It seems that this year it’s all about blending and juicing, and with the amount of products on the market, it’s a bit of a minefield when looking for a gadget that gives you what you need. Having toyed with the idea of getting the most out of my fresh fruit and veg, I didn’t really know which route to go down, and my browsing history was awash with searches for the best blender, smoothie maker and juicer. Having limited storage space in my kitchen was also something to keep in mind and I found a lot of the units were bulky. I was totally stuck. From my needs, I found that a juicer was best suited and the new Panasonic Slow Juicer MJ-L500 had recently been released to the market. A juicer that not only made juices, but came with the option to make frozen desserts. As my vegetable intake was far higher than my fruit intake, I thought I’d be able to make use of a juicer, more than a blender.
The Panasonic Slow Juicer is quite a heavy unit, with several parts that slot together to build the juicer. Opening the box on the first day that I received it, I was almost unsure that I would be able to put it together, yet it was extremely easy. It’s quite a compact unit when assembled, which helps with my lack of space, and it breaks down into easy to store sections.
The juicer works by using a centrifugal juicer which crushes the fruit and veg slowly to release the most amount of juice, and keeping a higher amount of vitamins and minerals compared to those juicers which masticate the fruit. The fruit goes into the top of the juicer, the unit quietly crushes the fruit and sends the pulp out of the waste outlet, whilst fresh, rich juice trickles into the container. It’s quite interesting to see just how little waste comes from the fruit, yet all the bits that you wouldn’t want in the juice get removed.
For this post, I made a berry based juice. I added apples, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries which were heading towards their end of their days into the juicer, and watched how it pulped out all the seeds, pips and other bits into the waste container, leaving me with a thick and rich juice. It was so thick that it reminded me of a smoothie rather than a juice.
Breaking the unit down to clean it was a job that I wasn’t particularly looking forward to, but the device comes with a handy toothbrush style brush to ensure all bits are removed from the juicer and the outlets. Sometimes, having something that is difficult to clean, it puts you off future use, however the juicer has been frequently used.
Being dairy free, I have also found a new found love for fruit sorbet and the Panasonic Slow Juicer has been a god send in this weather. I’ve been cheating with pre-frozen fruits, which I usually use for my overnight oats, yet if I was to be on the ball, I’d simply chop my chosen fruits, freeze them and use the frozen attachment and function for fresh and tasty sorbet.
The addiction to fresh fruit juice is becoming quite apparent and as I live locally to a Farmers market, I’ve been buying more fruity that I ever have before, just to make fresh juice. My fruit intake is up and I can really tell the difference from my fresh juice compared to buying pre packaged fruit juice in cartons.
I love my juicer, and I look forward to creating new fresh recipes and sitting on the couch with a bowl of freshly made sorbet. Heavenly.
*Juicer provided by Come Round