The Hinari juice extractor costs about £30 from argos/index etc, making it one of the cheapest motorised juicers around. It is a standard white and kitchen appliancey..none of your stainless steel styling here!. it doesn't take up much room on the worktop, and I'd recommend keeping it out, or you won't use it! What are its good points? It's a very simple juicer, both to use and to clean.....but note....you must do it immediately, under a fast blasting cold tap!!! the cost (£30) is excellent, and if you make your own juice regularly, you'll soon pay for the juicer with your savings. (I once forgot to clean it and had to contend with mouldy pulp 2 days later!!!) What can you juice? You can juice virtually anything...except bananas!, and although the juice will have a cloudy appearance, it will taste great, as long as you keep it simple. It isn't just for fruit...veg such as carrots, peepers and cucumber give excellent results, and herbs can be used too! What do you have to do? You do have to cut fruit and veg into small pieces, but you don't have to peel. You then turn on the juicer and feed in the ingredients. The juicer makes pulp and juice...you drink the juice and I use the pulp in fruit pies and muffins (with no complaints from the family!!) Recipes: Don't just stick to orange...adventure is the key....and it's a great way of using up old fruit! My favourites include: Carrot and mint (sounds scary but is gorgeous) Melon and pear Lemon, orange and grapefruit...mixed with fizzy water Lime and ginger (hangover cure) There are also some excellent juicing books on the market. These are a good investment for beginners and stop you getting bored. I have 'superjuice ' by Michael von Straten (available from Amazon £10 ish). This
gives recipes and health benefits, and the morning sickness remedy really works! Having a juicer is great if you are a keen cook...I puree peppers, tomatoes, and courgettes to make a simple pasta sauce and it also means I can make fresh juice for my children, and know exactly what is going into it. Overall, I'll admit it can be a bit faffy, but I love my juicer and would heartily recommend it as a useful gadget...just remember.... CLEAN IT STRAIGHTAWAY!!!!!!
A while back I fancied making freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast each day, so I treated myself to a Hinari juicer. Unfortunately the novelty soon wore off and it sits sadly in the bottom of my kitchen cupboard. In principle the idea of tossing a couple of oranges into a machine, then out pops your juice is fine. then, it comes to cleaning out the machine before it can be used angain... Oh dear... To be fair, this was quite a nicely priced little gadget -I can't quite remember how much it was, but it was around the 325 mark. It was easy to put together and the fruit preparation was easy enough. when it came to cleaning it out, I was pretty unimpressed. I had to scrub the nylon filter under hot water with the brush (enclosed) and scrape all of the pith and squashed skin out. It did separate the juice from the pulp, but I expected the juice to be clearer than it actually was. It was very cloudy indeed. I have seen better juicers but at the end of the day, you get what you pay for.