Product Type: John Lewis juicers
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John Lewis CCJ100JLU
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John Lewis CCJ100JLU
Advantages: Easy to Assemble, Easy to Operature, No Spillages & Reasonably Priced.
Obviously I managed to find a ridiculously overpriced juicer with a mind blowing amount of gadgets and special features and popped this on my Christmas list... needless to say this wasn't the one I opened on Christmas Day! Instead my parents opted for a John Lewis Citrus Juicer to see if I'd actually use it before they started blowing their life's savings on a more hi tech model... that I probably wouldn't be able to use anyway! This one appeared to be much simpler to work and the fact that there was a lack of additional gadgets to use did make me feel a little more confidant about using it. Now I've tested it out five times I'm ready to share my thoughts...
The John Lewis Citrus Juicer comes in a white box which features a large picture of the juicer and some basic information. The juicer was all wrapped up inside in plastic bags with foam supports to ensure it didn't get damaged during transportation or anything like that. It's incredibly futuristic looking and very sleek as it's predominately stainless steel with a black plastic base and a clear plastic lid. It looks very smart sat on my kitchen top and the exterior means it's really easy to wipe it clean too. It's 28cm high and has a diameter of 15cm so it really is quite small which makes it easy to store. In fact it looks a little bit like a miniature time capsule!
The juicer is really easy to assemble, the inner parts simply slot into place and the instructions manual which comes with the juicer makes everything straightforward. There's the main body of the juicer as well as a cover, a juicing cone with a sieve and a juice container with a drip spout. Assembling the juicer took me about three or four minutes the first time around, but that's mainly because I tried to inset all the parts upside down for some reason. The different parts simply need to be aligned and slotted in before plugging in the power cable (which is a reasonable length) and you're ready to go! I've now got the assembling part down to about a minute, go me!
Operating the juicer is equally easy; firstly you simply need to place a container or glass under the spout ready to collect the juice before pushing the spout down to the open position. After that you need to slice your fruit (it recommends doing this horizontally as it's easier to manage) and place the centre of the fruit on the middle of the juicing cone. In order to start the juicing you need to press the fruit down against the cone using quite a bit of pressure and it'll automatically start the process. Once you can feel the cone through the skin of the fruit it's time to stop, this normally happens after about fifteen seconds as it's quite a quick process really.
The sieve gets full quite easily, it normally only takes about two to three oranges before you need to empty it but it does mean the juice is really smooth and bit free! Before you empty it the instructions recommend you put the cover back on the juicer and press down, this will activate the juicer and ensure any juice left in the sieve is squeezed out. Another tip is to make sure you close the drip spout when you remove the glass of juice, otherwise it'll keep on dripping out and make a lovely, sticky mess! It normally takes about four oranges to get a decent sized glass of juice which does make it more expensive than buying it from the supermarket... but I don't care!
I really don't think there's anything quite as healthy or as refreshing as a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice (other than a glass of rose wine or a nice pina colada cocktail but I can't really be having those for breakfast every morning can I?)! I've had no problems assembling or operating this juicer which really is saying something when it comes to me, it really is designed with the more "dim" of us in mind when it comes to electronic products. My friend has the same one and has had hers for over a year now and not had any problems with it so fingers crossed it should last a while, although it does come with a free two year guarantee as well which is good.
I've found that to get the best results with this juicer it's best to use fairly ripe fruit; if it's unripe it doesn't really yield a lot of juice. It's also good to roll the fruit between your hands or on the kitchen surface as this results in there being more juice as well as using fruit that is at room temperature too. As the name implies, you are limited to juicing citrus fruit only with this juicer, I did think I'd have a go with a peach but it was rather disastrous! So far I've only used oranges on mine although my mum did juice some limes and said it was a great little invention, you could also juice grapefruit, lemons, etc. on this so it is a fairly versatile product to own I think.
Cleaning the juicer is surprisingly easy, I thought it was going to get really sticky but the exterior parts can simply be wiped clean and then way the juicer works ensures that there are no spillages or splashing. All the removable parts are dishwasher safe and I find as long as I clean it each time there's no mess. The juicer is priced at £21 which I actually think is a very reasonable price. Obviously it is a rather pointless gadget in terms of what is deemed "necessary" in a kitchen as well as being a gadget that you could quite easily live your whole life without and never even miss, but I'm already strangely attached to my John Lewis Citrus Juicer! Happy juicing!
Thanks for reading.
Summary: A basic yet very smart citrus juicer from John Lewis.
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