The Welles Juice Press is also known as Peoples Juice Press is the only juice extractor that doesn’t run on electricity. It’s a manual juicer that uses two tons of hydraulic pressure to extract every ounce of juice from fruits and vegetables. If you’re familiar with a hydraulic jack, you’ll get the idea.
At first, I thought that you could put the whole produce in it. However, it turns out that you still need to dice your produce, secure it nicely in a juicing cloth and pressing bag, then that’s the time you can start applying pressure and get the juices flowing.
If you’re planning to use this machine for the Gerson Therapy you still have to get the Champion Household Juicer. Dr. Gerson suggests that grinding the fruits and vegetables is essential in releasing all the healing enzymes in the juice. The Champion juicer will be solely used as a grinding element of a two-stage juicing process.
- Runs on brute force
- BPA Free
- Quiet operation
- Optimum juice quality
- 72 hours juice shelf life
- As expensive as slow electric juicers
- Difficult to operate
- Doesn’t come with a juice jug
- The pressing cloth can get ugly over time, you’ll have to buy more if you plan to use this machine on a daily basis
Features & Product Details
Is it Easy to Use?
This machine is pretty straightforward, but it’s not like a self-feeding electric juicer where you can just put all the fruits and vegetables down the chute and wait for the magic to happen.
The first step is to chop your produce into chunks that would even out perfectly when placed inside the pressing bag or juicing cloth. Once you get the juicing bag flat and perfectly aligned with the pressing plate, all you have to do is to jack it up until all the juice has drained or until you’ve reached the maximum amount of pressure you can apply. That’s pretty much it.
For added stability, there’s a top handle that you can hold on when applying pressure, and the base is also equipped with a rubber stopper.
When you release the pressure, though, don’t expect the drip tray to go down automatically, you’ll have to pull it down manually. Newer models come with a handle below the drip tray. I’ve also seen a user over at youtube.com who installed a spring on the drip tray and the base of the frame to pull it back automatically when releasing the pressure. That’s pretty ingenious, but not everyone has the time and skills to improvise.
Is it Easy to Clean?
The best part about this juicer is it doesn’t have many parts to clean up after every usage. All you have to do is wipe it clean with a moist cloth, a paper towel, or a sponge.
According to the manual, you can use a 50/50 solution of water and white vinegar to clean the press thoroughly. You can also use a 50/50 bleach and water mixture to sterilize the press, just don’t forget to rinse it afterward to remove any residual bleach.
The drip tray isn’t dishwasher safe, so please don’t put it in the dishwasher.
Regarding the pressing cloth, it can be used multiple times when properly maintained. Once you’ve rinsed it thoroughly, put it in a Ziploc plastic bag and store it in the freezer. Doing this will keep it clean and free from any microorganisms. Do not boil or air dry it as it could make the cloth brittle. After 3-4 uses, you can wash it with biodegradable soap. Thaw it under your faucet, then rinse it with filtered water before using it again.
The quality of the juice it produces is comparable to twin gear juicers, in fact, it can produce the driest pulp in conjunction with a masticating juicer or when you grate your produce first. Compared to traditional electric juicers it doesn’t have revolutions which translates to the lowest level of oxidation. It slowly squeezes the juice out of the pulp for maximum nutrient retention possible in a juicer.
What Kinds of Produce Can it Juice?
This manual hydraulic press will work on any type of fruits and vegetables.
|Type||Hydraulic Juice Press|
|Juice Shelf Life||72 Hours|
|Build||Metal Frame / BPA Free drip tray|
|Warranty||1 Year Limited Warranty on Hydraulic Jack.|
10 Year Warranty on the Frame
|Best for Juicing||Soft & Hard Produce, Citrus Fruits|
|Application||Home & Personal Use|
The People’s Press is a unique product. The Gerson Institute highly recommends it. At first, I didn’t really think that there’s a possible use case for this type of juicing machine, but I was proven wrong.
For a juicer to be Gerson approved, it has to pass certain standards. It can work hand in hand with the Champion juicer to extract the maximum level of nutrients required by the therapy.