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A Powerful Yet Budget Friendly Juicing Machine

One of the lesser known small appliances that we have in our kitchen is a juicer. Seems odd to talk about juice when baking is such a sweet endeavor, but we like to balance out the indulgent treats we create with a healthy drink to wash things down. This helps take the guilt out of eating heavy, calorie dense baked goods. But just because fresh made juice is good for you does not mean that it has to taste bad. Having the right juicer, however, can make all the difference in the world. With that in mind, we will give a quick rundown of the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus, the same juice extractor that we use to make some delicious juice concoctions.

The Breville JE98XL juicer is among the highest rated centrifugal juicing machines by owners and kitchen equipment experts. It is among the best performers in both customer reviews and number of purchases. So, what exactly are its specifications? How does it perform? Let’s get into the details.

Juicing Features

· Weighs a little under 15 pounds and measures 13.2 inches by 16.5 inches by 18.2 inches.

· The motor: 850 watts with a dual speed control. Speed ranges from a low 6500 rpm to a high 12,000 rpm. Lower speeds are used for soft fruits and vegetables while higher speeds are used for harder ones.

· Feed chute: three inches wide, patented. It allows large fruits to be inserted with not so much in their preparation.

· Direct central feed: extracts maximum amounts of juice, also patented.

· Blades: stainless steel

· Mesh filter: stainless steel

· Body: made of heavy , long lasting polymer

· Jug juice capacity: 1 liter (34 fl. Oz.)

· Has a froth separator

· Has a large capacity pulp container and an integrated handle

· Cord storage: the cord is designed to be wrap around the feet and to attach to a position under its base.

· Safety: has a locking arm that prevents juicer from running if the cover is not put in place. Also has an overload protection mechanism to prevent overheating. Senses any overload and automatically shuts down. All surfaces that come into contact with food are BPA free to ensure the juice is healthy for consumption.

· Clean up: The JE98XL comes with a cleaning brush. Only the nutri disk cannot be washed on the top shelf of a dishwasher.

· Manufacturer’s warranty: It has a limited one year warranty.


· Easy to use– it’s a centrifugal juicer and takes in veggies and fruits from its top vertical chute. The need for cutting up the fruits before feeding to the open chute is there, but only to a limited extent. Just take care of fruits that contain seeds.

· Easy to clean up– the parts can be taken off with just a snap. With every of its component except the base/nutri disk being dishwasher safe, the cleaning process is fast.

· High quality juice– for the price range it falls, the Breville JE98XL juicer produces good quality juice. No better juicers that fall in the same price range produces better quality juice.

· High volume of juice yielded– the juicer manages to squeeze out an astonishing high amount of juice leaving a semi dry pulp. A few more rounds through the juicer, the pulp could produce a little more juice. The difference is not that big and can be ignored if one is in a hurry.

· The pitcher has a larger capacity and the lid has a special lip that holds back accumulating froth that forms on top of the juice. The pulp container also makes it easy to transfer the vegetables and fruits bits to the compost

· High power-this model is quite powerful and crushes all kinds of fruits in just a short time. Can accommodate and cut down a whole apple and is excellent with carrots.

· Little noise in comparison to similar juicers– with the amount of power it produces, some noise and vibrations are obviously expected. The noise is however low enough to remain within the kitchen. There is no need to wear noise protection gear. The vibrations produced are not high enough to make it move around.


· Quite difficult to extract juice from kale or other leafy vegetables. The Breville JE98XL is not going to be the optimal choice for juicing this type of produce.

· The many parts that break down to be washed separately can sometimes be bulky.

The juicer ratings and reviews on detail why this is so popular with budget minded folks just getting into juicing. This juice extractor does as good a job as any other juicer, if not better. With the exception of leafy greens, the juicer is just superb. Carrots, apples and other fruits are its perfect choice for juice extraction. It is easy to use; the fruits and vegetables barely need any peeling before juicing. Its plastic construction does not imply less longevity in its lifetime. Its efficiency is only slightly beaten by the masticating juice, but the Breville JE98XL is much cheaper and faster. To see exactly what this juicer has to offer, check out the video below.

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Some Of The Best Juicers For The Money

As advocates of juicing, we realize that not everyone will have the budget to jump with both feet into this form of diet improvement. There are a lot of expensive juicing machines out there, plus buying fresh fruits and vegetables can really put a dent in the pocketbook. So we have decided to put together a list of the top 3 juicers that won’t completely break the bank. Hopefully one of these extractors will fit your needs to a tee and let you save a little in the process.

Types of Juicers

There are two main types of juicers used today to handle fruits and vegetables. Masticating juicers typically produce a slightly better result with a higher quality juice, but they tend to be a little more time consuming as well as slightly more pricey. If getting one of the top juicers possible is your primary concern and price is not that important, then this is the type of juicing machine that we would recommend every time.

Centrifugal machines, on the other hand, are still going to deliver you with a nice quality juicer, at a faster speed, and they normally are a little more budget friendly. These are still very capable juicers that will give you a fast way to juice.

Breville BJE200XL

This is perhaps the best budget option out there as it delivers great options and features at a good starting price point of around $100. You really should avoid going below this mark if you can help it as cheap machines will usually give you what you pay for.

The BJE200XL is a one speed centrifugal machine that is pretty fast. It has a pulp catching bowl incorporated into the juicer to take up less countertop space. It is great for hard foods, but not so great at leafy foods. It is also somewhat loud. However, for the price, this is one terrific option for beginners or those who don’t want to spend that much.

Breville JE98XL

This is another centrifugal juicer that takes a nice step up in features and flexibility. This can usually be found online for around $150. This model features two speeds, high and low, to let you better customize the machine for hard and soft fruits and vegetables. With a wide feed chute, which all Breville juicers have, lets you drop in big chunks which reduces the time needed for food preparation. It is reliable, powerful, and one of the most popular juicers that Breville makes. If you can afford to stretch the budget a bit, this is a worthy contender.

Omega J8004

This is probably the top masticating juicer option for those looking to save. It has been out for years and it continues to be a solid performer for owners. This is going to run somewhere around $200 and it is perfect for anyone hoping to juice a lot of kale, spinach, wheatgrass, and other leafy vegetables. It does have a smaller feed chute which means you have to take the time to cut up your produce, and it does come in a not so modern white color. But these two minor drawbacks don’t take away from what a workhorse this model is and how good of job it will do at juicing. It is very efficient and it produces a tasty, and somewhat pulpy, glass of nutrient packed juice.

Worthy Investment

You can read the latest reviews to see which one is right for your budget. Unfortunately, getting into juicing does take some money. Both the juicer and the regular purchase of ingredients to run through the machine will leave you a little bit lighter in the wallet. However, can you really put a price on a quick and simple means to improve your diet? With an almost endless variety of recipes available, and the tremendous health benefits that it can provide, juicing is a worthwhile activity that can have a positive impact on the way that you look and feel.

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Sleep Tips For Your Newborn

A new baby is a wondrous source of joy for new parents, except when it comes to sleep time and all you can do is listen to loud wails and screams or stare at the little sober eyes. Though most babies sleep for approximately two thirds of the day, it is usually in short bursts. Sleep is an important part of your newborns daily life and knowing the facts is something that every parent needs to be aware of. Below are a few simple tips that will get your baby to sleep faster and for longer.

Feed Them Before Bed Time

By having a full stomach before going to bed, you ensure that your baby won’t wake up in the middle of the night hungry and screaming for milk. This is a good strategy to keep the baby to sleep for longer and more peacefully. Though, you should not overfeed as this could lead to gas and discomfort.

Tire Them Out During The Day

Encouraging daily activity will stimulate the baby to stay awake and active during the day. You can make play a part of the child’s life by letting him play with siblings and other children. You can also find suitable and safe toys for the baby. This will help to make your baby tired and more sleepy at night thus will sleep faster and for longer. Car rides are another great way to expose your child to new things while also keeping them active. Although if you are using a top rated car seat chances are that they might just dose off during the ride. An active child is one that will definitely be more apt to sleep as the day winds down.

Create A Specific Routine

An infant’s psychology is just the same as that of an adult and establishing a specific routine will have them predict whatever they are supposed to do at a particular time. An example is, a warm bath, reading a story to the child or a soft massage before putting them to sleep will always make them understand that when any of the above is done, then it is time to sleep. This will make them sleep faster without much trouble and their sleep patterns regular. It is also very advisable to create a specific spot for the baby to sleep daily as it will help keep their sleeping pattern regular.

Be Comforting

Good sleep can only be achieved in a comfortable environment. Having the baby’s bedding and clothes clean, soft and comfortable will definitely soothe the baby to sleep and have them sleep for longer. The clothes should also be chosen depending on the temperature at that particular time and area. When it is cold, dress your baby in warm clothes and when hot, use light clothing. The baby’s room should be kept quiet , though some prefer falling asleep to low-toned nature sounds or soft music.

It is also advisable to have the room low-lit to avoid distractions as a result of light. Temperature should also be regulated for the baby to have longer, smoother and better sleep. Cool temperatures of between 65 degrees Celsius and 70 degrees Celsius is the optimal temperature for a baby to sleep. Swaddling them can help to keep them warm but care should be taken to prevent them from overheating.

Signs of Pain

Infants usually suffer from pain though they cannot talk about it. This is natural to all babies since some pains are associated with teething, fevers, gas or illnesses among other conditions. This may greatly affect the child’s sleeping patterns thus causing sleep deprivation. This should be addressed as soon as you discover it. Whenever your child has trouble sleeping because of pain, it is best to try your best to identify the pain and its cause and try to manage it where possible. If it can be treated using over-the-counter drugs, topical gels or massage, then do so but if it is a serious medical case, then you should seek help from a doctor.

Start Sleep Training

Most people prefer to start this when the child is 4 months old but it can as well work for a newborn since most of the baby’s senses are working normally. You can try putting your baby to bed when he is drowsy and not fast asleep as it will train him to soothe himself to sleep without any assistance.

You should also try to wake your baby up before putting him to bed so as to allow him to soothe himself back to sleep. This comes in handy whenever the baby wakes up in the middle of the night and there is no one to make him sleep. You should also never run to pick your baby immediately he wakes up and starts crying. Allow him to soothe himself back to sleep. This will also teach him to be patient.

Avoid Eye Contact

Whenever you want your baby to sleep, you should avoid looking into his eyes. Eye contact has been proven to have a stimulating effect to the child’s body; it increases his heartbeat thus making him active and more awake thus preventing the baby from sleeping.

Use Extra Absorbent Diapers

In addition, using more absorbent night time diapers instead of the normal ones will help your baby to sleep longer without getting wet. Changing soiled diapers now and then during the night disrupts the baby’s normal sleeping pattern.

These are just some of the ways that you can help your child sleep better at night and get on a normal routine. This is often one of the top issues for new parents that can really disrupt their lives. The lack of sleep can have a dramatic impact, not only on your child, but you as well.