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      Juicer?

      If you are doing BARF do you use a juicer? Which one?

      My little, old, G.E food processor sounded like it might fly apart when I put raw sweet potato in it. Scared me so much I will never try that again. I'd cut them into bits first too. And beet greens didn't work well in my blender which is basically meant for milk shakes, though it says it can do meat.

      The Vet keeps talking about juicers, recommended Hurom. My gosh, those things are expensive. And big, no idea where I would use it or store it. Plus cleaning up looks to be a pain. But, anything for my baby boy Oban.

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      I know you are all getting your doggy Halloween costumes and candy ready for tonight and you are not thinking about healthy food right now but maybe nobody uses a juicer at all for BARF? If you don't think it's worth the expense I'd appreciate your thoughts on that too.

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      I don't know if this will help or not. We have a Magic Bullet that we use for humans, have done all types of fruits and veggies without issue. They are not expensive.
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      I don't feed BARF, but couldn't you just use a blender of some sort? We have a Ninja brand that will puree pretty much anything.

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      Been using this one BRAUN SJ 3000 Spin Juicer // BRAUN TributeCollection
      for 15 years. Seems to be immortal, and very powerful - carrots are just a snap no matter how hard they are. Used to do them by hand, but that was murder, never again
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      We have a vitamix blender that can plow through anything if need be, BUT I actually don't use it for the dogs. I bought a little ninja food processor and it works really well. I've even puréed chicken backs in it. For harder veggies like carrots I do steam them a bit first just to make it easier.
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      How does a raw sweet potato work in the product you use? Or anything really hard, harder than carrots. Turnip? Squash? Not zuchinni obviously but a winter squash? And how do leafy greens work? Spinach? Lettuce. Beet greens just did not work at all in my blender and it's a good one, well it was supposed to be over 30 years ago. That's a long time but I've barely used it.

      I looked up some reviews and have learned, the slower the processing is the better. Vertical augers and cold pressing are better than centrifugal. Both of these "betters" because speed and whirling put more oxygen into the juice and that's oxidation and we all know that's not good. You see it in the amount of foam produced sometimes. Just how much difference it really makes is something I didn't find out. Yet. And I found most reviews compared the resulting pulp as to amount and moisture content but didn't pay much attention because for the dog I'll be putting the pulp into his food along with the juice.

      I can probably spend about $100 on a Magic Bullet. Up to $500 on a Hurom or one of the other high end ones, huge ones. I'm just kind of doubting whether I will notice the 5 x more expensive one is 5 x better?

      ETA: I'm asking all of you who were nice enough to say what yours is, not just charlieBB.

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      I have never done raw sweet potato and don't have any to check for you, carrots are a breeze! My son said he cut up squash and it blended without any problems. (I was not present for this.) If you want me to grab a sweet potato the next time I go to the store and try it, I would be happy to! Leafy greens seem fine, haven't tried beet greens. I honestly have no complaints about the Magic Bullet. I use it almost daily for fruit smoothies, my son puts all kinds of strange vegtable and fruit stuff along with protien powders in to it every morning. I don't know anything about the oxygenation issue you are talking about, but we are alive and mostly healthy, lol!

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      Don't have sweet potatoes here, so I've never tried, but it works great with carrots, even the dry ones that are harder, parsley roots, and even celery roots, and those are really tough.

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      For personal use, I went with the Nutribullet. I had the Magicbullet which I used for yogurt based smoothies and wanted something more powerful for juicing leafy veggies. My blender isn't made to handle this kind of stuff and I never even tried it. The blades are different. Also, I did not want the hassle of cleaning up a real juicer that had all those parts and chutes. I also felt that keeping everything in the container after blending/chopping had more benefit than juicers which separate the pulp.

      I haven't tried hard veggies or nuts in the Nutribullet but it handles leafy greens well. Bigger machines that look like traditional blenders are also available (ie Vitamix) but are a lot bigger and more expensive. I wanted something small since I would only be juicing single portions.

      You do need to add some liquid in order to juice most things in the Nutribullet.

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