Omega J8004 Juicer Part II: First Impressions
I received my brand new Omega J8004 juicer in two days from Amazon with FREE shipping. What a deal! Actually I was supposed to get it overnight, but it took an extra day. First time that’s happened! It was packed extremely well. The individual parts were neatly taped up in bubble wrap and there were no missing pieces. Everything arrived in good order. I was excited and anxious to get to juicing.
Putting it together is fairly easy even if you don’t read the manual. I had it there for reference and I did take a glance at it just to be sure I was getting it right. All of the parts are high quality and easily fit together. You may have to adjust a couple of the parts to get them secure and seated properly, but it’s a good tight fit.
First Juice, First Impression
The Omega J8004 juicer is a very nice machine. So far I’ve juiced carrots, apples, strawberries, beets, blackberries, oranges, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, parsley, celery, spinach, grapefruit, lemons, limes and cauliflower. Oh, frozen bananas too. I’ll get to that later. I can’t wait to try wheat grass.
The juicer performed as I expected. The pulp is pretty dry, a little dryer than my centrifugal juicer. So there’s less waste. It juices everything that I expected, even the soft produce like oranges and tomatoes. Soft produce will process more easily if refrigerated and as with other juicers, when using a combination of soft and firm produce, alternate the items. It’s best to start with the softer items and to finish with the firmer items.
Apples have to be cut up into small slices to get them down the chute. I had expected that. The centrifugal is a lot quicker with apples. Carrots have to be fed one by one, unlike a centrifugal which can take two or three simultaneously. Oh well, I had expected that too.
Cleaning the Omega J8004 juicer is very easy. I just rinse the parts off in hot water and run through the dishwasher when I need to.
Overall my first impression is AMAZING!! It’s really AMAZING! It’ll save money because I won’t have to buy as much produce and the extra time it takes to prepare the food for juicing isn’t such a big deal after all. I love it! You can see in the photo there’s a little foam and the juice has more pulp than what my centrifugal produces, but that’s not an issue for me. If you don’t want any pulp, you can use the strainer (sieve) that comes with the Omega J8004 juicer.
The juice tastes GRRREAT!! Really GRRREAT! There IS a difference between it’s juice and what the centrifugal produces. Or is it just my imagination? I’m no taste tester. I can say with certainty though, even after storing the juice for 8 hours in a mason jar, it still tastes great. I think it stores better than the juice from a centrifugal.
One thing I don’t like: The bowls that come with the Omega J8004 juicer are nice, but the juice collector bowl is hard to pour from. In other words, after the juice is extracted, when I pour from the bowl to a glass, there’s a mess. I’ve gotten the hang of it, but it could be better. If anyone has a suggestion for a juice collector I’d be really happy to hear from you. For current owners, what do you use?
A big plus for the Omega J8004 juicer is the ability to make sorbet. We made banana and strawberry sorbet as well as banana and blackberry sorbet. It’s fun to make and tastes delicious. This is a big plus in my book.
Next week I’ll have used it a lot more and I’ll let you know what my final conclusion is. Do I still think my centrifugal would be better than the Omega J8004 juicer for a family of four? I’m undecided at the moment. Thanks for reading and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask me. Juice on!