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The Norwalk Juicer 290 is the go-to machine for the Gerson Institute’s juice therapy. It’s the very first two-stage hydraulic press to ever pass Dr. Gerson’s standards for the organization’s alternative cancer management.
According to Dr. Gerson, for a juicer to be effective in its natural course of treatment, it should be able to retain a high level of nutrients, and at the same time, the juice should be pulp-free.
It may sound that any slow juicer fits this description, but here’s the caveat. Dr. Gerson requires that grinding and juice extraction should be separate to maximize the potency of the nutrients.
He stated that “During the process of grinding and pressing in a two-step juicer, the produce is not subjected to heat or electricity, so the fresh, healing enzymes in the raw fruits and vegetables are preserved in the juices.”
- Unrivaled juice extraction efficiency
- 72 hours juice shelf life
- Quiet operation
- Dishwasher safe
- BPA Free (Stainless Steel Construction)
- Requires a significant amount of investment
- Challenging to operate
- Maintenance is quite a chore
- Takes up a huge footprint in your counter space
- Heavy, difficult to move around
Norwalk Juicer Features
Is easy to use?
The Norwalk Hydraulic Press Juicer has two parts, the vortex cutter (left side) and the hydraulic press (right side). It’s like a combination of a masticating juicer and a hydraulic press.
The Vortex Cutter
After you’ve chopped your produce into manageable chunks, drop it down the chute. You may need to gently push it as it’s not self-feeding. The blade will then cut your produce into small bits, then the shredding grid will reduce it to pulp.
Soft fruits like pineapple, watermelon, pomegranate, etc. don’t need to go to the vortex cutter.
Here’s how the grid look like.
The Pressing Cloth / Bag
Once you’ve grated your fruits and vegetables using the vortex cutter, you should immediately catch it with the pressing cloth or pressing bag. A Pyrex cup will also do. Your pressing cloth should never be in contact with metal, using a pyrex pan as a basin is highly advised. It will give you enough room to catch your produce and at the same time fold your pressing cloth.
You need exactly two cups of the grated produce in the pressing cloth or bag. Putting in less will not yield an optimum result and exceeding the required amount will rupture your pressing cloth or bag. Once you’ve filled the pressing bag or cloth with two cups of produce, fold it nicely to distribute the force evenly when applying pressure.
You need different bags for different types of produce as it gets stained easily.
The Hydraulic Press
Compared to the Welles Juice Press you don’t need manual force to operate the Norwalk Juicer 290. You just need to rotate the lever located at the bottom right of the juicing machine clockwise to initiate the press. It uses 1000 pounds of pressure to extract every drop of juice from your produce.
Is the Norwalk Juicer easy to clean?
According to one consumer, it takes 30 minutes to clean it up. Cleaning up the main parts of the machine is the easy part. All detachable components are made of stainless steel which can go to your dishwasher. The difficult part is cleaning up the filter bags.
Here are some considerations when cleaning and using the pressing bag.
- Only use cold water to rinse the bags and cloth before and after use
- Do not dry, it will make the cloth brittle
- Do not boil, it will also make the cloth brittle
- You can use warm water to clean it up if it gets too dirty
- Bags and cloth must be hand washed using a liquid organic soap when necessary
- Do not wash the filter with the metal parts, it will contaminate the cloth
- Fold wet, place in plastic bags and store in the freezer
Hydraulic juice presses are second to none when it comes to nutrient retention and juice extraction efficiency. The Norwalk Juicer is one of a few existing machines belonging to this class.
Just take a look at this lab test. It shows that Norwalk outperforms traditional juice extractors consistently in terms of yield and nutrient retention.
The study involves juicing equal amounts of carrots, parsely and celery on a centrifugal juicer (A), Masticating/Cold Press (B), and the Norwalk Juicer.
With juice yield alone, you’ll see how efficient Norwalk is. It eclipses competing juicing machines by 35% on average. That’s quite significant if you’ll ask me. No wonder, why the amount of nutrients are substantially higher.
What kinds of produce can the Norwalk Juicer take?
The vortex cutter allows this machine to process all types of produce which include dense fruits and vegetables (soft fruits doesn’t have to go to the vortex cutter).
Dense produce include cilantro, beets, apple, celery, pear, asparagus, cucumber, pepper, yakon, pineapple, cauliflower, turmeric, watermelon, garlic, pumpkin, coconut, sweet potato, carrots, fennel, broccoli, bitter gourd and ginger
Soft produce includes papaya, grapes, peach, tomato, mango, strawberry, avocado, cranberries, kiwifruit, melon, pomegranate, and blackberry.
Citrus fruits include orange, tangerine, lemon, mandarin, and grapefruit.
Leafy greens include spring onion, spinach, brussels sprout, cabbage, wheatgrass, pine tree needles, moringa, parsley, lettuce, collard greens, dandelion greens, peppermint, kale, beet greens, and basil.
This hydraulic juice press can also be your very own food processor, homogenizer, coffee grinder, nut butter maker, milling machine, and frozen dessert maker. There are eight grids with varying hole sizes included when you purchase this machine to control how fine or coarse your produce will be grated.
See it in action
Norwalk Juicer 290 Specs
|Previous Models||Norwalk Juicer 270, Norwalk Juicer 275, Norwalk Juicer 280|
|Juice Shelf Life||72 Hours|
|Chute Size||(approximately) 2 inches round|
|Warranty||12 Years Household Use|
2 Years Commercial
|Best for Juicing||Soft Fruits, Dense Produce, Citruses, Leafy Greens, Nuts & Beans|
|Application||Household and Commercial|
|Related Products||PURE Juicer, Welles Juice Press|
Is Norwalk Juicer worth it?
The Norwalk Juicer is the #1 machine recommended by the Gerson Institute. It perfectly aligns with their alternative cancer management therapy. It’s one of those few machines that have the capability of retaining the maximum amount of nutrients in your juice while keeping the healing enzymes potent.
And since it’s been around way way longer, a used Norwalk Juicer is fairly easy to find. If you’re on a tight budget, you might want to check eBay for preloved Norwalk Juice Press.