Pressed Juicery Holiday Sampler Review

A few weeks ago I was aimlessly stumbling around, still trying to figure out how best to use Google+ when I came across a lovely post by Pressed Juicery.  They have some of the most beautiful images of juice splashing around that make you just want to pick up a bottle right now.  For those of you in California, you may have a Pressed Juicery near you and can try one, but for me in the Midwest, I’m without that option.  So I ordered some to try and share my thoughts with you.

I’ll admit that I’ve kind of scoffed at the idea of bottled juices, especially the ones that are shipped.  How could they stay fresh and keep the beneficial enzymes alive?  Can they guarantee that the bottle won’t be heated along the way?

There are essentially two kinds of juicers:

Centrifugal juicers use a spinning mesh blade to separate the juice from the pulp.  This friction can cause a small amount of heat that may damage some of the juice’s nutrients.

Masticating juicers use force to crush and press out the juice.  There is much less friction and therefore less heat to damage the juice’s nutrients.  These also work better for leafy greens and wheatgrass.

Navigating is super easy.  They even made the ordering process less complex by offering samples: 6 drinks for $45.  (Yes, that is $7.50 per bottle.)  Ok, that is more than I had anticipated, but after a quick look at other options available for delivery, it was competitively priced.  My biggest and perhaps only disappointment with this entire order was the shipping fees.  Maybe I am just too accustomed to my other online shopping experiences with free shipping, that I had assumed shipping had been factored into the price.  So when I had to fork up another $27 for shipping, I figured it was a flat rate & should just get more juice for the order.  I added the Greens Sampler to my cart only to find the shipping fees had doubled!  So after a few minutes of self-conflict, I removed the Greens Sampler and swallowed the single shipping fee.

After submitting my order and picking a delivery date, I erased all guilt about the price and absolutely could not wait to try the “Yamazing” apple, vanilla bean, cinnamon, nutmeg, & yam juice!

Pressed Juicery Package
Although my son asked why I ordered an insect, I liked the clean packaging that my juices arrived in.
Inside, the juices were neatly packaged in a thermal bag along with some cooler gel packs. I kept mine, but wondered how many people threw theirs away. A “recycle” program would be nice to the environment.

Pressed Juicery Package Insulation

One immediate difference from store bought juices was the sediment that had collected at the bottom of the bottle. Many large brands add unnatural and natural ingredients to keep the juice from separating. Real juice should separate!
Pressed Juicery Yamazing
This was by far my favorite flavor from the Holiday Sample set!
Pressed Juicery Nutritional Facts
I was pleasantly surprised to find the nutritional information on the bottle. Since I was not doing a cleanse, this helped me regulate my other food intake.
The apple, vanilla bean, cinnamon, nutmeg, & yam was my favorite, but the Citrus 2 with apple, lemon, pineapple, & mint was such an delicious and refreshing drink.

Each one of the flavors were delicious.  It was obvious to me that Pressed Juicery had taken the flavor of the juice into consideration as much as the nutritional value.  It was also evident that the ingredients were of very high quality and freshness when my juices were made.

All of the juices are raw and unpasteurized, which means that they must be consumed within 3 days for freshness.  Not pasteurizing the juices keeps all the nutrients and living enzymes for your absorption, but it produces a risk of bacteria that may have been on the fruit/vegetable and would now be in the juice.  It may not be safe for very young children, elderly or people with compromised immune systems to drink these juices.

But why order juices that I could make myself?  I didn’t have to invest in a cold press juicer, find the produce, make the juice or clean up the mess.  It was kind of luxurious!  Plus, I was able to simply open my fridge and reach for a healthy option without any fuss.  I found myself wishing I had more when they were all gone.

Pressed Juicery offers 1, 3, and 5 day cleanses that are customized to your juicing experience level.  Each plan delivers you pre-numbered bottles to guide you through each day.

There are also subscription plans which offer free shipping and unrestricted access to the full menu.  However, the plans range from 12 juices/month for $160 ($13.30/bottle) to 60 juices/month for $780 ($13/bottle) with a minimum of 12 bottles per shipment.

[Note: I had to enter my zip code into the site, perhaps these prices would be different for a different destination?]

In the end, I absolutely loved my juices from Pressed Juicery, but I don’t think I can afford to order from them on a regular basis. (sigh)  I do think that I will keep them in mind when I want to do a cleanse or a 3 day reboot.  They are also expanding all throughout California and I look forward to the day we have one in the midwest!

***UPDATE: As of January 1, 2014 through January 10, 2014, Pressed Juicery is offering free shipping on their 3 day juice cleanse.  This is a fantastic opportunity for you to try their delicious juices at a discount.  For more information head over to our Facebook page by clicking here.

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