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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Neat Gadget!

My son, Andrew, got me this neat juice extractor for Christmas. I thought maybe it would be complicated and all, but it is the easiest thing to use.

I picked some berries.

We put the extractor together. Bottom is filled with water, middle section collects juice and top section has holes like a strainer and is where you put your fruit.

You turn on the heat to get the water boiling. There is an opening in the middle section where the steam rises. The juice comes out of the berries and falls into the middle section. When it reaches an inch or so up, it comes out of the tube.

There is an instruction sheet with a time table as to how long you steam your fruit. We did it for longer than it said. Just make sure the water doesn't all evaporate from the bottom container.
It makes more juice than the old fashioned way. It is so easy, too, no more cooking and straining through a cheesecloth.

I didn't make jelly with it, though I had more than enough juice to do it. I just poured it into a container and added sugar.

You can use it with vegetables and herbs, too. It would be great for when you make grape jelly, but for some reason our grapes are not producing hardly any grapes this year. It would be great for making tomato juice, too, or even apple juice.

On another note. . .

I haven't been on the computer much lately. I've been suffering with tendinitis in my upper right arm and shoulder. I let it go toooo far before going to the doctor. I couldn't move my upper arm more than an inch or two away from my body and I couldn't sleep at night, because it was so painful. I think I got it from pulling weeds almost all day a couple of weeks ago. The computer aggravates it, so I've been trying to stay away from it as much as possible.

Anyway I did finally go to the doctor. So glad I did! In addition to pain pills, muscle relaxers and pills for inflammation, he is also treating me with what he calls a hammer. It's a little complicated to explain, but it does look a little like the end of a sledge hammer and he puts it along your shoulder and upper arm. It vibrates up and down on you and when it hits the affected area, boy do you know it. But,let me tell you, he's made a believer out of me. I am almost back to normal. One more visit this week with the hammer should do it. He said it also works for carpel tunnel syndrome.

Hope everyone's having a nice summer and don't work too hard!


  1. What a neat looking gadget Janet! Does your son know your or what! I didn't know they made such a thing but then again I haven't really gotten into canning that much to know that that would be something neat to have.

    Sorry to hear about your shoulder! I didn't overdo myself pulling the weeds in my garden. It was just too hot for me to be outside that I would go out, pull 2 or 3 and back inside I would go! lol I even got smart and had the kids pull 1 or 2 here and there and finally got them all out of there. Now my hostas are almost dead because of all of this heat. Oh well, it is weed free! lol

    Hope you get better soon!


  2. That is a really neat gadget! I'd love to have one in my kitchen too!

  3. That looks like a neat juicer! I'm so glad you are getting better. Stay away from those weeds:)

  4. Suzanne at Chickens in the Road has one of those gadgets she's been posting about. She loves it too. I'll get one someday.
    Glad your arm is getting better. I've had carpel tunnel for years, maybe I should check into that hammer thingy. Thanks!

  5. Very cool gadget! I've been straining blackberry juice like crazy over the last 2 weeks-it would have made my job so much easier!

    I hope your arm heals quickly : )

  6. Glad to hear that the treatment for your shoulder is helping. I like the juicer. I could sure put it to use!

  7. I've been wanting to make some jelly and this gadget would come in handy!
    Hope you feel better soon!

  8. The berries look delicious! I'm so sorry about your arm and shoulder--glad it is improving!

  9. Hello, I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed your blog and this post. Keep up the great work!


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