Slow Juicing

by Catherine on July 13, 2012

in The Spring At Home

Juicing is awesome. It’s the easiest and most delicious way to pack a lot of fresh veggies and fruit (especially greens!) into a daily diet. Nothing makes me feel more virtuous and full of goodness than a beautiful, naturally sweet, nutrient packed juice.

Choosing a Juicer: I really missed juicing since our move to Sydney (the Breville Juice Fountain we used in Brisbane was on loan) but before choosing a juicer of our own I took it upon myself to do a little research into the types available. Basically there are two: centrifugal and masticating. Centrifugal juicers (like the Breville) are the most common and least expensive. They work by using tiny blades to shred food into a pulp as the spinning motion of the inner chamber extracts the juice. These juicers are best on hard fruits and vegetables and can often take the whole, but don’t perform as well with soft fruits like mangos or leafy greens. Masticating Juicers, on the other hand, use an auger to crush food and press out the juice. While they’re more expensive and require food to be cut up before being fed down the shoot, they are smaller, quieter, able to extract more nutrients, and are less wasteful (the pulp expelled is drier).

And the Winner is… We can all see where this is heading… considering space, noise, versatility, and nutrient integrity I decided to splurge and go masticating. This type of juicer is still a speciality item in Australia and isn’t available in mainstream shops. I found my Hurom Slow Juicer on the Echolife site and after hovering over the ‘purchase’ button for a couple of days ($420 is a big spend for me!) I finally committed. My juicer arrived just three days later and I’ve never looked back.

The Review: I’m super happy with the Hurom’s performance and would recommend it to anyone in a position to invest in a higher quality juicer or upgrade. I wouldn’t know about oxidisation levels, but the juice tastes whole (it’s still juice, but perhaps just a bit thicker than juice from the Breville). Clean up is a snap, it has the same footprint as a bar blender, and it’s quiet enough tearing through the veg not to wake the house (or the building) in the morning.

Juice Recipes: When it comes to ‘recipes’ a daily green juice packed with spinach, kale, celery, herbs and an apple, beetroot, and/or carrot to add deliciousness is the way to go.  For a beautiful sweet treat (a dessert juice, if you will) we’ve been finding it hard to go past an afternoon tipple watermelon, cucumber, pineapple, mint.  What’re your favourite combinations?

For more inspiration check out the juicing posts on Louise’s blog Table Tonic and this vitamin booster recipe card too!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Melissa

Thanks for the heads up honey. I LOVE juices.. mmmmmm seriously delish xx

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Daryl Wark

Oh yes, these are the way to go. Slow juicer does it best.
Best taste,
better extraction,
more nutrients kept in juice,
= better for you.
I am told juice lasts up to 2 days in sealed bottle in fridge.
Hope your enjoying Sydney.
Warm regards,
Daryl Wark

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Liesbeth (candyandtreats)

Thanks for sharing your experience, I didn’t even know there was a difference but now I hope I can splurge on one too! Mine leaves an awful lot of waste that is really not waste so I don’t like using it :(

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Catherine

All juicers leave some waste, the Hurom less than others. I don’t like waste either but I do have a link to 7 ways to use juice pulp here {http://thespringblog.tumblr.com/#!/post/24224194068/currently-reading-7-ways-to-use-pulp-from-the} on my tumblr, and you can also bake the grounds into cakes… apple and carrot taste amazing! Thanks for stopping by The Spring!

Catherine x

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Melissa @ Melicious

I have been seriously considering buying a juice for a while, and this post may have just pushed me over the edge…

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Catherine

I hope you do buy a juicer… whether it’s this one or something less expensive… I can’t tell you how much better I feel knowing I’m taking care of myself by getting so much good nutrition into my body. It’s a real gift to yourself! x Catherine

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