into my blender (no lie... it is .9 horsepower and cost me $150!) I can turn them into a delicious and FILLING smoothie. I rarely use anything except fruits, veggies, and water, but sometimes the girl makes me put a little yogurt in there. You need a really strong blender or you won't be able to get things like raw kale and broccoli smooth. But wow that's filling. If I'm eating, I only eat once a day, and while I'm no where near as disciplined with my eating as you probably are Linda, I always start off with a healthy smoothie. A principle I call "nutrient/fiber dense food first," or NFD1.
I really have to get on the ball this week with my eating. My health has take a HUGE turn for the better now that Dr. K helped me optimize my meds and treatment. (I have a sleep disorder.) Now there's no excuses. The only thing holding me back is... well... me. :) Have a great morning Gals. I have PT in an hour and a JOB INTERVIEW tomorrow! Woohoo! I haven't worked since 11:35 am on March 22, 2005. Wish me luck. :)

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18 Feb 2009 16:30 #2707 by kimberly183
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Sorry, Linda - I had to leave for work and didn't get a chance to reply. Thanks for the tip! I am a little concerned about reactivity if I put acid (vinegar) on the disc. I think I will take both of your advice and clean it up and put it (or give it) away. Maybe I will give it back to my cousin for Christmas! LOL

Back to the blender - I never knew what to do with all of the leftovers after the juicer either! I made carrot bread once from it - but always felt weird about the waste. I guess smoothies are the way to go!

As for bottled water - get rid of the bottles and get a reverse osmosis filter. I am always concerned about how long the water has been in the bottle, the source, and leaching of the plastic. But, man, what a racket, eh? :)

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18 Feb 2009 17:52 #2708 by Nemospeciale
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Yes,
The bottled water racket is truly scary. And it is just starting here in the US. In places like Spain and Italy, the tap water is so bad, people do almost nothing with it but bathe... and you know that's a once a week thing. haha!
When they make pasta... bottled water. Brush your teeth... bottled water. Wash your face... bottled water. An old man once told me he wouldn't water his garden with tap water! ha! Oh yeah... the bidet is tap water. :)
Many folks in Spain and Italy have told me that organized crime is involved. They bank roll a lot of bottled water companies and stop legislation to clean up the drinking water. We'll see if it gets that bad here one day. If it does, I recommend San Benedetto brand... and forget about that bidet stuff. Use tucks and if your butt smells that bad... you might as well just take a shower.
*BLENDER NOTES: Do not by that really super expensive Mix Master blender. They start at $400 and are total crap. A friend of mine bought one and he's always getting it repaired. But if you are going to be making smoothies you need a really high quality high powered blender like mine. My blender can make a perfect silky smoothie out of a some wood chips and your right shoe if I wanted. ha! I got mine at Williams Sonoma for about $150 or so. I know that's big $$$ and WS isn't known for being cheap, but it is a life time warrantee, meaning if it breaks... EVER... just bring it back to the store. I did that with a food processor I bought 4 years ago and they gave me a new and improved model for free right on the spot. :)
Later gals... -jim :)

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18 Feb 2009 18:23 #2709 by kimberly183
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Yeah, back to my blender. It's a Cuisinart. I have so much Cuisanart stuff, my husband said we should get paid by them!

Thanks, Jim!

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19 Feb 2009 04:18 #2721 by Misslinda
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Hmmmmm, I wonder how many other people get sick of cleaning their juicer and toss it out? :woohoo:

Jim, by all means, I have my moments with eating as well. I am not a hard core religious follower of the "raw" movement. I do not agree with alot of the dehydrated foods they use. Most of the recipes are high in nuts and that I don't care for...I LOVE fresh fruiots,veggies etc.

I agree, juicing as a "beverage" or drink, to me should not be a regular part of diet. I belive it can be used medicinally but as a regular diet..nagh.

WHOLEFOODS have a purpose--many benefits to our body.

Water? that is an interesting subject in itself. The average bottled water that is sold here in the USA, is filled with varying levels of chemical,toxins and arsenic

EWG.org is one of my favorite sites since early 2000. The reports are tell the grueling truth about our water. Still, it's one of the lowest regulated products in the USA.
The studies show how far back water has been "unclean."

Personally, I'll only do VOSS or Penta water.

www.ewg.org/node/7653

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20 Feb 2009 20:26 #2759 by Nemospeciale
Nemospeciale replied the topic: Re:A question on machine maintenance
Now let me be careful here girls. I've gotten myself in hot water before and I'm dangerously close to doing it again... ha! I am in no way, shape, or form any kind of nutrition expert. I think what happens is I say, "I eat like this..." and folks think I'm saying "I eat like this and so should you." I'm a big fat nerdy Italian guy. You definitely don't want to eat like me! ha!
In fact, I think both you girls have a lot of great knowledge about how to eat right. When I said I don't eat organic, I should've said, "I don't eat organic to my own detriment," cause even a cheese steak luvin' guy like myself knows that stuff is killing me.
People identify so strongly with their WOEs and rightfully so. The older I get the more I see the wisdom of that saying everyone learns in grammar school, "You are what you eat." (Hmm... that makes me something between a pizza with meatballs and spaghetti carbonara.) I have to learn to be more careful when talking about diet and nutrition online. Folks can't perceive the speech and gestures that clue my audience into the facts that I'm full of crap and have no idea how to eat properly. ha! Enjoy the weekend Girls,
-jim :)

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21 Feb 2009 01:34 #2761 by Meditating
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I hear you. I used to have a Juiceman. I always use a brush and clean it just after use but the I put the piece in a bowl of hot water and let it sit to soften any bits of pulp. Later I use the brush inside and out and use the spray nozzle inside and out. That is just the best I can do.

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