Review: Omega 8006 Juicer
Juicing has become a hot new trend in food now in the US. I’d like to think it’s partially the quest for better nutrition, but also the fact that juicers have become way more affordable. So at this point, I can imagine you might be contemplating the dive into buying a juicer, but are bewildered by your choices. All I can say initially is to buy based on research and what’s ideal for your needs and space.
For Zuzana and I, it was the Omega 8006 Nutrition Center Juicer. We both had been contemplating buying a juicer for weeks, but were reluctant to try and cram more appliances in our small kitchen. I always try to be careful when I buy appliances, to make sure they are continually used, rather than collecting dust.
When you look at the device, you’ll think you bought a meat grinder, since most juicers are upright machines you feed from the top. The Omega 8006 is mainly a standing machine body. It’s outer shell is made of plastic, but it felt very solid in my hands.
The actual grinder/juicer extension chute is all plastic with the main blade being a harder plastic and metal. It also comes with added parts dependent on the task at hand. You can juice, or make nut butters, or even pasta. Assembling the chute is actually easier than it might appear.
Juicing in the machine is quite easy. You put the two included bins underneath the chute and start feeding your fruits and vegetables in. Juice is deposited in the first, the pulp in the second. Cleanup is a snap.
What we liked
The first thing we loved is on how little space the machine takes up when we’re not using it. we’ll leave the chute unassembled and thus the body fits nicely on our counter, out of the way. This is a big deal for us since we have limited space in our kitchen.
I mentioned it before, but the easy cleanup was a big selling point for us. Zuzana used to own an upright juicer and would tell me how much of a misery it was to clean. With the chute disassembled, it was quite easy to remove the gunk and bits of pulp on the blade and filter. The whole machine itself is designed to remove most of the pulp from the system as you use it. The chute pieces are also dishwasher safe if you have one.
Now what about the end results? The juice is wonderful. Some have ridiculed how slow the blade moves on the 8006, but it’s necessary so the Omega removes the optimal amount of juice from your fruits and vegetables as well as keeping the natural enzymes in the juice simply so it has a longer shelf life. It’s not a juicer for squeezing yourself a quick glass in the morning, but more ideal to make a quart and store it in the refrigerator for a few days. The juice itself on its own does get a little foam and some bits in it, but you can avert that with the sieve that’s included.
In terms of nut butters, I was highly impressed with the performance of the 8006. I fed through a pound of roasted, unsalted peanuts and the machine ground the nuts down to a fine pulp. Others have said you need to re-feed the pulp through 6-7 times, but three times and I was happy with the texture. I’ll include a recipe below.
As for pasta, I didn’t try it. I’ll admit the idea of making homemade pasta hasn’t really lit a fire in me. If I ever get to trying it, I’ll write it up with a recipe.
What we were on the fence about
One big worry of mine with this juicer is the construction of the chute and where it connects to the main body. It’s all plastic, and thus when I’m feeding chunks of apple and carrot, I always have that fear in my mind it will break. On a plus note to this, Omega does give a 15-year warranty.
The small chute and slow speed also means you can’t just easily feed in large items. When I feed an apple, I’m usually chopping it up to pieces roughly 1/2" to 3/4" in size. Same with carrots or other hard items. As for greens, you also need to slice them down into more manageable pieces. What this means is you’ll be doing a bit of prep work before you make juice, hence why this is not an ideal machine if you want a quick glass in the morning.
Some ideas for you to try
The Omega 8006 Juicer doesn’t come with a book of recipes or anything. For that you’ll need to go on their website of one of the many websites out there full of recipes.
This juice recipe was created by Zuzana, based on the many green juices she’s sampled before we bought the 8006. We both love how the mixture of different apples with the vegetables creates a tangy juice that’s neither too sweet nor spicy.
Zuzana's Green Goodness
- 1 bunch of kale, chopped into chunks
- 3-4 carrots, chopped into smaller pieces
- 1 head of broccoli, chopped into chunks
- 2 Granny Smith apples, chopped into smaller pieces
- 1 red delicious apple, chopped into smaller pieces
- 2 stalks of celery, chopped into smaller pieces
Simply run all the ingredients through your juicer and stir the final results until well blended.
A juicer is needed for this recipe. I wouldn't try blending the ingredients up in a blender or food processor, not unless you would rather have a thick smoothie.
You can variate this to your hearts content, but I'd be cautious what you add as it will affect the flavor. One suggestion for added sweetness would be to add two bartlett pears to the mixture. If you would like a little zing, then add in some ginger.
The juice is wonderful on its own, but I personally found it a bit too "concentrated". I like to mix it with coconut water or store-bought pulp-free orange juice. I'd suggest a 2/3 ratio Green Goodness to 1/3 coconut water or orange juice.
Peanut butter has been an addiction with me since I was a child, and I’ve made attempts at making PB with my food processor. The secret is in the ingredients, and the flavor is to die for.
- 1 pound of roasted, unsalted peanuts
- 1/4 cup of peanut oil
- Honey or agave nectar to sweeten
If using the Omega Juicer:
- Run all the peanuts through the juicer 3-4 times.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the peanut pulp with the peanut oil. Stir thoroughly.
- Sweeten the final product to your liking with the honey or agave nectar.
If using a Food Processor or Blender:
- Process the peanuts in small amounts until it's a fine pulp. Place finished pulp in a mixing bowl as you go.
- In the mixing bowl, combine the pump with the peanut oil. Stir thoroughly.
- Sweeten the final product to your liking with the honey or agave nectar.
This recipe was originally written as an added recipe for the Omega 8006 Juicer review. However, you can do this recipe in a food processor or even a blender that chops nuts very well.
Be sure to taste as you sweeten.
Storage of the finished peanut butter is up to your personal preference. I usually put it in the refrigerator, some don't. If your peanut butter hardens in the refrigerator, you can either pull it out and let it thaw for 10-15 minutes, or microwave it on low power for 2-3 minutes. It'll soften again and be easily spreadable.
This recipe could honestly be done with other nuts as well. Make almond butter with this recipe, or try mixing up nuts for interesting flavors.
If you're not into using peanut oil, then that's fine. I use peanut oil simply to maintain the flavor. Vegetable or canola oil could be used. One health-conscious blog even suggested coconut oil. The oil though is necessary to moisten the dry pulp and make it spreadable.
If you would like chunky peanut butter, then set aside 1/4 of the peanuts and chop them a little with a few pulses of a food processor or blender. Mix it in with the pulp when you combine with the oil.