Product review: Breville juice fountain | Dog biscuits recipe

by Stephanie Weaver on November 25, 2011

Breville JuicerI was invited to do a product review for the Breville Juice Fountain from Tesco Direct. This juicer just arrived and it’s been giving my old Champion juicer a run for its money! (Readers in the U.S. can get this juicer from Amazon.) I thought I’d include my recipe for doggie biscuits, as I use my juicer pulp to make them.

The difference between this juicer and my old Champion is like test-driving a BMW when you drive an old Volvo. The Volvo works, it’s dependable, it will probably still be running in 20 years. But it’s not sexy. This juicer is sexy! The Champion is a masticating juicer, meaning that it grinds the fruit and veggies, pressing the pulp through a screen. You get very even pulp pieces, and good juice. It’s also pretty messy.

The Breville uses a chopper, stainless steel screen, and centrifugal force to spin all the juice out of the pulp. You get drier pulp with more chunks, and way more juice. I like how the Breville comes with its own cup, and a lid that keeps most of the foam out (if you want). It’s also much quieter. I love that you don’t have to cut up the fruit, and it’s way easier to juice greens using this than my old juicer. They are equally a pain to clean, although the Breville makes virtually no mess on the counter while juicing. It is hard to get all the pulp out of it without bits of it spilling on the counter. I suspect I’ll be giving away the Champion fairly soon.

And now, a fun recipe to use up juicer pulp. These biscuits are wheat-free (a lot of dogs are allergic to wheat), full of healthy fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and offer healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids. Just make sure that you prep all the fruits and vegetables properly, and don’t use anything that is unsafe for pups. Here is a link to a complete list of food items that are toxic to dogs.

Juicer pulp doggie biscuits
Makes at least 75 biscuits

Proper prep means:

  • Remove any seeds, especially from apples; they are toxic
  • Cut away any moldy or bruised flesh
  • Do not include grapes, mushrooms, spicy peppers, onions, garlic (see complete list here)

3 T. (15 g) ground flaxseeds
6 T. (90 ml) water
2 C. (150 g) oat flour
4 C. (700 g) juicer pulp or shredded vegetables
1/4 C. (60 ml) olive oil

Preheat the oven to 350F/160C (gas mark 4). Put the flaxseeds and water in your mixing bowl and let stand 5 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until smooth. It should be the consistency of chunk-light tuna fish salad, thick but spreadable (see video).

Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit a rimmed baking sheet. Spray or oil the top of the paper. Spoon the mixture onto the sheet. Put a piece of waxed paper (or a silicone sheet) on top and use a rolling pin to get the dough as smooth and even a sheet as possible.

Gently peel back the waxed paper and discard.

Using a butter knife, score the dough, making small squares. Use your knife to neaten up any jagged edges.

Bake 20 minutes. Put another piece of parchment paper on top, and a fresh baking sheet face down. Flip the entire thing over, and remove the top pan and the top sheet of parchment. Turn the oven down as low as it will go, and bake until absolutely crisp. This could take 4-8 hours, depending on the thickness of the biscuits, your oven temperature, and the humidity outside. (You need to get all the moisture out of them or they will mold.)

If using a dehydrator, bake for 20 minutes. Let the biscuits cool enough to handle, then break up into chunks large enough to fit your trays. Dehydrate overnight at 135 degrees. (Sometimes they take two days.)

Store in an airtight container.

Disclosure: The Breville Juice Fountain was sent to me by Tesco Direct as a gift. I was not paid to write this post. My thanks to Tesco Direct and Breville for providing me this lovely juicer! I am thinking about where to donate my Champion juicer…

All of our recipes are gluten-free, sugar-free, and made with plant-based ingredients to help you (and your pup!) build a healthy life. Look for midweek posts on meditation, service, and life lessons, helping you create inner balance.

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