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Hurricane Stainless Steel Wheatgrass Juicer - a product review - Frances Bea
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Hurricane Stainless Steel Wheatgrass Juicer - a product review
I just got a new wheatgrass juicer to replace my old juicer which broke. The old juicer was the HealthyJuicer Manual, and a real bargain for the price. It could juice just about anything and cleaned up relatively quickly. Both juicers are masticating models. That is, they "chew up" the food and press the pulp to separate the juice from the dry matter. The HealthyJuicer's main limitation was it's primarily plastic construction. The plastic had a tendency to stain, but when some of the plastic around the tip of the auger began to crack I started to get less juice and wetter pulp. When I began to get pulp which I could easily squeeze more juice out of by hand, I decided I was not comfortable discarding half the juice with the pulp. Sometimes I find good uses for the pulp, but more often than not it went straight into the compost.

I was always happy with the manual action of the HealthyJuicer, so rather than buy a more expensive electric, I went looking for another manual. After the failure of the HealthyJuicer, I was concerned with finding something with stronger construction. I selected my new Hurricane Stainless Steel Wheatgrass Juicer over a less expensive cast iron model I saw, because I was not confident about being able to keep the inside of a cast iron juicer from rusting.

When I got the juicer, I found that nowhere on the box, on the juicer, or the directions did the word "Hurricane" actually appear. This seemed oddly modest to me, but I'm convinced I got the correct machine. It did say "Model No. BL-30".

The juicer didn't have all that many parts. It consists of a main body, a filter, an auger, a front cap and a crank. Also included are a white plastic wrench for attaching/detaching the front cap, and a green plastic plunger for pushing recalcitrant food into the range of the auger. Other than those two, the parts of the machine which are not stainless steel are a rubber gasket in the front cap, the rubber feet protecting your counter from the counter clasp, a plastic ring inside the back end of the main body, and the crank handle. See:



The rubber gasket in the front cap is removable for cleaning, but no replacement gasket is included. I'll have to be careful not to lose it.

Attaching the main body to my counter, I found that the clamp did not open as widely as I would like. The rubber footing for the underside clamp is movable, and with it slid out of the way, I could just barely get the clamp to attach to my counter. The footing on the upper clamps could not have been removed without damage to the rubber.


The first thing to add to the main body is the filter, which I inserted backward the first time. It fits in backward, but the juicer just doesn't work right that way. Be sure to insert it with the smaller slopped end going in first. With the filter in, insert the auger, then screw on the front cap. With the front cap, remember that the normal thread direction is reversed (to keep the cap from screwing off while juicing), so think lefty-tighty righty-loosey. The crank attaches very simply, and the juicer is constructed. I should have been ready to start juicing, but I had another difficulty.

There are three drain holes on the bottom of the main body. That's where the juice will come out. the dry pulp should come out of the front of the front cap. To catch the juice, you'll need a container short enough to fit under the main body, but narrow enough that it doesn't also catch dry matter coming out of the front cap. If you look again at the picture on the box (at the top of this entry), you can see the pretty glass container being used to catch the juice. If they were to actually start juicing with that arrangement you would see that the container is perfectly situated to catch both the falling juice and the dry pulp in the same container, thus defeating the entire exercise. After trying a number of things either too tall or too wide, I settled on a little Pyrex baking cup to catch the falling juice. The HealthyJuicer came with a specially designed capture container with good capacity, but Hurricane has left us on our own. Grumble, grumble...

Actually Juicing!! Yay!


On my second attempt (once the filter was in correctly), I actually got to juice some wheatgrass. The pulp isn't stone dry, but I'm satisfied that most of the liquid has been extracted. My little cup is catching the juice without trouble, but I'd have to pause frequently to pour it out if I were to start juicing in quantity. I noticed that, like the HealthyJuicer, whatever is in the juicer seems to be pushed through the mechanism by what comes behind. When I stopped adding wheatgrass what was already in the device stopped processing through.

I pulled out the auger, and found it to be quite clogged with wheatgrass. If I were juicing a larger quantity, the waste of this much grass would be fairly unimportant. I could just scrape it off into the compost, but I wanted to see what else I could do. I pushed the clogged auger back into the machine, and decided to see if I could flush out that last bit of grass with something else, and so not waste the last bit of juice. I was also hopeful, that though the product box says, "Extracts the Healthy Benefits of Chlorophyll from Wheat Grass and other Leafy Greens", it really would juice other things. The basic design seemed so similar to my HealthyJuicer, and that could juice just about anything!



I fed the machine a couple small chunks of carrot, and got a satisfying splash of a little more wheatgrass juice. I didn't see any orange-colored juice and as the carrot started come out of the front cap I saw that it had not been juiced, or crushed. It looked more than anything like it had been grated. My disappointed conclusion was that this machine would not ever make me carrot juice, and it's probably not a good way to grate carrots, either. Pulling out the auger again, I was not at all surprised to see that most of the clog had cleared up - I had seen that wheatgrass coming out as pulp and juice already.

Not ready to give up on the hope that I might have a more flexible juicer on my hands, I cleaned all my wheatgrass mess and decided on one final test. I was going to juice an apple. I cored and sliced but didn't peel it, feeding it to the machine. For the first time, I found that the machine didn't quickly ingest what I had given it and I needed to push a little with the plastic plunger. Very little pushing was necessary, and the machine fully processed the apple. I got a small amount of apple juice (a little pulpy, but yummy), and a pile of far-to-wet pulp. Looking at the pulp I thought it was almost like apple sauce, but the peel had passed through the machine mostly unchanged. I supposed I could dry it into an apple cookie or brownie, but didn't want to run the dehydrator for just one cookie.

The machine was just not destined to make me apple juice.



Conclusions

The Hurricane Stainless Steel Wheatgrass Juicer juices wheatgrass very well, and is remarkably simple to set up, take down, and to wash. I'm hopeful that its stainless steel construction will hold up well to time and usage. It should definitely not be confused with an all-purpose juicer. It is designed for juicing grasses and greens and it will not juice carrots and apples effectively.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: February 24th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

The Wheatgrass Juicer....

That sure looks like a lot of parts and quite a contraption to make wheatgrass juice. Can't you just plop the wheat grass into the blender with some water then strain it? What does it taste like Frances? What kind of vitamins are in the juice?

Debbie

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frances_bea From: frances_bea Date: February 25th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: The Wheatgrass Juicer....

Hi Debbie,

This is actually an amazingly simple device for a wheatgrass juicer. It only has five main parts (including the crank handle) and most have more. You could blend the wheatgrass in a blender and strain it. That model has a couple of downsides, though.

With a blender you'd need to start by adding a lot of water, because blenders do not work well with low-liquid (and can be damaged if you try it too much). When everything is sufficiently blended you'd need a very fine strainer (like a nylon milk bag) to strain properly. When you consider the straining step this isn't much quicker. The blending creates a lot more oxidation because of the faster movement and vortex design of the blender, and you end up with a watered-down juice because you had to add water at the beginning.

The wheatgrass juice that I've had is all grown indoors and has a very strong flavor. It takes serious getting used to. I haven't been using it long, but so far I enjoy it as long as I drink it with sweetener (I use dates). I've heard that wheatgrass grown outdoors is much milder in flavor and grows a lot slower. Most of the commercial sources of wheatgrass grow outdoors and sell their product as frozen juice, dried powder, or swallow-able pills.

I haven't gotten a clear idea of the vitamins in the juice, mostly because it can vary really dramatically based on where it's grown, how it's grown (some is hydroponic), what nutrients are in the soil, and at what stage it's harvested (as I understand it, a couple of days makes a world of difference). It's a good source of a range of amino acids, as well as potassium and beta-carotene, and has vitamin B-12 and some other hard-to-get nutrients. The testimonials abound. People claim to have cured or prevented their own cancers, that of family members, or even family pets. All of this makes it hard to evaluate the actual health benefits of wheatgrass without trying it. That's what I'm doing, but I suspect that I will conclude that it is a healthy food but not a necessary food or a "heathiest" food. I'm sufficiently convinced that if I had any reason to suspect I might have cancer I would start taking two or four times as much of it right now.

Edited at 2008-02-25 03:24 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 9th, 2008 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)

The best Wheatgrass Juicer?....

Hi Frances Bea !

I living in France, and I'd like to order a manual juicer in US ( because it's cheapest there).

I'd like the 'Z Star Manual Juicer' or the 'Hurricane Stainless Steel
Wheatgrass Juicer'

Would you help me to choose one between this two ?
Juice quantity and robustness of the juicer are important for me.
Thanks in advance!
Pascal
(sorry my bad English!)

frances_bea From: frances_bea Date: August 19th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: The best Wheatgrass Juicer?....

Hi Pascal,

I haven't used the Z Star juicer, but it looks like it can juice a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. The Hurricane SS Wheatgrass Juicer can juice only wheatgrass and green leaves.

-Frances
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 11th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Are you still juicing with hand crank juicer?

Hello Debbie,
I just wondered if you are still juicing wheat grass and what your opinion about it is now. I want to try it out myself, but find all the reviews of hand crank juicers generally discouraging. I am not yet ready to invest in an expensive electric juicer. I just want to know if it will give me any health benefit first.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 21st, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Are you still juicing with hand crank juicer?

Thanks!
Pascal
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 24th, 2009 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)

Manufacturer Contact Info

What is the manufacturers name & contact info for spare parts ?

Do you still have your s for sale ?

jeffw@a-tlc.net Thanks , Jeff
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 24th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Juicer for Sale

Hi, do you still have your juicer for sale ?

If yes, will you include shipping to 81006 included in the price ?

If yes, I will buy it. Thanks , Jeff

jeffw@a-tlc.net
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 10th, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

hurricane manual wheatgrass juicer

Hey Frances,

I have a Greenstar 3000 juicer that I use for most of my juicing, but am looking for a quick, manual wheatgrass juicer to use in the am. The greenstar is too time consuming for a quick morning use. I, like you, have been growing my own wheatgrass and sprouts. Are you still pleased with the Hurricane juicer? Would I be able to do wheatgrass and some sprouts with the Hurricane?

Thanks!

Sandra
frances_bea From: frances_bea Date: April 10th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: hurricane manual wheatgrass juicer

Hi Sandra,

I haven't been using this juicer much lately, but this is mostly because I haven't been drinking wheatgrass juice.

Double-auger juicers, like the Greenstar, are famously time consuming to clean. Single-auger juicers, like this one, and centrifugal juicers, are easier to clean.

Manual juicing is slower than electric juicing though. If you're juicing a small amount, like a quick shot of wheatgrass juice then maybe that wouldn't be a problem. If you're trying to juice a more substantial amount then you may not feel you have time on a weekday morning. Without timing myself juicing, it might be hard to give a more specific answer.

Regarding sprouts, I hadn't thought to try juicing them. This juicer works best with grasses and greens, so I would imagine that it would work too with sprouts of that type. Maybe I'll try that...

Edited at 2009-04-10 04:23 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 30th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

huricane vs healty

how long and how often did you used the heaty juicer before it broke down would you prefer the healty if you could have a new one each time it brakes ?
Micael
frances_bea From: frances_bea Date: February 1st, 2010 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: huricane vs healty

I originally bought the Healthy Juicer Manual because it was a smaller investment than many other juicers, and because I wanted to be able to juice without electricity. (I have electricity, I just like finding ways not to use it.) After that, bought the Hurricane because I wanted something similar that would be sturdier, but was disappointed when I tested it and found that it only worked well on grasses and leaves.

In the end, I decided that an electric juicer was important to me because it's less time consuming to use, so I find that it fits into my schedule much more often. I'm currently using an Omega 8006. Like the Healthy Juicer Manual, it's a single auger juicer that will juice nearly everything. Not needing to crank the machine, I can spend my time prepping my fruits and veggies and feeding them in.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 9th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!!

I just got one of these juicers off craig's list and it had no instructions. Your photos are awesome and the tips for assembly and operation very helpful. Thanks for the post.

Teri in Colorado
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 27th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Nut butter?

Can this thing make nut butter?
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frances_bea From: frances_bea Date: November 18th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I bought it at an online store. I really don't know where else it might be found.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 28th, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Juicer

Hey I was looking for a good review, thanks for this, but i still have a question, even when you change the multi purpose screen, did not work for make any other kind of juice except wheatgrass
frances_bea From: frances_bea Date: August 28th, 2012 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Juicer

There's only one screen on the model I bought, which filters the juice from the pulp. If you're looking at a juicer that has more than one screen, then it's probably a little different than the one I reviewed here.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 17th, 2014 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

I have this juicer and I think it's great.

I wanted to write in and state that I have this juicer. I think it's great. I have not tried carrots but I have tried apples and I will agree that it does not juice them well. I've tried cranberries and that didn't work out too well either.

However I have tried pineapples with this juicer and that's excellent. This will juice pineapples better than my Brevel electric juicer. For pineapples I would only run the pulp through again once after that it may become clogged and the juice will be bitter. This manual juicer is also excellent for pomegranate seeds and makes excellent pomegranate juice. I also have used this with cherries. You do not have to remove the seeds from either one. Although for the cherry it will crush the seed while juicing, the holes of the strainer are small enough to only let the juice come through. I've also used this juicer for grapes. With grapes, you'll have to run it through several times before you get a dry pulp but well worth it, it would be the sweetest juice you ever tasted. I've used citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, lemons and lime and it works fine for those as well.

I've used this juicer with collar greens, mustard greens, lettuce. It even works for dandelions if you're into detoxification. I've tried cabbage it will do it but requires muscle because cabbage is hard.

Overall I think this is an excellent juicer. No one juicer can do everything, but this juicer does well with the fruit and veggies it can do. I highly recommend it.
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