If you’ve ever seen a juicer, the odds are in favor that it has been either a Champion Juicer or one that looks a lot like it. This is an item that defined what a category of kitchen equipment should be and revolutionized home juicing for years to come. With decades on the market and several improvements that have happened over the years, the Champion Juicer is in many ways the progenitor of every juicing machine available today.
The Champion Juicer was invented by Plastaket Manufacturing, Inc. The company itself was founded as a family-owned venture in 1950 when they just made plastic fruit baskets — hence the origin of the name.
The first juicer that Plastaket made was in 1953 and was a simple masticating machine. That being said, it wasn’t their juicer, but rather a design that they were building for a company in Galt, California, and the Champion Juicer wouldn’t hit the market until two years later.
What made the Champion stand out from its competitors was that for the first twelve years of its production, the company was constantly doing research and development to improve the operation of the machine. Between 1955 and 1967, the Champion system was able to extract more juice more easily with every iteration and soon it was far superior to every other juicer available in stores.
The most notable improvement was in the engine. The original Champion Juicer motors were purchased from General Electric, but researchers at Plastaket Manufacturing were able to re-engineer the original to not only run significantly cooler, but also to remove over two pounds of weight.
The Champion Juicer is still made by Plastaket Manufacturing today which bought out Big Valley Molds in 2006 in order to modernize the look and innovate the die and cutting operations to reduce weight, price, and damage. It is still one of the most well made and useful juicers available to consumers.
What It Can Be Used For
Part of what has made and continues to make the Champion Juicer such a great product is that it does more than simply juice fruits. From its earliest conception it could also be used to make your favorite ice cream or sherbet, butters made from almost any nut, or even just grated veggies, filling a number of common household desires for fresh food prepared in the home. In many cases, these could be customized to suit the tastes of the person or family using them, making it even more desirable.
In 1977, the company introduced a grains mill attachment for the Champion. This involved a series of steel cutting blades that could be used with almost any type of grain including wheat, oats, and rice in order to make homemade flour.
As late as 2011, Plastaket was still introducing new attachments to the Champion Juicer. In this case, it was the Champion Juicer 2000+ greens attachment, making it possible to get nutritious, homemade juice out of green vegetables such as kale, bok choy, broccoli sprouts, wheat grass, and a whole host of other healthy items.
What the Future Holds
Part of what has made the Champion Juicer so popular was how Plastaket Manufacturing embraced online communication and provided everything from recipes to cleaning tips on their website. It’s clear that they have made an effort toward reaching out to their customers to show them what the product they bought can really do. Nothing makes a product more long lasting than having more than one useful feature and having customers that know how to use it. Plastaket understands this, so they’re always on the lookout for new ways to use their signature item and let their customers know how they can take advantage of them.
There’s no telling what the makers of the Champion Juicer are going to come up with next, but you can be sure that they are always looking to improve on what they’ve made. The company is now a second-generation family-owned operation and you can be sure that they will continue their parents’ legacy in providing a high quality juicing experience for everybody from professionals to parents, children to adults, and those maintaining a healthy lifestyle to those just trying to start one.